Easter is April 17, and with delivery times taking longer than in the past, you should order your Easter books now. Below are some Easter specific new releases that are sure to delight your young readers. For more options, check out these delightful spring books, books about trees and Earth Day options that would also brighten everyone’s day.
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BIRTH & UP
EASTER, by Gail Gibbons, Holiday House, Jan. 18, 2022, Board Book, $8.99 (ages 0-3)
Is a toddler in your life celebrating Easter for the first time? Guide them through the basics of the sweet holiday with this simple board book. Colorful, detailed illustrations accompany an easy-to-read description of Easter’s history and traditions. Maybe the Easter Bunny will even make an appearance! —Synopsis provided by Holiday House
Easter is a very simple introduction to the holiday. The book briefly touches on a number of aspects — religious, historical and contemporary. Bright colors and fun illustrations will appeal to young readers.
CRACK-CRACK! WHO IS THAT?, by Tristan Mory, Twirl, March 1, 2022, Board Book, $14.99 (ages 0-3)
Who will hatch from each egg? Pull on the handle to find out! Each adorable baby animal is revealed, accompanied by an enjoyable crack-crack-crack sound. —Synopsis provided by Twirl
Not many books actually make a sound, but this one does. With each pull of the handle, little ones will hear the eggs of each creature crack open. This fun-to-read aloud book features bright colors and fun characters, including a special Easter surprise at the end.
AGES 2 AND UP
CONSTRUCTION SITE: SPRING DELIGHT: AN EASTER LIFT-THE-FLAP BOOK (GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT CONSTRUCTION SITE), by Sherri Duskey Rinker and AG Ford, Chronicle Books, March 15, 2022, Board Book, $12.99 (ages 2-4)
Celebrate the coming of spring with the construction crew from the bestselling Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site series!
It’s Easter at the construction site! As sunshine melts the snow away, the trucks discover all around them the signs of spring. Lift the flaps on each sturdy page to reveal blooming flowers, baby ducks, and gentle lambs—and a special Easter egg hunt surprise! With bestselling author Sherri Duskey Rinker’s rhyming text and illustrations by AG Ford, this interactive Easter tale will bring smiles to truck lovers and their families while celebrating the beauty of spring. —Synopsis provided by Chronicle Books
This book is a no-brainer for fans of the Construction Site series. Boys and girls alike will be drawn to its bold colors and friendly construction vehicles. The rhythmic text bounces as read aloud, bringing smiles to all who listen. Young readers will need help lifting the flaps the first or second time through — as is common with new books, they tend to stick a little at first. This book will quickly become a favorite.
AGES 3 AND UP
FIVE LITTLE EASTER BUNNIES: A LIFT-THE-FLAP ADVENTURE (THE BUNNY ADVENTURES), by Martha Mumford, Sarah Jennings, Bloomsbury Children’s Books, Dec. 7, 2021, Hardcover, $17.99 (ages 3-6)
Join five little Easter bunnies as they set off on an exciting lift-the-flap Easter egg hunt. Help the bunnies find and count five delicious eggs as they climb trees, peek into nests, and look under leaves. Young readers will need to lift the flaps to find the tasty prizes, and there might be some surprises along the way too! —Synopsis provided by Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Five Little Easter Bunnies is the type of book you would have wanted as a kid. Bright colors, engaging characters and an interactive egg hunt make it a delight to read. The pages in this picture book are a heavier cardstock, providing a sturdy carrier for the flaps. My daughter loved We’re Going on an Egg Hunt, which is also by the same author and illustrator. This offers the same charmwith every turn of the page.
AGES 7 AND UP
THE PUG WHO WANTED TO BE A BUNNY, by Bella Swift, Aladdin, Feb. 22, 2022, Hardcover, $17.99, Paperback, $7.99 (ages 7-10)
Peggy competes with her new sibling in this third story in the illustrated middle grade series about Peggy the pug!
Peggy the pug’s family have adopted an adorable little bunny, just in time for Easter. Peggy used to be top dog, but now she has to share their attention with this long-eared newcomer. Jealous of the new pet, Peggy decides that she must become a rabbit to compete. Can every-bunny learn to get along and realize that there’s more than enough love to go around? —Synopsis provided by Aladdin
The Pug Who Wanted to be a Bunny is a great option for readers who are moving into chapter books. Larger font and charming black-and-white illustrations make it accessible while still feeling “grown-up.” Peggy the pug is a fun character that readers will immediately fall in love with. More advanced 6-year-olds shouldn’t have a problem with the text, but it might be a little too young feeling for 10-year-olds.
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