These are our family’s favorite Easter Picture Books! These make fantastic Easter gifts too.
I shared our Big List of Spring Picture Books last month, but I saved these Easter Picture Books for a post of their own.
There are definitely books on our Spring Picture Book list that work for Easter if you need ideas for Easter Baskets and gifts (like Kevin Henke’s wonderful book called Egg, or A New Beginning which does talk about Easter celebrations). But this list is very Easter specific.
I have secular Easter books here, with a focus on Easter Baskets and Bunnies, but also some that emphasize the religious/Christian aspects of the holiday too.
These are all fantastic Easter Picture Books to add to your library list, read all month long, and tuck into Easter Baskets as gifts this year. These are the books that we enjoy as a family every year and we’re so happy to share them with you too.
Ten Fantastic Easter Picture Books
The Biggest Easter Basket Ever by Steven Kroll
I love all of Steven Kroll’s “Biggest Ever” books. This one, like all of the other books in this series, is about a competition – this time it’s for the biggest Easter basket ever. But the little mice are going to learn a lot about friendship and cooperation.
The Easter Egg by Jan Brett
I think I have at least one Jan Brett book on every holiday picture book list I write! What can I say? She knows how to write a great book. The illustrations in this one are stunning.
The Story of the Easter Bunny by Katherine Tegen
There are many stories about the origin of the Easter Bunny, but I particularly love this sweet version. In this book it begins with a kind old couple who weave baskets and color eggs to deliver to children in their village. All the while, their little white rabbit is watching everything they do.
A Tale for Easter by Tasha Tudor
Tasha Tudor is one of my very favorite author/illustrators. The precious, old fashioned illustrations in this simple tale for Easter are perfect.
Simon and the Easter Miracle by Mary Joslin
This a Polish folktale about the story of St. Simon of Cyrene, who was ordered to carry Jesus’ cross. It’s the Easter story from a unique perspective. And the illustrations are beautiful.
Rechenka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco
I’ve always loved Ukranian painted eggs and this is a wonderful book about the tradition. Babushka always wins first prize for her painted eggs, but this year, her goose broke all of the eggs. It’s going to take a real miracle to right this wrong.
The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous
This book has been a favorite Easter read of mine since childhood. Katy and Carl don’t find any eggs during the egg hunt with their cousins. But the real treat is in their grandmother’s attic just waiting for them to uncover it. If you love classic books, don’t skip this one!
The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes by DuBose Heyward
This is my favorite book on this list. Mother bunny has 21 children, but she dreams of being an Easter Bunny. But mother bunny is the kind of brave, wise, wonderful bunny that doesn’t give up on her dreams. This book was written in 1939, but the tale is timeless.
That Grand Easter Day by Jill Roman Lord
I love to read cumulative stories like this with my kids. It begins with the stone that blocked Christ’s tomb. Then, there was the soldier that was guarding the tomb. Eventually the story builds up to a whole new beginning. A wonderful version of the biblical Easter story.
Celebrate Easter by Deborah Heiligman
I’ve said it before, but we really love National Geographic publications at our house. This book is a wonderful look at Easter around the world – all of the different global traditions, customs, and origin stories surrounding Easter. It’s full of stunning photography and all the information about Easter you could ever want.
What are your favorite Easter Picture Books? We’d love to add a few more to this list!
I love these book ideas!
Ryan | Dad Suggests says
I think we need The Story of the Easter Bunny – looks great! My favorite is Garfield The Easter Bunny. I need Garfield at every holiday. Is that weird?