Thursday, April 21, 2011

A Basket Full of Easter Books

I wanted to share some of the Easter books we enjoy here today!

The Easter Story by Patricia A. Pingry and illustrated by Mary Ann Utt. This book is one of my favorites for young children that tells the about the life of Jesus, the events leading up to his death and his Resurrection. It's well written in it's simplicity but still carries the significance. The illustrations are equally beautiful in their depiction. It is an engaging and accurate read focused on why we celebrate this Holiday in our family.

My First Story of Easter by Tim Dowley and illustrated by Roger Langton takes your young readers through the timeline of events leading up to Christ's death and Resurrection that we are remembering on Easter. This book does a great job of sharing these events in a way that young children can understand.

A Tale for Easter by Tasha Tudor is a sweet old fashioned story with charming old fashioned illustrations that are a trademark of Tasha Tudor. We join a young girl in her excited anticipation of Easter and the markers/traditions of that season from eggs to finding your Easter basket on Easter morning.

The Story of the Easter Bunny by Katherine Tegen and illustrated by Sally Anne Lambert is a fun legend of how there came to be an Easter Bunny. We meet an elderly couple who die eggs, weave baskets and make chocolate eggs for all the children in their town for Easter morning. The elderly couple's pet rabbit watches and as the years pass starts to help until he takes over the job once they couple can no longer continue their tradition. The illustrations are sweet. I love the colorful eggs and foiled wrapped chocolate eggs that fill each basket.

Jan Brett is a wonderful storyteller whether bringing us her version of folktales from around the world or spinning her own tales I've yet to be disappointed in one of her books. The Easter Egg is a wonderful story by Jan Brett of how all the rabbits work to create the most splendid egg so they will be selected by the Easter Rabbit to accompany him on his deliveries for Easter. A young rabbit Hoppi is excited to start his own creation and happens upon the splendid eggs that his friends are working on as he hurries along to get started. The illustrations are rich, detailed and has an old world feel. The decorated eggs that each rabbit is working on are simply stunning.

Happy Easter!


  1. I have a copy of that first book too! :-) And I love Jan Brett's illustrations. So rich! These all look great.

  2. I wish I had seen this and got of those first two books at the library this week. They all look wonderful. We may be heading to Lifeway tomorrow. I may have to pick up a copy. Thanks for the recommendation, Michelle! Have a wonderful Easter!

  3. Thanks so much for sharing that wonderful collection of Easter books, Michelle! Makes me wish I had little ones around to read Easter books to! Deb @