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Egg-cellent Book Gifts for Your Little Bunny’s Easter Basket

by Dena McMurdie

With Easter quickly approaching, it’s a good idea to have some basket stuffers in mind, and nothing makes a better (or less sugary) gift than a book. Here are some of my favorite Easter books, any of which would make a great addition to your child’s Easter basket.

  • Ages 3 - 5

  • Betty Bunny Loves Easter

    by Michael B. Kaplan, illustrated by Stephane Jorisch

    Betty wants to be the Easter Bunny when she grows up, but first she needs to prove to herself and her family that she can be independent. This book has adorable illustrations, a great family dynamic, and plenty of humor sprinkled throughout.

  • God Gave Us Easter

    by Lisa Tawn Bergren, illustrated by Laura J. Bryant

    If you're looking for a more spiritual gift for your Easter celebration, this beautiful book will do the trick. In addition to having gorgeous artwork, it helps children understand the significance of Easter and the reason behind the holiday.

  • The Runaway Egg

    by Katy Hudson

    A great story for springtime and siblings, The Runaway Egg tells the story of a big brother who isn't quite sure about his new baby bro, but does know he's willing to go to all manner of crazy and hilarious hijinks to protect him from the hazards of the barnyard.

  • The Littlest Bunny: An Easter Adventure

    by Lily Jacobs, illustrated by Robert Dunn

    Little Bunny is adopted by a new family, but he has a secret: He's the Easter Bunny! He must sneak out of his new home, deliver all his eggs, and hurry back before the night is over. This delightful story is told in rhyme and has hidden eggs for readers to find. It's also available with artwork and text that’s customized for each of the fifty states and several Canadian cities.

  • Here Comes the Easter Cat

    by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Claudia Rueda

    An Easter Bunny? Cat doesn't think so. He'd like some of that fanfare for himself. So he takes matters into his own hands. But it turns out that being the Easter Bunny is a lot harder than it looks, especially when you need to budget in time for naps! This Easter treat is salty and sweet.

  • Marshmallow

    by Clare Turlay Newberry

    Cuteness is the name of the game in this charming picture book. With smile-inducing illustrations, this story about a cat and bunny becoming best friends is perfect for a snuggle session with your little one.

  • Thomas and the Easter Eggs

    by Golden Books

    Toot toot! Thomas is coming through to save the day — the day of the annual Easter egg hunt that is. This Little Golden Book chugs along with beautiful illustrations throughout.

  • Minerva Louise and the Colorful Eggs

    by Janet Morgan Stoeke

    Minerva the chicken keeps finding brightly colored eggs in strange places. She needs help keeping them warm, but when she returns with the entire henhouse brood, the eggs have disappeared! This lighthearted and funny book gives a chicken's perspective on Easter traditions.

  • The Story of the Easter Bunny

    by Katherine Tegen, illustrated by Sally Anne Lambert

    This is a charming and heartfelt story about a rabbit helping an elderly couple as they make beautiful eggs for the children of their village each year. He eventually takes over the operation and moves into the forest where he officially becomes the Easter Bunny.

What else will you be adding to your little bunny’s Easter basket this year?


  • Christine McNamara

    I have Llama Llama Easter Egg all ready to go into our Easter basket this year. My DD loves LL and this one will be a nice new break from reading Llama Llama Christmastime every night. Two others we adore are: Tao Nyeu’s Bunny Days and Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld. Super fun video here: (adorable derivative for you Bugs Bunny’s “Duck Season!” Rabbit Season!” fans)

  • Raquel

    Thank you for adding God gave us Easter it’s such a beautiful book we love it and the true meaning for the holiday by Lisa Tawn Bergren

  • Michele M

    I love Rachenka’a Eggs by Patricia Polacco. Use it in the spring with my students. There’s a lovely Reading Rainbow episode showing author/illustrator/artist and all around awesome lady, Patricia Polacco making pisanki eggs and talking about her grandparents from whom she learned how to make them. Additionally, she suffered from severe dyslexia all through school, and she openly shares her struggles so kids can see that it gets better. Awesome!!!

  • We’re doing a chick themed Easter basket, so my son will be getting a copy of the new book Millie’s Chickens by Brenda Williams, about a little girl who raises backyard chickens.