Easter is on it’s way and whether you celebrate it as a religious holiday or a harbinger of spring, there are books galore. It isn’t easy to find ones suitable for preschoolers though.
Chester’s Colorful Easter Eggs by Theresa Smythe is great for toddlers. Chester, the rabbit, dyes six eggs different colors and hides them for his animal friends. The pictures are big and bright, an interesting combination of computer graphics and montage.
Happy Easter Mouse! by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond is similar in theme. As well as the six basic colors, counting is included. The mouse is adorable.
The Best Easter Egg Hunt Ever by Dawn Casey and Katy Hudson has more story and vocabulary than the previous two. Everyone but the little bunny can find hidden Easter eggs. In the end, she is happy to find an egg that hatches into a duckling. The illustrations are lovely, realistic watercolors.
The Easter Book: Packed with Fun Facts, Crafts and Recipes by Rita Storey is an excellent nonfiction book. It addresses the religious roots of Easter and also offers secular ways to celebrate. The reading level is about grade four and up. There are some cute ideas for card making and a few great recipes.
How about a cozy rabbit den to read the books inside while wearing rabbit ears or a duck bill? Afterward, you can try out a recipe or craft, or simply take turns hiding plastic Easter eggs.