Thematic Reading List: Easter Fun!
With the arrival of Spring comes the Easter holiday and celebrations of springtime animals. Though holiday celebrations now include the Easter bunny, chocolate, and gifts, Easter’s origin story remains strong in the hearts and minds of Christians around the world. This book list includes fiction and nonfiction titles specifically for emerging readers between the ages of 4 and 7. Both religious and secular titles are included in this list.
Contributed by: Mary Lanni
By: Katie Dicker
Introduces the idea of life cycles and aspects of renewal and presents information about the festival of Easter itself and how it is celebrated with family gatherings, parades, Easter eggs, and special food.
By: Mary Lindeen
Learn about Easter traditions and symbols, including coloring Easter eggs, bunnies, chicks, and lambs, Easter egg hunts, and more. This title includes a note to caregivers, reading activities, and a word list.
By: Julie Murray
Explains the origins, meaning, symbols, and traditions associated with Easter.
By: Rebecca Pettiford
This photo-illustrated book for early readers describes the Christian holiday of Easter and the things people do to celebrate.
By: Mari C. Schuh
This search-and-find book invites young readers to look for new vocabulary words and pictures while giving simple facts about the Easter holiday and the way people celebrate it.
|Easter Egg Hunt
By: Abby Klein
Illustrated by: John McKinley
Freddy really wants to win the big chocolate bunny. But will Max find more eggs?
|The Easter Story
By: Katherine Sully
A brief retelling of the events of the first Easter, from Jesus’ ministry through the crucifixion and resurrection.
|Happy Easter, Tiny!
By: Cari Meister
Illustrated by: Rich Davis
At the Easter egg hunt for dogs in the park, Tiny cannot find a single egg, but after the hunt is over he manages to locate a cute, furry surprise.
|I Love Easter!
By: Hans Wilhelm
Noodles the dog goes on an early-morning Easter egg hunt without his best friend, Teddy.
|Llama Llama Easter Egg
By: Anna Dewdney
It’s Easter morning and Llama Llama is excited to see what the Easter Bunny has brought him, including jelly beans, chocolate bunnies, colorful eggs, and a special surprise.
|The Miracle of Easter
By: Jean M. Malone
Illustrated by: Bryan Langdo
This easy-to-read book with gentle illustrations tells the well-known Bible story of Easter. It’s a perfect story for children who are learning about their religion and starting to read on their own. This Penguin Young Readers Level 3 Reader is a transitional reader that features multisyllable and compound words, more dialogue, different points of view, more complex storylines and characters, and a greater range of genres.
|The Story of Easter: A Spark Bible Story
By: Martina Smith
Illustrated by: Peter Grosshauser and Ed Temple
This picture book relates the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection.