Easter Children’s Books

Marley and the Great Easter Egg Hunt by John GroganRichard Cowdrey (Illustrations)
Genre: Children’s Book – Easter Holiday
Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3
Pages: 40 Hardcover 9×9
Date Published: January 22, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s

Marley unleashes the fun during the annual Easter Egg Hunt in a new paper-over-board format with an original story.

Marley is back in action in his sixth picture book, for the first time in paper-over-board! In this oh-so-Marley tale, Cassie and her family are going to the annual Easter Egg Hunt in town. Marley tries his best to help Baby Louie find some eggs-but he just isn’t fast enough. So, in true Marley fashion, Marley decides to think outside the box…and hunt outside the town square. Searching high and low through each store, Marley thinks he finds eggs, only to discover that he is mistaken-and he makes a mess in the process. In the end, Marley may not find any eggs, but he does look quite like a decorated Easter egg himself.

Typical Marley chaos with an easter theme. This is fun and funny and hectic as is Marley’s style. The whole town is involved searching for a special easter egg and Marley is determined to find it and ends up looking like a decorated egg himself. Definitely one for a fit of giggles. I love this 9×9 size and quality too, fits perfectly next to my other treasury books.

John Grogan is the author of the #1 international bestseller Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog as well as the bestselling middle-grade memoir Marley: A Dog Like No Other and four bestselling picture books: Bad Dog, Marley!, A Very Marley ChristmasMarley Goes to School, and Marley and the Kittens. Marley’s fifth picture book, Trick or Treat, Marley!, was published in summer 2011. John lives with his wife and three children in the Pennsylvania countryside. You can visit him online atwww.johngroganbooks.com.

Easter Bunny on the Loose! by Wendy WaxDave Garbot (Illustrations)
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION / Activity Books
Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3
Pages: 32 Hardcover 9×12
Date Published: January 22, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s

The Easter Bunny is on a mission in this look-and-find adventure!

The Easter Bunny can’t wait to hippity-hop on his way to deliver all the Easter eggs this year! The only problem is…there are no eggs! Some-bunny has taken the Easter Bunny’s golden egg, and without the golden egg, Easter is on HOLD. Can you sort through all of the possible suspects hopping about Easterville and find the culprit who stole the golden egg? Be quick as a hare-time is running out!

Much like our Christmas themed Santa on the Loose!: A Seek and Solve Mystery!, this time we have Easter Bunny on the Loose!: A Seek and Solve Mystery!. It’s like a Where’s Waldo type search and find, but the reader is looking for clues to discover the answer to a mystery theft. There is lots of logic and brain power needed for little readers and my preschooler loved it. Afterward she wanted to go back to the Santa one as well. As was the case before the theft was not meant for malice, but an off hand way of helping in the overall as well. Great pictures and lots to look at even after you know the answer.

Wendy Wax is the author of many children’s books and an illustrator for books and magazines. She grew up in Michigan and now lives in New York with her husband and son. You can visit her online atwww.wendywax.com.

Fancy Nancy’s Elegant Easter by Jane O’ConnorRobin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator), Carolyn Bracken (Illustrator)
Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Holidays & Celebrations
Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3
Pages: 16 Paperback 8×8
Date Published: December 29, 2009
Publisher: HarperFestival

Nancy prepares an elegant Easter affair in this fancy new lift-the-flap book!

Throwing a fabulous and fancy Easter party is a very big job—and Nancy and Bree are in charge of decorating! This book includes thirteen flaps that open to reveal hidden surprises that will delight all festive Fancy Nancy fans!

In this little 8×8 paperback, Nancy and Bree are getting ready for an easter party. Going through the pages and using the lift-the-flap panels a reader can help them find what the need in supplies. It’s a fun and fast read for the easter season full of easter eggs and pastel party supplies.

And last I checked, it was less then $4!

Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser are the author and illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestselling Fancy Nancy series. Jane lives with her family in New York City. Robin lives with her family in Southern California.

Mia: The Easter Egg Chase by Robin FarleyOlga Ivanov (Illustrations), Aleksey Ivanov (Illustrations)
Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Performing Arts
Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3
Pages: 24 Paperback 8×8
Date Published: January 22, 2013
Publisher: HarperFestival

Mia and her family celebrate Easter in this 8×8 storybook with stickers.

It’s an Easter eggstravaganza, and Mia can’t wait for the festivities to begin. Every year, Mia’s family has an Easter egg hunt, where a big chocolate bunny is hidden as a special prize. This year is going to be the year that Mia finds the bunny all by herself! But when Mia’s little cousin Sophie can’t find as many eggs as the other kittens, Mia has to decide between finding the chocolate bunny and helping her cousin. Can Mia make sure everyone has an eggcellent time?

This year I’m adding a good handful of books to our Easter pile. This is a great one all about a family easter egg hunt both with eggs and chocolate bunnies. Once again Mia is a great friend and example for little readers on how to treat others. This one shows family values in a fun way and of course Mia is in her adorable pink tu-tu. I love this one and I’m coming to enjoy adding Mia to our shelves more and more.

Robin Farley is a NYC-based children’s book editor. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

*Thanks to HarperCollins for providing copies for review.*

Lily’s Easter Party: The Story of the Resurrection Eggs by Crystal BowmanRichard G. Johnson (Illustrator)
Ages 4-7
Pages: 40 Hardcover 7.3×7.3
Date Published: January 22, 2013
Publisher: Zondervan

Based on the bestselling FamilyLife® Resurrection Eggs, a book that tells the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection for kids.

This Easter, children ages 4-7 can learn about the miracle of Easter in Lily’s Easter Party a fun and meaningful picture book that is also a family-friendly teaching tool.

Lily’s mom and dad plan an Easter egg hunt for Lily and her brother, and Lily invites her neighborhood friends. The children discover that each one of the twelve hidden eggs holds a symbol that tells part of the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Lily’s mom and dad read a scripture passage and then explain the symbol as each egg is opened, so that all together, the Resurrection Eggs share the Gospel in a simple, profound way.

In cooperation with FamilyLife® and their Resurrection Eggs®, Lily’s Easter Party comes with an explanation of eggs and scripture references so that parents, grandparents, Sunday school teachers, and even children can host their own special Easter egg hunt for their neighborhood or church. Young readers will be inspired by Lily’s outgoing invitation to her friends to come to church with her for Easter services!

This is absolutely lovely. I’ve been blessed to get my hands on an advanced reader copy of Lily’s Easter Party: The Story of the Resurrection Eggs and it’s adorable. It’s small in size but the illustrations are absolutely love and as always I love Crystal Bowman‘s writing and text. Last Easter my oldest daughter was two I kept hearing about Resurrection Eggs, but didn’t know anything about them. As this year she is three, getting near to four this summer, I was thinking it might be a concept we could incorporate this year. Still I didn’t know anything about them and thus was delighted to get this book that not only will gently explain it to me but also my daughters. Even my toddler can appreciate this one.

*Thanks to Zondervan for providing a paperback ARC copy for review.*

Crystal Bowman loves writing books for kids. Her books come in all shapes and sizes and many of them have become best sellers. Whether her stories are written in playful rhythm and rhyme, or short sentences for beginning readers, she tries to make them so enjoyable that kids will want to read them over and over again. “But the most important part,” she says, “is to teach children that God loves them and cares about them very much.”

As a child, Richard Johnson was always happiest with a pencil and a scrap of paper to scribble on. He decided to pursue his passion for art and went on to study illustration at Loughborough University of Art and Design. Some of the books he has worked on include Aesop’s Fables, If Elephants Wore Trousers, Around the World in Eighty Tales, The Peter Pan Jigsaw Book, and his own story, My Grandpa’s Amazing Inventions. Richard currently lives in Lincolnshire, England.

The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story by Jan BerenstainMike Berenstain
Berenstain Bears/Living Lights
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION / Religious Ages 4-7
Pages: 32 Paperback 8×8
Date Published: January 24, 2012
Publisher: Zonderkidz

When Mama Bear overhears the cubs and Papa talking about their favorite Easter candies, she realizes a lesson in the real meaning of Easter is needed in The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story, which features a colorful sticker sheet.
This Easter, families can read about Jesus’ resurrection in the next book of the bestselling Berenstain Bears Living Lights series. This book is the perfect addition to any child’s Easter basket, and it comes with a colorful set of stickers.

The Bear cubs and Papa Bear are candy-crazy! When Mama reminds them that Easter is about more than marshmallow chicks, Papa reads to the cubs from The Big Book of Bible Stories.

With its simple retelling of the Easter story, The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story will bring joy to the hearts of young readers ages 4-7 as it describes the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Children will love the fresh illustrations of Bible characters, and parents, grandparents, and teachers can use the story to remind children that salvation is much sweeter than candy. With over 1 million copies sold, the Berenstain Bears has become a staple for fans young and old. The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story is sure to become another favorite family tradition.

What could be a better topic in a book this spring to spend with beloved characters such as the Berenstain Bears other than the Easter Story? Well this year you have it in a great one with bright colors that make mean yearn for the blossoms to come and the grass to be green. In these pages your children can learn and watch with Brother, Sister and Honey Bear as some older bears in a Sunday School classroom next door act out the Easter Story. This is a great one for conversation starters. *sigh* I love the Berenstain Bears.

Stan and Jan Berenstain introduced the first Berenstain Bear books in 1962. Mike Berenstain grew up watching his parents work together to write about and draw these lovable bears. Eventually he started drawing and writing about them too. Though Stan died in 2005, Jan and Mike continue to create the delightful Bear adventures from their family home in Pennsylvania, in an area that looks much like the sunny dirt road deep in Bear Country.

The Donkey That No One Could Ride by Anthony DeStefanoRichard Cowdrey (Illustrator)
Genre: Christian Children’s Picture Book – Easter/Palm Sunday
Pages: 32 Hardcover – 9 x 9″
Date Published: February 2012
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers

“… You will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden.”

Bestselling author Anthony DeStefano begins his creative telling of the beloved Bible story of Christ’s triumphant entry by introducing the young donkey who has yet to realize his important mission. The lowly creature believes he can do nothing noble, but that’s before he meets the Master…

Then Jesus said to the donkey,
“It’s time that you knew
About the great thing
That you’re destined to do…”
He hears the sad donkey cry,
“Just leave me alone and cast me aside.
I’m just a poor donkey that no one can ride.”

Richard Cowdrey’s colorful illustrations pair beautifully with Anthony’s charming rhymes. Together, they bring this timeless story of the donkey who carries Jesus into Jerusalem to a joyful finish. While especially appropriate as an Easter gift, this year-round story is for all time and for young and old alike.

What a fabulous Easter/Palm Sunday picture book to share with your children. I have come to love other picture books that I’ve read from Anthony DeStefano and I already like Richard Cowdrey illustrations from coming to know our cute barking friend Marley, so I was not entirely surprised to be delighted with this picture book. I am quite certain it is one we will read again and again this spring and in years in the future. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to friends for Sunday School classes, or homeschool or just family reading.

If you like the essence behind The Crippled Lamb you’ll also love this one. God makes situations for even the littlest of animals as they all have their purpose.

*Thanks to Harvest House Publishers for providing a copy for review.*
Happy Easter, Curious George by H.A. ReyMargret Rey
Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Holidays & Celebrations
Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3
Pages: 24 Hardcover 9×9
Date Published: February 15, 2010
Publisher: HMH Books

Happy Easter, Curious George is a winning holiday story based on H. A. and Margret Rey’s popular primate and painted in the original watercolor and charcoal style. One fine Easter morning, George and the man with the yellow hat head to the park. George can’t help but join in the fun when he sees children dyeing Easter eggs . . . but what’s that man doing with their prized creations? Each hardcover gift book comes with glittery egg-decorating stickers!

For more monkey fun, investigate www.curiousgeorge.com and discover all the latest on Curious George books, promotions, games, activities, and more!

What a cute book to share for Easter traditions. This is one that I would use all spring beyond just Easter. While there is the Easter Bunny which George gets to see, there are also the eggs. Learn and experience with George the tradition of dyed eggs and the hunt. While this is not a Christian specific book it is family friendly, holiday filled with traditions from childhood past and present.

There is also a great page dealing with the mixture of colors from primary to secondary. I love that introduction.

The Reys were born in Hamburg, Germany. Hans Augusto Rey (1898-1977) met his wife-to-be, Margret (1906-1996), at a party in her father’s home in Germany; when he first caught a glimpse of her, she was sliding down the banister. In their twenties and thirties they lived in Paris and in Rio de Janeiro, where Hans sold bathtubs in villages along the Amazon River. Eventually Cambridge, Massachusetts, became the Reys’ home and community. Throughout their lives the Reys created many lively books together, including SPOTTY, PRETZEL, and lift-the-flap books such as HOW DO YOU GET THERE? The manuscript of the first Curious George books was one of the few items the Reys carried with them on their bicycles when they escaped from Paris in 1940. Eventually, they made their way to the United States, and CURIOUS GEORGE was published in 1941. Their incorrigible little monkey has become an American icon, selling millions of books and capturing the hearts of readers everywhere. CURIOUS GEORGE has been published in many languages, including French, German, Japanese, Afrikaans, and Norwegian. Additional Curious George books followed, as well as such other favorites as CECILY G. AND THE NINE MONKEYS and FIND THE CONSTELLATIONS.

The Parable of the Lily by Liz Curtis Higgs
Genre: Christian Children’s Parable – Easter
Pages: 28 Lap Board Book
Date Published: February 2012
Publisher: Tommy Nelson, a division of Thomas Nelson

The Parable of the Lily begins with a mysterious gift on a gray wintry day and ends one Spring morning with a joyous discovery.

The gentle Farmer from The Pumpkin Patch Parable lovingly helps His young daughter, Maggie, understand the power of grace and forgiveness and the true meaning of Easter.

I love Liz Curtis Higgs, I love giant lap board books. What could be a better book for this Easter season than a parable story we already love?! There are four books in the Parables Series from Liz, and now this spring we have a third one republished as a lap board book. (Last Christmas we got The Pine Tree Parable and before that for Thanksgiving we had The Pumpkin Patch Parable.) I cannot wait for the fourth one The Sunflower Parable to come as a board book – I can only assume that will be our summer surprise!

Each page has a verse and statement that allows the reader to open up the scripture to a child’s mind. A gift neglected and forgotten might provide a lesson and surprise and that’s what my daughters can learn while reading this one. I absolutely love this format. I honestly cannot elaborate enough to tell you how great these lap board books are. My toddler can lay on her belly and just stare at the pictures on her own (she’s now in the stage of retelling bits of stories to herself that she remembers from when I read to her) and she goes over the story. I know that she does not get all of it at this stage, but she’s getting some of it and it’s all a blessing.

*Thanks to Thomas Nelson for providing a copy for review.*
The Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale by Elena PasqualiSophie Windham (Illustrator)
Genre: Christian Children’s Picture Book
Pages: 32 Jacketed Hardcover
Date Published: September 1st 2011
Publisher: Kregel

Three forest trees dream of what they will one day become. One dreams of becoming a royal throne; one of being a ship that can withstand any storm; and one longs to stay in the forest and grow as tall as tall can be. When they are felled, it seems their dreams are over. But as each tree is crafted into a new item-a manger, a fishing boat, and a rugged cross-it becomes clear that through the role they play in one important life their hopes are more than fulfilled. This traditional folktale is accompanied by stylish artwork from a highly sought after children’s book illustrator, and will help set the Christmas and Easter stories into the overall context of the Christian faith.

What a delightful way to sum up Christ’s journey on earth from birth to miracles and on to the world’s salvation. With vivid and artistic ilustrations my daughters could spend hours looking at these images over the years.

Thanks to Kregel for a copy to review.

Elena Pasquali studied romance languages at university and has a special interest in researching folk tales. She worked for some years in children’s publishing before going on to be an author in her own right.

Sophie Windham has illustrated books for Bloomsbury and Orchard and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal for Unicorns! Unicorns! by Geraldine McCaughrean.

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The Creative Madness Mama also known as Margaret is a Christian Stay-at-home Mama, married to the Enginerd, Quilter, avid reader and book-a-holic. A book blogger for bunches of different publicists. She loves to share the latest and greatest about books coming out as well as her quilt and other crafty projects with some pictures of her eight-year-old AppleBlossom, three-year-old Almond Blossom (the Rascal boy!), six-year-old OrangeBlossom (the Princess), and newborn Mermaid Warrior in between. Plotting to be a homeschooler, she's a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, babywearing, list making mama full of a little creative and a lot of madness.