By Melissa Uhles
Easter is yet another holiday where kids get candy, but what if they got a book instead of a basket? No chocolate bunny, you ask?
Before you roll your eyes, you could give a book in addition to candy if you don’t wanna be seen as a mean bunny. That said, in our house, my son ends up with candy from grandparents on both sides of the family and then does a hunt for candy with his cousins. I think that’s enough to keep him sugared up for a few months.
This is why I decided a while back to have the Easter bunny bring candy alternatives. I’m a book lover and determined to turn my kid into one, so this year he’s getting a book instead of a Easter basket. I know, I’m the meanest mom ever.
If you are with me, I’ve put together a list of 12 book recommendations to help you with your Easter shopping. Because who has time to research books with all the egg dying and Easter dress buying?
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Peppa's Easter Egg Hunt (Peppa Pig) from Scholastic is an inexpensive and colorful picture book that the littles are sure to love, especially if they dig the TV show.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit (board book) by Beatrix Potter is the classic story of Peter Rabbit’s adventures in Mr. McGregor’s garden. You could follow this one up with a trip to see the Peter Rabbit movie.
Pete the Cat Big Easter Adventure is a fun book to share especially with kinders and first graders because these books are big in elementary school. My son even went to see a play based on these books.
Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? By Carmela LaVigna Coyle, Mike Gordon and Carl Gordon follows a girl who has lots of questions for her mom about what it means to be a true princess. She wonders if they are allowed to climb trees for example.
The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig is about a quiet boy who feels invisible until a new kid arrives. They work together on a class project and that’s when things change for the better.
Wish by Emma Dodd is the most recent installment in a series of animal books. This one explores the connection between a wolf and her pup.
Easter Eggstravaganza Mad Libs by Roger Price is a sneaky and fun way to get kids excited about reading and writing. And if you have a road trip in your near future, it may buy you a good fifteen minutes of quiet time in the car.
Choose Kind Journal by R. J. Palacio is inspired by the film Wonder. It was recommended by a mom friend of mine. It encourages kids to do one kind thing each day. This is what I’m getting my son this year.
Easter Coloring Book This choice works for kids, teens or adults. They have a good assortment of these sorts of books at the dollar store.
Speak Up and Get Along! by Scott Cooper is an awesome pick for grade-schoolers that need to learn how to deal with teasing, bullying and how to get along with friends.
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg is a classic adventure I recently read with my son. Claudia and her brother run away from home and live in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. They must overcome obstacles like finding food and avoiding getting discovered by security guards.
Of Giants and Ice (The Ever Afters) by Shelby Bach is described by Kirkus Reviews as a “fast paced combination of middle school realism and fairy-tale fantasy.”
I hope you found something on this list that your kiddo(s) will love this Easter.
What are your favorite books to gift? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments.
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