Saturday, March 14, 2009

Recommended Children's Easter Books and Give-Away

We're getting a head start on our Easter baskets over here, so I thought it was a good time to review and post some suggestions for children's Easter books for your baby bookworms. And what better time for our first give away?! Scroll to the bottom of this post for the give away details.

Busy Bunnies (Board book), by John Schindel. This charming little board book contains photographs of bunnies doing various bunny things, like munching on a carrot and hopping. Other books in the same series include Busy Monkeys (which we definitely need to check out), Busy Horsies, Busy Barnyard, Busy Penguins, Busy Kitties, Busy Doggies, Busy Pandas, Busy Piggies, and (the newest) Busy Chickens.


Bunny hopping / Bunny plopping

Bookworm's interest at 15 months: He enjoyed this book, but liked Busy Chickens slightly more.

Busy Chickens (Busy Animals) (Board book), by John Schindel. Like "Busy Bunnies" and the other books in this series, "Busy Chickens" is a board book full of photographs of actual chickens engaged in various activities. While some of the chickens are the little yellow chicks you'd expect to see plastering Easter books, others (like those on the cover) are full feathered older chickens, and their images seem more comedic somehow (at least to this city dweller).


Chicken cheaping / Chicken leaping

Bookworm's interest at 15 months: He enjoyed this book, sitting through several reads in a row.

Cloth Book Fluffy Chick (Touch and Feel Cloth Books), by Roger Priddy. This (and one other by the same author) were the only cloth books he liked much. The rhymes are cute, the cover is nicely crinkly, and the pages contain different tactile sensations, like a springy pigtail and a cushioned cow's nose.


"When the duck is swimming in the lake, "quack, quack," is the sound she'll make."

Bookworm's interest at under 12 months: He'd sit and play with this one while I made lunch when he was an infant.

Parent's Peeve: Fluffy chick isn't actually in the book.

Curious George Four Board Book Set [BOX SET] (Board book), by H. A. Rey. I keep meaning to review this four board book set, which includes, among others, the Easter-relevant "Curious George and the Bunny." In this book, George finds a cage with a Mother Bunny and her many baby bunnies. He plays with one of them, loses him, (with the help of the Mother Bunny) finds him again, and sets him back in his cage. It's a cute little tale.


"Where did the bunny go? George looked everywhere but the bunny was gone. All the fun was gone, too."

Bookworm's interest at 15 months: I'm not sure why he doesn't want to sit through the full length of these books. I think he'll grow into them, so I'd recommend them for a slightly older child.

Gossie and Gertie (Board book), by Olivier Dunrea. A sturdy little board book starring Gertie and Gossie - best friend ducks. It kept his attention the first time through even in a crowded room full of running, shouting older kids.


"This is Gossie./This is Gertie./Gossie wears bright red boots./Gertie wears bright blue boots./They are friends. Best friends."

Bookworm's interest at 14 months: Signing for birds for the ducks and a quasi frog sign for a hopping frog on one of the pages.

Happy Easter, Maisy! (Board book), by Lucy Cousins. This Maisy Easter story features an egg hunt, and also includes the painting of the eggs beforehand. It concludes with a Happy Easter shout among a crowd of Maisy and his animal friends.


"Tallulah helps Maisy paint the eggs lots of different colors."

Bookworm's interest at 15 months: Not much yet, but we'll try it a few more times. This is his first Maisy book.

Make Way for Ducklings (Viking Kestrel Picture Books) (Hardcover), by Robert McCloskey. A Caldecott Award winner, this book follows Mr. and Mrs. Mallard as they set up home on the Charles River in Boston and attempt to navigate the city's intersections with a row of ducklings in tow. The entire tale is illustrated with brown sketches.


"One day the ducklings hatched out. First came Jack, then Kack, and then Lack, then Mack and Nack and Ouack and Pack and Quack. Mr. and Mrs. Mallard were bursting with pride. It was a great responsibility taking care of so many ducklings, and it kept them very busy."

Bookworm's interest at 14 months: The pages had been too delicate for him to handle until recently (14 months). I think the lack of color in the illustrations makes it hard to engage him at this point, but this would make a beautiful gift for an older child or one that a younger child can grow into.

Sleepy Bunny (Pat the Bunny Cloth Book), by Golden Books. A soft cloth version of the popular "Pat the bunny" book. It includes a bunny on a string that can be placed from page to page as you read the text.

Bookworm's interest at under 12 months: Our little man wasn't a huge fan of cloth books (Fuzzy Bee and Friends and Fluffy Chick and Friends notwithstanding), but this was one of the few we'd read to him when he was an infant.

Spot's Easter Surprise (Board book), by Eric Hill. In this cute little Spot board book, Spot and his friends hunt for eggs in the garden, each in turn finding one. They give the biggest egg of all to Grandma and Grandpa, and Grandma suggests they all share it. I love how the Grandma dog wears her granny glasses and somehow, in all the simplicity of the drawing, still manages to appear immediately to be a grandma (dog).


"Spot finds one, too. Yippee! / Now Steve finds one."

Bookworm's interest at 15 months: He wasn't hugely interested in this one, but I think it will grow on him. Spot's different friends are various animals (monkey, alligator, etc.), and that does draw his interest in somewhat.

The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes (Hardcover), by Dubose Heyward. There is so much to say about this book! First, the plot. A "little country girl bunny with a brown skin..." aspires to be one of the five Easter Bunnies, who are "the five kindest, and swiftest, and wisest bunnies in the whole wide word." Her peers mock her, because 1) she's a girl, 2) she's from the country, and presumably, 3) she's brown. When she has 21 babies, it seems her fate is sealed: "'What did we tell you! Only a country rabbit would go and have all those babies. Now take care of them and leave Easter eggs to great big men bunnies like us.'" Cottontail, though, being as wise as she is, has other plans, and soon learns to put her children to work for her, training them to run the household. When a spot opens up for a new Easter Bunny, you can imagine who gets chosen. The really amazing thing about this story? The book was published in 1939, by an author born in the 19th century! The book delivers a lovely message about accomplishing your goals against all odds, with additional lessons about feminism and class woven in. What a lovely gift this would make for a young girl in particular, but I think boys or girls would enjoy it. I especially like when the mother bunny shows the skills she has developed while being a stay at home mom bunny (see the excerpt). Modern SAHM's will relate well to those passages.


"'...It is too bad that you have had no time to run and grow swift, as I might have made you my fifth Easter Bunny.' At that, Mother Cottontail started to laugh, then she whispered to the little bunnies, and every rabbit on the lawn looked to see what would happen and the old Grandfather leaned forward to watch. Suddenly all of her twenty-one children raced away. And Cottontail dashed after them, and in no time at all she had them all back again in front of the Palace."

Bookworm's interest at 15 months: This is much better suited for an older child (there is a good deal of text per page). I haven't tried it with him yet, other than a quick initial glance.

Where Are Baby's Easter Eggs?: A Lift-the-Flap Book (Board book), by Karen Katz. The little bookworm has really been enjoying this Karen Katz lift the flap book since we brought it home. Those familiar with Katz' style (in books like "Where is Baby's Bellybutton?," a favorite around here) will feel right at home. The reader searches for Easter eggs from page to page, up in a tree, in a laundry basket, behind the flowers, etc., finding instead (until the end) other Easter items, such as an Easter bonnet, jelly beans, bunnies, and chicks. I like that this has all of the typical Easter symbols (the non-religious ones at least) in one book. If your little bookworm likes lift the flap books, this one is a perfect basket stuffer.


"Are they under the picnic table? / No! Here are some friendly Easter chicks!"

Bookworm's interest at 15 months: He loves this one, especially (of course) the flaps.

The Runaway Bunny (Book & Bunny Gift Set) (Board book), by Margaret Wise Brown. By the author of Goodnight, Moon, this charming little board book can be bought packaged with a lovely stuffed bunny - such a cute Easter gift! There is also a full (non boardbook) version, and we might opt for that one. According to Amazon's blurb, "[s]ince its publication in 1942, The Runaway Bunny has never been out of print."


"Once there was a little bunny who wanted to run away.
So he said to his mother, 'I am running away.'
'if you run away,' said his mother, I will run after you.
For you are my little bunny.'

Bookworm's interest at 15 months: Alas, he was not too keen on it, but the same was true of "Goodnight Moon" on the first few reads, and it has become a favorite. He also might prefer the non boardbook version. He's a little fickle like that.

Additional recommendations (from our readers)

See the complete list of 75 recommended Easter books HERE!

Our First Give Away!!

Thanks to the generosity of Tricycle Press, we will be giving away one copy of Busy Bunnies and one copy of Busy Chickens to two lucky winners. We're still a pretty new blog, so you have a great shot at winning!

To enter:
  1. Comment on this post for one entry.
  2. Comment with suggested titles to add to this list. I'll be updating the list with people's suggestions. Each title you suggest will give you an extra entry, up to 5 entries! Books can be specifically Easter-focused, religious or nonreligious, or just include bunnies, chicks, or ducks.
  3. Subscribe to this blog through a reader. Let me know in your comment. You will receive two extra entries.
  4. Post about the give away on your site. Give me the link to your post in a comment here. You will receive three extra entries.
That's 11 possible entries per person. Deadline: Midnight on March 31, 2009. Winners will be notified by email and have 48 hours to respond with an address, so make sure I have a way to reach you through your comment, profile, or blog. U.S. only please (sorry). The first winner will get first choice of the two books, and the second winner will get the other.

Comment away!


The Princess said...

I found your blog through UnplugYourKids a week or so ago, I love it and had to subscribe. I listed your contest too!

Darcy said...

I used to be a teacher and now I have 2 kids of my own. I love books so much! This is a great giveaway!

Katie, Kevin and kids said...

My mom used to read The Country Bunny... to us every Easter. Good Memories!
My daughter loves anything Karen Katz, especially the Easter one. The flaps are still fun for a 3 year old!

Here are some other Eastery selections:
The Easter Beagle Returns, Schulz
The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Potter
Honey Bunny, Mary Engelbreit ( I LOVE the simplicity of this one for very young children)
Winnie the Pooh's Easter, Talkington
I think any of the Little Nut Brown Hare (Guess How Much I Love You bunny) books are great for spring!

I follow you in Google:)

Thanks for the great giveaway!

Katie, Kevin and kids said...

I posted about your site & giveaway!

Infant Bibliophile said...

How could I have forgotten Guess How Much I Love You? I included it in our Valentine's Day books. Oops. Thanks! And thanks for the other suggestions! I'll add them to the list. Good luck in the give away :)

Becky Workman said...

What a great giveaway! Please enter me! One of the books the my kids love is "Giggle Giggle Quack." It's a follow-up to another favorite which is "Click Clack Moo."


Britt said...

I gave your blog an award.

Infant Bibliophile said...

I remember reading about Click Clack Moo awhile back; it looks great! Thanks for entering. :)

Karen said...

I'm doing some spring cleaning and organizing and purging toys and came across several stuffed rabbits from Easters past. I was thinking about Easter today too! Speficially, what to do instead of another stuffed rabbit this year. Thank you for the book suggestions! I love giving books as gifts and I was thinking I needed to think about Easter or Spring books or just great books to gift to the kids this year. Great post!!

I will suggest...

If You Were My Bunny (we have this one) and
First The Egg

I will think of more. This will be fun!

Karen said...

I'll also suggest the Max and Ruby series by Rosemary Wells. My favorite is titled, Bunny Money. (Max and Ruby are rabbits).

Karen said...

I am adding the Karen Katz easter book to my shopping cart, and the Country Bunnies book looks very interesting too! We checked out Make Way for Ducklings from the library last month and the boys were not as interested either. I do think the single color drawings were a little bland, and I don't know..... Blueberries for Sal had a slightly better reception, and I prefer it of the two.

I'll add The Velveteen Rabbit to your list!

Karen said...

And good luck with your first contest!

Karen said...

Look at this cute one - Good Egg
Another give away too!

Karen said...

Blogged about your contest. Now don't I look like the stalker?

MJ said...

I'd love to win either of these!

Tracysweetangl said...

Great giveaway! You have a great site! thanks!

Tracysweetangl said...

The Happy Egg by Ruth Krauss is a nice book!

LifeLongLearner said...

This give away contest would benefit our students at a brand new elementary school library media center. Hoping for a win!

barefootinhighheels said...

I'd love to win! Thanks! I'm going to subscribe to your feed, too . . .

hawkins_lori (at) hotmail (dot) com

p.s. are you familiar with Barefoot Books??? Check out my blog to get to my website -- it's an independent children's book publisher and they have fanTAStic titles with gorgeous illustrations for little ones! My kids and I fell in love with them!

Marcie said...

I've started reading your blog this past month - I just love it! Great book suggestions. Here are some I would add to your list:
Spring Is Here by Lois Lenski
Home for a Bunny or Bunny's Noisy Book (Margaret Wise Brown)
The Sun Egg or Pelle's New Suit (Elsa Beskow)
Have You Seen My Duckling? or I Love You, Little One (Nancy Tarfuri)

Infant Bibliophile said...

I'm loving all of your suggestions; thanks!

NadJen said...

My kids would love these! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Allie said...

" What is Easter" by Michelle Medlock Adams is a great basic explanation of the holiday that I plan on using with my son this year.

Rhymes and More.. said...

too bad I am not in US and cannot participate, but some of the books i wd like to suggest are

Hands Hands fingers thumb
Good NIght Moon

Quinn said...

Hoppy's easter surprise was a favorite last year. Great idea for a give away.
qbyrnes at yahoo dot com

shopannies said...

would love to win this for little ones

shopannies said...

sunny day bunny

Quinn said...

I was re-reading some of the books and the comments that you had about his interest. Some of those books work better for night time reading. We read books together at night, but we have books all over the house. Some times Alice (3y now) would just look and flip pages. Sometimes we would read or just talk about the story without reading it. She was only 2 1/2 but could tell you all about Wizard of Oz or Alice in wonderland. Just an suggestion to grab interest as they grow into some stories.

Bovee Brigade said...

How fun! We love books in our house!
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Bovee Brigade said...

I am remembering a book about a duck called "ping", I think. It's been awhile since I've seen that book. Also we just got a book called "Tellie the Chicken". Very cute real photographs of a chickens day.

Maria said...

What a great blog! Thanks for the giveaway! (and I'll second the vote for Max & Ruby - my daughter is addicted!)

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jess said...

I have a 4 month old who's lovin' reading books with me - thanks for the suggestions!!

Janee said...

I'm subscribing right now! I have a 2 yr old and a 1 month old and we love to read, so I'm looking forward to your suggestions.

We got a great book from the Library last month called "Tippy-Toe Chick, Go!" Silly title, but my daughter loved it and we read it over and over.

Anonymous said...

This is so cool. My nephews would love a book.


Jinxy and Me said...

What a great list! Thanks for the giveaway!

Paige said...

Fun! We could use some Easter books.

Amy said...

Wow - I never knew about your site, but it looks so helpful! I have a 14 month old myself! Thanks!

christin said...

Thanks for this awesome giveaway:) Some of our favorite Easter books are: "The Color Monster", "Bunny Trouble", "More Bunny Trouble", "The Biggest Easter Egg", and "Rechenka's Eggs" Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing! I have a 2.5 year old and an almost 1 year old. :)

mel_whoop99 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Marie said...

My two kids love books -- one of their favorites is the old classic Goodnight Moon :-) Since my two are a bit older now I would love to pass these on to our friend who is expecting a baby in a few months so I could get her little one started on books right away :-)

Jennifer said...

Hmm, I love Country Bunny, but since you've already listed next favorite Easter books are:

Minerva Louise and the Colorful Eggs by Janet Stoeke. Very funny chicken book!

and a trilogy by Adrienne Adams about Easter bunnies at different holidays (Christmas Party, Easter Egg Artists, Great Valentine's Day Balloon Race). These are older picture books and have soft and warm illustrations.

Jay said...

Thanks for the opportunity. I can't think of any bunny books besides Guess How much I love you. Sorry.


Natasha @ Maw Books said...

I really, really want to buy the Gossie and Gertie books. They are just adorable!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the chance to win a book. The books sound great!


jburden said...

My daugher LOVES to read- we have the Spot's Easter book, but she would love Where are Baby's Easter Eggs as she adores the Where is Baby's Belly Button book

jen dot burden at sbcglobal dot net

jennym said...

I would love to win this book!

JamericanSpice said...

I found your blog through brimful Curiosities and would love to win this.

Nicole said...

Great list of books!

laura said...

great giveaway! would love to win this for my little boy :)


sunnymama said...

I'm not in the US so can't enter your competition but wanted to say with have Busy Penguins and it is a lovely book. It's got a great picture of a penguin pooping too that sunnyboy found fascinating!

rebecca said...

wow! this is my first visit to your site and i'm excited about it! i love reading to my son...

gitrecca at gmail dot com

Pat said...

Thanks for the great list of Easter books!

So Smrt said...

I might have missed where someone suggested these, but there's another Spot book, Spot's First Easter. There are also two books with bunnies...Bunny My Honey, and Guess How Much I Love You?

We'll probably be returning to post on our unplugged project. Thanks for hosting it!

Megan G said...

This is such a great idea. I'm also subscribed to your blog through google reader.

Paige said...

What a great list of Easter books!

Kate said...

Thanks for the list and the giveaway!

Kate said...

'The Story of Easter' is a great one for helping the little ones understand what we are celebrating!

LadyBug-Kellie said...

Oh my goodness...I have not seen the book 'The Country bunny and the little golden shoes' since i was a child!! That book was so special to me - I havne't thought of it in YEARS! ZNow that I am a mom I bet it will have a whole new meaning to me! I am definitely going to pick that up so we can add it to our collection!!

Mommy's Home!! said...

What a great list! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Mommy's Home!! said...

My son, age 4, enjoys Word Bird's Easter words / by Jane Belk Moncure ; illustrated by Lois Axeman.

Jill said...

Such Cute Board Books :)


Jill said...

We would recommend the Beatrix Potter boxed set :)

A Frugal Friend said...

Hi.......great contest. Thanks. I have a little one and this is her first Real Easter to celebrate. We need some Easter books.

Buki Family said...

i would love these for my little man!

chazvgo said...

I love to add books to my boys collection. Thanks :)

jburden said...

What a cute idea! My daughter loves to read, and definitely gets books in her Easter basket every year

jen dot burden at sbcglobal dot net

Lee & Kelly said...

We love books, but I'm stumped as to something more to add--this is an awfully complete list!

lmkirb said...

I run a daycare and I LOVE children's books. Whenever we have a celebration for a holiday O try to find a book for each children for them as a gift so your list is definitely going to be a great help.
The Runaway Bunny and the Velveteen Rabbit are always big hits whenever we read them.
Thanks for the chance!!

Danielle said...

I love bunny books. My favorite one from childhood is Runaway Bunny. Thanks for a great giveaway.
ldsmom2201 at yahoo dot com

Karen said...

Oohh! I am going to add Pat the Bunny as another suggestion!

Karen said...

I am over 5 suggestions, but what the heck!

Brimful Curiosities said...

One of our favorite bunny picture books is Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming

Here's a great Easter booklist:

sarah said...

So much fun!

A suggestion I have that my girl loves is "Sheep in a Jeep" (board book) by Nancy E. Shaw and Margot Apple; it has sheep in it so doesn't that count as sort of an Easter book? It's SO much fun to read, anyway!

The Night Before Easter by Natasha Wing and Kathy Couri

My Good Shepherd by Alice Joyce Davidson and David Austin Clar

The Best Easter Egg Hunt Ever by John Speirs

My First Easter by Tomie dePaola

Easter Bugs : A Springtime Pop-up by David A Carter