Easter Books for Preschoolers

This assortment of fun reads make a great addition to any basket

Will the Easter Bunny be visiting your home this spring? If so, what will he be packing in your preschooler's Easter basket? Candy and toys are the obvious answer, but how about a book? There are a ton of Easter books for preschoolers on the market, some telling the story of the mythical (!) white rabbit and others exploring the religious aspect of the holiday in a way that a young child can understand. Here are our top picks for Easter books for your preschooler. They serve as great gifts, but also make sense to give to your little one before the big day so she understands what is going on.

The Easter Story by Patricia A. Pingry

The Easter Story [Paperback] Patricia A. Pingry
The Easter Story [Paperback] Patricia A. Pingry. Ideals Children's Books/PriceGrabber

The task of explaining the religious aspects Easter to a young child can be daunting. This book though, does a great job of telling about Jesus, his miracles and other important aspects of what makes this holiday so special and holy for Christians. It does discuss the death of Jesus, but there are no scary or graphic images or words, in fact, the whole tome is gentle and sweet. Most importantly, it brings the story of Jesus back to today and encourages children to embrace him into their lives.

Duck & Goose, Here Comes the Easter Bunny! by Tad Hill

Duck & Goose, Here Comes the Easter Bunny! by Tad Hills
Duck & Goose, Here Comes the Easter Bunny! by Tad Hills. Schwartz & Wade/PriceGrabber

This basic, colorful book tells the story of two familiar friends and their fun quest to find the Easter bunny. Great for younger preschoolers, the text is simple, the pictures cheerful and the story one that they'll want to hear again and again. The characters are appealing to the three-and-under set and little ones will enjoy answering the questions posed.

Max's Easter Surprise (Max and Ruby) by Rosemary Wells

Max's Easter Surprise (Max and Ruby) by Rosemary Wells
Max's Easter Surprise (Max and Ruby) by Rosemary Wells. Grosset & Dunlap/PriceGrabber

Preschoolers who love to take delight in Rosemary Wells' charming troublemaker bunny Max, will love this story. It follows Max and his sweet sister Ruby who is looking forward to decorating Easter eggs. As usual, Max has other plans -- he wants to have an Easter parade. Little ones will laugh out loud at this fun story and delight in the happy ending.

Disney-Pixar Cars Mater and the Easter Buggy by Kiki Thorpe

Disney-Pixar Cars Mater and the Easter Buggy by Kiki Thorpe
Disney-Pixar Cars Mater and the Easter Buggy by Kiki Thorpe. Disney Press/PriceGrabber
Cars 2 favorite Mater is really excited about Easter and the impending visit of the "Easter Buggy." (Although it should be no surprise to anyone that he's looking forward to getting lugnuts and coolant and not chocolate bunnies and jelly beans.) When it looks like the Buggy doesn't come, Mater's best buddy Lightning McQueen comes to the rescue, even if he's a non-believer. A simple book with familiar faces and themes that will appeal to little ones.

An Easter Gift for Me by Crystal Bowman

An Easter Gift for Me by Crystal Bowman
An Easter Gift for Me by Crystal Bowman. Zonderkidz/PriceGrabber
The story of Jesus, from his birth to his death to his resurrection, is explained in this simple book for little ones. The sentences are short and easy to understand and the pictures are warm and gentle. Sometimes little ones can be upset by the notion of death, but Bowman does a good job with a difficult subject, and even more so with the idea of Jesus rising to save his people.

Easter Bugs by David A. Carter

Easter Bugs by David A. Carter
Easter Bugs by David A. Carter. Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

Want to add a twist to your reading? Sit your preschooler down with a pop-up book. Fun to read, they offer a surprise on every page and lots of interesting things to look at and explore. Easter Bugs by David A. Carter, is a wonderful entry in this genre, giving little ones a great interactive reading experience and a different perspective on Easter as well as featuring bright colors, fun flaps and lots of gorgeous bugs to touch and feel.

The Night Before Easter by Natasha Wing

The Night Before Easter
The Night Before Easter. Scholastic
Before he travels to houses worldwide with baskets, eggs and candy, what exactly does the Easter Bunny do before he leaves? This perfect-for-"Easter Eve" imagines just that. The text is easy to follow (the rhythm follows the familiar "The Night Before Christmas") and the pictures are funny with lots of details. A good seasonal favorite to read again.

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