If you’re a bibliophile like me, chances are you give books as gifts for Everything. And if you’re trying to create little bibliophiles to follow in your footsteps, then yeah, you want some good ones to put in your kids’ Easter baskets this year.
Don’t worry. I’ve got the goods.
Easter is the perfect time to introduce books about nature to your kids. It’s also Bunny Time, because Hello. What would Easter be without bunnies?
Bunny Books for the Easter Basket
If your littles are as fascinated by bunnies as my boys were when they were young, one or two of these books is sure to bring bright Easter smiles to their faces.
This classic tale has enthralled children for more than a century for a reason. Who doesn’t love reading about Peter’s antics within the fence of Mr. McGregor’s garden? And the board book is the perfect size to snuggle inside an Easter basket. If you gift this one, don’t miss the egg carton bunny craft in my Story Time for the book.
This Caldecott winner tells the tale of Mouse’s friend rabbit, a high-energy little critter whose constant companion is Trouble. When Rabbit gets Mouse’s airplane stuck in a tree, hilarity follows. This one will have your littles in stitches.
This book has been my go-to for baby shower gifts for more than 20 years. I just feel like every child should know this beautiful story about a stuffed rabbit who dreams of being loved so much by his boy that he some day will become real.
Your littles will love this tale of a bunny who moves into a new home and takes all the attention from the resident cat. At first Oliver is jealous and does not welcome Marshmallow, but soon they become fast friends.
Don’t you just love Margaret Wise Brown? Let your littles find out why this sweet rabbit has to whisper with this dreamy picture book.
Too. Cute. Little Ben does not want to go to sleep, but it’s bedtime. What’s a mother bunny to do? This is a great bedtime story for all littles, but especially for those who fight their bedtimes.
An all-time favorite of my Littlest’s, The Penderwicks is perfect for older kids or read-alouds. This chapter book follows four sisters and their new friend as they vacation on a large estate, and it captures all the magic that is summertime in childhood.
This one is one of my all-time favorites. I loved it as a child, imagining my own mother loving me so much she would do anything to be with me, and I loved it as a mother, knowing that I would, indeed, do anything to stay with my own littles. Plus, the illustrations are a.maz.ing.
Oh, me. Oh, my. We all love this one, don’t we? And since Big Nutbrown Hare loves Little Nutbrown Hare all the way to the moon and back, check out this free moon mini-unit from my Story Time for the book.
This one is both an ABC and a counting book, so it’s perfect for very young littles who are just starting to learn. And the illustrations? Captivating.
This book is sweet enough to give you a toothache. A collection of mama animals gather their little ones up and sing their own versions of popular nursery rhymes. My favorite is Mama Rabbit’s version of the Mockingbird song. Your littles will love the gorgeous, soothing, cuddly illustrations.
Nature Books for the Easter Basket
With rhyming text and superb illustrations, this book walks your littles through all the things that happen in, on, and around a tree from branches to roots. It would make a great addition to a tree nature study. Speaking of which,
This one depicts not only all the things that happen on the tree, but also how the tree grows and the life cycle. And it does so mostly with pictures! This book is so cool I just don’t have words. If your littles would enjoy this book or the one above it, make sure and grab the 39-page Tree Nature Study free printable from this Story Time!
If you don’t already know how much we love Shel Silverstein here, you haven’t been around long. That’s okay. Stick with us, we are delightful. The Giving Tree is the story of ultimate unconditional love. I crush so hard on this tree, I can’t even. She’s very like a mother, my friends. There’s a free Tree Life Cycle printable and a very cool Tree Craft for Story Time of this amazing book.
This one covers life in the garden and in the soil beneath. If you’re planting a garden with your littles this spring, this would make a great companion book. Also, I’m not doing this on purpose (I swear), but there are a couple of great garden printables for this post all about learning in the garden.
Pax is a brilliant story about the love between a boy and his fox and what they are willing to do to stay together. Perfect for older kids or read-alouds, this chapter book is a beautiful look at friendship and loyalty.
I heart Miss Rumphius so much. Her whole value set is Make the World More Beautiful. And she does so by sowing Lupine seeds around her town. What a wonderful lesson to teach your littles: leave the world a more beautiful place than it was when you entered it. Yeah yeah. And yeah, I have a Story Time for this one, too.
The life cycle of flowers and the dangers of being a seed. Eric Carle is so amazingly awesome. If you have a little who adores flowers, this one will teach him or her all kinds of good stuff.
Because Thoreau. And Walden. I mean, yeah yeah. Just… oh my. This might just be my big crush of the day. It seriously goes through what it would have been like to be at Walden while Thoreau was there. I mean, Come On.
Look at that cover. Doesn’t that just make you want to go hang out at a pond and watch the wildlife? In one day at Butternut Hollow Pond, your littles will learn about the animals and other critters living there, and how each fits into the food chain. How can you not want to give this beautiful book?!
The boys and I love this beautiful book that walks littles through a day in a swamp, focusing on a mama spoonbill and a mama alligator and their young. And check out how to make a swamp sunset watercolor in the Story Time!
Who doesn’t love this book?! Your littles will get a kick out of tagging along as Mr. and Mrs. Mallard try to find a safe place to raise their ducklings. And yeah, there’s a free mini unit all about ducks if you’re interested.
Coloring Books for the Easter Basket
I love coloring books. I love to color. Unfortunately, I was unable to ever interest my boys in it. I hope your littles are more into it than these stubborn guys, because coloring with your kids is so. much. fun.
Are you kidding me? Realistic forest scenes to color? I’m in!
Have a little that loves fairies? Practice the alphabet, learn what flowers look like, and color fairies all in one book! Oh. Yeah.
You wouldn’t know it by the cover, but this book is filled with realistic-looking flowers to color. Very cool. Did you judge? You know the old saying.
Why do you not already own this?!
There you have it, my friends. Now you can click and fill that Easter basket with the Real good stuff. I mean, chocolate’s okay, but books?
Books are books, my friends.