Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Picture Book Thursday--Easter Edition

With Easter coming up in a week and a half, we thought we would share some fun Easter books with you. My girls are both looking forward to Easter weekend because, well, they know the Easter Bunny will bring candy and we just finished up the last of the Valentine candy about 2 weeks ago. They can't wait to get their next fix. :-)

Around here we love all things Max and Ruby and since they are bunnies, it's only appropriate to include them in an Easter post. Although, this is not my absolute favorite Max and Ruby book. It is pretty cute. Ruby and Louise are coloring eggs and they give Max the job of carrying the finished eggs into the dining room where he creates an Easter parade with his toys and the eggs. Any fan of Max and Ruby will enjoy this book. Max's Chocolate Chicken and Max Counts His Chickens are also Easter related books. If you're looking for other Max and Ruby books, my girls' favorites are Bunny Mail (this one has lift flaps to make it extra fun!), Max Cleans Up, and Bunny Money.

Dora's Rainbow Egg hunt is a fun foil board book that would be great for any Dora fan who likes shiny and sparkly. You get to go on an egg hunt with Dora and Boots looking under flaps in the book for eggs. Kids can also work on their colors with this book. Perfect for younger toddlers.

While I'm not a huge fan of Spongebob, my kids sure are. And this picture book is a favorite of my five year old. Everyone in Bikini Bottom is working on a float for the Easter Parade while Patrick and Spongebob fiddle around throughout the day. Lucky for them, a float just happens to be sitting around waiting for them to claim it. When they win the float contest, Spongebob begins to feel guilty for taking credit for something he didn't make. He comes clean in the end and everyone else splits the award. I have to say at least there is a really good lesson/message in this Spongebob book. :-)

It seems no matter what characters/series of books your children are into, there is probably an Easter book. I found them for Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Dora, Biscuit, Cordoroy, Maisy, Wubbzy, Strawberry Shortcake, Elmo, Berenstain Bears, Little Critter and MORE!


Lilah loves bunnies and baby animals, so Easter is a big hit for her. She still loves the lift-the-flap books, which are perfect for Easter (egg hunts galore!) and many of her favorite characters have Easter-themed books.

Happy Easter, Biscuit! by Alyssa Satin Capucilli: Lilah loves Biscuit, the sweet puppy, his little girl, and their friends. This Easter egg hunt is cute, with lots of sharing and friends having fun. The flaps are large and easy to lift, and the story is cute.

Berenstain Bears' Baby Easter Bunny The Berenstain Bears receive a special Easter gift, a baby bunny! The bunny leads them on a merry chase as he looks for more baby animals. Baby animals galore and flaps to lift make this one a hit with the younger set. There's another Berenstain Bears Easter book for older children, but those are really too long for Lilah, and this one is just about right.

The Bunny Hop Elmo is a perennial favorite, and this sturdy, pocket-sized board book is a cute one. The simple rhymes unfold a funny story: Big Bird has lost the bunnies for the Easter parade, and they're turning up in odd places all over Sesame Street!

Easter Surprises Lisa McCue, who illustrates the newer Corduroy books, among other things, draws the CUTEST furry animals you have ever seen. A clever Venetian-blind-style hidden picture method reveals fun surprises like a filled Easter basket. Adorable and fun.

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