Hopping into spring with new characters and some we may already know. These best books for Easter feature beautifully illustrated animals and stories we love enough to make part of our bedtime ritual.
Sometimes finding a book for those who may be on the cusp of reading but not yet ready to give up bedtime stories with Mom or Dad can be challenging.
This shortlist is perfect for this age bracket.
The House of Grass and Sky
author: Mary Lyn Ray
Hardcover– Ages 4 through 8
Every house has a story.
This picture book is a tribute to the house that witnesses the passage of time, the comfort of creating memories, and the joyful loop preserving our time together.
This house? It’s hunkered deep in the grass below the country sky. Once full of laughter, where life sang within its walls, it’s now awaiting house. A home that is quiet and still.
The house reflects on children’s memories as new families arrive, but none choose to stay.
Will a family move in to honor the past and create new memories?
Author Mary Lyn Ray shares the story of this house in a poetic text that makes a hopeful hymn and enchanting surprise, while E.B. Goodale’s illustrations capture the house’s character.
The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde
authors: Shannon and Dean Hale
Paperback– Ages 7 and up
Princess Black faces her biggest challenge yet, a field overrun by adorable bunnies.
A unicorn named Frimplepants and Princess Magnolia are heading to brunch with Princess Sneezewort. Brunch, by the way, is Frimplepant’s favorite thing. Just as he smells the freshly baked bread and the platters of sugar-dusted doughnuts, there is a MONSTER Alarm!
The two head to the secret cave to transform into Princess in Black and her faithful pony, Blacky. Back in the goat pasture, all they see are adorable bunnies nibbling on grass, twitching their noses, and wiggling their fluffy tails.
Where are the monsters? Could these bunnies be as innocent as they appear?
Jasmine Green Rescues: A Duckling Called Button
author: Mary Lyn Ray
Hardcover– Ages 7 through 9
This is the second book in the chapter-book series.
Veterinarian Jasmine Green has a plan to save duck eggs.
The child of a veterinarian mom and a farmer dad, Jasmine Green, has spent her life with animals.
On a walk through the woods with her best friend, Tom, they find a nest of orphaned duck eggs.
Hatching duck eggs is hard work; they need a lot of care.
Jasmine is determined to keep the eggs warm and safe, and with a little luck, a fluffy duckling will be part of the Green family farm.
Author Helen Peters and illustrator Ellie Snowdon return for a charming springtime visit to Oak Tree Farm. Reminiscent of James Herriot and Dick King-Smith’s classic stories, yet thoroughly modern, this second book in the Jasmine Green series is perfect for animal-loving readers.
A Special Thank you to Candlewick Press for providing books for the opportunity to post an honest review.