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Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Five Great Children’s Books for Easter


The Easter Egg Farm


written and illustrated by Mary Jane Auch


Both charming and funny, this is our most favorite book this spring. Pauline is “different” because she is the only hen that never lays an egg for Mrs.Pennywort, probably because she isn’t concentrating enough. But when she finally does, concentrating hard on random things, she begins to lay the most “interesting” eggs.  And Mrs. Pellywort’s farm becomes the famous Easter egg farm in town! The illustrations carry over the lightheartedness through characters with exaggerated expressions and silly details.  We love this book!





Gail Gibbons is a renowned non-fiction writer and illustrator. And if you want to read or talk about the religious facet of Easter with your little ones then this is the book for you. It presents the story behind the holiday in simple words, along with why and how it is celebrated. The last page has related Easter holidays listed and explained.




written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco


No Easter book list for kids is complete without this title!  Stunning spreads with gorgeous designs and colors on fabric, onion domes, and of course eggs, takes me back to Moskva every year.  And the heartwarming story of Babushka and the goose never fails to impress my children.



The Birds Gift


A Ukrainian Easter Story retold by Eric A. Kimmel and illustrated by Katya Krenina


In this gentle folktale, a snowed in village comes together to shelter dozens of golden-feathered birds as winter sets in earlier than usual.  Little Katrusya in a red hustka is the first to rescue a bird while on a walk in the woods with her grandfather. Even the wise Father Roman opens up the church to help the birds. Soon spring arrives with a gift of gratitude from the golden birds. The illustrator, Katya Krenina is a native of Ukraine and this comes through in her pysanky in the book.

The Country Bunny


written by Du Bose Heyward and illustrated by Marjorie Flack


This is sort of a timeless Easter classic, the kind of book that you’d want to pick up every year because it makes it feel like Easter—it warms your heart and brings back memories. In soft pastels, the illustrations are special in a vintage way. Underneath what might seem like a didactic story with a fairytale ending is a strong element of feminism and individualism, as Country Mother Cottontail vies with several long legged Jack rabbits to become Grandfather Bunny’s coveted Easter Bunny.

© 2013, Meera Sriram. All rights reserved.

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Meera Sriram has been reviewing and recommending diverse children’s literature for about ten years now. She loves to pass on a title or an author to a friend (or a stranger, for that matter). Picture books particularly appeal to the inner child in her. She moved to the U.S. at the turn of the millennium from India. After graduate studies and a brief stint as an electrical engineer, she decided to express herself in other creative ways, primarily through writing. She has co-authored four books for children, all published in India. Her writing interests include people and cultures, nature, and life’s everyday moments. She also runs an early literacy program for toddlers and preschoolers in her neighboring communities. She lives in Berkeley, CA, with her husband and two kids. Curling up to read a good book with her children is something she looks forward to every day. She constantly fantasizes about a world with no boundaries over hot chai, to help her stay warm in foggy Northern California. More at

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