My son’s first Easter, he was too young for chocolate so I bought him a book instead. Now it has become a tradition. Here are ten books (two for each category) that have an Easter theme.
Babies (0 to 12 months)
Five Little Ducks by Miles Kelly
Unless you’ve spent your adult life around young children the chances that you remember many nursery rhymes is slim. This beautifully illustrated book is full of classics that will help you remember. Little ones love hearing the rhymes and I think it helps them learn to talk.
When they are teething they are going to dribble and chew everything. They may still be milk sick during tummy time. Bath books are great because they have a wipe clean cover so you can let your baby play with these books.
Toddlers (1 to 2 year olds)
That’s not my… by Usborne Books
Once they start moving about they want to touch everything. These tactile book are sturdy enough to survive and easy for little ones to turn the pages. There are hundreds of titles in the range but for Easter you could get the Lamb, Duck or Bunny.
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
Look for the board book version. Toddlers want their independence so a book with sturdy pages enables them to turn the pages and feel in control. This book also has a lovely heart warming message which has made it a classic.
Toddlers (2 to 3 year olds)
Rabbit’s Nap by Julia Donaldson
My son loved this book since he was 6 months old, however, as it is a flap book some have been pulled roughly when he was excited. It is well made so the damage isn’t bad but I think 2+ is a better age for flap books as they have better control.
Icky Sticky Duckling by Steve Smallman
By this age, you’ll find that they most likely enjoy a cuddle before bed and will settle down for longer stories. My little boy actually laughed out loud as he found it funny that the duckling thought rabbit was his “Mama”.
Nursery (3 to 4 year olds)
Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell
There are a number of books in the series. I read the one called “That Rabbit belongs to Emily Brown”. Emily Brown is a little girl who owns a special (teddy) rabbit and they books are about their adventures together. This would be a lovely book if you are also gifting a toy rabbit (it looks like the ones by Jelly Cat).
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco
This is the book he is getting this Easter and it was quite pricey for the full illustrated edition (£15) but it has so many lifelong loyal fans that I’m hoping it will be a book that will be treasured for years. I have found he now enjoys longer stories which is why I think he’ll enjoy this.
Pre-schooler (4 to 5 year olds)
You may find that your little one has started recognising words on the page or asking ‘what does this say?’. You could encourage them by getting some books aimed at developing their first reading skills. Here are the ones I have been considering on Book People:
- Usborne Phonic Readers Collection – 12 books
- Songbird Phonic Collection (by Julia Donaldson) – 36 books
- Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper Level 1 to 3 – 33 books
Everyone can appreciate Peter Rabbit’s timeless quality and the famous tale could be a classic to add to your collect. This mischievous bunny has leapt out of pages and there is a wide range of merchandise now available so you could buy a soft toy rabbit or even an egg cup.