This time of year you expect to see Valentine’s Day cards, candy and decor. After all, stores started to stock their shelves with Valentine’s Day stuff practically the moment the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Day (or so it would seem).
Believe it or not I have seen EASTER candy on store shelves already – and Easter is not until April 16th of this year. We have a very long time to think about it.
Our kids are 17 and almost 20 years old. Needless to say it’ been a while since the Easter Bunny stopped at our home delivering Easter baskets (although my kids still wand candy on Easter).
We never put too much candy in their Easter baskets because we knew their grandparents and great-grandparents would spoil them like crazy with candy. Instead we put in the basket a small plush toy, coloring books, crayons, a movie and a book. We also included some candy too.
If you are like us and you like to include a book in your child or grandchild’s Easter basket, you should check out these titles from HaperCollins.
I work with Kindergartners and I think these titles look (and sound) adorable for young children.
Written & illustrated by Kevin Henkes
9780062408723 — $17.99 —Ages 4 to 8
The multiple-award-winning and national bestselling author Kevin Henkes’ 50th book for children is a graphic novel for preschoolers about four eggs, one big surprise, and an unlikely friendship. Egg is not only a perfect Easter gift but a classic read-alone and read-aloud for all year round.
The Runaway Bunny: A 75th Anniversary Retrospective
Written by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd
9780062489944 — $19.99 —Ages 4 to 8 — On Sale 1/24/2017
A 75th anniversary edition of the bestselling classic story, The Runaway Bunny, with a historical essay by Leonard Marcus, featuring archival materials all presented in a beautiful linen case cover with a commemorative foil sticker.
The Story of the Easter Bunny Board Book
Written by Katherine Tegen, illustrated by Sally Anne Lambert
9780062381552 — $7.99 —Ages 4 to 8 — On Sale 1/24/2017
Everyone knows who the Easter Bunny is, but not everybody knows where he comes from. This fresh, innovative story describes how one little rabbit became a legend. Now in board book!
Otter Loves Easter
Written & illustrated by Sam Garton
9780062393395 — $9.99 —Ages 4 to 8 — On Sale 1/24/2017
For her next paper-over-board picture book, Otter celebrates Easter with a little too much chocolate and a lot of creativity.
How to be a Bigger Bunny
Written by Florence Minor, illustrated by Wendell Minor
9780062352552 — $14.99 —Ages 4 to 8 — On Sale 1/24/2017
Perfect for springtime and Easter, Florence and Wendell’s joyous picture book celebrates the powers of persistence and learning from good books. Featuring lots of adorable bunnies as illustrated by the inimitable Wendell Minor!
Fancy Nancy and the Missing Easter Bunny
Written by Jane O’Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser
9780062377920 — $4.99 —Ages 4 to 8 — On Sale 2/7/2017
Fancy Nancy can’t wait for Easter… and this year, the family is in for a treat. Join Fancy Nancy in a fabulous storybook adventure about Easter, complete with fancy stickers!
Are you gearing up for Easter?
What do you put in your child’s/grandchild’s Easter basket? Do you often include books?
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