A handpicked collection of fiction and nonfiction topic books about Easter, the Easter story, and stories set during Easter. Suitable for children in EYFS, KS1 and KS2, the titles include books by Roger Hargreaves, Fiona Watt, Charlotte Zolotow, Emily Gravett, Brian Wildsmith and Kes Gray. This selection of books has been designed to complement topic work about Easter, classroom and KS1 & KS2 school libraries.
Easter topic books for EYFS, KS1 and KS2 – our recommendations
How to Catch the Easter Bunny by Adam Wallace
Bright and colourful, this is an ideal bedtime story for young children. Told in catchy rhyme, the Easter Bunny avoids the traps set to catch him. Heartwarming and fun.
Poems and Prayers for Easter by Sophie Piper
An anthology that contains through-provoking prayers and poems relating to all aspects of the Easter festival. Faith, hope, love and new life are included in poems by Blake and Wordsworth. Illustrations add emphasis to the content. This is a valuable book for children at home and also for school assemblies and as a KS1 and KS2 classroom resource.
Mr Impossible and the Easter Egg Hunt by Roger Hargreaves
It’s Easter and Mr Impossible is in charge of hiding the eggs for the annual hunt. All of them are hidden in places that are impossible to find! Read on to discover who finds them, and how. Who will find the most difficult egg – the invisible one?!
Easter Things to Make and Do by Fiona Watt
A useful resource book for home and the classroom. Full of ideas for Easter crafts – including painting, stickers, egg decorating and cards. Easy to follow, and uses convenient materials available at home.
Diary of a Disciple – Luke’s Story by Gemma Willis
A modern retelling of St Luke’s gospel in diary form. A very accessible way of introducing children to the Bible. Dr Luke tells his amazing story of Jesus using the idioms and language of today. A valuable asset for the classroom.
The Action Bible by Sergio Cariello
An exciting and high quality full colour graphic novel style version of the Bible for children ages 10-14 – although it will also appeal to younger children as well. The fast-paced narrative and chronological stories will engage the reader in a fresh and dynamic way.
The Bunny Who Found Easter by Charlotte Zolotow
A lovely story of a lonely bunny who can’t find any other rabbits. When he is told by a wise old owl that there are lots of bunnies to be found at Easter, he sets off to travel through the seasons of the year, looking for easter. Beautifully illustrated, and with a happy ending when the bunny finds another rabbit.
The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross by Carl Laferton
A sensitive, coherent version of the Easter story for primary aged children. Beginning in the Garden of Eden and ending with the crucifixion, this book explains God’s relationship with making, the concept of sin, and how, through Jesus, heaven can be found. Beautifully illustrated.
We’re Going on an Egg Hunt by Laura Hughes
Can you find the hidden eggs in this lift the flap book for younger readers? With catchy rhymes and eggs to count this book is great fun. But be careful – lift the wrong flap and you might find a wolf!
The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett
A very highly rated book for younger children. Duck is upset when all the other birds have eggs to look after. When he finds one of his own he is so happy – it’s the most beautiful egg in the world! In spite of it looking odd, Duck cares for it and waits for it to hatch. Read on to find out what happens!
Egg Drop by Mini Grey
A cautionary tale of an egg who wanted to fly. It dreams of soaring like a bird or a helicopter and can’t wait or learn patience. Ignoring advice, egg found a high tower to jump from. He thought he was flying, but sadly he ends up as a meal on a plate. A captivating read.
The Easter Story by Brian Wildsmith
Told from the unusual perspective of the donkey that Jesus rode into Jerusalem, this imaginatively illustrated book tells of the day leading up to the crucifixion in a sensitive and accessible way. Ideal for KS1.
The Night Before Easter by Natasha Wing
A lovely picture book with text in verse that will appeal to children in EYFS. When a young boy hears the Easter bunny arrive, he follows him around the house to see what he is up to. There is a lot to laugh at and discuss, and the detailed illustrations will provoke conversation and ideas.
The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt
Three trees on a hilltop dream of what they would like to become. This retelling of a classic folk tale weaves in the Christmas story as well as Easter. Lavishly illustrated, this is a subtle and easy to understand introduction to the story of Jesus to EYFS and KS1 children.
Daisy and the Trouble with Chocolate by Kes Gray
Daisy is very excited. She is looking after the class hamster for Easter, and she is going on a trip to Chocolate Land. She also arranges an Easter Egg hunt for her neighbour. What could possibly go wrong? Great fun to read and read aloud.
The Great Eggscape! by Jory John
A fun book about a dozen eggs in the supermarket that escape from their box, paint themselves in bright colours, and head off for a game of hide and seek around the shop. Lots of humour and fun, and there are stickers to decorate your own eggs. A great Easter gift.
Easter topic resources and activities
- A video for KS1 assemblies about Easter:
- and more Easter teaching resources from the BBC here.
- BBC teach resources for KS1 and KS2 about Easter .
- BBC Teach KS2 Easter resources.
- Diocese of Coventry free downloadable Easter KS2 resources.
- Lent and Easter resources for EYFS, KS1 and KS2.
- KS2 RE resources from NATRE.
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