Easter is coming up! If you’re allowed to teach the holiday in your classroom, then I have some fun books to share with you. The books below are all Easter Bunny and Easter egg-based. None of these Easter reading activities include any religious mention in them. So, if you’re restricted to what you can and cannot cover for this holiday, these should be safe for your district! Each of the Easter read alouds suggested below comes with an affiliate link to Amazon for easy shopping! Also, if you have any favorite texts that you think need to be on this list, let me know!
#1- Easter Read Aloud
The Great Eggscape by Jory John and Pete Oswald
Things I love about this book: familiar author, funny
The story begins with Shel being alone in the carton. All his egg friends have escaped. The story shows the fun things that the eggs are doing after they escape, such as playing in the egg dye and hiding in fruit. When Shel goes to find the eggs, he tries to get them all lined up, organized, and back to where they’re supposed to be. When Meg ends up missing, they go on an adventure to find the missing egg.
#2- Suggested Read Aloud
The Easter Egg by Jan Brett
Things I love about this book: familiar author, classic, illustrations that tell the story
Any Jan Brett book that I can include in my read aloud roundups will definitely make the list. This story begins with Hoppi getting up and getting ready for the egg decorating contest. The winner of the contest gets to help the Easter Bunny hide eggs on Easter morning. As Hoppi makes his way through the town, he sees all the wonderful eggs that everyone else is making. As they share a piece of their egg decorations with Hoppi, he gathers up a collection. But one day, he spots a robin leave her nest, so Hoppi decides to tend the egg. Once the contest comes, the town all realize Hoppi isn’t there and is still tending the egg. Hoppi is rewarded in the end for being responsible!
#3- Easter Read Aloud
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick by Lucille Colandro
Things I love about this book: book in a series, funny, predictive story, repetitive and rhyming lines
Students always love ‘There Was An Old Lady’ books and this story is no different. Throughout the story, we watch the old lady swallow a chick, some straw, an egg, some candy, a basket, and a bow. As the students read the story, the can predict what will happen at the end when her belly fills up.
#4- Easter Read Aloud
Happy Easter, Mouse by Laura Numeroff
Things I love about this book: book in a series, classic, clean illustrations, illustrations telling story
Mouse wants to decorate some eggs before Easter. He continues to find different colored eggs all around his house. Although the text doesn’t explicitly state that the Easter Bunny is leaving these eggs for Mouse, the illustrations tell a different story. This story is perfect for young students excited about Easter, ready to tell their own story without the text. It’s a short and sweet book, but perfect for early readers!
#5- Easter Read Aloud
Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure by Kimberly and James Dean
Things I love about this book: book in a series, PETE! (duh), great moral
This book is perfect for Easter reading activities and lessons because kids LOVE Pete! The Easter Bunny leaves Pete a note in his empty basket. The Bunny asks Pete to find the eggs, paint the eggs, and hide the eggs. He finds a handful of eggs from the chicken coop, then paints them with stuff from the garage. Meanwhile, he’s dressed as the Easter Bunny, adding a nose, ears, and a tail. When it comes time for Pete to hide the eggs, he meets the Easter Bunny and learns a great lesson about how fun it is to help others.
#6- Suggested Easter Book
It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny by Marilyn Sadler
Things I love about this book: strong message
P.J. Funnybunny starts the story out not liking himself. He doesn’t like his ears, how many brothers and sisters he has, or eating cooked carrots every day. So, he decides to be a bear. Then, he decides to be a bird when the bear life didn’t work out for him. When he couldn’t fly with the birds, he decided to be a beaver. As the story progresses through the different lives that P.J. wants to live, he finally realizes that he just wants to be himself. He learns to love his life, his family, and those big ears.
#7- Easter Read Aloud
The Night Before Easter by Natasha Wing
Things I love about this book: book in a series, rhyming
This story takes place on the night before Easter. The story shows how calm things are at the beginning of the night. The two characters are awoken from their sleep to a noisy clatter out in the barn. They see the Easter Bunny and his collection of eggs. He watches the bunny come into their house and fill up their baskets with lots of sweet treats. Then, the bunny hides beautiful eggs throughout their house. After he leaves, the character wakes up and reads the note from the Easter Bunny, happy to see what he left him.
#8- Easter Read Aloud
How to Catch the Easter Bunny by Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton
Things I love about this book: book in a series, student-favorite, rhyming
The story begins with E.B. (Easter Bunny). He discusses the different types of traps that people may lay to try to catch him. As he discusses each trap, he shows how he can beat them. As he goes through the different traps, the become more elaborate. Students will love to see the creative traps that EB talks about.
More Easter Reading Activities Ideas…
If you’re looking for other Easter reading activities to use in your classroom, I offer two Easter reading resources in my TPT store. Links are below the images.
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- Easter Flip Book- This comes with a reading passage and three follow up activities. One of these activities is comprehension questions for the passage and the other two activities are sorting and writing!
- Easter Fiction Comprehension- These fictional comprehension passages comes with 5 fictional sets. Each passage comes with two follow-up comprehension pages.
Here are those Easter book links again if you need them!
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