Easter Picture Books & Giveaway

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I love getting to take a sneak peek at Scholastic Book Club selections every month and share them with you.  This month I chose to peak at their Easter Picture Books.  This 5 pack of Easter themed books is a great mix of stories focusing on different parts of the holiday. Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win all 5 books from Scholastic Book Clubs

The Best Easter Prize
by Kristina Evans is a sweet ( maybe too sweet) book about doing the right thing.  It’s Easter morning and after church is a big Easter egg hunt and whoever finds the most wins the prize. At first our heroine can’t find any but then she hits the jackpot only to find a crying friend who has an empty basket. Of course she offers her some of her eggs ( sweet) but then they cross the finish line holding hands ( too sweet). My dislike of sickly sweet picture books aside the story as a whole is cute, my kids enjoyed it and the lesson is valuable.

The Biggest Easter Basket Ever
by Steven Kroll is another story about cooperation and how two helpful hands are better than one, and a whole bunch of hands is way better! Clayton and Desmond both want to win the town’s biggest Easter basket competition but after making their own baskets they sneak a peek at the competition and realize they don’t stand out.  Luckily as the story progresses they figure out working together is key. My son loved this book but some younger friends ( young 4 year olds) lost interest in the middle. I love this author and I love how working together is presented in a practical way instead of simply because it’s the right thing because I think the former is easier for young kids to grasp.

Peter Rabbit’s Happy Easter

by Grace Maccarone is an interesting tale about how Peter Rabbit became the Easter Bunny.  The book has a few loose ends I really wish would be tied up but before I get to that let me give you a quick taste of the book. The story is how Peter wants to make his mom forgive him for being naughty so he steals ( although he doesn’t see it that way) eggs from neighboring farms to give her as a gift. Before he gives them to her paint falls on them and they get colored all different beautiful colors. His mom tells him not to steal and so he returns them at night becoming the Easter Bunny. Ok here are my issues…I don’t mind naughty characters, in fact I usually really enjoy them but sneaking back to return something you stole without apologizing left a bad taste. I know why the author wrote it like that to turn him into the Easter Bunny but it still didn’t sit well with me. The illustrations by David McPhail really stole the show , I thought they were beautiful.

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The Best Easter Eggs Ever!
by Jerry Smath is my favorite book in this pack . The story follows the Easter bunny and his 3 young assistant bunnies as they prepare for their big day. The Easter Bunny is getting tired and a little bored of his polka dot design for the eggs and decides to send out his assistants in search of new designs. The little bunnies head out with one egg and paints to all different places to find inspiration. When one of the little bunnies is captivated by the night sky she doesn’t notice how dark it is and how lost she has gotten. The Easter Bunny and his other assistants find her and in the morning the new designs are celebrated. My son loves an inside look at any sort of secret place like  the Easter Bunny’s or Santa’s workshop so he was drawn into this book immediately. I liked the illustrations and how detailed they were , it certainly got me excited about Easter.

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The Night Before Easter
by Natasha Wing is a Easter version of the classic “Twas The Night Before Christmas” . With fun pictures and an Easter Bunny so joyful I wanted to apply for his job this book was a hit at our house. My son was engaged through the whole book guessing at the rhymes and listening intently from one page to the next. Of all the books this was the only one that really engaged my toddler as well. She pointed out animals and loved the little boy in the book. Great Easter book.


Now that you know what all the books are about want a chance to win them? All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling us :

What was the last book you read with a child  ?


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I was not paid for my review, I was provided a copy of the books to review and copies to offer as a sweepstakes prize. All opinions are mine .
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  1. Stacey Piper says

    Cute Books! The last ones we read were: with my daughter, Dora’s Detective Adventure and with my son, I Can Tie My Shoes. 🙂

  2. S. Jones says

    Peck, Peck, Peck by Molly Carroll with my 2 year old, and my 4 1/2 year old read Up, Pup (a BOB reader) to me.

  3. Christine says

    I read, coincidentally, an Easter book to my daughter last night called “The Easter Story” by Allia Zobel-Nolan

  4. says

    Each week we pick an animal and get some non-fiction books from the library to learn about it. This week was dolphins, so the last thing I read with my kids was “A Dolphin’s Life” or something like that. =)

  5. says

    Last book I read with my little man was “Good night, Little Bear”. It’s his favorite bedtime story, and I like it, too. Thanks for this contest, and for the review.

  6. Carie Johnson says

    My five year old and I are reading Ninjas and Night – a Magic Tree House book. I read Baby Likes Peek a Boo with my eight month old twin girls this morning.

  7. Mel says

    Loving the Easter books! We read Fred & Ted Go Camping. Found it at the library yesterday (didn’t even know they had a series of books aside from the original), and my kids have been cracking up and asking for it over and over!

  8. says

    Last night we read Sandra Boynton’s Blue Hat Green Hat, Toy Story 2, and a few chapters from Little House at Plum Creek. Each kid picks one bedtime story and they can each listen to the other kids’ stories as well.

  9. Claire says

    The last book my daughter and I read was Sailor Moo. It is her current favorite, and I love it too!

  10. Lisa says

    Berenstein bears and baby makes three – been a favorite at our house since baby #3 was born last June

  11. says

    Cute books! The last book I read to my daughter was yesterday at the library. Horray for Fish! by Lucy Cousins. She likes the Maisy books better! 🙂

  12. says

    The last book I read with my child was “Pete the Cat”. It’s a wonderful way to learn colors as well as talk about how things may happen but we don’t have to get upset about them.

  13. Katie Davis says

    What lovely books! Today I read “Elmer’s Day” to my 20 month old daughter. She loves to hear this one over and over in one sitting. Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Erin Westrom says

    Just read Everywhere Babies with my 2 yr old, Bob Books Kids with my 4 yr old and finished Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing with my 6 yr old!

  15. Ellen says

    Today has been a day full of stories. The last one we read before their nap was Curious George and the Snow. But only because I told my toddler he had to pick something besides When Dinosaurs Came With Everything, since we already read that three times today. And yesterday. And the day before.

  16. Aprillee says

    We just read “Who Loves You Baby” and “Happy Birthday Little Pookie” before naptime. I love holiday books!

  17. Jen Ketcher says

    Sounds crazy, but the last book I read this morning with my son was “The Ultimate Guide to Tractors.” Yep, I have a house full of BOYS. We love our machines!

  18. Laura says

    I’m expecting a baby in June so I’ve been reading books to my (2 year old) daughter about becoming a big sister. Her latest favorite (that she insists I read to her every day at least once) is “Too Small For Honey Cake” by Gill Lobel.

  19. Karen says

    I just finished reading Baby’s Farm; Llama, llama nighty night; My Little Bunny, and I love you through and through to my 2 year old.

  20. Teresa says

    We read the scriptures and a chapter of R. Friend Swallows Her Pride before bed tonight. Love reading to kids!

  21. allie says

    We read The little hen makes a pizza (very cute even though none of the animals help make the pizza hen gives them some pizza and in the end the animals help do dishes), Food alphabet board book, Curious George rides a Bike, and 1 poem from poems and prayers for the very young!

  22. allie says

    Little hen makes a pizza, curious george rides a bike, Food Alphabet board book, poems and prayers for the very young.

  23. AmyH says

    I read “Hot Soup” with my 4 yr. old daughter. It’s a watch me read book. and, “My Shoes Take Me Where I Want To Go” with my 3 yr. old son.

  24. Dawn Marie Jackson says

    Last night I read my 3 yr old’s library book Lego City All Aboard
    my 6 yr old’s library book King Bidgood’s Bathtub (?)
    and yesterday to my prek students I read Never Shout in a Zoo

  25. says

    My son is grown, so I didn’t read to a child today. I went to the library to get the book, The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke because we need an extra for our literature circle at school. (I teach fourth grade.)

  26. Julie says

    Those look cute. The last book I read was called “The Bus Ride” (a bunch of animals get on a bus – very repetitive for my early reader – but then a bee gets on and they all get off, scared).

  27. Bree says

    I just read Press Here. My kids love reading and when we find a good interactive book it’s even better!

  28. says

    Our bedtime book tonight was “I Wanna Iguana.” Of course, we read it twice in a row. That’s how we roll around here.

  29. Jan says

    I just read The Little Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly with my grandaughter. I love Easter books so very much.
    Thanks Jan

  30. Shelley says

    We read What Do You Do With A Tail? today, as well as a lot of some Bakugan manual that my son picked out himself at the library.

  31. Yve R says

    Read Runny Babbit with my 7 yo girl and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See with my 10 month old boy. 🙂

  32. Julie Cannon says

    I read “The Day it Rained Hearts” to my preschoolers today. They have loved it many times since we read it at Valentine’s Day.

  33. Karin says

    Tonight we read “Emergency Vehicles” with peek-a-boo flaps and a whole bunch of our “Nursery Rhymes” book from Grandma.

  34. Angela says

    I read selections from:
    Peace tales : world folktales to talk about
    Stories to solve : folktales from around the world
    I also told the story of The Caliph & The Gardner from our Earthschooling curriculum.

  35. Heather Carr says

    The last book my 5 year old and I read was The Man Who Walked Between the Towers. And I just read Ten on the Sled to my 2 year old:)!

  36. Amy says

    Tonight we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Goodnight Moon has been one of our favorites but my son ripped it to pieces!

  37. Amy says

    The last book we read was Goodnight Moon. Thanks for the chance to win the giveaway!

  38. Alyssa says

    Little Mouse and the Big Cupcake by Thomas Taylor. My nearly four year old daughter just loves it! She likes to “read” it back to me.

  39. Tara Lapierre says

    The last book we read was a color of my own and a book about brave firemen.

  40. Lexi says

    Today we read, per popular request, The Lorax and The Wonderpets Save the Hedgehog.

  41. says

    Friday, I read Clifford at the Circus and Bearymore to my preschool students. It was Circus Day. Even if I don’t win, was happy to see there’s a book called the Biggest Easter Basket Ever. My students love that series!

  42. Kathryn Juel-Guy says

    The last book we read to our son was “The Cat in the Hat” in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

  43. Rachel says

    Thanks for the chance to win. Today we read a chapter from the “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and The New Baby by Mercer Mayer.

  44. Autum says

    The last book I read with a child was Cat In The Hat by Dr. Seuss. My daughter loves that book, and there has been a lot of attention placed on Seuss this week in honor of his birthday and Read Across America Day.

  45. Dawn P says

    We are reading the “how to train your dragon” books. We read everyday and my girls love books!

  46. Meagan says

    Tonight I read my princess and prince Olivis and the Super Sour Lemonade Stand! Loved how friends worked together to make everyone happy!!

  47. Nicole says

    The last book we read was “In the Tall, Tall Grass”. I’m not sure what tonight’s bedtime selection will be.

  48. Christina says

    That’s good! That’s bad! By Margaret cuyler to my (almost) 5 year old daughter and Avatar the last airbender -the lost adventures to my 7 year old son.

  49. Heidi says

    The last book I read to my preschoolers was “In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb” by Marion Dane Bauer. It is a wonderful book for the beginning of March.

  50. Claire says

    The last book I read with my daughter was Sailor Moo Goes to Sea. It is our favorite right now.

  51. Katey Burkhart says

    Cute books! The last book I read with my daughter tonight was The Grouchy ladybug 🙂

  52. Jennifer Plotnitskiy says

    We read “Fancy Nancy Sees Stars” and “Fancy Nancy: Spectacular Spectacles.”

  53. pat says

    I keep boxes of books and movies that are only put out for the season great to see Easter books I don’t have many easter books !

  54. Carrie says

    James herriot’s stories for children are a big hit right now, as is Paddington Bear.

  55. Ingrid says

    I just put my daughter to bed after reading “Look at Me: A Book About Differences.”

  56. Tara says

    Still celebrating Read Across America, so we read “one Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish” I would love to win these books. They sound fabulous!

  57. Katie says

    We read several tonight before bed. One of our all time favorites to read to our 20 month old twins at bedtime is A Night Night Prayer by Amy Parker.

  58. Jen says

    Read Olivia Acts Out to both kids tonight. I love when one of them gets the subtle humor.

  59. Rachel says

    We would love new books! We just finished reading “Pet Show” by Ezra Jack Keats and “In a People House” by Dr. Seuss writing as Theo. LeSeig. Thanks!

  60. Jamie says

    Those books look great! Thank you for the opportunity to win them! We read our bible and family devotion book at bedtime tonight. Thanks again and also thank you for your focus on reading to children!

  61. says

    Per my 4 year old daughter’s request, we read some Bible stories. We are not more religious than the average family, but both of my girls have really taken a shine to “The Good Samaritan.”

  62. says

    The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear

    I work with children everyday and we enjoy story time. The children all call out to hear “The Big Hungry Bear. ” … stomp and sniff sniff….. find the strawberry 🙂 love it

  63. says

    My 4-year-old’s current favorite book is “Elmer” and I think we’ve read it every day for the past 2 weeks!

  64. Jessie says

    I would love to win these books! I love to read to my little boys! The last book that I read to my boys was, “Can You Make a Piggy Giggle”.


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