Baby bunnies, little chicks, nests with eggs, sprouting flowers—these picture books for preschoolers and early elementary readers have all the joyful hallmarks of spring!
When the Easter Bunny brings books, it can spark traditions that last a lifetime. This selection of books is perfect for young readers because they are so much fun to read together with teachers, moms, dads, grandparents, brothers, and sisters.
1. The Knowing Book by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, illustrated by Matthew Cordell
In this inspiring story, a young rabbit travels through the wide world, experiencing joy and sorrow and wonder. Along the way he chooses a path and explores the unknown. And at the end of his journey, braver and more confident, he returns home—a place he can always count on.
2. Grow by Joann Early Macken, illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Colman
What would it be like to grow from an acorn into an oak, a tadpole into a frog, or a fawn into a deer? You would stretch your limbs into the sky, jump from puddle to pond, and spring from path to forest. Grow is a glorious ode to the wonders of growing up.
3. Bunny Braves the Day: A First-Day-of-School Story, by Suzanne Bloom
It’s bedtime at Bessie and Lil’s, but neither of these bunnies seems to be listening to Mama. She is trying to read them a bedtime book, one of her favorites from when she was a little bunny. But Bessie is more interested in her headstands, and Lil is practicing her skipping. Will they ever get to bed?
4. You Nest Here with Me, written by Heidi E. Y. Stemple and Jane Yolen, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
As a mother describes how different species of birds nest, secure and cozy with their mama birds, she tucks her own child into bed with the soothing refrain — “you nest here with me” — easing her little one and readers alike to slumber.
5. Clink, Clank, Clunk, written by Miriam Aroner, illustrated by Dominic Catalano
Travel down the road with ten animal friends on one unforgettable road trip. Rabbit is driving to town in his car. Along the way, he picks up Mole, Squirrel, Porcupine, Possum, Beaver, Crow, Skunk, Fox, and Cow. But—boing-boing-ping, squeak-squeak-squeak, rumble-rumble-thump—something goes wrong with Rabbit’s car. Will Rabbit and his friends make it to town?