While chocolate is great, I’m always looking for alternatives for my kids’ Easter baskets. For us, that’s often new books.
Amazon is easy, and we also love Literati (a book subscription service for kids). Both sites have great Easter books for toddlers; you’ve got the bunnies and eggs and springtime themes, plus those about the actual Easter story.
So during my great Easter book hunt, I found some good eggs—and this list was born. With a few of our favorites plus some new ones we’re excited to try, here are, in my humble opinion, the best toddler Easter books for 2023.
1. Don’t Push the Button – An Easter Surprise by Bill Cotter
If your kids loved Larry the monster from Don’t Push the Button, they’ll love his reappearance in this Easter edition. Kids excel at doing what they’ve been told not to do, so I can see why this book appeals to them. It’s fun and interactive—two great ingredients for baby and toddler books.
2. Llama Llama Easter Egg by Anna Dewdney
The bestselling Llama, Llama series spans a range of ages, but this fun Easter version is a great way to introduce Llama Llama to little ones. Follow along as the Easter Bunny brings special Easter treats for Llama Llama, plus a surprise at the end! It’s simple to read, and its rhyming text helps make it memorable for toddlers.
3. Spot’s Easter Surprise by Eric Hill
We can’t have a list of toddler books without Spot, right? In this one, Spot is at his grandparents’ house, hunting for Easter eggs with his friends. They find all the eggs, but there’s one more surprise. Grandparents in particular might choose this for a grandchild’s Easter basket.
4. Easter Egg is Missing! by Clarion Books, Illustrated by Kathryn Selbert
Toddler books that ask a question are genius because kids are full of questions. (Do they come with an off button?) This book unfolds the mystery of a missing golden egg. Because it keeps toddlers guessing, it keeps them engaged – a definite must for the Easter basket.
5. Good News! It’s Easter! by Glenys Nellist
If you’re looking for a book about the true meaning of Easter, this one’s a good choice. It introduces Christ’s resurrection by showing how springtime brings new life, and it’s a board book, which means it’s sturdy. I also like its rhyming text and cute illustrations.
6. Little Blue Truck’s Springtime by Alice Schertle
Little Blue Truck is back! This one is a big favorite in our house. We’ve loved all the Little Blue truck books, but this one checks all the boxes for a great toddler Easter book: a loveable character, cute baby animals, rhyming words, and lift-the-flaps.
7. Indestructibles: Happy Easter! by Amy Pixton
These Indestructibles books great for babies and young toddlers whose curiosity results in, well, total destruction of books. Here’s a rip-proof, waterproof, and super-light-weight book all about the Easter bunny and his delicious treats. If your baby tries to eat them off the page, no worries.
8. Duck and Goose, Here Comes the Easter Bunny! by Tad Hills
This is a great Easter basket addition for Duck and Goose fans. The feathery duo want to catch a glimpse of the Easter Bunny, so they’re searching for the perfect hiding spot. Will they get to see him? It’s colorful and sturdy, and like many other successful kids’ books, it has a question at its heart.
9. Happy Easter, Little Pookie by Sandra Boynton
I’ve always thought Sandra Boynton books appeal to adults as much as to kids. Maybe it’s the illustrations–they’re just funny. In this cute Easter book, Pookie the cow hops around with a friend, decorates eggs, and dreams of Easter treats to come. Sandra Boynton strikes gold again.
10. Never Touch a Grumpy Bunny! by Rosie Greening
Just like the Don’t Push the Button series, the Never Touch A ___ series taps into a child’s delight at being jokingly told not to do something and then getting to do it anyway. With silicone textures for curious hands, funny rhymes, and colorful illustrations, I’d say this one is an Easter win.
11. Construction Site: Spring Delight (An Easter Lift-the-Flap Book) by Sherri Duskey Rinker
Little truck lovers, rejoice: the Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site series has an Easter edition! This fun, rhyming book is a lift-the-flap celebration of spring, with the construction crew marveling at the new life all around them. Look out for the Easter egg hunt surprise at the end.
12. The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Easter Egg Hunt (from the world of Eric Carle)
Many of us parents grew up reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar, so I love that our kids can discover Eric Carle, too. In this lift-the-flap book, the Very Hungry Caterpillar is on the hunt for Easter eggs. If your toddlers are like mine, they’ll love meeting the farmyard animals and searching for each egg.
13. Happy Easter, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff
Can you believe If You Give a Mouse a Cookie has been around since 1997? Decades later, Mouse is still a firm favorite with toddlers. In this Easter board book, Mouse hunts for different-colored Easter eggs around his house. Kids can help Mouse find the eggs while learning colors and counting. Engaging and educational—a win-win.
14. Crack-Crack! Who is That? by Tristan Mory
What’s better than a book with a handle to pull? A book with a handle to pull that also makes noise! (Well, better from the kids’ point of view. Maybe not for the parents.) Babies and toddlers can pull the handle to find out which baby animal is hatching from each egg and listen for the crack-crack sound.
15. The Itsy Bitsy Bunny by Jeffrey Burton
“The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” gets an Easter remix! You and your kids can sing together about the Itsy Bitsy Bunny to the tune of this well-known nursery rhyme. Follow along as the Itsy Bitsy Bunny races to hide all his eggs before Easter comes.
16. Little Bible Playbook: The Story of Easter by Katya Longhi
This colorful book with die-cut pages shares Jesus’s experience from Palm Sunday to Easter morning. Whether or not you adhere to the Christian faith, your preschoolers can learn about the Easter story in an engaging way.
17. The Big Easter Egg Coloring Book (Magical Beans Press)
Let your toddlers access their creative side with this Easter egg coloring book! It’s the perfect way to decorate eggs without the mess. Kids can get in some scissors practice, too; let them cut out the eggs and hang them up as Easter decorations. It comes with 25 uniquely-patterned eggs, plus blank eggs so kids can design their own.
P.S.: We love these tempera paint sticks! They’re the perfect size for toddler hands.
18. The Story of Easter by Patricia A. Pingry
Add this one to your biblical Easter story collection. It introduces Jesus and what the biblical Easter story is all about while using simple language and beautiful illustrations to keep toddlers engaged. I also like how it connects the original Easter story with today’s holiday festivities.
19. Thomas and the Easter Eggs (A Thomas and Friends Little Golden Book)
Ok, so I was a little worried this one might feel dated, but then I thought no, Thomas the Tank Engine is a classic! Countless Thomas fans will be happy I’ve included this one. Read along as Thomas tries to save Sodor’s annual Easter egg hunt from total disaster.
20. A Little Book About Spring by Leo Lionni
Children’s book author and illustrator Leo Lionni became a household name a few generations ago, so I’m thrilled that new readers are discovering his work. This little celebration of spring is a perfect Easter basket addition, with nature-infused, collage-style artwork and simple text, ideal for ages 0 to 5.
21. It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny by Marilyn Sadler
It’s never too early to teach kids big life lessons, and this board book for toddlers tackles a big one: it’s best to just be yourself. The story follows P.J. Funnybunny, who’s tired of the bunny life. Where else might he belong? Toddlers will laugh at P.J. Funnybunny’s unsuccessful attempts to live as other animals do.
22. One Little Bunny: A Counting Playbook by Seb Braun
I really like books with cut-outs that babies and toddlers can poke their fingers through. For them, it’s just as interesting a lift-the-flap book, except they can’t rip the flaps off. This cute, springtime book includes these cut-outs for tactile fun, plus it teaches counting skills. Not to mention baby animal bliss!
23. Happy Easter, Bunny! by Pippa Mellon
I’m not sure many parents are fans of noisy toys, but for me, books are different. This sweet story about a little bunny delivering Easter gifts to friends has three sound buttons with a new version of the song, “If You’re Happy and You Know It”, along with a chick’s chirp and a bunny’s hop. Hey, if sounds keep kids endlessly entertained, then books like this are totally worth it.
24. The Great Easter Race! (Sesame Street), by Craig Manning
I couldn’t leave Sesame Street off the list! A few of Sesame Street’s most beloved characters meet up on Easter morning for the Great Easter Race. There’s a turtle and a bunny (sound familiar?), along with surprises around each bend. Who’s going to win? This one’s great for kids aged 3–6.
25. I Spy Little Bunnies by Jean Marzollo
The classic I Spy series is such a firm favorite for all ages. This one uses the same kind of I Spy riddles in the search for little bunnies. Ask your toddler to find other objects, too. It’s a great way to teach them new words!
Honorable Mention: HelloBible
I also wanted to briefly mention HelloBible, a Christian subscription box for toddlers. These kits come with themed activities and typically a book, too.
If you want some Easter-themed activities to do with your little ones, I highly recommend this box. As far as I know, it’s the only Christian subscription box with crafts for toddlers.
They have a great Easter box this year, too!
So that’s it, my 25 best toddler Easter books for 2023.
No judgment if you’re filling your toddler’s Easter basket with chocolate (more for you, right?), but if you’re looking for a way to make that Easter basket extra special, I hope at least one of these books can help you out.