As someone who is not a big fan of chocolate (give me crisps any day of the week), the custom of giving Easter eggs doesn’t hold huge appeal.
Don’t get me wrong – Baby Bookworm will have a visit from the Easter Bunny, but I think kids can sometimes end up with far more sweet stuff than they really need.
So if you’d like an egg alternative for your child or someone else’s, here are some books with a suitably seasonal theme that make perfect Easter gifts…
Jane Foster’s Springtime. £6.99, Templar
In a sea of boring baby books, Jane Foster’s vibrant offerings stand out from the crowd. Her quirky illustrations just leap off the page and are super stylish to boot.
This Springtime edition is the first in a series centred around the seasons and holidays, and feature everything from traditional tulips and lambs to chocolate chickens and rainbows. They are a great way to boost your child’s vocabulary and strike up a conversation about what they can see, too.
Almost Anything by Sophy Henn. £6.99, Penguin
Feel the fear and do it anyway is the life lesson that rabbit George discovers in the latest lovely tale from author-illustrator Sophy Henn. With the help of an encouraging bear and a magic hat, the bunny finds that having a go is great – and you don’t have to be good at everything to have a good time.
Aside from its positive message, beautifully told, this picture book is dreamy to look at and is packed with delightful little details, like the Richie Tenenbaum-esque hedgehogs and George’s expressive ears.
Clap Hands: Here Come The Chicks. £6.99, Pat-a-Cake
Baby Bookworm adores this touch and feel board book specifically designed for babies and toddlers. Each page stars a different baby bird, with textures to feel, actions to observe and a welcome invitation to give the clever chick a round of applause.
The illustrations are bold and eye-catching, and the final page folds out to reveal pictures of all the birds and their pals so you can play spotting and matching games. It looks simple but it very cleverly thought out and the ideal book for a car journey or changing bag distraction. There’s a bunny version available too.
Peter Rabbit Bedtime Tales. £9.99, Penguin
The beloved Beatrix Potter tales are such a children’s classic and set to be the big Easter movie too. We were given a number of gorgeous versions when Baby Bookworm was born but he’s still too young for most of them.
However, this large hardback anthology features simplified, picture-led versions of four classic stories – Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, Jemima Puddle-Duck and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle. An excellent way to introduce little ones to the English writer’s work and a brilliant new baby, christening or first birthday gift too.
That’s Not My Lamb by Fiona Watt, illustrated by Rachel Wells. £6.99, Usborne
Apparently the link between lambs and Easter goes back to how they would be used as sacrifices in the Jewish faith – and how Christians believe Jesus was sacrificed for everyone. Something to ponder as you tuck into your roast lamb on Easter Sunday…
But I digress. It’s a rare family that doesn’t have at least one edition of this bestselling series of touchy-feely baby books, but there’s always room for one more. The simple illustrations, tactile textures and descriptive words are a sure-fire hit with tots, not to mention the cute mouse narrator who pops up in every story.
Poppy and Sam’s Easter Egg Hunt by Sam Taplin, illustrates by Simon Taylor-Kielty. £5.99 (board book), Usborne
This seasonal instalment of the Usborne Farmyard Tales series sees preschoolers Poppy and Sam explore the farm for an elusive basket of Easter eggs, meeting lots of animals friends along the way.
With interactive tracers and exciting peep throughs on each page, this is a nice one for tiny readers to engage with. As with all the books in this new range, don’t forget to look out for the yellow duck – he’s hiding in every page.