As a third grade teacher, I made sure to include 5 the best Easter picture books in my Spring Collection of lesson plans because they were fun to read aloud, captured the kids’ attention, and were easily incorporated in the lessons I was trying to teach.
Within a few years I had so many egg ideas, I created my own mini unit based on these 5 books alone. Here, I’ve included a quick description of each story along with a few ideas to get you started.
Best Easter Picture Books and Lesson Plans
Best Easter Picture Books : Looking for a few Easter picture books and lesson plans to include in your Spring collection? Check out these 5 Egg-cellent Books for Easter. Each one shares the story of an ordinary egg that happens upon a remarkable adventure.
An Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lionni
This is one of my favorite picture books about three little frogs from Pebble Island. Things change when Jessica, the most adventurous and curious frog, brings home a mysterious pebble. Based on assumptions and one frog’s “experience,” the frogs create a wonderful story when the mysterious pebble suddenly hatches their new “chicken” friend.
Eggbert (The Slightly Cracked Egg) by Tom Ross
Eggbert is a great celebration of our differences and a wonderful story to use for teaching how to handle our mistakes and realize we all have flaws. Though banished from the refrigerator for his flaw, Eggbert sets out on a glorious adventure.
Zinnia and Dot by Lisa Campbell Ernst
Word of advice: Buy this book! Filled with fun words, hilarious pictures, and plenty of suspense, Zinnia and Dot is a page-turning classic. While the egg is certainly the focus, the two fussy hens, Zinnia and Dot, are the ruffled feathered stars on every page. I’ve used this book to teach friendship, teamwork, vocabulary, and even making predictions.
Teaching Tip: This book contains several stopping points for making predictions. Be sure to take your time with this one by pausing at those teachable moments to make predictions about: What’s missing?, Who’s at the chicken coop window?, and What will Zinnia and Dot do next?
Last One in Is a Rotten Egg! by Diane deGroat
Part of the Gilbert and Friends collection, this book shares the story of cousin Wally–who is competitive and determined to be first, regardless of the costs. Just as with other Gilbert and Friends books, the book uses everyday kid situations that make the lessons fun and easy to teach.
This Easter picture book is absolutely beautiful. It’s about Hoppi, a lovable bunny who wants to make the best Easter egg so he can help the Easter Rabbit with deliveries on Easter morning.
Bently and Egg by William Joyce
Bently is a little annoyed–and jealous, when he first begins egg-sitting for his friend Kack Kack the duck. But soon, after the egg is mistaken for an Easter egg and kidnapped, Bently learns a few big lessons about friendship, responsibility, and parenthood. It’s a great Easter selection that also celebrates the beauty of spring.
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Easy No Bake Easter Cookies – These easy no bake oatmeal cookies are super easy and delicious. Even better, you probably already have everything you need to make this Easter dessert on hand and you can whip up a batch in only 3 minutes, too!