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Thursday 21 April 2011

KBR Recommends: Easter Books

Happy Easter, Curious George by H A & Margret Rey
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Feb 2010)

George and the man with the yellow hat head to the park on a fine Easter morning. George sees the children in the park enjoying all kinds of activities, including dyeing Easter eggs.
George has never dyed eggs before and he can't wait to join in. He has so much fun playing with colors and patterns. Then he sees a man losing the eggs they have decorated, so George decides to help as only a monkey can.
But wait! Can George help find the missing Easter Bunny too?

The Easter Egg by Jan Brett
(Putnam Juvenile, 2010)

All of the bunnies are decorating Easter eggs in the hopes of becoming the chosen rabbit to assist the Easter Bunny.

Little Hoppi is eager to create the winning egg. Overwhelmed by the other bunny competition, he hops into the woods to think, and unwittingly becomes the foster parent to a fallen robin’s egg.

With beautiful watercolour images of woodland detail, this lovely book about kindness reminds children there's a lot more to life than winning.

Fancy Nancy's Elegant Easter by Jane O'Connor
(HarperFestival, 2009)

Fancy Nancy is back with a very elegant take on Easter.

Throwing a fabulous and fancy Easter party is a very big job—and Nancy and Bree are in charge of decorating... what could be more fun!?

This book includes thirteen flaps that open to reveal hidden surprises that will delight all festive Fancy Nancy fans - and new fans.

The Very First Easter by Paul L Maier
(Concordia Publishing House, 2004)

Ten-year-old Christopher yearns for stories that are real truth, not fiction. Fairytales don't do it for him any more, so mum and dad tell Christopher the story of the very first Easter - the sorrow and joy of the trial, death and resurrection of Jesus.

Christopher learns important details about a miraculous event at the centre of Christianity, and he he discovers his own special link to the very first Easter.

Where are the Baby's Easter Eggs? by Karen Katz
(Little Simon, 2008)

Little ones will love lifting the large, sturdy flaps in this sweet, irresistible board book to find Baby's Easter eggs.

Where could they be?

Children will discover colorful springtime objects under each of the six sturdy flaps until... they find Baby's Easter eggs in a fold-out finale.

Chick by Ed Vere
(Puffin, 2009)

It's time for Chick to meet the world! Join in the fun as he emerges from his egg and meets his mummy. Follow him through his very first day - right up until he snuggles down under his mum's wing at bedtime.

In a clever parallel to the daily routine and anxieties of a toddler, this funny and delightful novelty combines Ed's signature bold colours, lovable characters and graphic simplicity.

Seven kinetic pop-ups move from the spine of the book as the pages are turned making this clever novelty strong and sturdy for the very young.

Queen of Easter by Mary Engelbreit
(HarperCollins, 2009)

Hippity-hoppity—here comes the Easter Parade

Ann Estelle dreams of wearing a hat covered with ribbons and flowers for the neighborhood Easter Parade. But when her mother gives her a plain straw hat instead, she wonders how she can be the Queen of Easter in a hat like that. Ann Estelle rolls up her sleeves and gets to work—with the help of some surprise spring visitors

The magic of spring blossoms anew in this fresh, heartwarming book from bestselling artist Mary Engelbreit.

Ollie's Easter Eggs by Olivier Dunrea
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010)

Gossie, Gertie, BooBoo, and Peedie are all dyeing Easter eggs. Ollie wants Easter eggs too and he has a plan on how he'll get them Humor and vibrant ink-and-watercolor illustrations fill Olivier Dunrea's holiday follow-up to “Merry Christmas, Ollie.”

Dunrea again gets the preschooler emotions exactly right, capturing a range of holiday-inspired feelings, from Ollie's wiggly impatience to be included to the pure joy of the older goslings discovering that Ollie has arranged the best Easter egg hunt of all.

Includes a sheet of colorful stickers.

Easter Surprises by Lola Schaefer
(Little Simon, 2009)

Share these magically changing pictures and sparkling Easter goodies with your special Easter bunny

In this charming Easter story, alternating spreads of this unique, interactive format features a window with moving panels that shift to change the picture with the pull of a tab. From pastel plastic eggs, out spill your favorite toys An empty easter basket fills up with bright, colorful jellybeans and holiday chocolates Those pages not featuring a pull-tab window sparkle with dazzling foil.

With clever rhymes hopping through the book, children learn that the best Easter suprise of all is having fun with your family and friends.