Monday, March 29, 2010

Roundup of 2010 Easter and Spring Children's Books

Can it be? Easter is less than a week away. Therefore, it is only fitting that the majority of our reading this week will consist primarily of Easter and spring themed books. Here is a roundup of the books published in 2010 we've already had the chance to read together. Our list of "to-be-reads" continues to grow and you'll find that list at the bottom of this post...hope we can locate some of them at our library before the week ends!

Previously reviewed:

My Garden by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow Books (February 2010); 40 pages; ISBN 9780061715174
Book Source: Review copy provided by publisher.

A little girl imagines what her ideal garden would contain. Our full review here.

Easter Babies: A Springtime Counting Book by Joy N. Hulme, illustrated by Dan Andreasen. Sterling (February 2010); ISBN 9781402763526; 24 pages
Book Source: Review copy provided by publisher

Celebrate new life in this springtime counting book full of cheerful, sweet baby animals on the farm. Our full review here.

Forever Friends by Carin Berger. Greenwillow Books (March 2010); ISBN 9780061915284; 40 pages
Book Source: Review copy provided by publisher

A bird and bunny become instant companions one spring and, after a wintertime separation, learn what it means to be "forever friends." Our full review here.

The Easter Egg by Jan Brett. Putnam Juvenile (February 2010); ISBN 9780399252389; 32 pages
Book Source: Review copy from public library

A caring and thoughtful bunny named Hoppi hopes to design the perfect egg -- one that will catch the attention of the Easter Rabbit and earn him the honor of helping that most important rabbit on Easter morning. Our full review here.

Other new picture books we've read:

Here Comes T. Rex Cottontail by Lois G. Grambling, illustrated by Jack E. Davis. Katherine Tegen Books (January 2010); ISBN 9780060531348; 32 pages Book Source: Review copy from publisher

In this humorous story, the Easter Bunny catches a cold and asks T. Rex to fill in. The large dino lacks a soft touch and unfortunately breaks all the eggs. His friends come to the rescue, and on Easter morning the children end up with some unexpected surprises. Jack E. Davis illustrates a hilarious looking dinobunny that wears bunny slippers, floppy ears and taped-on whiskers.

Fancy Nancy's Elegant Easter by Jane O'Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. HarperFestival (January 2010); ISBN 9780061703799; 16 pages Book Source: Copy from our personal library

Nancy is having a fancy Easter gala in her home and works on decorations with her friend, Bree. They set a fancy table with flowers, pretty napkins, plates, balloons and a lovely egg-shaped cake, but Nancy worries that one detail may be missing. Fancy Nancy wears an egg and chick hat and Bree's hair is decorated with eggs and butterflies. The lift-the-flaps on each page make this interactive book a delight for Fancy Nancy fans, especially the younger readers!

New Easter Board Books:

Happy Easter, Mouse! (If You Give...) by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond. Balzer + Bray (February 2010); ISBN 9780694014224; 24 pages Book Source: Review copy provided by publisher

Mouse from Numeroff's "If You Give a..." series is back in this Easter board book. He decorates Easter eggs, and when he wakes up Easter morning, he discovers that someone hid the colorful eggs all over the house. The short, simple story is perfect for toddlers who are trying to learn their colors and how to count.

Here Comes Easter! by Caroline Jayne Church. Cartwheel Books (February 2010); ISBN 9780545118163; 14 pages Book Source: Copy from personal library

Little kids love a good Easter egg hunt. Toddlers will enjoy helping a little girl search for Easter eggs in this touch and feel / lift the flap interactive board book. My kids especially liked the glittery page.

Other 2010 Spring/Easter/Bunny/Chick Books on our TBR list:

Higgledy-Piggledy Chicks by Barbara M. Joosse, illustrated by Rick Chrustowski (watch for our review on Thursday)
The Story of the Easter Robin by Dandi Daley Mackall, illustrated by Anna Vojtech (Religious)
The Flowering Cross by Beth Ryan, illustrated by Renee Graef (Religious)
The Resurrection (Arch Books) by Cynda Strong (Religious)
Bunny Days by Tao Nyeu
Bunny's Easter Egg by Anne Mortimer
Ollie's Easter Eggs by Olivier Dunrea
Happy Easter, Curious George by H. A. Rey / Mary O'Keefe Young
Chick by Ed Vere
A Very Big Bunny by Marisabina Russo
Hey, Rabbit! by Sergio Ruzzier
Who's Awake in Springtime? by Phillis Gershator & Mim Green, illustrated by Emilie Chollat
Peek-a-Bloom! by Marie Torres Cimarusti and Stephanie Peterson

Obviously we're not limiting ourselves to only those books published in 2010. If you know of a must read Easter or spring themed book please let us know in the comments.

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Sarah @ said...

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Melissa said...

A Spring book on my list, is more of a comic book. It is the new Disney Fairies graphic novel. It's the first time the Fairies have ever been in a comic and I have to admit that the Fairies are sooo cute.

I think it comes out in April.