So it’s seems like only yesterday we were eating chocolate Santa’s, but apparently it’s now time so start eating chocolate bunnies and eggs.
At Easter, ChickPea and PudStar receive an egg (of the chocolate variety!), some flower seeds or bulbs to plant (new life) and of course a book (or four). The books below are all the Easter books which I am loving this year. The title and/or cover takes you to Australian owned and operated online bookstore Booktopia. If you live in the US or would prefer to use Amazon click here. If you live in the UK or would prefer to use Book Depository click here.
This Easter the girls are actually also getting new chickens, after the ‘Great Fox Incident of 2015’ (ie – someone forgot to lock the gate one night). Our favourite books about chickens are here and are also pictured below – ‘The Chook Book’ is our chook Bible. Inspired by ‘Ruby Red Shoes’, Pud is keen to teach her new chickens French. Not that she speaks French. Or even knows any French. ChickPea has suggested we start with Cantonese, given we have a Macanese student living with us. It’s very complicated I know.
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A new ‘Ollie’ by Anna Walker and a new Eric Carle! Enough said!
I’m loving this new one by Colin Buchanan and Simon Williams because the Easter Hat Parade is rather a big deal for ChickPea (last years effort is below!). The book comes with a very funky song on CD. ‘Little Barry Bilby Had a Fly Upon His Nose’ by Colin Buchanan and Roland Harvey also comes CD and is of course, a re-telling/re-singing of the classic ‘Little Peter Rabbit Had a Fly Upon His Nose’, but featuring an all Aussie animal cast. Love it!
A new one from Five Mile Press that we are loving is ‘George the Bilby Chef’, which comes with a cute recipe card – which we have used a few times now. Not specifically Easter, but a story about a bilby is close enough for me!
Another that we love all year round in this house is ‘Baby Bilby Where Do You Sleep’ by the gorgeous Narelle Oliver, who you can read more about here. This is a title that you can read all year round – and it’s on my list of ‘must-have’ books for babies.
‘Bilby Secrets’ and ‘Bilby Moon’ are also bilby books which can be read year round. ‘Bilby Secrets’ is part of the Nature Storybooks series which I absolutely love and I wish I’d come up with the idea – a genius combination of narrative and non-fiction writing.
‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ is of course a classic, and this new version is a stunner. Again this is not an Easter story as such but that suits me fine.
A further ‘Easter but not Easter’ book is ‘Squish Rabbit’ and ‘Brave Squish Rabbit’ by Katherine Battersby. You can read my full review here. UQP have recently released ‘Squish Rabbit’ as a board book which you can purchase here, now they just need to release a toy – pretty please?
For readers age five – ten years I would highly recommend ‘Ruby Red Shoes’ and you can read my full review here. I’m guessing most of you already have this exquisite series. Author/illustrator Kate Knapp lives locally and I’ve been so fortunate to get to know the talent behind this series and the Twigseeds brand. You can read more about Kate here.
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