Spring reading list

This list of classic and new spring titles offers something for children of all ages to enjoy. Encourage your child to read over the holidays - you could even buy them a book instead of another Easter egg!

Baby to 3

We’re Going on an Egg Hunt We’re Going on an Egg Hunt
By Laura Hughes

Join the Easter Bunnies as they set off on an exciting lift-the-flap Easter egg hunt. There are 10 eggs to find and count, but watch out for the obstacles along the way – lambs, chicks, bees, ducks and even a wolfish surprise. Based on the traditional We're Going on a Lion Hunt rhyme, the delightful illustrations will make this a hit with all fans of search-and-find and lift-the-flap books.

Hop! Hop! Hop! Hop!
By Leslie Patricelli

The Easter Bunny is coming! It’s time to dye some eggs. Did you know that red and blue make purple? Or that blue and yellow make green? This hilarious board book is perfect for getting little ones excited about Easter arts and crafts.

My First Bible Stories My First Bible Stories
Illustrated by Anna Jones

Introduce children to the Bible with these beautifully illustrated stories from both the New and Old Testaments. With simple engaging text and sturdy pages, this first collection is perfect for teaching young children about the origins of Easter.

Age 3 to 5

Dear Bunny Dear Bunny
Illustrated by Blanca Gomez, By Katie Cotton

A little girl writes to her bunny, telling him all the things she likes when they're together, from how he blows on her porridge to cool it down to playing in the park and holding hands at the zoo. Wherever they go they see wonderful creatures, colours and surprises, but the little girl realises that the thing she loves most is her bunny! With a simple message about learning to be grateful for the things we have, this is a perfect Easter bedtime story.

The Easter Story The Easter Story
By Russell Punter, Illustrated by John Joven

This charmingly illustrated picture book sensitively tells the dramatic events of the Easter story for young readers. When Jesus rides into Jerusalem he is welcomed by cheering crowds. But soon the temple priests are plotting against him. A lovely book to read together around Easter.

The Ugly Duckling The Ugly Duckling
By Mara Alperin, Illustrated by Sue Eastland

When Mother Duck's eggs hatch, one little duckling is wibbly and wobbly… and very ugly! And no matter how hard he tries to fit in, the other animals just laugh at him. Will the ugly duckling ever find a friend? With fresh and fun illustrations, this simple re-telling of a classic tale will be loved by young and old alike!

Age 5 to 7

Warning! This Book May Contain Rabbits! Warning! This Book May Contain Rabbits!
By Tim Warnes

Uh-oh! Mole and the Lumpy Bumpy thing have found a top hat with the label “Warning: Do Not Touch!” Out of the hat hops a bunny. And another. And another! Holy moly! Surely bunnies aren’t dangerous, are they? Jam-packed with labels to help improve your child’s vocabulary, it’s the perfect picture book to entertain your little ones.

Easter Fun Easter Fun
By Fiona Watt, illustrated by Katie Lovell

A delightful activity book specially designed for sharing with young children. Little ones can enjoy making printed chicks, Easter egg tags and finger-printed tree blossoms, and there are stickers to decorate the projects. As well as being fun, the activities will help children to develop their hand control, co-ordination and concentration.

Nature's Day Nature's Day
By Kay Maguire, Illustrated by Danielle Kroll

This first book of nature helps young readers to discover the world of wildlife on their doorstep. Beginning in spring, this book revisits nine different places, including the farm, the back garden and the woods, during each of the four seasons through the year and explores the changing scenery and animal life found there.

Age 7 to 11

Battle Bunny Battle Bunny
By Mac Barnett and Jon Scieszka

Alex has been given a saccharine, sappy, silly-sweet picture book about Birthday Bunny that his grandma found at a garage sale. Alex isn’t interested—until he decides to make the book something he’d actually like to read. So he takes out his pencil, sharpens his creativity, and totally transforms the story! Birthday Bunny becomes Battle Bunny, and the rabbit’s innocent journey through the forest morphs into a super-secret mission to unleash an evil plan—a plan that only Alex can stop...

Just Ducks Just Ducks
By Nicola Davies, Illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino

From spring right through to winter, the ducks are there! Down on the river, quack quack quack. This book teaches children lots of fun facts about ducks, from which is a boy and which is a girl to why some quack louder and others more softly. You’ll also find out what they eat when it is cold outside and where they perch their bottoms to sleep!

Outside Outside
By Maria Ana Peixe Dias and Inês Teixeira do Rosário, Illustrated by Bernardo P. Carvalho

Created in collaboration with a team of Portuguese experts, this book aims to arouse your child’s curiosity about fauna, flora and other aspects of the natural world. It includes suggestions for activities and many illustrations to help the whole family get started, leave the house, and go out to discover the amazing world that exists outdoors.

Children’s Chocolate Cookbook Children’s Chocolate Cookbook
By Fiona Patchett and Abigail Wheatley

A delectable recipe book chock-a-block with delicious recipes including chocolate cupcakes, rocky roads, white chocolate cheesecake, truffles, chocolate fondue and many more. Each recipe is accompanied by clear step-by-step illustrations and colour photography. Perfect for budding bakers, this book also includes fascinating facts about chocolate, how it is made and the history of chocolate.

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