Bunny and Bilby Picture Books for Easter

March 16, 2016

Books / Picture Books

Oh Creative Day My kids are still a bit too little for us to embrace chocolate-giving at Easter.
(Because let’s face it, when they are given Easter eggs, I end up eating most of them.
I’m totally selfless like that. Don’t want them getting cavities or anything like that.)
They definitely get books as Easter gifts. Gotta love books for their cavity-free nature.
Here are 8 of my favourite books featuring bunnies or bilbies, perfect for Easter gifts.
Only one of them is specifically an Easter book.
The other 7 feature bunnies or bilbies in many varied forms.

Oh Creative Day Dear Bunny by Katie Cotton and Blanca Gomez
This is the book that the Little Ladybird (2.5 years old) is getting for Easter.
I’ve followed Blanca Gomez on Instagram for awhile now.
When I saw that she had illustrated this book, I just knew we had to add it to our collection.
It’s written in the form of a letter from a little girl to her bunny.
She is responding to the question “What’s your favourite thing in the world?”
She describes all the different things that make up her day and why she is grateful for them.
This is a beautifully simple and sweet book about being grateful for the little things.
And as expected, the illustrations are divine.

Oh Creative Day Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
Baby Bear (11 months old) is getting this classic for Easter.
It was first published in 1940 and was considered pretty revolutionary for its interactive elements.
It is a touch and feel book featuring Judy and Paul.
Judy and Paul do something, and then the young reader is implored to have a turn.
A fluffy little tail to pat, a mirror to look in, a mini book to read.
By today’s standards, it is quite a simplistic “book” but it has such a nostalgic beauty to it.

Oh Creative Day Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
The Little Ladybird has a threadbare blue teddy. It is our worst nightmare that she could lose him.
This book pretty much highlights that nightmare.
Trixie and her Knuffle Bunny accompany Daddy on a fun adventure to the laundromat.
On the walk home, Daddy tries hard to decipher Trixie’s distressed cries.
Not yet able to talk, Trixie can’t inform Daddy that Knuffle Bunny has been left behind.
As soon as Mummy greets them at the front door, she notices somebunny is missing.
Fun cartoons are imposed over black and white photographs of Brooklyn.
If you’re familiar with Mo Willems work, you’ll know that this is a must-have for any book collection.

Oh Creative Day My Dead Bunny by Sigi Cohen and James Foley
All Easter Book Collections need one about a zombie bunny, right?
Actually all Book Collections need a zombie bunny story, full stop.
I’ve reviewed this book previously.
Sassy, morbid and hilarious.

Oh Creative Day One More Tickle by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram
This latest offering from the “Guess How Much I Love You” duo, comes with a sweet hand puppet.
Baby Bear is very enamoured with it.
You can read more about this book here.
A perfect Easter gift for babies.

Oh Creative Day The Smallest Bilby and the Easter Tale by Nette Hilton and Bruce Whatley
Here in Australia at Easter time, chocolate bilbies are as common as chocolate rabbits.
If you’re not from round these parts, here’s a quick explanation.
Bilbies are endangered native Australian marsupials.
Conservation groups, with chocolate producers, aim to raise awareness about the plight of the bilby at this time of the year.
This lovely picture book tells the story of Billy and his band of bilbies.
They are responsible for delivering all the chocolate eggs to the animals of the bush.
Billy and his bilbies are on track when disaster strikes.
Billy’s quick-thinking saves the day and all Easter deliveries are kept on schedule.

Oh Creative Day Baby Bilby’s Question by Sally Morgan and Adele Jaunn
“How long will you love me?” asks a baby bilby of his daddy.
Daddy’s answer uses the animals of the bush in improbable situations to reassure his little one.
This is a sweet read, perfect for bedtime.
(Pin it for your Father’s Day list as well!)

Oh Creative Day Miss Bilby by Colin Thiele and Mavis Stucci
A beautifully illustrated book that shows the perils of Miss Bilby, huddled in her burrow.
This book highlights the threats faced by the species in a highly informative and engaging way.
A sanctuary is established and Miss Bilby is finally able to live a life of peace.
An important ode to animal conservation.
This book is a bit tricky to source. Try Book Depository.

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What are your favourite Easter reads with your little ones?