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Cracking reads for the Easter holidays

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Instead of buying chocolate for Easter this year, why not treat your little bookworms to one of these great Easter reads for a gift that’ll last long after they’ve polished off their last Easter egg?

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Think Big by Kes Gray and Nathan Reed, published by Hachette Children’s Group

Humpty Dumpty and his nursery rhyme friends are discussing what they want to be when they grow up. Humpty wants to be a boiled egg, but his friends are encouraging him to think bigger!

“You could be an artist!” said Little Boy Blue.
“Look for clues and become a detective!” said Little Bo Peep.
“Buy a pair of football boots and become a footballer,” said Wee Willy Winky.

Will Humpty think big and reach for the stars?

The First Egg Hunt, by Adam Guillain and Charlotte Guillain, illustrated by Pippa Curnick, published by Egmont

An easter EGGS-travaganza from bestselling authors Adam and Charlotte Guillain with illustrations by Pippa Curnick.

Poor Easter Chick works so hard to make Easter eggs for everyone, but the Easter Bunny always gets all the credit.

It’s time for Chick to hatch a cunning plan . . . which accidentally turns into the first ever Easter egg hunt!

It’s three cheers for chick in this deliciously chocolatey tale, that will delight children aged 3 and up.

Ollie’s Magic Bunny, by Nicola Killen, published by Simon & Schuster

Ollie and her toy bunny have been waiting for the day that the rain would stop so they can play in the puddles… Finally that day has arrived!

But when a magical breeze of blossom turns Bunny into a real rabbit, Ollie’s day takes an unexpected turn. After Bunny runs off with the other rabbits, Ollie has to find and save her beloved pet toy!

Hop Little Bunnies, by Martha Mumford, illustrated by Laura Hughes, published by Bloomsbury

There are lots of sleepy animals to wake up in this bouncy, energetic picture book. Lift the flaps, then hop with the little bunnies, cheep with the chicks, baa with the lambs and mew with the kittens.

An interactive book, full of non-stop fun, based on the popular nursery rhyme ‘Sleeping Bunnies’. This is full of the joys of spring and the perfect Easter gift.

Poppy and Sam’s Easter Egg Hunt, published by Usborne

Poppy and Sam are searching for Easter eggs on Apple Tree Farm. Children will love looking through the peep holes in this charming book to discover the colourful eggs, following fingertrails to trace the flight of a butterfly or bee, and spotting Daisy the cow, Clucky the hen and Rusty the pig along the way.

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Crunch! Munch! Bunny, published by DK

An ideal Easter gift for pre-schoolers aged 2-4 years who love animals, cuddly toys, and interactive lift-the-flap board books.

Watch as Baby Bunny meets cute baby animals in this early learning lift the flap sound book; containing five large and sturdy flaps, with a surprise character and sound hiding underneath each. Read the rhymes aloud before lifting the flaps to find out who is hiding! With adorable photographic toys of favourite baby animals, and beautifully illustrated scenes, there are lots of things for little ones to look at – perfect for reading together.

Great Bunny Bakes, by Ellie Snowdon, published by Simon & Schuster

Quentin is a wolf with a very unusual hobby. He loves to bake! So when he accidentally receives an invitation to take part in a Great Bunny Baking competition he’ll do anything to enter. Masterfully disguised (ahem) as a bunny, Quentin sails through round after round with his peerless pastry and heavenly honeybun tower. But soon he has to contend with a jealous fellow contestant. And when he slips and drops his Showstopping Chocolate Cake it looks like all his work has been in vain . . .

But all is not as it seems in this charming tale of hidden identity, bravura baking and unexpected kindness.

We’re Going on an Egg Hunt, by Martha Mumford, illustrated by Laura Hughes, published by Bloomsbury

We’re going on an egg hunt.
We’re going to find them all.
We’re REALLY excited.
Hooray for Easter Day!

Join the Easter Bunnies as they set off on an exciting lift-the-flap Easter egg hunt. With ten eggs to find and count, it’s great fun. But watch out for the obstacles along the way – lambs, chicks, bees and ducks – and there’s even a wolfish surprise, so do take care.

Based on the traditional ‘We’re Going on a Lion Hunt’ rhyme, the delightful illustrations and read-aloud story will make this a huge springtime hit with all fans of search-and-find and lift-the-flap books.

I Want My Bunny, by Tony Ross, published by Andersen Press

Little Princess visits a friend who has a rabbit, and comes home obsessed with getting one herself. She’s given a stick-insect, a goldfish and a few other low-maintenance pets, but she still wants a bunny. But sometimes getting exactly what you wished for is a lesson in itself…

Mr Impossible and the Easter Egg Hunt, by Roger Hargreaves, published by Egmont

Mr Impossible is organising an Easter egg hunt for all the Mr Men and Little Miss and he is hiding the eggs in the most impossible places.

Some are so high that only Mr Tall can find them and some so low and cleverly hidden that Mr Small will need to be called. But it is Mr Nobody who manages to find the most difficult egg of all – the invisible egg!

Thomas & Friends: My First Railway Library: Thomas and the Easter Egg Hunt, published by Egmont

All the engines love springtime!

Read about this special season on the Island of Sodor, when flowers bloom and lambs are born and the most exciting day of all – the day of the Great Sodor Easter Egg Hunt!

My First Railway Library is a great way to pass on the tradition of Thomas. With bright colourful pages and rhyming text, children aged 2 and up will love meeting classic characters such as Percy, James, Gordon, and Toby down on The Fat Controller’s railway.

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Santa Claus vs the Easter Bunny, by Fred Blunt, published by Andersen Press

Santa Claus is a jolly fellow. The Easter Bunny is not. But Santa has it so easy: a workforce of elves to make the presents, a team of reindeer to deliver them, even a hi-spec factory!

The Easter Bunny has to make and wrap all the chocolate eggs in his garden shed, and deliver them himself on foot. No wonder you often find them thrown all over the place in your garden! Now Bunny has had enough – he hatches a genius, chocolately plan with uneggspected results…

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Grandma Dangerous and the Egg of Glory, by Kita Mitchell, published by Hachette Children’s Group

Grandma demands justice!*

*And also all the teacakes

A priceless artefact has been stolen in Russia – and Grandma Dangerous wants to find it. Nothing will stand in her way – not even some poisoned caviar, a prison break or a spot of contemporary dance. Can Ollie and Grandma return the treasure and get back home, before being caught by the politsiya? Or – worse – before Mum finds out?

Royal Rabbits, by Santa Montefiore and Simon Sebag Montefiore, published by Simon & Schuster

Shylo has always been the runt of the litter, the weakest and quietest of all of his family, his siblings spend their days making fun of him for not being like the rest of them.

But when Shylo stumbles across a band of ratzis and overhears their evil plan to take a photo of the Queen in her nightie, it’s up to this unlikely hero to travel to London and inform the Royal Rabbits of London about the diabolical plot!

The Royal Rabbits of London have a proud history of protecting the royal family and now the secret society need to leap into action to stop the ratzis… But can a rabbit as feeble and shy as Shylo convince them that Queen is in danger?

A First Bible Story Book and A First Book of Prayers, published by DK

This boxed set combines a book of bible stories and a prayer book for children, making the ideal gift for a christening, Easter, or First Communion. A First Bible Story Book retells 13 specially selected stories from both the Old and New Testaments – from Noah’s Ark to The Last Supper. Lively storytelling preserves all the mystery, wonder, excitement and adventure of the Bible.

A First Book of Prayers has prayers to suit all occasions and themes, from prayers about friends and family to prayers about being happy or sad. Combining traditional prayers and psalms with specially written prayers, it is an inspirational book that the whole family can share and enjoy. This delightful boxed-set is the perfect introduction to the Bible and to prayer and will be treasured for years to come.

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Bible Characters Visual Encyclopedia, published by DK

A unique visual guide to more than 90 bible characters from the Old and New Testaments, from Adam and Eve to Jesus and the Apostles.

Packed with profiles of leaders, prophets, and apostles, Bible Characters Visual Encyclopedia tells their stories and explains their teachings simply and clearly. Stories are beautifully illustrated and supported with key quotes and historical context. Spreads focusing on particular biblical events highlight a character’s role – making this the ultimate guide to the key characters in one of the most important books ever written.

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The Bible Book, published by DK

Learn more about the ideas and beliefs key to the teachings of the most widely printed religious book of all time, in this perfect introduction to The Bible.

The Bible Book features breakdowns of some of the most well-known passages ever written from The Bible. Looking at more than 100 of the most important Old and New Testament stories through beautiful and easy-to-follow spreads, The Bible Book profiles key figures, from Adam and Eve to Peter and Paul, locations, such as Jerusalem and Rome and essential theological theories, like the Trinity, to help create a clear insight into Christianity. Packed with biblical quotes, flowcharts and infographics explaining significant concepts clearly and simply, The Bible Book is perfect for anyone with an interest in religion.

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