Picture Books for Kids to Welcome Easter

Find inspiration here for great picture books for kids to welcome the season and celebrate Easter. The books with a “+” symbol are specifically Christian Easter books.

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The Easter Egg by Jan Brett

Jan Brett’s lovable bunny hero, Hoppi, and the surprising outcome of his quest to impress the Easter Rabbit with the best Easter egg of all will enchant readers.  

If Hoppi can make the best Easter egg, he will get to help the Easter Rabbit with his deliveries on Easter morning. But it is not so easy. Discouraged, he goes for a walk in the woods and sees a blue robin egg tumble out of its nest. 

Hoppi keeps it safe and warm until the baby bird hatches. And when the Easter Rabbit arrives, he has a very special way to reward Hoppi for his kindness.

Spring is everywhere in gorgeous illustrations framed with pussy willows, flowering vines and flowers. Side borders feature busy rabbits making their unusual eggs and, in a border above, the robin’s family drama unfolds.

A gatefold surprise reveals the Easter Rabbit in dramatic fashion.(Amazon’s description)

+ The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale by Angela Elwell Hunt

Featuring the wonderful illustrations of Tim Jonke, this best-selling children’s book tells the Easter story from a new and unusual point of view. Three trees on a mountain dream of what they wanted to become when they grew up. One wants to be a treasure chest, another an ocean-going boat, and the third a signpost to God. Their wishes come true in a way they never expected. Children will be deeply touched as they understand, perhaps for the first time, the significance of Christ’s life and his atoning sacrifice on the cross. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

A Tale for Easter by Tasha Tudor

You can never tell what might happen on Easter… You might find colored eggs waiting in your shoes, or a basket of ducklings at your kitchen table, or a sweet bunny in Grandma’s rocking chair.

+ The Easter Story by Patricia A. Pingry

Expertly crafted for the attention span of wiggly toddlers, this simple book tells the biblical story of Easter — from Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem all the way to his triumphant Resurrection. Text continues past the Bible story to help little listeners understand the connection between the original Easter and today’s Easter celebrations. With appealing illustrations and a toddler-friendly text of just 200 words, this book will make a great addition to any Easter basket.(Amazon’s description)

The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous

One Easter morning, Katy and Carl went on an egg hunt through Grandmom’s house. Katy couldn’t find anything until she went up to the attic. And there she discovered a very special set of eggs…

Grandmom had painted them when she was a little girl. And now, she hung them from the branches of a tiny tree—an Egg Tree! So began a very special Easter tradition.

This Caldecott Medal-winning story of a Pennsylvania Dutch Easter will surely inspire children to make Egg Trees of their very own.(Amazon’s description)

+ Simon and the Easter Miracle by Mary Joslin

Both thought-provoking and engaging, this is the story of Simon of Cyrene —”a man coming in from the country,” as the Gospels refer to him—who was ordered to carry Jesus’ cross. Over the centuries, his story has been woven into Polish folklore; when Simon the farmer brings his wares to market, little does he expect how he will be involved in the events of that very special day, nor how his produce—of bread, eggs, and wine—will become important symbols of Jesus’ passion and resurrection, remembered throughout the ages.(Amazon’s description)

+ The Legend of the Easter Robin: An Easter Story of Compassion and Faith

This newly illustrated edition of The Legend of the Easter Robin renews the wonder and charm of the original and timeless tale written by Dandi Daley Mackall. With new vibrant artwork from New York Times bestselling illustrator, Richard Cowdrey, this holiday classic is brought to life for a new generation. The Legend of the Easter Robin tells the story of Tressa, whose grandmother reveals to her the story of a small robin who saw Jesus struggling and soared to help him. This Easter tale reminds Christians everywhere how much Jesus sacrificed for us and how much he loves us.

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Spring Dinner

Baked Salmon, New Potatoes and Spring Asparagus

Enjoy this delicious spring dinner of a baked salmon platter with new potatoes and spring asparagus. This is served cold or at room temperature. The salmon is baked with a delicious marinade on top and then served together with the vegetables drizzled with a vinaigrette. This spring recipe is always a hit with my family!

Serves 4.

Ingredients:

* 1 Fresh salmon portion, (I used Canadian Atlantic salmon) big enough to feed 4(I used a 0.033kg salmon portion in the photos)

* 2 Lbs new potatoes, scrubbed clean and partially peeled

* 1.5-2Lbs asparagus, washed, with the tough, fibrous ends snapped off

Salmon Marinade:

* Zest of 2 lemons

* 1/8 cup olive oil

* 1/8 cup Dijon mustard

* 2 cloves minced garlic

* 1 tsp salt

* 1/2 freshly ground pepper

Vinaigrette:

* 1/4 cup white wine vinegar

* 1 tsp Dijon mustard

* 1/2 cup olive oil

* Salt and pepper to taste

Prepare the marinade by whisking all the marinade ingredients together.

Line a cookie sheet with nonstick aluminum foil. Place salmon on top and spread the marinade over the salmon.

Let the marinade sit on top of the salmon for 15 minutes and then bake in the middle of the oven at 500 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 – 15 minutes.

Potatoes:

After cleaning and partially peeling the potatoes, steam them for about 20 minutes until soft, but not so soft that they fall apart when you poke them with a fork. Set aside to cool at room temperature.

Asparagus:

After washing the asparagus and snapping off the tough end portions, steam them until tender, about 10-15 minutes. Set the asparagus aside on a plate to cool at room temperature.

Once the salmon and vegetables have cooled(about 30 minutes), arrange on a platter and place in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat.

Vinaigrette:

Whisk all the vinaigrette ingredients together and set aside until you are ready to eat. When you are ready to eat, whisk the vinaigrette again and pour over the potatoes, asparagus and salmon(pour most of it over the vegetables). Enjoy!

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Cute Casual Spring Outfits

Casual spring style for me means fresh, lighter and brighter. Time to shed those darker heavier outfits for more color, and depending where you live, still adding layers. These cute spring outfits add freshness with their lighter spring looks as well as layers for those still chilly spring morning and nights.

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Spring Decor: Spring Kitchen Refresh

Spring is a time to celebrate the great outdoors and bring some of that spring beauty inside.🌷

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With each change of season I love to add some seasonal touches around our home. For me, spring is about making my home feel light, bright and fresh. Some easy spring home decor ideas I like to use are pops of color, whether it be soft pastels or something brighter. For the kitchen, here are some ways to do that:

Cherry blossoms in the spring. If you’re fortunate enough to live in an area where you can get fresh, how wonderful! Faux is beautiful as well and if you mix both faux and real together, it can be hard to tell which is which.

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Forcing blooms on flowering branches is a great way to bring spring indoors:

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Adding a salt jar with pink Himalayan salt adds a pretty pink touch:

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Adding soft pops of color with kitchen tea towels and a decorative hand soap or dish detergent container:

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Even the dish detergent itself can add to the spring decor:

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Adding a simple table centrepiece adds a pop of spring color with both a daffodil and eggs symbolic of spring:

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Infusing your kitchen and home with fresh spring scents such as a Lemon and Rosemary Simmering Stove Top Potpourri:

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Adding a fresh new scent to your cleaning products. Here is an all natural diy orange basil cleaning solution:

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14 February Wallpapers for Your Desktop

Fabulous February! February is a great time to think about love and being intentional about showing love to the people in our lives. (Well, year-round is a good time to do that, but especially February with Valentine’s Day). Here are some wallpaper ideas for February for your desktop that help keep your thoughts on love. Pinks, reds, hearts, flowers, candy.

How to save to your desktop:

Right click on the photo that you want and click ‘save to images’.

Once you’ve saved the photo to your desktop, you can go into settings and change your wallpaper.

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The Top Teen Girl Room Ideas that She’ll Love

Are you looking for how to create the perfect teen girl bedroom? Having two teen daughters gives me some insider information for room must-haves. These are ideas they both like, and incorporate into their rooms, even though they differ in their decorating tastes. No one fits into a one-style-fits all solution and teens want to feel like they are being listened to when it comes to how they want to decorate their rooms. Their room is a reflection of themselves and is an important place for them to display their personal style and to enjoy that space. 

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1. Cool and Cozy Seating

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2. Cozy Beds

Using a pallet for an easy diy headboard:

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Diy closet into a bed nook:

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3. Throw Pillows, Layering and Faux Fur Rugs

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4. Wall Art

Use  chalkboard paint for creating spaces for her to express her creativity.

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5. Personality: Let Her Hobbies and Passions Shine Through and Put Them on Display

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6. Floating shelves

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7. String Lights

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8. Floor Mirror

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Spring Home Decor Ideas

Spring is such a beautiful season! The earth is waking up in warmth and color once more. Here are some spring home decor ideas to help celebrate the season and bring the beauty of spring indoors.🌷

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A spring fireplace mantle:

I wanted a big splash of color on the wall after a long cold white winter. The wall print of poppies is by Annelein Beukenkamp. Fresh flowers are always inviting, especially spring flowers such as tulips.

Sweet little bird ornaments, moss and a pussy willow branch are truly symbolic of the sights and sounds of spring.

Willow branches in bloom, eggs in a bird’s nest and fresh tulips~all signs of new life and spring on the earth brought indoors.

An easily made ‘Welcome Spring’ chalkboard sign can be interchanged with various holidays.

The moss, flower containers and chalkboard sign were found at a Dollar store.

I pruned branches from a few flowering trees in my yard and forced them to bloom to add to the spring decor.

The pussy willows atop the fireplace mantle are a mixture of both real and faux.

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Spring Inspiration

Hello happy beautiful spring! Find beautiful spring inspiration here to help nurture your soul today. I’ve been writing blog posts on a variety of spring topics and I am feeling so inspired with so much focus on spring- beautiful spring decor ideas, spring quotes, gorgeous children’s picture books on a variety of spring related topics, beautiful spring nail ideas. For more spring inspiration visit my Pinterest spring aesthetic board here. Check out the links to these posts at the bottom of this page.

Spring: A lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be.

“Flowers are the music of the ground. From the earth’s lips spoken without sound.”~Edwin Curran

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“She turned to the sunlight and shook her yellow head, and whispered to her neighbor: “Winter is dead.”~A.A Milne

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“Some old fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.”~Laura Ingalls Wilder

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“Butterflies are self-propelled flowers.”~Robert A. Heinlein

“ I must have flowers, always, always.”~Monet

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“Spring: the music of open windows”~Teri Guillemets

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“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would greet it in a garden.”~Ruth Stout

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St. Patrick’s Day Decor Ideas

Bring touches of green to your home with beautiful, easy Diy St. Patrick’s Day decor ideas. ☘️

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Adding touches of green with fresh greenery through plants and a boxwood wreath for a St. Patrick’s Day mantle:

Brass candle holders, brass on the plant containers and gold wrapped chocolate coins add a festive flair.

Small decorative chalk boards can be switched out and changed with chalk markers for any type of holiday.

This is a beautiful and simple St. Patrick’s Day wreath. The boxwood wreath is still fresh and green from when I purchased it at Christmas. I sprayed it with Wilt Pruf which is fantastic for keeping fresh greens lasting for months. I wrapped a simple shamrock garland around it to add a. St. Patrick’s touch.

Adding candles makes decorating easy, with changing up the colours and candle holders. Or keep the candle holders and just switch out the colours for different decorating themes.

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Best Spring Picture Books to Read to Kids

Ahhh, spring is just around the corner! Are you looking for children’s activities that are meaningful this season? Whether it’s for your own children, your grandchildren, children you work with, or others, help celebrate and explore the season with the children in your life by connecting with them through books! These spring picture books for kids are a great way for spending quality time with the kids in your life.

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A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Aston

This gorgeous book from award-winning artist Sylvia Long and author Dianna Hutts Aston offers children a beautiful and informative look at the intricate, complex, and often surprising world of seeds. Poetic in voice and elegant in design, the book introduces children to a fascinating array of seed and plant facts, making it perfect reading material at home or in the classroom.

An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Aston

This stunningly beautiful and wonderfully informative book from award-winning artist Sylvia Long and author Dianna Hutts Aston makes for a fascinating introduction to the vast and amazing world of eggs. Featuring poetic text and an elegant design, this acclaimed book teaches children countless interesting facts about eggs. Full of wit and charm, An Egg Is Quiet will at once spark the imagination and cultivate a love of science.

A Nest is Noisy by Dianna Aston

Fans will rejoice at the first sight of A Nest Is Noisy,” promises School Library Journal, and they’re right. From the award-winning creators of An Egg Is Quiet, A Seed Is Sleepy, A Butterfly Is Patient, A Rock Is Lively, and A Beetle Is Shy comes this gorgeous and informative look at the fascinating world of nests, from those of tiny bee hummingbirds to those of orangutans high in the rainforest canopy. Poetic in voice and elegant in design, this carefully researched book introduces children to a captivating array of nest facts and will spark the imaginations of children whether in a classroom reading circle or on a parent’s lap.”

And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano

Following a snow-filled winter, a young boy and his dog decide that they’ve had enough of all that brown and resolve to plant a garden. They dig, they plant, they play, they wait . . . and wait . . . until at last, the brown becomes a more hopeful shade of brown, a sign that spring may finally be on its way.

Julie Fogliano’s tender story of anticipation is brought to life by the distinctive illustrations Erin E. Stead, recipient of the 2011 Caldecott Medal.

When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes

Watch the world transform when spring comes! In a starred review, School Library Journal called this delightful picture book “A must-have, joyful seasonal title for the youngest listeners.”

In this beautiful book for young children, Caldecott Medalist and Newbery Honor author Kevin Henkes uses striking imagery, repetition, and alliteration to introduce basic concepts of language and the changing of the seasons. And acclaimed artist Laura Dronzek’s gorgeous, lush paintings show the transformation from quiet, cold winter to the newborn spring.

Before spring comes, the trees are dark sticks, the grass is brown, and the ground is covered in snow. But if you wait, leaves unfurl and flowers blossom, the grass turns green, and the mounds of snow shrink and shrink. Spring brings baby birds, sprouting seeds, rain and mud, and puddles. You can feel it and smell it and hear it—and you can read it!

In a starred review, The Horn Book said, “This joyful reflection is as welcome as spotting the first brave crocus.”

Bunny’s First Spring by Sally Lloyd-Jones

When a bunny is born in spring, he sees the world as green and new and full of hope. But as the seasons change, the bunny worries that the earth may be dying. In bestselling author’s Sally Lloyd-Jones’ latest picture book celebrating the Easter season and rebirth, nature speaks to the bunny, assuring him of something more. Award-winning artist David McPhail’s whimsical illustrations reflect the beauty of the world around us as Lloyd-Jones’ inspirational text prompts readers to celebrate the changing seasons and the miracle of nature’s rebirth.

Flower Fairies of the Spring by Cicely Mary Barker

First published in the 1920s, Cicely Mary Barker’s original Flower Fairies books have been loved for generations. Like the pre-Raphaelite painters whom she so admired, Barker believed in re-creating the beauty of nature in art and drawing from life. Her Flower Fairies watercolors have a unique combination of naturalism and fantasy that no imitators have matched. Now newly rejacketed in the style of bestseller Fairyopolis, this new edition makes a perfect gift for a new generation of Flower Fairy fans. The book features poems and full-color illustrations of over 20 flowers and their guardian fairies.

Spring Story: Brambly Hedge

Wilfred woke early. It was his birthday. He had lots of lovely presents, but the best one was a surprise… Mr Apple had organised a secret celebration picnic and all the mice of Brambly Hedge were invited.

There was so much to carry. Poor Wilfred got very tired as he lurched and bumped his way along the grassy track. What was it Mrs Apple had said was in his hamper? Knives? Sandwiches? They were certainly heavy!

When they finally arrived, Wilfred was allowed to open up the hamper and there he found the best treat of all…

Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms by Julia Rawlinson

Fletcher enjoys the sunny weather and the warmth of spring. But when he stumbles across snowy flakes gently floating to the ground, he spreads the news of winter’s return to all his friends. But spring is full of wonderful surprises for Fletcher and his friends.

The Fletcher books are enjoyable picture books for sharing at home or in the classroom and are perfect for units on the seasons.

Two Little Gardeners by Margaret Wise Brown

Children will enjoy this story of a young brother and sister who plant seeds that will result, after much hard work and patience, in a bountiful garden! It teaches that good things come to those who wait, and features a little song at the end of the book: “What We Plant in the Spring We Eat in the Fall.”

Jack’s Garden by Henry Cole

Building on a rhyme that will be familiar to many children, author-illustrator Cole creates an enticing guide to creating a garden. ‘This is the garden that Jack planted…’ The final illustration presents a satisfied-looking boy surrounded by a lush, bird-filled flower garden….A concluding page of gardening suggestions serves as a springboard to books with more specific guidelines.”–Horn Book.

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