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The Tale of Three Trees Angela Elwell Hunt Based on a folktale passed down from generation to generation, The Tale of Three Trees tells the powerful story of Jesus’ life from the perspective of the three trees that became his crib, his boat and his cross. This text is a celebrated favourite in many primary classrooms and is often used as the basis for drama performances or Easter assemblies, as well as a way to engage pupils with the Christian meaning behind the celebrations. Buy on Amazon The Night Before Easter Natasha Wing A lighthearted spin on the classic poem ‘The Night Before Christmas’, this is a fun rhyming text that tells the story of a nighttime visit from the Easter Bunny. Younger children will enjoy the story and illustrations while slightly older children could perform the poem by heart or take on the challenge of writing their own versions. Buy on Amazon Egg Drop Mini Grey Here at Booksfortopics we are big fans of Mini Grey (author of Traction Man and Toys in Space). This egg-cellent picture book does not fail to impress us either, recounting the tale of an egg that is desperate to learn to fly without having to wait to hatch first. Behind the quirky story, which can be accessed on numerous levels by children of different ages, sit important themes of dreaming big, having hope and the frustration of having to wait for something important to happen. Buy on Amazon Inspector Smart and the Case of the Empty Tomb: Case File Natasha WingAdd some more info about this item... If you are looking for something slightly different that gives the Christian perspective about Easter, Inspector Smart and the Case of the Empty Tomb: Case File is ideal for KS2. Presented as a detective’s case file, the text and picture clues gradually build up a picture of the story of Jesus’ resurrection and what it means to Christian believers. There is also a simpler chapter book version available on Amazon that is suited to KS1 or weaker readers. Buy on Amazon Mr Bunny's Chocolate Factory Elys Dolan New for 2017, this engaging picture book takes its reader on a guided tour of an imaginary chocolate factory, run by Mr Bunny. The humorous illustrations are packed with details and guaranteed to get imaginations firing. We think that this highly enjoyable text would make a great stimulus for creative writing and is likely to have pupils poring over its inventive visual details for hours. Mr Bunny's Chocolate Factory is sure to quickly become an Easter favourite in primary classrooms. Buy on Amazon Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones Ruth Heller This is top of our list for non-fiction on the Easter theme of eggs and new life. Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones explores the exceptional range of animals that lay eggs of all shapes and sizes. We love the rhyming text and the brilliantly life-like illustrations of the creatures and their eggs, raising curiosity levels and giving this non-fiction topic a high level of appeal to young minds. Buy on Amazon The Easter Story Brian Wildsmith This is the Christian story of Easter as told through the eyes of the donkey that carried Jesus into Jerusalem and watched the events of the Easter story unfold. The text is accompanied by beautiful illustrations and would be suitable to use with the whole primary age range as they explore the meaning behind the Christian festival. Buy on Amazon Daisy and the Trouble with Chocolate Kes Gray and Nick Sharratt Part of Kes Gray’s popular Daisy series, this Easter themed story is full of humour. Happy-go-lucky Daisy is off to Chocolate Land during the Easter holidays, but can she stay out of chocolately trouble AND manage to look after the class hamsters like she has promised her teacher? A great story to read aloud. Buy on Amazon The Odd Egg Emily Gravett This clever picture book offers something book for all ages. Award-winning Emily Gravett (author of Meerkat Mail and Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears) is back, this time with a story about a duck that desperately wanted to lay an egg like the other birds. The duck finds and nurtures an intriguing egg, which eventually hatches to reveal a charming surprise. The pages of The Odd Egg are cut into different sizes to mimic the way the egg progresses and the book is full of visual humour that helps to extend its appeal to older children too. Buy on Amazon The Velveteen Rabbit Margery Williams and Sarah Massini The Velveteen Rabbit is a classic children’s book that is now nearly 100 years old, although it is as relevant today as it was when first published. It tells the story of a boy’s tatty toy rabbit that becomes ‘real’ as he is transformed by the boy’s love and affection. There is also a movie version of the story available on DVD