Best Easter books for children
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
The world's most incredible chocolate maker, a boy called Charlie and the beasts: Augustus Gloop (that great big greedy nincompoop), Veruca Salt (spoiled brat), Violet Beauregarde (a repulsive gum-chewer) and Mike Teavee (a boy who only watches television). A confectionery and literary classic.
The Easter Story by Brian Wildsmith
The story of Easter, told through the eyes of the donkey that carried Jesus into the city of Jerusalem and saw the Last Supper, Pontius Pilate, the crucifixion and the resurrection. A beautifully illustrated tale from acclaimed picture-book writer Brian Wildsmith.
The fascinating history of the chocolate we take for granted, from its origins in the rainforests of Central America to the drinking chocolate craze and the smorgasbord of chocolatey sweets we have to choose from today.
The Great Chocoplot by Chris Callaghan
(£6.99, Chicken House)
In Chompton-on-de-Lyte everyone loves a Chocablocka bar or two, so when the end of chocolate is announced, Jelly can't believe it and decides to investigate. Is it really the chocopocalypse, or is there a chocoplot afoot?
The Giant Jumperee by Julia Donaldson
With a spring theme and gorgeous illustrations from Helen Oxenbury, the new read-aloud classic from internationally bestselling author Julia Donaldson is going to play a very big part in the nation's bedtime story-reading for the foreseeable future.
The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling
In a delicious twist on the legend of King Midas, a boy acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate. First published in 1952, The Chocolate Touch was an instant American classic and is a great read to get your teeth into.
The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop by Kate Saunders
Lily and Oz Spoffard have inherited a house... and there's a mysterious boarded-up chocolate shop on the ground floor! Magical chocolate, supernatural shenanigans and some wild adventures are on the menu... A lovely read for 7-11 year olds.
But I do know all about chocolate by Lauren Child
(Second-hand only, from 1p, Puffin)
Lola really, extremely likes chocolate! But Lola is sure that it comes from the shops, so Charlie tells his little sister all about her favourite treat – where it really comes from and how it is made. Charlie and Lola Comic Relief special book packed with chocolate facts.
The Chocolate Monster by Pip Jones
(£6.99, Faber & Faber)
Keep watch, and close
all cupboard doors.
No chocolate bar's secure.
If left at large,
The Chunk will turn up
at YOUR house, for sure.
Could your Easter chocolate stash be the next to disappear?
A Chocolate Bar
(£8.99, Franklin Watts)
Follow the story of fair-trade chocolate from bean to bar! The simple text and clear photographs show each stage of the process, with information about how chocolate is traded, how fair trade works and how the chcolate we love journeys from producer to shop shelf. Produced with the help of Divine Chocolate, the only fairtrade chocolate company which is owned by cocoa farmers.
Daisy and the Trouble with Chocolate by Kes Gray
(£5.99, Red Fox)
Only one narrator could chronicle the tribulations of the Easter holidays and the chocolate avalanche in an accurate way – Daisy! She's back in the laugh-out-loud-funny new installment in the bestselling Daisy series.
A simple retelling of the Easter story, perfect for pre-schoolers and children who are learning to read. Basic text and lovely illustrations make it a great introduction to Easter celebrations and traditions.
(£8.99, Franklin Watts)
Packed with seasonal craft ideas and recipes, this offers a complete Easter package: the religious story, how to make delicious hot cross buns, decorating Easter bonnets, Easter jokes, eggs and much, much more!
Springtime Stories by Enid Blyton
(£6.99, Hodder Children's Books)
A new collection of 30 stories with a springtime feel, from Enid Blyton's archive of magazine stories from the 1940s and 1950s. Lambs in trouble, disobedient bunnies, fairies hidden inside Easter eggs... each story is the perfect length for bedtime reading and for welcoming spring.
(£6.99, Simon & Schuster)
Quentin the wolf loves to bake and dreams of entering the Great Bunny Baking competition. Will a not-very-masterful disguise allow him to compete and create the winning showstopper? A lovely picture book that celebrates spring, kindness and delicious cake.
Supertato: The Great Eggscape! by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet
(£6.99, Simon & Schuster Children's UK)
An Easter-themed instalment of the best-selling Supertato series. The supermarket's been cleared of all the Easter eggs overnight - can Supertato and the veggies get them back and foil the robbers' plans? Luckily they know just which bunny to call on for help...