I just realized Easter is next week, which means it’s time to review some Easter – and spring – books. Raincoast Books kindly sent along four books, some of which we’ll be adding to our collection.

Sesame Street The Great Easter Race ($15.50, Sourcebooks) is rhyming book that features most of the key players in the Sesame Street gang, along with a turtle and a bunny, in a race to the finish line. The bunny races ahead and you can find him “hidden” on each page. While the book is too young for my eight year old, he quite liked it and so did I. The story was cute, and it nicely rhymed. I would certainly read it again.

How to Catch the Easter Bunny by Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton ($14.99, Sourcebooks) is a story about the E.B. or the Easter Bunny. The story shows how the Easter Bunny does his magic and how easy it is to escape the traps set to catch him. I don’t understand why people want to catch the Easter Bunny or other magical creatures. Wouldn’t that ruin the magic? And if you caught him, wouldn’t that mean no more chocolate?

Flora and the Chicks by Molly Idle ($13.99, Chronicle Books) is a counting board book about a little girl who watches as chicks hatch one by one. Super cute illustrations, every other page allows the reader to flip open a page to reveal a continuation of the picture as well as the actual number of chicks hatched.


Bloom ($23.99, Farrar, Straus and Giroux) is a cute book by Deborah Diesen about a mother and daughter who plant bulbs, and memories, in the fall. We then watch as two seasons pass, along with the moments that make those times special, until its spring and the bulbs reveal the new life inside. I like this book, both the illustrations and the different way of telling about the passing of time, family, love and memories.