Easter Gift Guide – Books for all ages

My memories of Easter as a kid was spent with family, a big delicious meal, going to church, pretty Easter dresses and a very anticipated Easter egg hunt. My older brothers and my younger sister and I would love racing around looking for the small foil-wrapped chocolate eggs and comparing who found the most. Then for the months following we would continue to find random eggs around our home. Those were simpler times.

As a mom I’ve made a conscious decision to not try to keep up with the Christmas-like gift giving highlighted by Instagram that seems to go on with Easter these days. I just can’t.

Way back when Holden was a toddler, as I watched all of his grandparents spoil him with stuffed animals and chocolate, I decided that each year I would buy a book for each of my kids for Easter to balance out all of the sweets and stuff.

This simple tradition has been happily embraced by our four kids, and although I still pick out Easter-themed books for our twins, our big kids enjoy putting in requests for specific books they’ve had their eye on. And I happily oblige.

I thought for this year’s Easter gift guide, I would share some very sweet Easter-themed books for kids. Perfect for an Easter gift. I’ve included some of our family’s favourites too. Enjoy!

0-2 years

1. Peter Rabbit Naturally Better Classic Gift Set by Beatrix Potter

Are you or is someone you know expecting around Easter or early spring?

The classic Peter Cottontail Classic Gift Set is the perfect gift for the new bundle’s first library.

These books come in beautiful pastel colours that would look great in a nursery, and the classic stories are loved by many generations. Shop here.

2. Where are Baby’s Easter Eggs? by Karen Katz

This Easter themed story of Baby’s search for Easter Eggs is an adorable and interactive book for little ones who love to turn pages and lift flaps. The bright and colourful illustrations and simple wording make it an engaging (and short) read sure to keep kids and parents happy. Karen Katz has a series of books featuring some adorable and relatable “baby” characters that are sure to be a favorite. Shop here.

3. Little People: Easter Is Here!

Parents of toddlers know the Little People, mostly for their toys. But did you know they make really fun books? Our Little People Easter Book is one of our favourites all year round. Shop here.

3-5 years

4. The Berenstain Bears Easter Parade by Mike Berenstain

Who doesn’t love the Berenstain Bears? My little sister and I were raised on Berenstain Bears and we have passed on the tradition to our kids. The Easter Parade book is one of our favourites. Shop here.

5. Plant the Tiny Seed by Christine Matheson

Press, tap, wiggle, and jiggle to start the magic!

This book is a great way to teach your little one about nature, and also get them to follow simple commands as they listen to the story. It would be great to read one on one, or even with a group of young kids. They will have lots of fun acting out how to plant a seed, clapping to bring the sun, and wiggling their fingers to water the plant and make it grow. Shop here.

6. My, Oh My-a Butterfly! By Tish Rabe

Learn about butterflies with the classic Cat in the Hat character. Filled with silly sounding rhymes, this book is a lot of fun for young readers. Plus, it’s actually pretty informative, explaining the metamorphosis of an egg into a caterpillar into a chrysalis into a bright new butterfly. Shop here.

6-8 years

7. The Big Book of Bugs by Yuval Zommer

Do you have a kid that is fascinated by creepy-crawlies? This book is a beautifully illustrated way for them to learn more about nature, where to find bugs by teaching them to be a young bug spotter, and it’s filled with fun facts that may teach Mom and Dad some new things. Shop here.

8. The Princess In Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde by Shannon Hale &Dean Hale

This is one of a series of Princess in Black stories, which are filled with mischief, humour and fun illustrations. These books are simple for early readors, but are presented as chapter books so they feel a bit more “grown up.” And this story with fluffy tail bunnies would be great for Easter! Shop here.

9-12 years

9. The Babysitters Club #1 Kristy’s Great Idea by Ann M. Martin

Did you read these series of books as a kid? I sure did. And the movie was one of the first I saw in the theatre with my friends without a parent (it’s due for a remake, as Hollywood is really into that at the moment). These feel good, girl-centric stories are perfect for a young woman coming of age. Wouldn’t it be great if your daughter was inspired to be a successful entrepreneur too? Shop here.

10. A Wrinkle in Time Trilogy by Madeleine L’Engle

Are your kids in love with Disney’s latest live action movie? Encourage them to read the classic story about Meg, Charles and Calvin on their mission to save the day, and keep reading more where the movie leaves off by buying the trilogy (or you could even look into the box set of 5 books which is also available). Shop here.

11. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

One of my all-time favorites, this book features the importance of family, honesty and a sense of bewilderment.

This is a book that every kid should read at some point. I’m sure you’ve probably read it yourself? Why not re-read it as an adult, then have a marathon movie party with your kids? Start with the original starring Gene Wilder, then watch the most recent version with Johnny Depp. And don’t forget to pick up some Wonka candy and chocolate treats to enjoy together. Shop here.

What You Should Buy For A New Mom – A Postnatal Care Package Unboxing

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When it comes to buying a gift for a new mom, it can be hard to know exactly what they would want. I tend to always go for the good old gift card standby because I can’t think of anything else.

Recently I was contacted by Tenth Moon Mothercare, located in Toronto, Canada. They asked if they could send me their Mama and Baby Postnatal Care Package for me to do what I wanted with it. So, I decided to do an unboxing.

Wow! I was blown away by the ideas included in this package and in hindsight, I wish I had pampered myself a little more after having my little ones.

Head to tenthmoonmothercare.com if you live in Toronto or surrounding areas to place your order. Otherwise these are great ideas for you to put together yourself. Check it out!

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We Host A Bright Starts Play Date And Try Their Hot New Toys

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Recently, we had an opportunity to partner with Mom Select and Bright Starts to host a play date and try out some of Bright Starts newest and hottest toys.

We excitedly sent out invitations to a few friends ranging in age from 6-36 months, (which is the recommended age for these toys).

Mia and Everly

We also decorated our house for the occasion.

bright starts playdate decor

The party couldn’t come fast enough. All day the kids kept peeking at all of those exciting new toys. Even the older kids were fascinated by them!

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As soon as Mia and Everly’s friends arrived, we opened up the toys and began our play date.

The Learn and Giggle Activity Station (pictured below) was a blast! There are so many things to do, including a musical book, a fun little cat and gold fish bowl, an interactive window pane and little switches and surprises around every corner.

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Our friend Cooper just loved the Roll and Glow Monkey. This light up toy makes music and rolls when you press the button.

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Even I had fun chasing the Roll and Glow Monkey around.

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The Spin and Giggle Puppy was a popular toy at our play date too, especially with our youngest guests. Shaped like a bowl, it can hold many of Bright Starts’ Bunch of Balls. When you press the center button, it spins, sending the balls flying. It also lights up and makes music too!

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After all of that fun it was time to eat! Bright Starts provided us with some delicious and easy playdate recipes for both kids and moms, which I have included below.

Playdate food

But why eat at a table, when you can have a picnic on the floor!

Picnic on the ground

At the end of our play date, each of our friends got to bring home a special cookie.


Everyone had a blast at our Bright Starts play date! What did we think of the toys? They were, and still are, a hit. Any of these would make a great gift for a child between the ages of 6-36 months.

Watch some highlights of our play date in this video…

Bright Starts Play date Recipes

Bright Start Bars – Naturally sweet and easy to eat, these make excellent finger foods for little ones!

Ingredients: 1 banana, 1/2 cup of old-fashioned oats, 1 tablespoon of applesauce, 2-3 tablespoons of raisins or dried cranberries, a pinch of cinnamon (optional)

Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. 2. In a medium bowl, mash the banana to a smooth consistency, using a fork. 3. Add the oats and applesauce to the banana and stir until combined. 4. Stir in the raisins/cranberries and cinnamon, if using. 5. Using your hands, form the mixture into bar shapes on prepared baking sheet. 6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until firm. 7. Allow to cool before serving.

Play Date Parfaits – Creamy and sweet, these parfaits were a hit with both moms and kids!

Ingredients: 4 cups of vanilla yogurt (or a flavour of your choice), 1 pint of blackberries, blueberries or strawberries (or a combination), 2 cups granola

Directions: 1. In a large glass, layer 1/2 cups yogurt, 1/4 cup granola and a handful of berries. 2. Repeat laters. 3. Serve immediately.


Nesting Story received free products in order to host the Bright Starts sponsored Play Date. The opinions expressed  here are my own.