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Easter Basket Book Ideas

The Martha Stewart Show, April 2011

"Every Easter basket should have at least one book in it." -- Martha Stewart

Easter baskets shouldn't be all about colored eggs and sweet treats: The holiday is also a wonderful opportunity to instill a love of reading in your child. Kids' books make well-loved, educational gifts, and they happen to fit perfectly in the Easter baskets alongside other goodies.

Chip Gibson, president and publisher of Random House Children's Books, shares classic books that are well suited to Easter-basket gifting.

Pat the Bunny

"Pat the Bunny" is the first book many parents read to their babies. Originally published in 1940, the title pioneered the use of touch-and-feel elements like fur in children's picture books.

I Am a Bunny

"I Am a Bunny," by Richard Scarry, is a fitting choice for the Easter basket. The changing-of-the-seasons story is perfect for children who are beginning to learn about and recognize the world around them.

Cat in the Hat

The beloved "Cat in the Hat," by Dr. Seuss, has been a kids' must-read for many years. The book became an instant best seller when it was first introduced in 1957, and its silliness has helped make storytime more fun.

The Lorax

"The Lorax," also by Dr. Seuss, pairs traditional Seuss-style rhymes with a message of environmental awareness. The Lorax is a character who warns against careless development and its effect on the earth's beauty.


Acclaimed artist Leo Lionni created the book and eponymous character "Frederick," a mouse whose generosity feeds the spirits of his fellow mice during dark winter days.

Magic Tree House

For older children who are beginning to read on their own, the "Magic Tree House" series is a wonderful first step. The books' mix of magic and mystery -- along with a dose of history -- make them an appealing introduction to chapter books.

The Emerald Atlas

A new classic for 2011, "The Emerald Atlas," from first-time author John Stephens, is the tale of three siblings who set out to save their family and end up saving the world.

Learn more about Random House Children's Books.

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