Of course at this time of year everything is all about eggs! So today I want to share a dozen of our favourite egg themed books for you to enjoy with the children (or chickens!) in your life. Let me know if you see a favourite on this list, or indeed any that you would add to our collection.
Hurry! Hurry! by Eve Bunting
I don’t know why but as toddlers and preschoolers both my girls absolutely loved this book! Rooster is spreading the word, “Hurry! Hurry!” and all the animals rush to the barn, arriving just in time to greet the newest member of the farm family, hatching out of his egg.
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss
This Seuss classic is a firm favourite in our home! “Do you like green eggs and ham?” asks the persistent Sam-I-Am who won’t take no for an answer! In beloved Seuss style Sam-I-Am convinces even the firmest skeptic that green eggs and ham really are worth a spin!
There is a Bird On Your Head by Mo Willems
I’ve shared the fabulous Elephant & Piggie series previously. In this wonderful installment, Elephant wonders what could possibly be worse than a bird on your head? Unfortunately he is about to find out!
The Emperor’s Egg by Martin Jenkins
The story of a dedicated dad – the male emperor penguin, who spends two months standing in the freezing cold with no food as he waits for his egg to hatch.
Egg: Nature’s Perfect Package by Robin Page & Steve Jenkins
I am a big fan of Steve Jenkins’ non fiction books for kids and this one about eggs does not disappoint. Bold, engaging illustrations are perfectly married with intriguing facts about the natural world.
Ollie by Olivier Dunrea
Friends Gossie and Gertie are waiting and waiting for Ollie to hatch. They try poking, listening, even sitting on top of his egg but Ollie just won’t come out.
Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr Seuss
Horton the elephants is kind and trustworthy, but unfortunately, the lazy bird Mayzie takes advantage of his good nature when she leaves Horton to watch her unhatched egg….and fails to return!
My Easter Egg Hunt by Rosie Smith
Look over. Look under. Look around. Look through. Eggs can be found in pockets, in hollows, in grass, under hats. But beware of those sneaky bunnies, they are superbly good at finding those hidden eggs!
Handa’s Hen by Eileen Browne
Every morning, Handa feeds breakfast to Mondi, her grandma’s black hen. This morning, however, Mondi is nowhere to be seen. So Handa and her friend Akeyo set off on a hunt, coming upon an array of intriguing creatures but where, oh where could Mondi be?
The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett
All the birds had laid an egg. All except for Duck. When he finds a huge, green-spotted egg, he loves it right away. The other birds make fun of his very large egg. But everyone’s in for a big surprise when Duck’s egg finally hatches!
Meg’s Eggs by Helen Nicoll
Meg’s spells are always a surprise and today the eggs she makes for supper are more than a little usual! Before she can cook them they start to hatch, and out come …dinosaurs!
Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge by Margaret Wild
While not strictly about eggs, this fabulous book is well worth a mention on our list. Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge lives next door to a nursing home in which resides Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper, his favorite friend, because she has four names as well. When Miss Nancy “loses” her memory, the intrepid Wilfrid sets out to find it for her using some of his favourite memories to help her, including a fresh, warm egg.
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