Three key ingredients for any Easter themed reads are chicks, bunnies and, of course, chocolate! We have checked our nests, scoured the hedgerows and pilfered the treat cupboard and come up with some cracking Easter break audiobooks to keep you entertained whilst we’re all waiting for the sunshine to come back.
The first book inspired by Easter chicks is The Chicken Gave it to Me by Anne Fine. Suitable for KS1/2, this little chicken flies "frillions" of miles to try to save humans. But if it's humans saving animals that you want, try Goose Eggs by E J Taylor. Violet is not very pleased when her friend Ruby turns their bedroom at Ivy Cottage into a home for sick animals in this lovely story aimed at KS1. Unfortunately, it’s not just us that find chicks irresistible. Mr Fox can’t help creeping out at night to help himself to a chicken or two. If you’ve seen the movie but not yet read the book, Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl is well worth a read (KS1/2).
This last 'chick' book has a tenuous link to Easter but is too good to miss out. From the author who also wrote The Girl Who Speaks Bear, The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson (KS3) is a beautiful and captivating book that will have you enthralled from start to finish. Marinka dreams of a normal life, where her house stays in one place long enough for her to make friends. But her house has chicken legs and moves on without warning!
Chicks aside, it’s also not Easter without bunnies; how could it be? And for little ones, Little Grey Rabbit's Birthday (Alison Uttley, KS1) is a lovely, gentle old favourite. Then we have the intriguingly titled Bunnies in the Bathroom by Lucy Daniels! Suitable for KS1/2, we follow the journey of rabbit-mad John trying to track down the two baby rabbits he’s set his heart on. Staying with bunnies, we have a new classic by iconic author Judith Kerr. Snowflake is the school rabbit, and Snowflake, according to Tommy, is trouble. So when Tommy is left looking after it will he and his family be doomed by The Curse of the School Rabbit? Aimed at KS1/2.
And for older readers, this 'bunny-theme only in title' takes us to Black Rabbit Summer by Kevin Brooks (KS4). This intense page-turner from the award-winning, young adult writer finds a group of old friends in the middle of a crime scene and having the worst night of their lives. Definitely not suitable for under 12s, this is a gripping mystery that will keep you guessing until the end.
We’re sure you will have indulged in a chocolate egg or two this past weekend and are most probably working your way through a mountain more! So to help you through it we have a couple of chocolatey choices. Firstly, our youngest readers will enjoy going on another adventure with Little Grey Rabbit in Hare and the Easter Egg (Alison Uttley, KS1). And then we have the chocolatey-ist of all our audiobooks, one that is so familiar it needs no introduction: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (KS2). If you haven’t read it, you’re bound to have seen it and longed to find your own Golden Ticket. But have you read the next installment of Charlie Bucket and Willie Wonka’s adventures, Charlie and The Great Glass Elevator? Find out where this most unusual form of transport takes them.
And lastly we can’t finish without mentioning the optional extra Easter ingredient, lambs! Everyone is kept busy when the new lambs arrive at Sheepfold Farm. Lambing at Sheepfold Farm by Susan Williams is aimed at KS1 and also includes 'Kit' by Jane Gardam and 'Biddy's Talking Pineapple' by Jane Holiday.