Whether eggs make you think of breakfast, Easter, or baby birds, it’s hard not to love eggs! This list covers everything, from classics like The Golden Egg Book to popular sellers like The Good Egg to some of our favorite hidden gems like After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) and Hatch. We include non-fiction titles as well, such as An Egg is Quiet.
Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.
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I love the way Polacco’s books celebrate her heritage, and this is no exception, and their setting in a world far simpler than our own. There is a care and gentleness about her writing that appeals to me. In this story, Babushka lives alone in a little house in the country. She feeds caribou in winter and nurses back to health an injured goose, who becomes her housemate for a time. As the goose returns to health, it lays an egg each day for Babushka’s breakfast. Babushka is gifted at painting eggs in the Ukrainian style and carefully blows out each egg before painting the shells. Babushka sees and acknowledges the miracles in the natural world around her, but there is a magical miracle at the heart of this story that will surprise and delight.
Old Babushka, known throughout all of Moskva for her beautifully painted eggs, is preparing her eggs for the Easter Festival when she takes in an injured goose. She names the goose Rechenka, and they live happily together until one day when Rechenka accidentally overturns a basket, breaking all of Babushka’s lovingly crafted eggs.But the next morning Babushka has a surprise awaiting her in the basket. She cries: “A miracle!” It is one of many in this charmingly told tale of friendship and caring. With vibrant illustrations, Patricia Polacco has joyously re-created the flavor of Old Moscow and its festivals. The eggs, stunningly colored and intricately designed, are authentic reproductions of eggs painted in the Ukrainian style. Rechenka’s Eggs is a timeless story of classic beauty.
This makes a great read aloud with its vibrant and careful illustrations and text. Santat thoroughly validates the fear that stems from failure and the obstacle that fear can create to further endeavor. His sensitive treatment of the Egg’s efforts to return to the top of the wall reminds us to be patient with ourselves and others who may be afraid to take another crack at something.
After reading this for the first time, I immediately added to my “to buy” list. I’m a sucker for “fractured fairy tales” (which this isn’t quite, but in the same vein) and this is an incredibly clever take on Humpty Dumpty “after the fall,” exposing the emotional trauma following his traumatic accident and how he goes about conquering his fears. No spoilers here, but when I hit the last page I was blown away: so clever and so many warm fuzzies when Humpty realizes his full potential.
From the New York Times–bestselling creator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend comes the inspiring epilogue to the beloved classic nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty.
Everyone knows that when Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. But what happened after?
Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat’s poignant tale follows Humpty Dumpty, an avid bird watcher whose favorite place to be is high up on the city wall―that is, until after his famous fall. Now terrified of heights, Humpty can longer do many of the things he loves most.
Will he summon the courage to face his fear?
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) is a masterful picture book that will remind readers of all ages that Life begins when you get back up.
This is such a cute lift-the-flap book and definitely a favorite of my toddler’s, so much so that it made the two books cut for the airplane bag. I’m not personally convinced that the top of the book needed to be a circle, particularly since it makes the spine a little weaker, but this book has been dragged all around our house and is no worse for the wear (plus, my son is obsessed with circles… so it gets bonus points from him there.) The rhyming is cute, and the content is simple yet informative, and it’s a unique take on eggs!
Can you guess what each egg will hatch?
Read the rhyming clues and let your child guess before they “hatch” each egg by lifting the flap to find out who is inside. This lift-a-flap book has a smart but simple design that will entertain and educate about egg-dwelling baby animals.
Reading this Creole folk tale is like stepping into another time and place which has been masterfully and magically brought to life through San Souci’s descriptive language and Pickney’s lavish illustrations. The pencil and watercolor illustrations bring San Souci’s imaginative text to life, drawing us into the setting as well as the story. The character’s manner of speaking, so different from the way we speak today, perfectly embodies the American south, also contributing to our sense of a very different time and place.
The tale features a mother with two daughters, Rose and Blanche. While the mother and sister, Rose, embody laziness and greed, Blanche is patient, hardworking, kind, and courageous. Their interactions result in a cautionary tale about the dangers of greed in which, as readers, we are delighted that sweet Blanche comes out on top.
The author of such delights as The Christmas Ark and The Enchanted Tapestry joins forces with illustrator Pinkney to resurrect a colorful folktale that captures the unique flavor of the American South. A 1989 Caldecott Honor Book.
This Dr. Seuss classic starring Sam-I-Am will have readers of all ages craving Green Eggs and Ham!
And don’t miss the new series adaption of Green Eggs and Ham coming soon to Netflix – featuring the voice talents of Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Daveed Diggs, and more!
“Do you like green eggs and ham?” asks Sam-I-am in this Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss. In a house or with a mouse? In a boat or with a goat? On a train or in a tree? Sam keeps asking persistently. With unmistakable characters and signature rhymes, Dr. Seuss’s beloved favorite has cemented its place as a children’s classic. In this most famous of cumulative tales, the list of places to enjoy green eggs and ham, and friends to enjoy them with, gets longer and longer. Follow Sam-I-am as he insists that this unusual treat is indeed a delectable snack to be savored everywhere and in every way.
Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.
Hedgie's Surprise - - At our house, we like Jan Brett books and have acquired many of them. She tells a great story and the illustrations are exquisite. This one plays a little loose with the timeline for eggs hatching into chicks, but there are so many other things going on the time element is easy to overlook. There is the unlikely friendship between the hen and Hedgie, some egg-cellent problem solving, eggs being eaten and hatching into chicks, the Tomten eating lots of different foods, and the little trickster being tricked.
An Egg Is Quiet - - This book has beautiful watercolor illustrations; even the end papers have darling little eggs and animals with their respective names. It is a very instructive read and teaches that even though many animals lay eggs, not all eggs are the same — from size, shape, color, texture and location!
Bently & Egg - A singing frog reluctantly babysits a duck egg in this sweetly hilarious picture book from the brilliant mind that brought you The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. While egg-sitting for his friend Kack Kack the duck, Bently Hopperton the frog is so bored that he cannot resist painting the egg’s shell. But when the decorated egg is mistaken for an Easter egg and is egg-napped, Bently discovers that he has in fact, grown terrifically fond of that ole egg. Can he rescue the egg before it’s too late? An homage to fatherhood, and the appreciation of swell art.
The Egg - When the eggs hatches, and a baby dragon comes out, George knows exactly what to do. A baby dragon needs to learn how dragons are supposed to act, including how to fly, how to breathe fire, and how to defeat a knight-so George starts the dragon lessons right away! The dragon learns quickly, but he is anxious to find his own kind. Then George wakes up the next morning and the little dragon is missing. Will George ever see his dragon again?
The bold colors and die cuts add extra fun and interest to this simple, educative book that’s light on text and all about transformation. Beginning with the example of egg to chicken and noting many other examples, like a tadpole to a frog or a seed to a flower, the book cleverly circles back to the age-old question of what comes first: the chicken or the egg?
WHICH CAME FIRST? The chicken or the egg? Simple die-cuts magically present transformation— from seed to flower, tadpole to frog, caterpillar to butterfly.
The acclaimed author of Black? White! Day? Night! and Lemons Are Not Red gives an entirely fresh and memorable presentation to the concepts of transformation and creatiity. Seed becomes flower, paint becomes picture, word becomes story—and the commonplace becomes extraordinary as children look through and turn the pages of this novel and winning book.
First the Egg by bestselling author and illustrator Laura Vaccaro Seeger is a 2008 Caldecott Honor Book and a 2007 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year. This title has Common Core connections.
Jan Brett’s lovable bunny hero, Hoppi, and her remarkable Easter Rabbit will enchant readers as they pore over illustrations filled with dazzling eggs made by Flora Bunny, Aunt Sassyfrass and others.
If Hoppi can make the best Easter egg, he will get to help the Easter Rabbit with his deliveries on Easter morning. But it is not so easy. Discouraged, he goes into the woods to think when a blue robin’s egg tumbles out of its nest. Hoppi keeps it safe and warm until the baby bird hatches, and when the Easter Rabbit arrives, he declares the empty blue eggshell the very best one to reward Hoppi for his kindness.
Spring is everywhere in gorgeous illustrations framed with pussy willows, flowering vines and flowers. Side borders feature busy rabbits making their unusual eggs and, in a border above, the Robin’s family drama unfolds.
A gatefold surprise reveals the Easter Rabbit.
The beautiful illustration work makes this a delight. Most of it is black and white pen sketches, providing a nice contrast to the bold, blue robin eggs at the center of the story.
Award-winning author-illustrator Henry Cole soars to new heights in this stunning picture book about robins: their homes, their lives, and their families.
In this black-and-white picture book highlighted with robin’s egg blue, the reader will follow two robins as they build a nest with twigs and grass. Then mother robin lays four beautiful blue eggs and will keep the eggs warm in the nest until they hatch into four baby robins.
The father robin protects the babies until they can fly on their own. The perils the babies encounter are many, including snakes and storms. The nest is always their safe place.
Nesting provides introductory biology and animal science concepts for very young children, and also makes a spectacular springtime gift.
Award-winning author-illustrator Henry Cole has re-created the life story of the robin with simple text and stunning artwork. Nesting is the perfect primer for young bird-watchers and nature lovers. The beautiful, intricate black-and-white illustrations are illuminated with lovely washes of blue that breathe life into the artwork.
Egg is a graphic novel for preschoolers about four eggs, one big surprise, and an unlikely friendship, by Caldecott Medalist and New York Times-bestselling author Kevin Henkes. Egg is not only a perfect Easter gift, but also a classic read-alone and read-aloud that will appeal all year long.
This masterful and stylistically original picture book introduces young children to four eggs. One is blue, one is pink, one is yellow, and one is green. Three of the eggs hatch, revealing three baby birds who fly away. But the green egg does not hatch. Why not? When the three birds return to investigate, they’re in for a big surprise! What will happen next? With a compelling mix of comic-like panels, wordless pages and spreads, and a short text featuring word repetition, surprise, and suspense, Egg is an ideal book for emergent readers, as well as for sharing in a group. Egg is sure to inspire creativity and storytelling in preschoolers, as they anticipate the page turns and determine their own endings! Kevin Henkes is the bestselling author of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Waiting, and Kitten’s First Full Moon, among many other beloved titles.
Frog and Toad meets Elephant & Piggie in the second installment of a humorous and heartfelt picture book series about the adventures of Boof the bear and Pine the porcupine, from the acclaimed author-illustrator of There’s a Giraffe in My Soup and I Am Not a Chair! There’s no one Boof the bear would rather spend the day with than his best friend—Pine the porcupine. And there’s nothing he’d rather do than collect things, which is his favorite hobby of all time. So one day, when Boof is collecting rocks with Pine, he doesn’t think the day could get any better, until . . . An egg falls on Boof’s head—all the way from outer space! Now it’s up to Pine and Boof to return the space egg to its space nest . . . before it hatches. They’ll need a rocket ship, space training, and plenty of sandwiches for the trip. But most important, they’ll need each other to complete a mission that’s out of this world! Pine & Boof: Blast Off! tells the story of an unlikely friendship through highly original characters and vibrant illustrations that are impossible not to love.
The Good Egg - From the bestselling creators of The Bad Seed, a timely story about not having to be Grade A perfect! Meet the good egg. He’s a verrrrrry good egg indeed. But trying to be so good is hard when everyone else is plain ol’ rotten. As the other eggs in the dozen behave badly, the good egg starts to crack from all the pressure of feeling like he has to be perfect. So, he decides enough is enough! It’s time for him to make a change… Dynamic duo Jory John and Pete Oswald hatch a funny and charming story that reminds us of the importance of balance, self-care, and accepting those who we love (even if they are sometimes a bit rotten). Perfect for reading aloud and shared story time!
Hazel and Twig: The Lost Egg - Adorable mouse sisters Hazel and Twig find an egg and want to hatch it themselves — but is it really theirs for the taking? Hazel and Twig are playing in the meadow one day when they discover an egg. “Let’s hatch it together!” suggests Hazel, and they sit on it to keep it warm. But an egg takes a very long time to hatch, so the sisters decide to bring the egg home with them. Hazel dreams of all the ways they will take care of their new pet after it hatches — building it a nest, teaching it to fly, and finding worms for it to eat. But is there a bird out there who will miss their egg? Brenna Burns Yu returns to the enchanting miniature world of Korean-American mouse siblings Hazel and Twig in a story about sisterhood, observation and discovery, and lost things coming home. Abloom with delicate natural details, this tale is perfect for any kid who has ever asked “Can I keep it?”
Peep and Egg: I'm Not Hatching - Egg is not hatching. No way. No how. It is too scary out there. Peep wants Egg to hatch so they can do fun things together, like watch the sunrise, splash in puddles, and play hide-and-seek. But Egg is not cracking… Joyce Wan’s bright and bold illustrations will have young chickies giggling at Laura Gehl’s reassuring tale that takes the not out of I’m not.
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge - Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge lives next door to a nursing home in which several of his good friends reside. Of course, his favorite is Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper, because she has four names just as he does. The only problem is Miss Nancy, who is 96, has “lost” her memory. Undaunted, Wilfred sets out to “find” Miss Nancy’s memory for her. Full-color illustrations.
Bruce the bear likes to keep to himself. That, and eat eggs. But when his hard-boiled goose eggs turn out to be real, live goslings, he starts to lose his appetite. And even worse, the goslings are convinced he’s their mother. Bruce tries to get the geese to go south, but he can’t seem to rid himself of his new companions. What’s a bear to do?
Meet Egg. Cuter than a button, enormously personable, and talented, too. Say “sit,” and Egg sits. Good Egg! Say “roll over,” and egg rolls over. What a good Egg! Of course, Egg does all of this with a toddler’s help, who lifts the flaps and pulls the tabs and operates the wiggle behind the wiggle-waggle. But that’s the most fun part: interacting with the Egg.
Then comes the pay-off. “Speak,” is the command, and children will crack up in delight and surprise with what happens next.
Created by Barney Saltzberg, Good Egg is that rarest of rare books where utter simplicity is utterly irresistible. The Egg has neither eyes nor smile nor furrowed brow, yet exudes an adorable, eager-to-please charm. No sentence is longer than two words, yet in the eight board book pages, an engaging story is told. Add the flaps and the tabs and the pleasure of movement, and Good Egg will be read again and again.
Mama and Papa agree that eggs for breakfast would be nice, but they’re too busy to go to the store. So they decide that Hetty is old enough to go by herself. Although she practices walking smoothly up the hill so she won’t break the precious eggs, she can’t help running all the way down. Young readers will hold their breath as Hetty tries her very best to get those eggs home safely. “The story is remarkable for its evocative imagery, and the loving interchange between the characters sets a charming tone. The words are perfectly complemented by Lewis’s dazzling, impressionistic watercolors that show the joyous power of love and depict a warmly supportive world in which Hetty ventures forth toward independence. A fine book that speaks straight to the heart.”—Booklist
From Sanrio, who brought you Hello Kitty, Gudetama the Lazy Egg returns with a guidebook to living life to the almost fullest. In Japanese, when you’re lazy, you are referred to as gude gude. Gudetama (tama from “tamago,” egg in Japanese) is the lazy egg. Gudetama likes soy sauce and being left alone. Sometimes, Gudetama wonders if we are born only to suffer. Each page of this book is kind of packed with helpful lessons, inspiring quotes and mind-blowing advice that will have you laying around like an egg in no time! And all of it comes straight from the yolk of a Gudetama!
E. Aster Bunnymund uses his martial arts skills, his network of tunnels, and the help of MiM, Sand Mansnoozy, and Nicholas St. North to battle the Nightmare King, Pitch, who has sent a venomous serpent to attack Bunnymund’s royal guard of warrior eggs.
Horton Hatches the Egg - Generations of children have fallen in love with Horton the elephant!
I meant what I said
And I said what I meant. . . .
An elephant’s faithful
One hundred per cent! Horton 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. Told with Dr. Seuss’s signature rhymes and trademark illustrations, this is a tale that will be enjoyed over and over, by reader and listener alike. And don’t miss another delightful tale about this beloved pachyderm: Horton Hears a Who!
The Good Egg - Welcome to Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types. The five scouts of Roanoke cabin—Jo, April, Molly, Mal, and Ripley—love their summers at camp. They get to hang out with their best friends, earn Lumberjane scout badges, annoy their no-nonsense counselor Jen . . . and go on supernatural adventures. That last one? A pretty normal occurrence at Miss Qiunzella’s, where the woods contain endless mysteries. Book three shines the spotlight on Ripley, the smallest, youngest, most animal-loving member of the cabin. When Ripley comes across an abandoned egg, she’s determined to take care of it until the parent comes back. Unfortunately, her plan is quickly foiled by egg poachers, who steal the egg for their own collection.
Eggs Are Everywhere - Hidden eggs and silly surprises await in this interactive Easter board book for toddlers and babies. The Easter egg hunt is on! With this bright and colorful hands-on toddler board book, the Easter tradition of the egg hunt comes to life in a playful, interactive way. Young children will turn the wheel to hide brightly colored Easter eggs inside baskets, under flowers, behind rocks, and even in hands. After the egg is hidden, it’s time to guess where it is! Lift the flap for the reveal in this game-in-a-book, then play again (and again) for hours of eggs-citing fun! • Provides interactive play that is ideal for baby’s cognitive development • Perfect springtime, Mother’s Day, Easter basket stuffer gift • Great read-aloud board book for parents and caregivers In the tradition of such Easter board books as My First Easter, Ollie’s Easter Eggs, Easter Surprise: An Eggs-traordinary Slide and Find Book. Eggs Are Everywhere brings the fun of the Easter egg hunt to the delightful life for babies, toddlers and fun-loving families. • Board books for ages 2–4 • New baby gift • Easter books for baby
Who Is in the Egg? - Illustrated with breathtaking collage artwork, this beautiful nonfiction book encourages young children to play a guessing game and figure out what creature is growing inside each egg.
In the nest, in the swamp, in a tunnel underground, there are eggs . . . with something hatching inside. Discover some of the baby animals that begin their life in an egg. It isn’t just chicks! Along with the birds, there are turtles, alligators, penguins, and even a platypus. Stunning all-collage art by Alexandra Milton (Call Me Gorgeous! and Good Luck, Baby Owls) and simple yet informative text make this book special and surprising. Each entry has a fun fact about the featured animal.
Peep is so excited to go trick-or-treating with her friend Egg. She wants to visit the duck pond and the cow pasture to get treats. But Egg thinks Halloween is too scary, with frightening monsters possibly lurking everywhere! Peep tells her jokes because laughing helps you feel less scared. Egg is still not cracking. But soon Egg learns that maybe trick-or-treating is not so scary after all when you have a friend to hold on to.
Each of the birds has an egg…except for Duck. So when Duck finds a beautiful egg of his own he’s delighted — even though the other birds make fun of it. But everyone’s in for a BIG surprise when his egg finally hatches!
The witty text and playful illustrations appear on cleverly designed cut pages that allow the visual jokes to unfold.
Curious preschoolers will love peeking through the pages to see who will hatch from each egg, in this counting, flip-the-flap, animal counting book. There are eggs to count from 1-10, then flip the flap to find out whose eggs they are. A clue encourages children to guess who the babies will be: “I have a green scaly tail. Who will hatch from my eggs?” says the mommy chameleon. Intriguing cut-through holes in the flap reveal further clues, with eyes or tails peeping through. Whether insect, fish, reptile or bird, there’s a whole wonderful world of animals and their eggs to discover and count in Flip, Flap, Find Counting Eggs—from one fluffy flamingo all the way through to ten beautiful butterflies.
An eggs-cellent way to start the day! Breakfast will never be the same, thanks to Dr. Seuss’s classic rhyming picture book Scrambled Eggs Super! When Peter T. Hooper tires of traditional scrambled eggs, he sets out on a quest to find the rarest and most exciting eggs so he can make the amazing breakfast he craves. Featuring zany egg-layers such as the Sala-ma-goox, the Tizzle-Topped Grouse, and the Bombastic Aghast, Scrambled Eggs Super! will hit the spot and leave readers wanting seconds.
“Riotous humor in picture and verse as an enterprising Seuss creature hunts uncommon eggs for a super deluxe dish.”—Child Study Assn.
“Egg doesn’t want to take a bath, until Peep convinces her to”—
Catch That Egg! - Hop along and enjoy the bouncy rhymes of this lovely Easter story, perfect for fans of Duck & Goose and Little Blue Truck! Floppit’s farmyard friends have had enough of his enormous bunny feet causing chaos! But his big clumsy feet might just save the day when Chicken’s egg rolls away . . . Join bunny Floppit and all the favorite barnyard animals for an adventure told in an upbeat rhyme that’s just as bouncy as Floppit’s giant feet. With soft, adorable illustrations and a reassuring story about acceptance and fitting in, this book is perfect for Easter baskets and spring celebrations.
An Egg for Bunny - A new springtime board book all about the joys of unexpected friendships. A perfect addition to any Easter basket! Hop along with a curious bunny as it meets a brand-new friend that just happens to be . . . an egg! Full of heart and humor, this endearing story celebrates the one-of-a-kind curiosity of childhood and the realization that a new friendship can “hatch” at any moment.
Urgency Emergency! Humpty's Fall - Humpty Dumpty arrives at City Hospital with a cracked shell. All the kings’ men tried to help him, but all they did was make him leak yolk. Can he be fixed? With thickly illustrated pages, this story brings a unique twist to a well-known nursery rhyme making it perfect for beginning readers who wait to see if Doctor Glenda and Nurse Percy can save the day and put this egg back together again.
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