With candy, bunnies, and chicks all around, it's not surprising that the Easter holiday has inspired some great children's books. We tracked down 15 of our faves. Some bring brand-new bunnies and eggs to bookshelves, while others are literary classics — from Margaret Wise Brown's beloved Runaway Bunny to The Tale of Peter Rabbit, which is now more than 110 years old — that every kid's library should have.
Hippity hop, hop! Easter may still be a month away, but Peter Rabbit, that beloved bunny who first made his debut in 1903 (looks pretty good for 110, doesn't he?) is making a big-time comeback this season. Whether you're getting a head start on loading up your little one's Easter basket or are just ready to start celebrating Spring, we've rounded up the cutest gear and goodies featuring the iconic character.
If you're anything like me, Beatrix Potter's adorable illustrated storybooks take you back to your childhood, when rabbits wore coats and every proper duck lady had a bonnet. I was fascinated with Potter's animal worlds, and it's impressive how her tales continue to charm people more than 100 years after The Tale of Peter Rabbit was first published!
Thus, I am really excited to see the film about Potter’s life, Miss Potter, starring Renee Zellweger as Beatrix and Ewan McGregor as her publisher, Norman Warne. Potter led an interesting life: Being home schooled, she looked to her pets for friendship and felt strongly about protecting the environment from the negative effects of tourism and industry. She tried to enroll in the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, but was rejected because she was a woman. She became engaged to Warne secretly, since her parents disapproved of her marrying a man who worked for a living. In her will, she left most of her English Lake District property to the National Trust, and the area remains unspoiled to this day.
In theaters this Friday, the film looks like it will delight anyone with a soft spot for Potter’s works. Until then, you can visit The World of Peter Rabbit website to wax nostalgic with Flopsy, Mopsy, and other old favorites. Also, check out the trailer below and let me know what you think: Are you as interested in Miss Potter as I am?