The Night Before Easter by Natasha Wing & Kathy Couri

‘The Night Before Easter’ is a rhyming storybook which follows a similar format to ‘The Night Before Christmas’. We always read ‘The Night Before Easter’ at bedtime on Easter Saturday.

The Story: Baskets have been left on the table in preparation for the Easter Bunny’s visit and a little boy and his sister lie in bed dreaming of sweet treats. The little boy wakes up and watches as the Easter Bunny fills the baskets with sweets and lollipops then carefully hides eggs around the house. As the rooster crows the Easter Bunny leaves a note on the table and leaves with his empty wheelbarrow.

The Night Before Easter - Story Snug

We traditionally read ‘The Night Before Christmas’ on Christmas Eve so it was great to find a similar book to read at Easter. The rhyme is really easy to read and there are subtle similarities to ‘The Night before Christmas’. Kathy Couri’s beautiful illustrations include soft pastel colours and each picture fills a whole double page spread. Aided by a chicken (wearing very cute shoes!) the Easter Bunny goes about his task with infectious enthusiasm and there are so many wonderful details to look at in the pictures. The cat joins in the fun as does a little mouse who creeps out of his mousehole with his tiny basket to collect some goodies. My daughter and I enjoy choosing the sweets that we would like to eat!

This is a lovely story which we also like to read at other times of the year.

Age Range: 3 +

Author: Natasha Wing / Illustrator: Kathy Couri


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18 responses to “The Night Before Easter by Natasha Wing & Kathy Couri”


  1. Angela Webster avatar

    This is a lovely book to start an Easter tradition with, we always read the night before Christmas on Christmas Eve. I love books like this, they make lovely gifts and can be passed on to continue the tradition. #MMBC


    1. Catherine avatar

      Yes, this is definitely a timeless classic 🙂


  2. Sian - The Mama Story avatar

    Oh what a sweet book and I can see how it would be a lovely tradition! #MMBC


    1. Catherine avatar

      It is a lovely tradition and last night it was my daughter who remembered it first 🙂


  3. Colette avatar

    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x


    1. Catherine avatar

      You’re welcome Colette 🙂


  4. Hayley's Little Things avatar

    Is it quite similar to the night before Christmas? This looks great, especially if you were doing an Easter Basket! #triedtested


    1. Catherine avatar

      Yes, the rhyme is based on The Night Before Christmas. It would be a lovely idea to include the book in an Easter basket 🙂


  5. Natasha Wing avatar

    This one is the first in my Night Before series and I wrote it because as a child I loved the Easter Bunny. Enjoy!


    1. Catherine avatar

      Thank you. We do enjoy this story very much and Kathy Couri has illustrated the Easter Bunny just as I imagine him!


  6. The Reading Residence avatar

    This looks lovely. I don’t think we have any Easter books.


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s the only one we have although we have lots of books about bunnies 🙂


  7. Erica @What Do We Do All Day? avatar

    I think the math question is getting harder each time I visit your blog, lol. This book is new to me, thanks for sharing at The Children’s Bookshelf.


    1. Catherine avatar

      Thank you for visiting so often Erica 🙂


  8. OneMommy avatar

    I love that there is a book like this for Easter. We, too, read the Night before Christmas…. I’m going to have to look for this one to add to our collection!


    1. Catherine avatar

      There are lots of ‘Night Before’ books but I only know the Christmas and Easter versions.


  9. Tiffa avatar

    This looks great! I’ve been looking for more Easter-related books to read to my son. Thanks for recommending this one. 🙂


    1. Catherine avatar

      I like it because it is similar to The Night Before Christmas – it feels like we’re strengthening family traditions 🙂

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