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Candy Free Easter Basket Ideas plus a @NatGeoKids Giveaway

Easter is almost here and we are so excited because our church holds their annual Easter Egg Hunt and our Sunday School Children's Easter Program.  

I love seeing the little ones come to church in their Easter Sunday suits and dresses and super shiny, patent leather shoes.  There's always that one kid who didn't quite memorize their Easter speech and a parent on the front pew helping guide them along.  

We have a tradition of gifting the kids with Easter baskets and although our pastor loads them up with sugary sweets, the kids know they're getting at least one book from me.  For the longest I thought it was the parents who were the most excited but each year it amazes me how excited the kids get to get a book of their very own.
What do you put in your child's Easter basket?
What about you?  What do you put in your child's Easter basket?  Here are some great books from National Geographic Kids I'm sure any kid would love to receive.

Somebunny Loves Me (hardcover picture book, ages 4-8, $16.99) by Parry Gripp. Parry is an Emmy-winning singer-songwriter whose quirky, popular tunes, including “Nom, nom, nom” and “It’s Raining Tacos” have made his YouTube channel a smash hit with nearly 140 million views. 
He is an avid animal lover and his bunny Bruno is often the inspiration behind so many of his songs. In Somebunny Loves Me, Parry’s sweet and silly rhymes are cleverly written to share how children can best understand, appreciate and interact with a variety of fuzzy, feathered or scaly pals. Paired with adorable, full-page photographs, Parry also includes a personal note in the back of the book giving kids and their parents more tips on how to be good pet owners — from how to keep pets safe, clean and healthy to how to best interact with them and even pointers on on how to make a pet music video. 

Click here to check out the Somebunny Loves Me music video and sing along as you and your kids turn the pages (hopefully with their favorite pet by their side!).

Who’s Who in the Bible (hardcover, ages 8-12, $14.99) - Everyone you need to know from the old and new testaments! From Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to Paul's ministry to the ancient world, this beautiful book pairs need-to-know information about biblical personalities with timeless artwork. Each vibrant, colorful profile is accompanied by fast facts, including which books of the Bible the person appears in and what he or she is best known for. Feature spreads cover the history, archaeology, and geography associated with notable individuals. An alphabetical index covering more names not mentioned in profiles ensures that kids reading the Bible never have to ask, "Who's that?"
A Seed is the Start (hardcover picture book, ages 6-9, $17.99) - Spring is about to, well, spring into action, and the magical seed is where it all begins. Beautiful photography and lyrical text pair with comprehensive picture captions in award-winning author Melissa Stewart's story about the surprisingly diverse world of seeds. Learn all about the plant cycle, from how seeds grow, the fascinating ways they travel, and what it takes for a seed to become a plant. The magic of spring, revealed!
100 Ways to Make the World Better (paperback, ages 8-12, $9.99) - Who says kids can't change the world? If they've got the will, Nat Geo Kids can guide the way, with doable activities, hands-on projects, advice from National Geographic explorers, interviews with experts, weird-but-true facts, and more inspiration. In keeping with the Nat Geo Kids mission, the book is full of practical, positive, and powerful ideas that every kid can consider, from simple acts of kindness to creative adventures to good-for-the-planet projects. 
* * * G I V E A W A Y * * *
One lucky Three Boys and an Old Lady blog reader will receive all 4 books listed below plus an adorable plush bunny (ARV $75).
Somebunny Loves Me
Who’s Who in the Bible
A Seed is the Start
100 Ways to Make the World Better

@NatGeoKids Books Giveaway


Shakeia Rieux said…
My oldest niece would be most excited to receive the Who’s Who in the Bible.
Peggy said…
I want the book Who’s Who in the Bible
Nancy said…
I also like the book Somebunny Loves Me.

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Anonymous said…
I like the one 100ways to make the world better,natbelinsky@verizon.neg
wen budro said…
My child would most like the Somebunny Loves You book. He loves animals.
Jeanna Massman said…
My grandson would love all the books but especially Somebunny Loves You!
Masshole Mommy said…
You have some awesome ideas here. I hate giving my kids too much candy in their easter baskets, so I am going to use some of your ideas.
AiringMyLaundry said…
I love the book idea! I love to read, so I should put books in the Easter baskets. We do candy and toys as well. My son is a teenager, so I'll sometimes put an iTunes gift card in his.
candy said…
We love to see the children all dressed up special for Easter. No easter baskets done here anymore, but I have been reading where families are doing less candy this year. Just remember the true reason for the season.
We used to give a mixture of candy and small things like toys and books. now that my kids are older we don't do a basket, rather maybe a candy bar and an album, toy, or movie.
Lisa said…
What cute ideas for non candy items. As the kids get older we add more things other than candy. One year was a t-shirt and a gift card.
Farrah Less said…
Kids are so cute when they are dress up on Easter. Watching them doing egg hunting is fun too. I would be probably jumping in joy if I see real Bunny on my basket :)
Jenny Q. said…
I like the who's who in the bible. I love putting in books on Easter baskets.
SimplyTasheena said…
I love this non-candy option for Easter! I always include books in their Easter Basket as well. Thanks for hosting this wonderful giveaway.
Deanna M said…
I love this Eater basket filling idea. Books are my favorite thing to include in my Easter basket. would love to add those book to our collection.
Glam Karen said…
Adding books or giving books instead of candy for Easter would be so nice. The kids can benefit from them so much. I think these are lovely recommendations.
These are great ideas for non-candy Easter basket fillers. We always add stickers, tattoos, little figurines and puzzles in the baskets.
Jenn said…
These are great ideas. We have always focused on non candy items for Easter baskets.
Edye Nicole said…
A seed is the start! :)

Franc said…
Somebunny loves me looks like a good one to have for kids. This could really teach kids how to value pets.
Unknown said…
Along with candy, of course, I always put books and other small non-candy items in my son's basket. Those were love just as much as the candy!
Carol Cassara said…
I think it's awesome that you're giving books instead of candies. It's definitely a lovely gift for the kids.
Kita Bryant said…
Books are quite a brilliant idea for an Easter basket filler! We have to have a touch of candy in the baskets but I like the idea of a book being added in.
chubskulit rose said…
My kids are older now and not into Easter Basket anymore but I miss those days. These are great ideas, I love books to be given to kids.
sandy n vyjay said…
A candy-free Easter basket with these amazing books is a great idea. I for one would have loved to receive such an Easter basket as a kid.
Nidhi said…
I'm most excited to read Somebunny Loves Me.
Ana De-Jesus said…
While I love chocolates as much as the next person, I do love the sound of an alternative Easter gift like a book. And Parry's Youtube channel definitely sounds like a smash hit with 140 million Youtube views!
I love to include all kinds of things in my kids' easter baskets. Mostly I do non candy items including books, toys, pencils and crafts,
Jeremy said…
Like the 100 ways to make the world better book.

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