Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 19, 2022

Book Giveaway: BUNNY FINDS EASTER by Laura Sassi

Laura Sassi has written a new board book, BUNNY FINDS EASTER illustrated by Ela Jarzabek and published by Zonderkidz. It hits the bookstores on February 1st. Laura has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner living in the United States.

All you have to do to get in the running is leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know other things you do to share the good news, so I can put the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter or reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. So, thanks for helping Laura and Ela.

If you have signed up to follow my blog and it is delivered to you everyday, please let me know when you leave a comment and I will give you an extra ticket. Thanks!

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Inside Bunny Finds Easter, little ones will learn the true answer to “What is Easter?” alongside Bunny. The rhyming text by bestselling author Laura Sassi and adorable illustrations help children see Easter may have many fun traditions, but it is really all about celebrating Jesus and his resurrection.

Coloring eggs, wearing a lovely bonnet, joining in the fun of an egg hunt, and attending church with family are special things that are a part of Easter! But the most important thing about this holiest of seasons is remembering the reason we gather to celebrate and focusing on Jesus most of all.

Bunny Finds Easter is:

  • For ages 0-4
  • A board book perfect for little hands, and in a size that works great for lap reading
  • Ideal for Easter gift-giving and fits perfectly in an Easter basket
  • A conversation starter for a discussion of the true meaning of Easter

BOOK JOURNEY:

BUNNY FINDS EASTER was a twinkle in my eye (as my father used to like to say) for a very long time. Here is how it went from twinkle to book:

As a young child I was confused about what we were celebrating at Easter. I loved dying Easter eggs and hunting for jelly beans, but it wasn’t until I was a tween that I made the connection that Easter is when we celebrate Jesus’s resurrection. It’s the most important holiday on the Christian calendar.

Because of that early confusion, when my own children came along, I tried to be intentional about connecting the wonderful traditions of Easter to the real meaning of the holiday. For example, while nibbling jelly beans with my little ones, we’d ponder how they were good, just like God, who in His goodness, sent us Jesus. Or, while marveling over the first buds of spring, I’d connect that to our new life in Christ.

And after a conversation with my sister about how she was trying to do this as well, I realized there might a spot in the market for a book for littlest ones that could serve, in a fun way, as the conversation starter for what Easter is all about.

It was in that spirit that I brainstormed ideas for storylines. Many rounds later, Bunny, a sweet little rabbit hopping through her day in search of the real meaning of Easter, was born. With my protagonist in mind, the next step was to list as many ways I could think of that Easter is celebrated or symbolized in Christian homes and churches.  Next, I selected those I thought would be most engaging for little ones and they became the moments Bunny in the book encounters on her way to church on Easter Sunday.

After playing around with prose versus verse, I decided to tell the story using short bouncy rhyme because I think it fits Bunny’s bouncy personality and is appealing to toddlers through preschoolers.

Early versions included short explanations on each spread explaining how each moment depicted points to Easter in some way. For example, on the spread with the hot cross buns, there was an added phrase: “Is this Easter?”  And in then in a sidebar (or potentially under a flap) were the words: “No, but the cross shape reminds us of Easter.”

In the end, my editor and I agreed that those mini-explanations broke up the flow of the story. Still, it is my hope that families reading the book with their little ones, will use the sweet illustrations and text as a spark for conversation about how all those items and traditions can remind us of Jesus  – the real gift of Easter.

NEW BIO:  Laura Sassi has a passion for telling stories in prose and rhyme. She is the author of five picture books including the best-selling Goodnight, Ark, which was a 2015 Christian Book Award Finalist; Goodnight, MangerDiva Delores and the Opera House Mouse, which won First Honor Book for the 2019 Best in Rhyme Award and is a 2021-2022 Iowa Goldfinch Award Nominee; Love Is Kind, which was a 2020 Anna Dewdney Read Together Award Honor Book; Little Ewe: The Story of One Lost Sheep and Bunny Finds Easter, her new board book with Zonderkidz!

She’s been a school teacher, homeschool mom, children’s ministry director, historic museum interpreter, and more. She writes daily from her home in New Jersey and finds special joy in sharing her love of reading and writing with the next generation at school visits and other book events. Find her on the web at:

WEBSITE: http://www.laurasassitales.wordpress.com
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/LauraSassiTales
INSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com
TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/laurasassitales

ELA’S BIO:

Ela Jarzabek (Elżbieta Jarząbek) lives in Katowice, Poland. Graduated from Cracow Academy of Fine Arts and since then she has been working as a freelance illustrator. She loves working on watercolor paper with gouache and color pencils and creates illustrations bright and colorful with funny characters.

Laura, thank you for sharing you book and journey with us. Looks like a really cute book and of course perfect for Easter. Ela’s illustrations are a perfect fit for the book. Good Luck!

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. Thanks for having me as a guest on your blog, Kathy. =)

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  2. What a sweet idea for a book. I’m sure many families will treasure it. Love the pages shared in the post. The illustrations are perfect! Congrats, Laura.

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  3. Reblogged this on Laura Sassi Tales and commented:
    HAPPY THURSDAY! BUNNY FINDS EASTER releases in 12 days! Learn a little bit about the book’s journey from spark to publication in this guest post that includes a GIVEAWAY over at Kathy Temean’s blog. Thank you for having me, Kathy!

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  4. Congratulations, Laura! Your book looks adorable. I shared on Twitter and get our blog daily, Kathy.

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  5. Lovely! What a sweet board book! Congratulations to both of you!

    I follow by email and I tweeted this post, Kathy. 🙂

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  6. This is a beautiful book. I now want to know how Bunny finds Easter’s true meaning. Thank you for the post today. I’m an email subscriber and shared: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/570620215296456376

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  7. Congratulations, Laura. What a sweet book!

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  8. I love the way you’ve taken a bunny’s quest and used it to help children understand the true meaning of Easter!

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