I love seasonal books. In fact, I have one shelf dedicated to all our seasonal and holiday books. To keep them feeling fresh and new, I only pull them down the weeks leading up to a specific holiday or season. Then, I arrange them in a box or basket and have them out, ready to reread and rediscover.
Explaining Christ's crucifixion and resurrection can seem daunting sometimes, especially when little ones are involved. I've found that books are a great guide in this situation and allow parents tell the story in an age-appropriate manner and to open a dialogue with their kids.
Here are some of our favorite Easter books. Remember, your local library might have these too. So save some money and check there first. I'm a big fan of putting books on hold so I can just run in and pick up my pile.
Easter,Easter, Almost Here!
A rhyming board book that talks about Palm Sunday. Great for the youngest of your bunch.
An Easter Gift for Me
An oversized board book that explains that reason for Easter. Again, perfect for your youngest.
The First Easter
Beautifully illustrated pages. Gorgeous! This story is more in-depth, great for elementary students.
The Light of the World
This was written by one of my favorite children's authors Katherine Patterson.
A proud rooster learns about new life on Easter morning. I love, love, love this book. Unfortunately is it out of print and used copies are outrageous online. In the meantime, I'll keep checking it out from the library and scouring thrift stores.
The Easter story through the eyes of a little boy named Micah.
The book tells the legend of why the robin's breast is red. I love this part... "I know this man," thought the robin. "All earth's creatures, except humans, recognized Jesus--the Creator-God come to earth."
Journey, Easter, Journey!
We love the rhythmic text of this book, which tells about Jesus' journey from birth to death and resurrection.
Beautiful illustrations, but the text is a too long for really young kids. I slightly abbreviate this one when I read it to my 3-year-old. Great one to read as family with older kids.
Humphrey is back. My favorite camel of all time. You might remember me bragging on him at Christmas time. Well, this time Humphrey sees a man riding on a donkey who reminds him of a baby he met long ago. Buy it. Now.
Do you have any book suggestions? Leave a comment.