Easter is one of the most important holidays we celebrate as Christians. Without the death, burial and resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ, there would be no hope of eternal life nor reason to live in the present. It is vitally important that we begin to teach out children the Gospel message at an early age. Even if though they may not be able to fully understand, planting seeds of Truth into their little hearts is not futile. As we continue to cultivate cross-centered hearts in our home, we will begin to see those seeds take root as they grow. What an exciting journey to watch and be a part of!
My Favorite Easter Books for Kids
The following is a short list of the books my daughter and I enjoy the most.
The Easter Story
This is a great books for toddlers and preschoolers as it tells the entire Easter story using very simple terminology that small children can understand. The colorful illustrations are eye-catching and each page has only a few sentences, which is nice if you have an active tyke that likes to turn the pages quickly.
The Tale of Three Trees
While this book isn’t specifically about Easter it is a personal favorite of mine because I read it as a child. It it a traditional folktale about three trees that are cut down and used at different times in the life of Jesus. One is made into a feeding trough, another a boat, and another a cross. I love how this story illustrates that God can use anything (and anyone!) to point people to the Truth.
Easter In The Garden
This book follows a little boy named Micah and tells about the first Easter through the eyes of a child. The personal touch of this story and beautiful illustrations helps capture the attention of children of all ages. You will want to shout “Jesus is alive!” along with Micah at the end of the book.
An Easter Gift for Me
In simple prose and poetry, this book tells the story of Jesus. I really appreciate how it illustrates the gift of salvation and explains that if we believe, we too can live in heaven someday.
The Easter Story from the Gospels
This story is entirely Bible text from the International Children’s Bible. I believe that it is vitally important to read the living Word of God to our children, even at a young age. While the New Century Version isn’t one of my favorites translations, I still hold this particular book in high regard for it’s use of Biblical text.
The First Easter
This book covers almost the entire life of Jesus and the real reason we celebrate Easter. I am particularly fond of the rich illustrations. They are lovely and none of them ever show Jesus’ face. Maybe that will seem weird to some people, but I appreciate it. I also like that the author uses Jesus’ words in the part about the Last Supper, which matches what is often said or read during communion in church, so that children can make the connection. Overall, this is a great Easter book!
The Flowering Cross
This is a sweet story about a little girl who befriends her grumpy neighbor. After seeing the kindness of her family and hearing the Gospel message he eventually comes to accept Jesus as his personal Savior. I love how this book illustrates the simplicity of reaching out to the unchurched and that even children can have a part in evangelism. This book also include “Faith Imprints” Bible verses to help you have intentional conversations with your children, Bible verses and directions for making your own table top flowering cross.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of good Easter books. I’m sure you have some favorites that weren’t mentioned. If so, I would love for you to share about them in a comment below!
What are some of your favorite children’s books about Easter?