Christ-Centered Books for Easter

Books are big around our house, and holidays are a special excuse to pull out old favorites.  When it comes to the big HOLYdays like Christmas and Easter, I am especially intentional about trying counter the cultural messages that bombard my children and focus on the true reason we celebrate.

To the consternation of some of my friends, we don’t do bunnies and Easter baskets.  I want my children to find wonder and take delight in the miracle of the resurrection, and I think a bunny bringing candy is pretty stiff competition for a young heart’s affections. I also try to keep egg hunts separate from Resurrection Sunday, though because eggs do tie into the celebration as a symbol of new life, we enjoy a few egg-related books and activities in the weeks before Easter.

Easter books
Here are our families favorite books to celebrate the Passion Week, culminating with Christ’s sacrifice and triumph over death (affiliate links):

The Donkey Who Carried a King by R.C. Sproul

 

The Legend of the Easter Robin: An Easter Story of Compassion and Faith by Dandi Daley Mackall
 

The Parable of the Lily by Liz Curtis Higgs
 

The Legend of the Sand Dollar by Chris Auer

 

Benjamin’s Box by Melody Carlson and Jack Stockman
(goes along with “Resurrection Eggs” and is one of our favorites!)
 

For the preschoolers, I use The Story of the Resurrection Eggs in Rhyme and Song: Miss Patty Cake Opens Up the Wonder of the Easter Story by Jean Thomason.  I wasn’t sure about the book on it’s own, but my little ones adore the DVD that goes along with it, which has made the book a treasure as well.
 

Legend Easter Egg

The Legend of the Easter Egg (I like the main point of this story but it seemed like it could have been more thought out.  Still, a good way of redeeming the whole idea of Easter eggs and refocusing on Christ.)

The Very First Easter by Paul L. Maier (This book has beautiful illustrations, which kept Ian intrigued even though the book is better for older children.)

 

The Easter Cave by Carol Wedeven (repeating pattern in the style of “the house that Jack built”)

 

The Easter Story by Brian Wildsmith

The Easter Story illustrated by Gennady Spirin (text from Matthew, Luke, & John in KJV)

 

Journey, Easter Journey! by Dandi Daley Mackall (Rhyming story that tells of Jesus’ entire life through the ascension. Ours came with a read-along CD.)

 

Egglo
The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure (We reviewed the related Egglo glow-in-the-dark eggs a few years ago and this is one of my kids’ favorites.)
 

The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story by Mike Berenstain  (Tells the story of Christ’s death and resurrection truthfully without being graphic.)

 

An Easter Gift for Me by Crystal Bowman (rhyming board book, great for preschoolers)