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.
The Donkey Who Carried a King by R.C. Sproul
The Legend of the Sand Dollar by Chris Auer
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 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.)