Easter Book Recommends for Children

I’m actually really bummed right now. The number one book I was going to insist you have in your Easter book collection for kiddos appears to be completely out of print!

This is The Story of Easter for Children by Beverly Rae Wiersum, illustrated by Lorraine Schreiner Wells. Amazon has an image of this book under a similar title {but not the exact same} and a different author. So that’s kind of confusing. IF you are lucky enough to find a copy of this paperback children’s book at a used book store, jump on it! I absolutely love this book. I got it from my grandmother, who used to read this book {this very copy in fact} to me when I was in her daycare. So why do I love this particular book so much when there are many other children’s books written about Easter?

This book covers the traditions of Easter and explains them in light of the scriptures. The book explains the significance of egg hunts, bunny rabbits, baby chicks, lambs, Easter lilies, and even the reason why we all get dressed up on Easter morning. I LOVE connecting the dots from Santa and the Easter Bunny to Jesus, so I love that this book does just that! The illustrations are just beautiful.

   

Isn’t that lovely? I apologize for the quality of the photos. It isn’t super easy to take a picture of a picture. But you get the idea. There’s an explanation about why Easter is special from a Biblical perspective and from the perspective of experiencing the joy of the rebirth of Spring.

The book explains that bunnies and chicks are not only symbols of Spring, but from a Christian perspective, they represent the rebirth of Jesus on Easter morning and the new life we can find in him when we accept him as our personal Savior. When we accept Christ as our Savior, we are washed as clean as snow, and are found as innocent as a newborn chick or baby bunny.

Since the book explains how bunnies and chicks and butterflies are connected to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, I picked up some window decals at Dollar Tree last week. One set was “secular” with Easter bunnies, baskets full of eggs, and yellow chicks. The other set represented Christian symbols with a Bible, Easter lilies, a cross, and doves. We read the book together this morning and then decorated our front door with the decals, better understanding why the “secular” Easter symbols and Jesus are linked.

This is not the only book we’ve been reading for Easter week. Here are some of our other favorite Easter books to enjoy together:

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Page Whispers His Name, written by Sally Lloyd-Jones

The Story of Easter,written by Gwen Ellis

The Easter Story, written by Patricia J. Pingry

The Easter Egg, written by Jan Brett

An Easter Gift for Me, written by Crystal Bowman

The Night Before Easter, written by Natasha Wing

All of the books mentioned above are linked directly to my Amazon bookstore, so you can order them or read reviews. If you know of any other great Easter books, please let me know! Have fun reading 🙂

Blessings,

Kat

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4 responses to “Easter Book Recommends for Children

  1. Cimarron

    The kids got one for Christmas this year that I love as well. It’s called Dave the Donkey and tells the story, from a donkeys perspective, of Palm Sunday and how he was the donkey that carried the King in. And he’s telling all this to his grandfather who explains what happens next during the trial, crucifixion, and resurrection. Then, at the end, he learns that his grandfather was the donkey that carried Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. I tear up every time we read it. I absolutely love it. I don’t remember the author off hand but can look when the kids wake up.

  2. Hi! Great review. Although “The Story of Easter for Children” is no longer in print, a shorter version of this book is still available. “The Story of Easter” by Patricia A. Pingry and illustrated by Lorraine Wells is available. A similarly-themed book you might like is called “What Is Easter?” by Michelle Medlock Adams and illustrated by Amy Wummer. Both books bridge the gap between secular and Christian celebrations of Easter. The Editors at IdealsBooks.com. Facebook.com/Idealsbooks.

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