At Easter, I enjoy reading books with my children that teach about Jesus. Like Christmas, this beloved spring holiday has become commercialized with bunnies, chicks, and everything but Jesus Christ. While those things can be fun to celebrate, it’s important to me, and many moms, that we talk about and teach about His Resurrection.
My oldest is now a teen, so my six-year-old son is the only willing snuggler and cozy-book reader in the house. Thank heavens I have him! I have always loved children’s literature, but I’m picky about what I buy or read to my kids, and I’m super picky about what I recommend to others. First, the story has to teach something valuable, something to help me and my child feel uplifted or learn something important. Next, I insist on excellent illustrations. Kids love them, and they need to tell the story as much as the text does. Lastly, my recommendations have to be something you won’t find in a typical online search. These books are special, ones I have carefully selected and personally loved. So with these qualifications in mind, I feel comfortable making the following five book recommendations to you. These Easter books about Jesus are perfect to share with all children.
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The Easter Story, by Carol Heyer (affiliate). This beautifully illustrated book shares Christ’s life from His birth to His Resurrection. The true meaning of Easter’s rituals and traditions are portrayed in a way that’s easy for children to see and understand.
The First Easter, by Carol Heyer (affiliate). This is another version of why we celebrate Easter. Through sharing this book with a child, you’ll be teaching why the Savior did what He did and how we are truly blessed by Him.
Easter Walk, by Deborah Pace Rowley (affiliate). Follow young Tyler and Amy while they go on a treasure hunt with grandpa to learn all about the true meaning of Easter. Reading this book together can be a great Easter tradition for any family.
My Little Golden Book about God, by Jane Werner Watson (affiliate). I had this book as a child and loved it. The illustrations are beautiful, the words equally so. Not necessarily an Easter-specific book, this story is nonetheless perfect for an Easter basket. Snuggle with a little one and talk about the glories of God and how he blesses us.
Celebrating a Christ-Centered Easter, by Emily Belle Freeman (affiliate). I just ordered this book and can’t wait to use it! I have read many of Emily’s books and feel very comfortable recommending this one. Each page teaches about Easter from the scriptures and suggests activities you can do with your children. It’s the perfect Easter book to teach children about Jesus, especially if you have a child who is a hands-on learner.
Again, this list isn’t meant to be an all-inclusive “Easter books that teach children about Jesus” thing. These books are extra special and are especially well done. There are many Easter books about Jesus on the market. I’ve looked at many of them. Sometimes I don’t feel the wording is quite right or the illustrations about Jesus are too cartoonish. I don’t like to use those, because I don’t want my children to think Jesus is “made up.” In young minds, cartoons can equal not real. So please keep that in mind whenever you are searching for books that teach about Jesus. Keep Him real. He is real. And He lives so that we may also live with Him again.
If you liked these suggestions, you’ll love my other book finds that teach children about the importance of giving at Christmas. Read and pin this post for later reference.