This collection of Easter books for kids will give you plenty of reading fodder leading up to the holiday season. In addition, these Easter books for kids make a great addition to their Easter baskets. Grab a handful of jelly beans and sit down for a fun story time!
What Is Easter? by Michelle Medlock Adams was a bit disappointing for us. I love her What is Christmas book and vaguely remember liking this the first time I read it (and gave it a good but not detailed review) so I grabbed this for my daughter’s Easter basket before re-reading it. Oops. Live and learn. Sometimes, authors you love make books you won’t. This book takes a Christian viewpoint vs the many secular Easter books focusing on egg hunts and the Easter bunny. The book explains the facts about Easter and how it’s the celebration of Jesus’s death and resurrection. It starts out noting the secular aspects of the holiday and how they are fun but not the real reason you celebrate.
Where it lost my son and I was when it said that Jesus was crucified on a tree. You don’t have to be Christian for that to make you say WHAT? My son interrupted my reading and said: “You are tricking. No, he died on a cross!” ( glad he listens in church!) So I discussed it on twitter and while the poetry of it is apparent, as a mom and former Sunday School teacher, let’s give the kids the basics and then branch out into discussions about interpretations later. If you have this book I’d love to hear your take.
*Interestingly as I said, I reviewed this book years ago and gave it a positive review and didn’t mention the tree, nor do I remember it being an issue. My only explanation is I read it as poetic language and as an adult, it didn’t phase me, and as a toddler, my son didn’t stop me reading it like he did today at 4.
Ollie’s Easter Eggs (a Gossie & Friends book) by Olivier Durea is a cute book about friends working hard to dye their Easter eggs, well all but one Ollie who is playing and looking incredibly adorable in bunny ears while the others work hard. However, Ollie may have missed out on dyeing the eggs but he makes up for it by masterminding a true egg hunt! My 4-year-old son loved this book and how sneaky Ollie was as he snatched the hidden dyed eggs and re-hid them! Cute addition to this popular series.
Where Are Baby’s Easter Eggs? by Karen Katz is a great way of having an Easter egg hunt while reading a story. If you aren’t familiar with the “Where are Baby’s…” series of lift the flap books, they are simple books where the reader searches for an item finding other things first before finally finding the title object, in this case, Easter eggs. My daughter loves these books and plays with them even when we aren’t reading them together. I love the bright illustrations and the simple holiday theme.
The Story of Easter by Patricia A. Pingry was the text I was expecting and hoping What is Easter would have. I am just glad it will be added to our family library soon. This book does a fantastic job of explaining the holiday of Easter. It discusses the origins and traditions on the level of kids still young enough to read a board book. It doesn’t hurt that the church in it looks identical to ours. My son was so excited that our church was in the book! I also appreciated the diversity in the illustrations.