“It wasn’t the nails that kept Jesus there. Is was love.”
And on Easter Sunday we’ll rejoice and our hearts will leap because–
“The angel asked them, ‘What are you doing here?
This is a tomb and tombs are for dead people…
Jesus isn’t dead anymore!…
He’s alive again!’ “
~The Jesus Storybook Bible
Easter is just around the corner and sometimes God uses books written for children to reach my heart in the deepest way. As we begin to think about Easter and to prepare our hearts to fully appreciate His death and resurrection, I just thought I’d share a few of our Easter favorites–
The Lamb by John Cross
My friend Anne-Marie shared this book with us many years ago and it is still one of the best and clearest explanations of the gospel that I have ever encountered.
The Easter Story— by Patricia Pingry
“Here is the story of Easter told in about 200 words that are simple enough for a toddler to hear. From Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem through the crucifixion and the Resurrection, the Easter story is presented in its most traditional form.” This book is an excellent introduction to the significance of Easter for ages 2-5.
The Very First Easter— by Paul L. Maier
This beautifully illustrated book “make(s) the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection come alive for children aged 5 to 10. Difficult questions are asked, reasonable answers given.”
The Parable of the Lily– by Liz Curtis Higgs
“Maggie, the farmer’s youngest daughter, loves getting gifts, especially mysterious ones. One wintry day, she receives a package in the mail. She excitedly opens the package to find a bulb buried in a crate of dirt. This was not what Maggie expected. She had hoped for a doll or a game, not a bulb that would one day become a plant. When spring comes, she finds the bulb in the cellar and tosses the lifeless thing into the garden, never to think of it again. . . . Until she walks outside on Easter morning and finds the most beautiful lily she has ever seen. Through the unique gift of a bulb, Maggie discovers the power of grace and forgiveness and the true meaning of Easter.”
The Donkey That No One Could Ride– by Anthony DeStefano
We love the enjoyable rhymes of this “creative telling of the beloved Bible story of Christ’s triumphant entry…(that) introduce(es) the young donkey who has yet to realize his important mission. The lowly creature believes he can do nothing noble, but that’s before he meets the Master…”
Humphrey’s First Palm Sunday— by Carol Heyer
“A new follow-up to the popular Humphrey’s First Christmas that finds Humphrey in the midst of Jesus’ triumphal entry.”
Benjamin’s Box: The Story of the Resurrection Eggs
“What are the treasures in Benjamin’s Box? Come along with Benjamin and see. Like all boys and girls, Benjamin is very, very curious. When Jesus comes to Jerusalem, Benjamin decides to follow him and find out who he really is. At first, Benjamin thinks Jesus is a teacher, then a king. At last, he learns the good news—news that every child (and grown-up!) will want to share. Can be used in conjunction with Resurrection Eggs from Family Life!”
He Is Alive!– by Helen Haidle
This is one of our Easter favorites…true to the Easter story with depth and beautiful illustrations, but you may need to find it used.
Resurrection iWitness and Jesus iWitness— by Doug Powell
These books are difficult to explain…they are interactive, full of incredible photographs, and interesting facts. They are especially intriguing for older children. Seriously. Just check them out.
I’d love to hear what your family’s favorite Easter books are…