For Christians around the world, Easter and the Holy Days surrounding it carries with it very special significance. Finding good Easter books for kids to explain the holiday to younger ones isn’t always easy. Here’s a list of some of the best resources I’ve come across, for a variety of ages.
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Some Marvelous Easter Books for Kids
Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Easter: With Colored Eggs, Flowers, and Prayer from National Geographic’s Holidays Around the World series. Featuring photos of celebrations spanning six continents, readers will see traditional Christian celebrations in countries ranging from Peru to Israel, as well as photographs of Easter parades and egg decorating. There are a variety of additional resources at the end of the book, ranging from background info on traditional hymns to recipes for Italian Easter cookies and instructions on how to create Easter eggs with messages inside.
Easter Traditions Around the World by M.J. Cosson talks about how Easter is celebrated in twelve different countries. There are instructions on how to color Easter eggs, as well as a rhyme about the popular Easter treat, Hot Cross Buns.
Books Concentrating Directly on the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ:
Easter, by Fiona French, is another text that includes information all about The Holy Week. Illustrations are based on the stained-glass art style commonly seen in churches.
Great Books for Smaller Children:
Easter (Rookie Read-About Holidays), by David Marx, is a quick book great for little ones just starting to read. The text is non-intimidating, with 1-2 sentences per page, detailing the most basic of Easter concepts.
God Gave Us Easter – This is one of a series of books where the main character, Little Cub, learns from her father about the meaning behind such important religious beliefs and celebrations like Easter.
The Story of Easter, by Aileen Fisher, is a book probably best for the elementary school-aged level. Highly informative, it provides a good amount of detail for younger kids.
Special Recommendation – Books that Introduce Spanish Vocabulary:
¡Es Pascua! (It’s Easter!) by Richard Sebra- Bumba books- 23 pages – As a non-native Spanish speaker, I learned a TON of new vocabulary with this text! Photos are bright and colorful, making you feel as if you’re right there yourself!
La aventura de Dora y el Conejo de Pascua (Dora’s Easter Bunny Adventure) – A must-read for any Dora fan. Follow her and her friends on an exciting adventure to recover Hip Hop Bunny’s lost Easter Eggs through a farm, a rainbow river, and flower garden!