Christmas has certainly cornered the market on educational, spiritual, and meaningful resources for children. However, there are still some good reads to explore for Easter with children.
You would not believe how excited my kids are about the pile of Easter stuff on the office chair. They are cracking me up with their enthusiasm. Obviously, we don’t make as big a deal out of Easter as we do Christmas. Not sure how that happened.
Anyway, since our Spring Break started yesterday, it’s the perfect weekend for us to dig into some of these activities. Yesterday we got a few boxes from Amazon, including a couple Easter books. Many children clustered about me last night to listen to stories.
Here are some suggestions for your Easter reading (And head’s up! If you make a purchase through the Amazon links below, I receive a small percentage of the sale):
The Jesus Storybook Bible – We love this children’s adaptation of the Bible. The story is told in words that are easily understood and the author takes care to explain different concepts or meanings throughout. The whole premise of the book is that all of the Bible is about Jesus.
Benjamin’s Box – I actually had a copy of this book over fifteen years ago, but I gave it away in a fit of over-reactionism. At the time I took exception to the fictionalization of the events of Holy Week. Today, I just laugh at myself. I think this story is a great child’s eye view of Holy Week and Jesus’ death and resurrection. It’s based on true events, though some things are imagination based on what could have happened. After reading it as a family, my nine-year old told me how excited he was to open the Resurrection Eggs.
The Ballad of Matthew’s Begats – One of my favorite authors and songwriters, Andrew Peterson, crafted a beautiful “Christmas” album, Behold the Lamb of God, which tells the story of the Bible in light of Jesus. This song, The Ballad of Matthew’s Begats, is a fun rendition of Jesus’ family tree. The book comes with a sing along CD. And the song is pretty easy (and fun) to memorize.
The Tale of Three Trees – We usually read this book at Christmas time, but it’s so appropriate for Easter, I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before. This is a great story about three trees who wanted to be important and do great things. They are surprised how God uses them in seemingly unimportant, but mighty ways.
The Bronze Bow – It’s been years since I read this, though it’s on our school reading list for later this year. It is a poignant tale of a young and angry boy, Jamin, living in Roman-occupied Israel. Jesus transforms his life. I remember bawling my way through the end. This book won the Newbury Medal fifty years ago. (This book is for children 8 and older.)
The Legend of the Easter Egg – This book tells the story of Thomas and his sister Lucy and how the story behind the Easter Egg brings new meaning and hope to their lives.
The Parable of the Lily – This book is new to us. I’m not sure if it will become a family favorite, or not. Sometimes these kids surprise me. It is not exactly gospel-driven, but it is a sweet story of new life, God’s good gifts and forgiveness.