Saturday, March 29, 2014

Children's Easter Books - a great list filled with bunnies, eggs and the Resurrection

Here's a good list of children's Easter books about the Easter bunny and such, all non-Christian books, (except for #3), but adorable.

Easter books for kids 2014 - Links to The Book Depository            
For a Christian version of Easter, which of course it is, here are some others:
This one is sold at Deseret Book and is a board book!
This is also sold at Deseret Book and looks like a lot of fun for younger aged kids and don't forget to watch Easter Dream: 

Now for an exhaustive list, Linda Ann Nickerson has put together the following:

Top 5 Christian Easter Books for Kids

Reading Up with Children on the Resurrection of Christ

Many wonderful story books, filled with amazing artwork, have arisen to teach children the triumphant truth of Easter, the highest holiday in the Christian calendar, celebrating the Lord's resurrection over sin and death.
Which Christian Easter books rank highest for children? Here are a handful of our favorites. (A supplemental list of Christian Easter books appears at the end of this article as well.)
Our top five Christian Easter book choices for kids are listed alphabetically (by title):
Benjamin's Box: The Story of the Resurrection Eggs, by Melody Carlson (Illustrated by Jack Stockman)
Benjamin's Box: The Story of the Resurrection Eggs tells the story of a young boy living in Bible times. Benjamin follows Jesus through Jerusalem, during the Lord's last days. Along the way, the boy picks up mementos and places them in a box. Each item corresponds to the traditional Christian resurrection egg collection. (Find instructions here for making your own resurrection eggs for Easter.)
Published by Zonderkidz in 2008 and available in a 40-page clothbound (hardcover) edition, Benjamin's Box: The Story of the Resurrection Eggs is priced at $7.99.
Melody Carlson's other published books for children include Baby's First Book of Prayers, The Most Beautiful Tree, The Greatest Gift, King of the Stable,My Happy Heart and 'Twas the Night: The Nativity Story.
The Legend of the Easter Egg, by Lori Walburg (Illustrated by James Bernardin)
What is the meaning behind the traditional Easter Egg? The Legend of the Easter Egg reveals the secret. Young readers follow siblings Thomas and Lucy, as they gather eggs at their farm. Later, Thomas visits a local candy store owner and his wife and learns about Easter, Easter eggs and the promise of new life.
Published in 1999 by Zonderkidz, The Legend of the Easter Egg is available ina 32-page clothbound (hardcover) edition for $15.00, as well as Kindle and board book versions.
The Legend of the Sand Dollar: An Inspirational Story of Hope for Easter, by Chris Auer (Illustrated by Rick Johnson)
What does a simple sand dollar have to do with Easter? The Legend of the Sand Dollar: An Inspirational Story of Hope for Easter explains the connection. Kerry, an eight-year-old girl, finds a sand dollar on the beach and learns how the markings on this nature find reveal the truth of the hope of new life, revealed in the resurrection of the Lord Christ at Easter.
Published by Zonderkidz in 2005, The Legend of the Sand Dollar is available in a 32-page clothbound (hardcover) edition for $16.99.
The Parable of the Lily, by Liz Curtis Higgs (Illustrated by Nancy Munger)
Christians love to send and receive stunning white Easter lilies to celebrate Resurrection Sunday. What is the meaning behind this flowery tradition?
In the Parable of the Lily, young readers may discover the key. Young Maggie is surprised to receive a strange gift, a clump of soil containing what seems to be a dead flower bulb. After tossing it into the dirt, Maggie later finds that the bulb has sprouted into a gorgeous white Easter lily. What once was dead has brought forth a beautiful new creation.
The Parable of the Lily is part of Liz Curtis Higgs' popular series of Christian picture books for children. Other books in the series include The Pine Tree Parable, The Pumpkin Patch Parable and The Sunflower Parable.
This perennial favorite 32-page Easter story book, published by Thomas Nelson, is now available as a 10th Anniversary Edition (priced at $8.99).
The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale, by Angela Elwell Hunt (Illustrated by Tim Jonke)
Adults reading The Tale of Three Trees aloud with children may find themselves weeping at this imaginative story. This lovely story reveals three trees growing on a mountain. Each tree dreams of what it may one day become. One tree longs to be crafted into a treasure chest. Another tree desires to become a sturdy boat. The third tree would like to be a sign, pointing to God. Each tree's desire is fulfilled in an unexpected way through the life and death of Christ.
Published in 1989 by David C. Cook, The Tale of Three Trees is available in a 25-page clothbound (hardcover) edition, priced at $14.99. The Tale of Three Trees has also been published as a board book (priced at $8.99) for younger children.
Sharing Easter storybooks with children is one way to build fond memories, while building faith and teaching youngsters about Easter, the Lord's Gospel and the promise of new life in Christ. What could be more meaningful, particularly for Resurrection celebrations?

Additional Christian Easter Books for Children:
A Heart for Jesus, by Juanita Bynum
An Easter Gift for Me, by Crystal Bowman
Early Easter Morning, by Marti Beuschlein
Easter Bunny: Are You for Real? By Harold Myra
Easter, by Jan Pienkowski
Easter: With Words from the King James Bible, by Fiona French
God's Love at Easter, by Joy Morgan Davis
He Is Alive, by Helen Haidle
Jesus Rose on Easter Morn, by Gloria McQueen Stockstill
Journey, Easter Journey, by Dandi Daley Mackall
Little Blessings: Why Is There a Cross? By Kathleen Long Bostrom, Christopher Bostrum and Elena Kucharik
Love One Another: The Last Days of Jesus, by Lauren Thompson
My Bible Friends Board Book: Mary and the Empty Tomb, by Alice Joyce Davidson
My First Story of Easter, by Tim Dowley and Roger Langton
Peek-a-Bible: The Easter Story, by Tracy Harrast
Read and Share: The Story of Easter, by Gwen Ellis
The Best Thing About Easter, by Christine Harder Tangvald
The Easter Angels, by Bob Hartman
The Easter Story According to Matthew, by Donald Kueker
The Easter Story, by Brian Wildsmith
Peter's First Easter, by Walter Wangerin, Jr., Timothy Ladwig and Tim Ladwig
The Easter Story, by Patricia Pingry
The Easter Story: My First Message, by Eugene H. Peterson
The Easterville Miracle, by Melody Carlson
The First Easter, by Carol Heyer
The Lord Is My Shepherd, by Tasha Tudor
The Story of Easter, by Aileen Fisher
The Story of Easter, by Christopher Doyle 
The Story of Easter, by Patricia Pingry
The Story of the Resurrection Eggs in Rhyme & Song, by Jean Thomason
The Very First Easter, by Paul L. Maier and Frank Ordaz

Is your favorite Christian Easter book for children on the list? Do you have any special Easter kids' book titles to add?

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