Library List: Easter Picture Books

Our family loves a good egg hunt, but my husband and I want to teach our boys that Easter is primarily about celebrating Jesus’s resurrection. As with most important things around here, books are part of that process.

We’re still building our family’s Easter book collection, and our public library doesn’t have a huge selection of kids’ books about the resurrection. So today I’ll quickly share a few of my family’s favorites. Then I’ll link to an Easter book list by author and fellow mom of boys, Christie Thomas. She’s quickly becoming one of my favorite voices as I learn more about discipling my kids.

The Story of Easter and The Easter Story are both by Patricia A. Pingry.

The former is a cute board book illustrated by Rebecca Thornburgh. It gives a simple introduction to the story of Jesus’s death and resurrection. I like that this book helps small kids relate with the story by talking about Jesus’s friends’ emotions and by tying the story of the first Easter to tangible things kids will recognize.

The Easter Story is beautifully illustrated by Mary Ann Utt. It goes into more detail about Jesus’s earthly ministry and the events leading up to his crucifixion, but it still appropriately presents the story for kids ages 2 - 5. It ends with “This is the Easter Story, that Jesus is alive today. And because he died for us, we will live too.”

This is the third year my family has used The Easter Story Egg by Natalie Ard. This set includes six nesting eggs and a hardcover book. Together, they tell the story of Holy Week, beginning with Palm Sunday and ending with the empty tomb on Resurrection Sunday.

My four- and two-year-old boys LOVE checking for a new egg each morning and listening as we read the corresponding pages in the book. However, I tweak the wording slightly in a couple places where the author seemed more focused on rhyme and rhythm than theological accuracy. For instance, on “House of Prayer Monday,” she writes, “Little did [Jesus] know that his fate was sealed.” I think it’s quite likely he knew exactly how the Pharisees were plotting against him.

On a practical note, if your kids are like mine, you may also want to institute an “eggs stay on the rug” rule. If you do wind up with a cracked egg, wood glue and rubber bands will fix it. Just wipe the inside thoroughly and be sure to follow the advice to keep the egg halves together as they dry. Otherwise, the halves might not fit back together quite right. (Ask me how I know.)

Even with these caveats, The Easter Story Egg set is a fun, interactive way to make Holy Week a little extra meaningful. If you prefer (or are just now learning about this!), you can also go through all the eggs at once on Resurrection Sunday. As I’m writing this, quick shipping isn’t available for this item, but our local Catholic Supply store has them available for in-store pickup. If you have a Christian bookstore in your area, they may have it too!

Finally, for more great book ideas, check out Christie Thomas’s list 7 Gospel-focused Christian Easter Books.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful time reflecting on God’s love and celebrating together during these days leading up to Resurrection Sunday!

What books would you add to this list?

Easter Picture Books