Easter is coming up soon, and as a Christian mom, I always try to find ways to help my kids understand what Easter is really about. While all the bunny and egg stuff is fun, I want my kids to know that there’s a deeper meaning to this holiday. That’s why I made a list of 20 Christ-Centered Easter books for kids that focus on the true meaning of Easter, with values like love, sacrifice, and redemption at the heart of the stories. If you’ve been following me for a while you may remember my post on 25 Christ-Centered Christmas books.
While Easter eggs and bunnies can be fun, they shouldn’t be the main focus of this holiday. Easter is a time to remember and celebrate the incredible sacrifice that Jesus made for us on the cross, and the hope that we have because of His resurrection. I feel like the other stuff is just a distraction from this truth.
One way to help kids understand the true meaning of Easter is by reading Christ-centered Easter books that focus on this message. Have a collection of Easter books that your family can read together each year, and they will always help you to remember the amazing gift that Jesus gave us. Then talk about the love that God has for us, and the sacrifice that Jesus made out of that love. Talk about how the resurrection gives us hope, and how we can live our lives in a way that honors God’s incredible gift.
Other Ways to Teach the True Meaning of Easter
In addition to reading Christ-centered Easter books for kids, it may help to have them participate in other activities that help focus on the true meaning of Easter. Go to special church services and participate in Christ-Centered Easter-themed crafts and activities, like Resurrection Eggs Activities, that reinforce the true message. By making a deliberate effort to focus on the true meaning of Easter, we’re able to pass on this important message to our children and help them understand the incredible significance of this holiday.
There are lots of great options on this list of Christ-Centered Easter Books for kids, like “The Easter Story” by Brian Wildsmith, which has really beautiful illustrations and a simple retelling of the Easter story.
Another book I really love is “The Donkey Who Carried a King” by R.C. Sproul. It’s told from the perspective of the donkey who carried Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, and it’s a really fun and unique take on the story.
There’s also “Benjamin’s Box: The Story of the Resurrection Eggs” by Melody Carlson. This book comes with a set of Resurrection Eggs, which contain objects that symbolize different parts of the Easter story. As you read the book with your kids, you can open each egg and talk about its meaning.
This list has something for every age, from toddlers to teens, so I’m sure you’ll find something that your kids will love. As parents, it’s our job to help our kids understand what Easter is all about, and these books are a great way to do just that.
List of Christ-Centered Easter Books for Kids
- “The Easter Story” by Brian Wildsmith – This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of Easter through the eyes of a donkey who witnessed the events.
- “Beyond the Egg: The REAL Meaning of Easter” by Lindsey Coker Luckey the book will teach kids the true meaning of Easter.
- “The Donkey Who Carried a King” by R.C. Sproul is the story of a humble donkey who carried Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. The book teaches children about the significance of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and the events that led to his crucifixion and resurrection.
- “The Easter Storybook: 40 Bible Stories Just for Easter” by Laura Richie This collection of 40 Bible stories is perfect for families who want to delve deeper into the Easter story.
- “Benjamin’s Box: The Story of the Resurrection Eggs” by Melody Carlson is a book that tells the story of Easter using a set of twelve eggs, each with a different symbol representing a part of the Easter story. The book is designed to be used alongside a set of Resurrection Eggs, which contain small objects that represent each part of the Easter story.
- “The Easter Story for Children” by Max Lucado is a retelling of the Easter story in language that is easy for children to understand. The book includes colorful illustrations and teaches children about the meaning of Easter.
- “The Week That Led to Easter” by Joanne Larrison is a book that takes children through the events of Holy Week, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. The book is designed to help children understand the significance of each day and the events leading up to the resurrection.
- “God Gave Us Easter” by Lisa Tawn Bergren is a book that tells the story of a young bear cub who learns about the true meaning of Easter. The book teaches children about God’s love and the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross.
- “The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross Storybook” by Carl Laferton This book explains the Easter story in the context of the larger biblical narrative of sin and redemption, using colorful illustrations and engaging language.
- “The Story of the Empty Tomb” by Bryan Davis is a book that tells the story of the resurrection through the eyes of a young boy named Devin. The book teaches children about the significance of the empty tomb and the events that led up to it.
- “The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale” by Angela Elwell Hunt This book tells the story of three trees who discover the purpose God has for their lives, including being part of the Easter story.
- “The Case for Easter” by Lee Strobel is a book that explores the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. The book is designed for older children and teaches them about the historical and biblical evidence that supports the resurrection.
- “The Easter Code” by O. S. Hawkins – This book features daily devotions and activities for kids to help them understand the true meaning of Easter.
- “Goodbye to Goodbyes” by Lauren Chandler A True Story About Jesus, Lazarus, and an Empty Tomb teaching kids that when loved ones die, Jesus made it so they will meet again in heaven.
- “The Parable of the Lily” by Liz Curtis Higgs is a book that tells the story of a little girl who receives a bulb as a gift, which she thinks is worthless until it blooms into a beautiful lily. The book teaches children about the hope and new life that Easter brings.
- “The Easter Cave” by Carol Wedeven is a children’s book about a shepherd boy named Thomas who witnesses the events of Easter and learns about the importance of faith in the resurrection. The book includes colorful illustrations to engage young readers.
- “An Easter Gift for Me” by Crystal Bowman is a short children’s book that explains the Christian message of Easter in a simple and easy-to-understand way. It teaches children about the sacrifice of Jesus and the gift of salvation through his death and resurrection. The book includes colorful illustrations and is a great resource for parents and teachers who want to introduce young children to the meaning of Easter.
- “The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story” by Jan and Mike is a children’s book that follows the Berenstain Bear family as they learn about the Easter story and its Christian message of redemption and hope.Berenstain
- “The Donkey That No One Could Ride” by Anthony DeStefano – This book tells the story of a small, weak donkey that is chosen by Jesus to carry him into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.
- “The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name” by Sally Lloyd-Jones – While not specifically an Easter book, this Bible for children offers a Christ-centered approach to the entire biblical narrative, including the Easter story.
So if you’re looking for a way to teach your kids about the true meaning of Easter, why not take some time to read one of these books together? It’s a great way to spend some quality time with your family while reinforcing the values that are at the heart of this special holiday.
You may also like:
- Christ-Centered Easter Crafts for Kids
- No Greater Love Handprint Craft
- Christ-Centered Easter Words Binder for Little Kids
- Countdown to the Resurrection
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Forest Rose is a God Loving, Blessed Wife, & Mama to 3 girls. She’s passionate about lifting moms out of the trenches that are discouraged, overwhelmed, or feeling alone or isolated. Her hope is to point them to Christ and equip them to rise up with a newfound hope and joy within, that He alone can provide. Besides blogging, she also loves to create printables!