For a bookish family such as ours, celebrating a holiday means reading about a holiday. Christmas has many literary traditions attached to it: think A Christmas Carol, the Christmas scene in Little Women, The Night Before Christmas.
Easter, not so much.
However, I’ve discovered some wonderful faith-based picture books that share the story of Jesus, his crucifixion and resurrection, with young children. Some are retellings from Scripture, others are legends, fiction, or explain the history of the Easter symbols. The following is a list of books that I either own or I check out from our local library every year to help us celebrate the Easter holiday.
The Colt and the King by Marni McGee
On that Easter Morning by Mary Joslin
Simon and the Easter Miracle by Mary Joslin and Anna Luraschi
What is Easter? Lillie James
The Legend of the Easter Egg by Lori Walbury
Petook: An Easter Story by Caryll Houselander
God Gave Us Easter by Lisa Tawn Bergren
The Easter Story by Brian Wildsmith
The Story of Easter by Aileen Fisher
Sunrise Hill by Kathleen Long Bostrom
The Easter Story for Children by Lucado, Frazee, and Hill
The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale Retold by Angela Elwell Hunt
Do you have a favorite Easter-themed picture book to share?