With Easter just two weeks away, I spent some time this weekend pulling out and organizing all of our Easter Picture Books, and ordering a few new ones for the children’s Easter Baskets this year.
I have most of them listed in my sidebar right now, but since I’ve received a number of emails asking which ones we’ve enjoyed the most, I thought it would list them here as well:
Our absolute favorite book for Easter is not actually a “book” but rather a Sticker Calendar! We have used The Garden of the Good Shepherd to count down the 50 days of Easter for the past two years now, and will be using it again this coming Easter Season. The guide that comes with the sticker calendar suggests bible verses to look up and read, which coordinate with the sticker/symbol for each day.
Another one of my childrens favorites is Benjamin’s Box: The Story of the Resurrection Eggs. We also have a set of Resurrection Eggs to go along with the story. These Resurrection Eggs are now very expensive at Amazon, but it would be very easy to make your own!
Note: The book Benjamin’s Box only includes 10 symbols and our set of Ressurrection Eggs has 12. We include those extra eggs by opening Egg #9: Soldiers Spear and Egg #10: Linen Wrapping with the reading for “The Cloth” and Egg #11: Stone at the Tomb and Egg #12: Empty Tomb with the last reading for “The Stone.”
Update: If you’d like to use the Resurrection Eggs, and you’d rather not make your own, you can find an updated package of our Resurrection Eggs for only $12.99 here.
Another Update: I’ve just found out that I would no longer recommend this book, due to revisions in the newest editions. I’ll post more later, but for now you can read more in the comment section of this post.
I think The Jesus Garden: An Easter Legend is my favorite Easter Book! The images are beautiful and I love the story. It SO makes me want to plant Morning Glories, Bleeding Hearts, and Dogwood Trees! If only the deer didn’t eat everything we plant… Hillside Education has a great Study Guide to go with this book.
We LOVE Petook by Caryll Houselander and illustrated by Tomie dePaola. Unfortunately it is out of print, and rather expensive for used copies, so we borrow it from the library each year.
We also love the books by Brian Wildsmith including Jesus (which the boys recently re-read in History) and The Easter Story which is told through the eyes of the little donkey who carried Christ into Jerusalem. Both are excellent books filled with beautiful illustrations!
Easter Eggs for Anya: A Ukrainian Celebration of New Life in Christ and Rechenka’s Eggs are definitely favorites, particularly of my girls who received them in their Easter baskets last year. Both are about making traditional Ukrainian pysanky and end with sweet surprises. When my girls are a little older (perhaps next year?) I want to purchase a Ukrainian Egg Decorating Kit and learn how to make these beautiful eggs!
The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes is an old favorite that comes off the shelf year round, but especially at Easter time. Such a cute story!
Another favorite is The Egg Tree, but this too has always been borrowed from the library.
All my children have loved the Catholic Babies First Easter. Our Oldest received it in his Easter Basket when he was a baby, and it has been carried around for nearly 10 years. I think they all loved that it had a little handle attached. I thought about purchasing another copy to put in Rose’s Easter Basket, but it looks like it is now out of print… I hate it when that happens!
I do have a new favorite Board Book though! The Saving Name of God the Son is excellent! Snuggles received it for Christmas from his grandparents and I can’t recommend it enough! It starts with the Annunciation and continues through the life of Christ including the Last Supper, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection. Even though it is a board book, I often find my older children looking through the beautiful images on each page, which are all Renaissance paintings by Fra Angelico.
I purchased these (Happy Easter Day!, Easter and The Best Thing About Easter) a number of years ago to go with our Little Saints Preschool Program. They are cute enough, but if I could go back I would have saved my money for any of the books listed above! 😉
We always like to include a new book in our children’s Easter Baskets, and so far I’ve ordered these three for this year: Easter by Fiona French, The Bird’s Gift: A Ukrainian Easter Story, and A Tale for Easter by Tasha Tudor.
so I’d love to hear about any other favorites you all might have!