Simon and the Easter Miracle {And Other New Books for Easter!}

by | Mar 6, 2012 | Easter, Picture Books | 6 comments

With Easter coming up in just one month, I have started making a few little purchases to add to our children’s Easter Baskets this year.  I  wanted to take a second to share a lovely new picture book that I happened to run across on Amazon titled Simon and the Easter Miracle: A Traditional Tale for Easter.   I think it’s the perfect book for our little 4 year old (Snuggles) this year!

Simon and the Easter Miracle: A Traditional Tale for Easter is written by Mary Joslin, author of a number of other books we already own and love including: The Story of the Cross: The Stations of the Cross for Children, Mary, Mother of Jesus, and The Good Man of Assisi.  This beautifully illustrated book is the story of Simon of Cyrene — “a man coming in from the country,” as the Gospels refer to him—who was ordered to carry Jesus’ cross.

“Over the centuries, his story has been woven into Polish folklore; when Simon the farmer brings his wares to market, little does he expect how he will be involved in the events of that very special day, nor how his produce—of bread, eggs, and wine—will become important symbols of Jesus’ passion and resurrection, remembered throughout the ages.”  I am very excited to share this traditional tale with my children and add this book to our ever growing collection!

Here are the other books I have purchased for this coming Easter:

(This year I have chosen two books for each basket, though they are not all Easter/Faith based.)

Easter Babies: A Springtime Counting Book and The Tale of Sir Prance-a-Lot (for Bud)
An Easter Gift for Me and My Favorite Things (for Rose)
Simon and the Easter Miracle: A Traditional Tale for Easter and Easter In The Garden (for Snuggles)
Beautiful Butterflies Stained Glass Coloring Book and Fancy Nancy’s Elegant Easter (for Chiquita)
Kat Finds a Friend, a St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Story and Zita the Spacegirl (for Twinkle Toes)
Saints Stained Glass Coloring Book and Treegate’s Raiders (for Rascal)
Amon’s Adventure: A Family Story for Easter and Sea Captain from Salem (Treegate) (for Captain)

I am also trying to decide on one of these for Palm Sunday:
(Do any of you have these?  Any favorites?) 

Humphrey’s First Palm Sunday
Little Colt’s Palm Sunday
The Donkey Who Carried a King


  1. Marie

    You always find the best books! I hadn't seen that one before. As always, thank you for sharing!

  2. Jessica Gordon

    Your welcome! This book was actually just published in January. 🙂

  3. Kelly

    Hi Jessica, we have Little Colt's Palm Sunday. It's such a cute book and would make a great addition to your collection. We also have Amon's Adventure, just started reading it with our oldest. It's really good as well. The events surround Jesus' entry into Jerusalem and the Passion. We're only 3 chapters into it, so I don't have many details.

  4. Jessica Gordon

    Thank you Kelly! I've been leaning towards the Little Colt book for Palm Sunday, especially since it is the least expensive of the three. Thankfully I already have all the other books for the Easter baskets. A few of them are actually on the kids' reading lists for History this Spring. lol!

  5. Anonymous

    That looks fabulous! Thank you for sharing. Easter in the Garden sounds adorable too.

  6. noreen

    I try to find your recommended books at the library and have some success. You do have a great list of resources. You're probably familiar with Jennifer at Crafolic, right? She's hosting a giveaway on my blog of the Journey's End Game she created. If you're interested in winning it, please stop on by at Rosarymom.


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