Baskets of Books for Easter {and a Giveaway!}

by | Mar 17, 2024 | Baskets of Books for Easter, Giveaway | 69 comments

As Easter approaches once again, our family tradition of filling our children’s Easter baskets with books continues. As a family with nine children spanning from preschool to young adults, finding the right books for each age group can be a daunting task but one I look forward to each Christmas and Easter!

Once again, our children’s Easter baskets are set to overflow with an abundance of books, ready to captivate and inspire them throughout the spring season. I have always loved searching through local bookstores and watching for publisher sales year-round. (Quick tip: TAN Books offers fantastic $5 deals every month!) Additionally, I’m fortunate to receive review copies of new releases from generous authors and publishers, allowing me to handpick the perfect additions to our family library. I am always requesting extra copies when possible to share the joy with some of you! Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for a chance to win one a set of new releases from both Sophia Institute Press and Emmaus Road Publishing!

Note: Before I share the book list, I do want to mention that I haven’t read all of these books. I make my decisions based on recommendations, reviews, publishers, and the past work of some of the authors/illustrators. 

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P.S. I can’t even begin to tell you how hard this post was to get photographs for on one leg… Definitely a workout! 😉

Captain – 23

Ranger – 22

Twinkle Toes – 20

Chiquita – 18

Scout – 16

Rose – 14

Bud – 12

Grace – 6

Joy – 4

Baskets of Books for Easter Giveaway

Enter using the Rafflecopter Box below for a chance to win one of the following two prizes!

Prize #1 – Sponsored by Sophia Institute Press

Includes: Our Lady of Sorrows: Devotion to Mary’s Seven Sorrows for Children (see my review here), The Story of the First Easter Bunny, and Goodnight Jesus: A Children’s Bedtime Story ($53.85 value)

Congratulations, Cindy G!

Prize #2 – Sponsored by Emmaus Road Publishing

Includes: We Have A Pope and The Supper of the Lamb ($35.90 value)

Congratulations, Amelia D!

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Giveaway concludes at 11:59 PM PST on March 23, 2024.

Winners will be announced on Palm Sunday.

Having issues with Rafflecopter? Feel free to reach out via email or message with your name and email address, and I’ll manually add you.

You can find links to all my other book lists here and our past Easter posts in the archives including our 2013201420152016,  201720182019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 Baskets of Books for Easter.

One of these years I’ll make an updated gift guide… In the meantime:

100+ Easter Basket Stuffers & Catholic Gift Ideas

Easter Symbols Gift Ideas :: More Easter Basket Stuffers & Catholic Gift Ideas

Easter Baskets on Easter Sunday (2018)

Scroll through all past Easter Baskets here



    Oh I just love your book finds! I’m super interested in the Our Lady of Sorrows book! Thanks for the opportunity!
    God Bless, Andrea Bruns

    • Paula G

      You find such lovely books! I’d be interested in the Emmaus Road books for my children. Thank you!

      • Angie W

        So many beautiful books! I love how your selections have grown from all children’s books to adult and young adult!

      • Kim Barry

        Always a beautiful array of book and gift options. Thank you for the effort to put this together every year! I would be most interested in the one about the Sorrowful mother.

  2. Amy

    I really enjoy finding new books to read by reading your posts!

  3. Katy W

    Great list of books. I’ve been eyeing up the Our lady of Sorrows. I also like Saintly creatures and the Imitation of St Joseph book. Always enjoy reading your posts. Thank you

  4. Josephine

    Always love your book lists!

    • Marie Gomez

      These are wonderful prizes! Thank you!

  5. Maria

    I just love the vibrant colors of the Our Lady of Sorrows book! Sophia Institute Press has released some real gems lately.

    • Courtney

      I enjoy your books lists every year! Thank you for posting this and prayers for your recovery!

  6. Amanda

    Thank you! I always love your book lists so many great treasures!

  7. Colleen

    These look wonderful! Thank you!!

    • Jennifer McNicoll

      Prize #1 would be amazing because it would be age appropriate for a few of my kids 😉 I’m also reading Immaculée Ilibagiza’s book about the seven sorrows of Mary and I am loving learning about this devotion.

  8. Sarah Mason

    Wonderful book lists! Thanks for the ideas.

  9. Maureen

    Thank you for your book lists! I always find so many amazing titles! I’ve had my eye on that Our Lady of Sorrows book!

    • Amanda Valenza

      Thank you for all of the book recommendations! I love to get the kids new books for Easter.


    Another wonderful list of books!! Thanks, Jessica!!! I like both prize giveaways.

  11. Katherine M.

    Thank you for the wonderful suggestions, Jessica! Prayers that your injury heals quickly!

  12. Ann Marie Read

    Would love any of these prizes! Thank you for the book ideas!

    • Janice LeJeune

      As always , amazing book suggestions and ideas. God bless

    • Lupe Alvarez

      Always look forward to your book list! Thank you

  13. Karyn Sweet

    Did I miss something about Ranger being engaged or did you just pick that book because everything by Sheen is awesome? The Our Lady of Sorrows book looks gorgeous.

    • Jessica

      No, he’s not engaged, just discerning his vocation whatever it may be, and it’s such a great book. I actually ordered a couple copies so I wont have to keep lending ours out! 🙂

  14. giselle vargas

    Thank you!! Beautiful books!

  15. Kelly

    Thank you for another great book list! Hope you are healing quickly!

  16. Melisa

    I so look forward to seeing your book lists. Thank you for sharing these! Blessings to you and yours.

  17. Heidi

    Such beautiful books both in the book baskets and the giveaways.

    Our Lady of Sorrows looks amazing!

  18. Diana

    Thank you for book suggestions.

  19. Jessica Poelma

    Thank you, as always, for the book recommendations.

  20. Laura Heil

    Your giveaways are the best! Praying for your complete recovery

  21. Laura Heil

    Your giveaways are always so wonderful!

  22. Cindy

    Your book recommendations are always the best! I’ve taken note of several already.

  23. Abby

    I was at a loss for which books to get for our Easter basket and I thought, oh let me check Shower of Roses because she always has the best book ideas! You never fail me. Thank you for this amazing list!

  24. Ilane Maximo

    So many wonderful books! What a great book list!
    Wishing you a good recovery.

  25. Marilyn

    I would like #1. This is a generous giveaway.
    “The Easter Story ” From The National Gallery of Washington. It is lovely book with beautiful photos.
    Happy Easter

    • Meredith

      What an inspiring post. I am reading The Lamb’s Supper right now for the first time.

      Both prizes are amazing, but I think the first one would be my first choice. 🙂

  26. Dawn

    Thank you so much for your wonderful Easter book list! I always wait to purchase books as your older children are the same age as some of my children and you always have wonderful suggestions. Thank you for taking the time to do all the research, especially after what you have been through this Lent!! Praying for you and your leg to heal quickly. God bless you and your family the rest of this Lent and wishing you a Blessed and Holy Easter.

  27. Julia

    This is great because I needed a couple more ideas for Easter baskets! Thank you!

  28. Susan

    Wonderful book suggestions! These are so helpful!

  29. Heidi

    Love all the books, especially for the older kids.

  30. Dinh

    Would love to win prize #1!

  31. Faith

    What a fantastic giveaway! All these books look amazing!

  32. Laura Gonzalez

    Once again, I look to your blog for book list suggestions. I am looking towards Prize #2, but they seem to be all good choices. Thank you.

  33. Bridget Holt

    There are so many new suggestions here! Thank you for providing these new resources for our bookshelf.

  34. Heather

    I always love your lists! Thank you!

  35. Sarah

    These are great, have a blessed rest of Lent! Both prizes are wonderful!

  36. Leah Hunt

    Thank you for sharing your book lists!! I am always on the hunt for beautiful new picture books and good chapter books for my growing kiddos 🙂

    • Meredith

      What an inspiring post. I am reading The Lamb’s Supper right now for the first time.

      Both prizes are amazing, but I think the first one would be my first choice. 🙂

      • Teresa

        I am liking the Mother of Sorrows book!

  37. Stephanie Langley

    Thank you for this giveaway!

  38. Laura D.

    Great book recommendations!

  39. Kristen

    Thank you for taking the time to share your Easter basket books! I always get a lot of great ideas!

  40. Angela

    Thank you for the great booklist!

  41. Chris Schremmer

    This post is so helpful to me every year. Thank you!

  42. Lizette Rodriguez


    Thank you for putting out another Easter book list! I have a large age range of children as well, and these lists are extremely helpful!

    Recently my children have had fun reading the Green Ember books by S.D. Smith.

    I’d be grateful for either prize, but I’d prefer the first one. 🙂

    • Jessica

      So glad it’s helpful!

      One year one of our daughters (who especially loved that series) discovered a Green Ember mug in her Easter basket! She was so excited!

  43. Arlene

    Great books! Interested in #1

  44. Brigid Hadzima

    I look forward to your book lists every season! Thank you for sharing!

  45. Susan Peek

    Another wonderful lineup of books! Thank you!

    • Crystal

      My youngest daughter would love the Our Lady of Sorrows book. Our family would be so grateful for either prize.

  46. Karina K

    Thank you again Jessica for sharing your book finds and choices. I don’t have any of the giveaway books so either prize would be wonderful, although I’ve been spying the our lady of sorrows book, so prize #1 would be awesome.

  47. Natalie

    Thank you so much for this! I always look forward to your book recommendations- I’m always finding new treasures I would have never heard of otherwise! The Do Re Mi one looks wonderful! I may have to get that one for my daughter that adores Sound of Music!
    I also would love to get The Courtship of the Saints book- that sounds so good!

  48. Cherylynn

    Thank you for compiling these lists!
    And, thank you for the chance to win!
    God Bless!

  49. Kalen

    I always come to see your book recommendations! We are always looking for good books to add to our collection and I know you’ll have great options. Prize 2 sounds great!

  50. Alice

    Thanks for the booklist! You have a great eye for books. 🙂 Lately I’ve been reading Fr. James Mawdsley’s New Old Series on the Mass and our Faith.

    I’d like the first prize if I win.

  51. Melissa

    Thank you for all the book suggestions! I am always on the lookout for more books for my family.

  52. Jacqueline L.

    Always appreciate recommendations of true, good, and beautiful books.
    Thank you for photographing the stack of book titles on their spine, as well as the front cover; both serve a purpose. 🙂

    Both prize bundles sound good, but I would be interested in the one with Our Lady of Sorrows.

  53. Teresa L

    These books look awesome! Just heard about the our lady of sorrows book on divine intimacy podcast and sounds wonderful!

  54. Amelia

    I especially love your age-specific, dependable recommendations as my oldest enters adolescence. Thank you for continuing to do this!


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