Easter is a special season – the time we celebrate Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection! As a Christian teacher, it is my desire to see my students grow in their faith and deepen their relationship with God. The following books are great discussion-starters for the true meaning of Easter and why we celebrate more than Easter bunnies and egg hunts.
Here are 5 of my must-have Easter books to read to kids! I love reading these to my students and my personal kiddos. They are a must-have for your classroom or Sunday school library. These books are also the perfect addition to your little one’s Easter basket as you seek to instill in him/her the idea that Easter is about Jesus and the sacrifice He made on the cross so that we could spend forever with Him!
Easter is Coming!
Easter is Coming! is a fantastic story that goes through different biblical accounts and builds anticipation throughout the story – though sin and darkness dominate, there is hope because “Easter is coming!”
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The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross
This beautifully illustrated hardback book, The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross, takes the reader on a journey from the garden of Eden to God’s perfect new creation. Retelling the Easter story through a Bible overview, (focusing on the garden of Eden, the temple curtain, and Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross) children will discover that ‘because of our sin, we can’t go in’ but because of Jesus’ victory on the cross, an even better garden awaits us…
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There are two supplemental resources that go with this series:
- A calendar version available so you can count down to Easter with your kids: The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross calendar
- The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross coloring book
God Gave Us Easter
God Gave Us Easter is a family favorite over here. The Gospel is clearly presented as Papa Bear explains the true meaning of Easter to Little Cub. I liked how the book compared Christmas with Easter and shared the different reasons why we celebrate each. My favorite part of the book is Papa Bear’s conclusion: “Easter is God’s way of saying, ‘I love you,'” and the emphasis on the truth that Easter made it possible for us to spend forever with God because of the cross.
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I’ve created some print-and-go activities to supplement the book. You can use this book with both preschoolers and elementary school kiddos:
Good News! It’s Easter!
In this sweet book, Good News! It’s Easter!, children are introduced to the Good News of the Gospel: Jesus is alive! The whimsical rhyming stories focus on Spring, new birth, and ultimately the good news of Christ! This book is geared towards younger children.
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He is Risen: Rocks Tell the Story of Easter
He is Risen: Rocks Tell the Story of Easter is a beautiful, artistic interpretation of the Easter story illustrated with rocks. This is an unforgettable picture book that uses majestic rock art, Scripture, and simple yet powerful text to inspire wonder and awe as the miracle of Easter unfolds across the pages. It truly is unlike any other book I’ve seen – and a must-have for your library!
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Simplify your lesson planning today!
If you’re looking for some other activities to do with your students as you prepare for Easter, I’ve got you covered!
This Christian Easter resource includes 11 interactive notebook foldables with complete suggested answer keys. These activities are perfect for the busy Christian school teacher, Sunday school teacher, or homeschooling parent. Simplify your lesson planning today: Easter Interactive Notebook foldables
As we approach the Easter season, I pray that you would spend time remembering what was accomplished on the cross: Jesus conquered death and reconciled man to Himself! Because of His sacrifice we can spend eternity with God – now that’s something to celebrate!
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