10 Religious Easter Children’s Books

img_9561Weekly Trip to the Library

I found these children’s books at the library to recommend to nannies and parents who feel that Easter has become too commercialized. If you want to share Easter books that have more religious meaning (than just focusing on Eater eggs filled with candy for children) I have listed some good choices below. Defining Bible verses and lengthy adult sermons are not necessary or age appropriate to teach children about the meaning of Easter. This collection of books are great choices to read with your Nanny Kids for Easter.

img_9549An Easter Prayer Touch and Feel Book
By Amy Parker

Preschoolers can thank God for springtime blessings in a whole new way with fun touch-and-feel elements throughout the book, feeling the soft fur of a bunny or the silky petals of a flower. The adorable art, touch-and-feel elements throughout the book, and sweet rhymes will appeal to little ones, making this the perfect gift for Easter time.

img_9550God Gave Us Easter
By Lisa Tawn Bergren

As Little Cub celebrates Easter with Papa, Mama, and her brother and sister, she begins to ask her papa questions about this very special day of the year.  Papa lovingly explains God’s plans for his children, while taking Little Cub on a memorable walk through her stunning Arctic world, and he shares how Easter came about in clear, simple terms that even the littlest cubs can understand.

img_9551Easter Is Coming!
By Tama Fortner

In a time when children’s Easter excitement often focuses on only egg hunts and candy, this book offers a different and true reason for joy and expectancy. It’s designed to be read and reread on the days leading up to Easter, telling the greatest Christian story and building a sense of anticipation and celebration in little hearts.

img_9548Easter Love Letters from God
By Glenys Nellist

Easter Love Letters from God, written by Glenys Nellist and illustrated by Sophie Allsopp, guides children and families through Holy Week with seven beautifully illustrated Bible stories. Following each story the child will find his or her own letter from God. Children will love the excitement of opening the letters and parents will love how the letters elaborate on the Bible stories being told. Each message gives the child a sense of wonder as they discover what happened leading up to Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday. A very special Bible verse, entitled God’s Wonderful Words to You will accompany each story and letter. Much more than a memory verse, each carefully chosen promise will be God’s very own personal words of love, encouragement, and hope.

img_9552He Is Risen: Rocks Tell the Story of Easter
By Patti Rokus

By arranging a few rocks together, an entire story can be told. He Is Risen, Rocks Tell the Story of Easter, created by Patti Rokus, 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. Readers will be absorbed in the nature-filled artwork that shows the death and resurrection of Jesus in a bold and unique way. The cover of this book captivates with foil and sculpted embossing.

img_9553God’s Easter Gifts
By Brenda Castro

Bella and Pablo love Easter egg hunts. So many wonderful goodies just waiting to be found inside each egg! But the brother and sister are about to discover there’s much more to Easter than candy and toys, as they embark on a very special Easter egg hunt that will reveal all of God’s greatest gifts to us. Each egg Bella and Pablo find has a unique and beautiful design, and contains within it one of the seven treasures we are all given, a description of sweet truth about the gifts of friendship, family, nature, strength and life itself.

img_9554The Easter Stranger
By Nicole E. Dreyer

This tells the story of Jesus on the road to Emmaus from the Bible Luke 24:1-35. It tells the story of the men meeting Jesus on the road to Emmaus reinforces that Jesus promises to be with us always.

img_9555The Very First Easter
By Paul L. Maier

Christopher prefers stories that are real; truth, not fiction. So in his home, far away from Jerusalem, his parents tell about the sorrow and joy of Jesus’ trial, death, and resurrection. The Very First Easter places the focus of Easter on God’s story – His plan for the salvation of mankind through Jesus Christ. Recognized by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association as a Gold Medallion Book Award winner for excellence in Evangelical Christian publishing, The Very First Easter will become a treasured classic to be enjoyed year after year.

img_9556That Grand Easter Day!
By Jill Roman Lord

What happened the day the stone rolled away? That Grand Easter Day! answers that question, beginning with the stone that blocks the tomb and building from there, imagining the people, animals, and things that played a part in the first Easter ever. The captivating art adds life to the story, which builds on itself with each turn of the page, right up to the grand moment when the tomb is empty and Jesus is alive.

img_9557The Story of the Empty Tomb
By Bryan Davis

Recommended for children the ages 5 to 9, this book tells of Jesus’ resurrection as told in John 20 of the Bible. This book walks children through the Easter story, from the discovery of the empty tomb by Mary to Jesus appearing to the disciples in the Upper Room. Fun-to-read rhymes and bright illustrations make this an enjoyable book to read to children, or have them read on their own.

6 Children’s Books for Passover

img_9535Weekly Trip to the Library

Tonight starts the celebration of Passover. Passover is my favorite Jewish festival that celebrates the freedom attained by the Hebrew people following their exodus from Egypt where they had been slaves for either 430 years or 210 years, depending on the scholarly conclusions one follows. During the Seder tonight children learn the importance of telling and re-telling the story of the Exodus from Egypt.

Here are some Passover books that we didn’t list last year. Consider borrowing them from the library or purchasing them below to prepare children for Passover.

Sammy Spider’s First Passover
By Sylvia A. Rouss

Sammy the Spider’s mother teaches him to make a web when theirs is laid waste by a “monster”a broom being used to ready the Shapiros‘ home for Passover. Though Sammy becomes fascinated by his mother’s explanations of the holiday traditions, he is repeatedly told, “Spiders don’t celebrate Passover. Spiders spin webs.” Following instructions, Sammy completes a new web?and participates in the Shapiro family observance after all. Using cut-paper artwork made festive with cheery patterns, Kahn depicts a contemporary human family (complete with kitty), and a mother-son spider duo reminiscent of Eric Carle’s creations. Though Rouss’s text is lively and informative, her attempts to blend Passover basics with a rudimentary lesson on shapes (the first page terms this “a book of shapes”) become somewhat jumbled and ultimately water down both aspects of the story. Ages 3-7. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

The Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah
By Leslie Kimmelman

The Little Red Hen has gone through various versions and permutations, but surely this is the first time she has a Yiddish accent. Realizing it’s almost Passover, the Little Red Hen says, “Oy gevalt!” She needs matzah for her seder dinner, and that means growing wheat. Horse, Sheep, and Dog are not interested in helping. Harvesting? Again, nope. Milling? “We’re resting.” By now, the Little Red Hen realizes she’s dealing with a bunch of no-goodniks. She bakes the matzah (“according to Jewish law . . . in just eighteen minutes”) and then sets her seder table. Guess who arrives? “What chutzpah!” But then the Little Red Hen remembers the Haggadah’s words: “Let all who are hungry come and eat.” Children familiar with Passover will get a kick out of this, and the ink-and-watercolor art amusingly captures both the Little Red Hen’s aggravation and the animals’ turnaround. Those really in the know might wonder about a sheep at a holiday table where lamb’s blood plays a major role, but, hey, at least none of the guests are pigs. Preschool-Grade 1. — By Ilene Cooper

img_9517A Touch of Passover (A Touch and Feel Book)
By Ari Sollish

Join the wide-eyed illustrated kids of A Touch of Passover as they pat and prod their way through the symbols of the Passover Seder. Curious fingers will be unable to resist the bumpy matzah, leafy bitter maror, sticky wine droplets and more. Boys and girls are equally represented and impishly drawn to accompany the simple but engaging text. Printed on tough board book with wipe-able pages, A Touch of Passover will survive to be enjoyed throughout many Seders.

img_9518Let’s Ask Four Questions (Board book) – Common
By Judyth Groner

This is the perfect Passover book for a toddler’s library. The Four Questions are an important part of the Passover Seder that highlights the ways in which Passover customs and foods distinguish the holiday from other times of the year. They are traditionally recited by the youngest person at the table during the fifth part of the seder, though in some homes everyone reads them aloud together. This is a sturdy, colorful board book with rounded corners and a spill-proof laminated cover.

img_9531Nachshon, Who Was Afraid to Swim: A Passover Story
By Deborah Bodin Cohen

Young Nachshon’s family has been enslaved by the Egyptian Pharaohs for generations. He fears that this will be his destiny too. But, when Moses confronts the wicked Pharaoh and then leads the Jews out of Egypt to the Red Sea, Nachshon gets the chance to overcome his fear of the water — and to realize his dream of freedom. The biblical legend of the brave boy who was the first to step into the sea when the waters parted for Moses, will inspire children to examine and deal with some of their own fears.

img_9532A Children’s Haggadah
By Howard Bogot and Robert Orkland

This unique Haggadah designed especially for young children will be a delightful asset to any seder table – at home, in religious schools or at community centers. The authors do more than merely retell the story of the Exodus; through special foods, prayers and songs the children personally experience the miraculous event. The brilliant design and beautiful illustrations elevate the text into an imaginative source for children and meaningful work of art for all those who experience it. Includes art on every page and a vibrant accordion foldout of the seder plate. There are 72 color illustrations, with a Hebrew opening but most of the book is written in English.

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