I know I’ve mentioned some of our favorite Resurrection Day/Easter books in the past few weeks. I know I’ve even blogged about some of them over the years. But as I was looking through my archives, they were not all put together in one nice spot. Until today! If you’re looking for some books that tell the story of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, you have come to the right place!
Holy Week Stories
*The Friend Who Forgives by Dan Dewitt // This is really the story of Peter and Jesus. Peter follows Jesus, then denies him 3 times. It ends with his breakfast with Jesus on the beach. (Perfect for day 6 of Sense of the Resurrection!)
*The Miracle Man by John Hendrix // This is my new favorite book about Jesus. The illustrations are so gorgeous and detailed. This story covers not just Holy Week but also some of Jesus’ ministry. The ending doesn’t have a big explanation about Jesus’ resurrection or anything–but the power of Jesus speaks loudly through the illustrations and story.
*Journey, Easter Journey! by Dandi Daley Mackall is one of my favorite authors. This book is similar to her Thanksgiving book in that it is a rhyme with a repeated phrase. This book is super cool to me because it begins with Christmas and even includes Jesus trip to Egypt as a baby! The illustrations are a little weird to me but I really like the story and rhyme.
*Benjamin’s Box by Melody Carlson // A fictional account of a little boy who follows Jesus during Holy Week and picks up treasures to remind him of each event along the way. It’s a bit long and probably better for elementary kids but it is PERFECT to go along with Resurrection Eggs.
*Easter In The Garden by Pamela Kennedy // This is one of my favorites. The illustrations are adorable, the story is sweet, serious and funny. It’s another one that is a fictional story based during the true story of Jesus’ death and resurrection. It’s told from a child’s perspective and doesn’t even include Jesus on the cross in the illustrations.
The Donkey Who Carried a King by RC Sproul // This one has cool illustrations and is a great Palm Sunday story. Although I think the trope of animals telling the story of Jesus is a bit overused, my kids liked this one.
Easter, Easter Almost Here! by Kathleen Long Bostrom // This is a Palm Sunday book and I am bummed because I cannot find the book this year! It’s a fun board book told in rhyme with some modern, sparkly illustrations. This is a great one for littles–and one you’ll be able to quote after a few times through!
The Legend of the Three Trees by Dahl Taylor // This is a Christmas AND Easter book which is why I love it. It’s a beautiful story about 3 trees who want to do big things and really make a difference in the world–as a treasure box, a king’s royal ship and a sign to God. Their dreams turn out differently when they become a manger, a fishing boat and a cross. (There are several versions of this book. I have the one above and this one from one of my favorite authors, Angela Hunt. And this one looks nice, too.)
Bible Storybooks That Include the Death & Resurrection
Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones // My favorite Bible storybook. The story of Jesus’ death and resurrection is whispered throughout this book. But the actual story covers 5 chapters and each is wonderful.
See With Me Bible illustrated by Dennis Jones // Asa has read this for naps and bedtimes every single day for the past 6 nights. He says, “I know which story I want to read. Jesus dying on the cross.” He LOVES this book. You will appreciate the detail the illustrator has put into cartoon pictures!
Hear Me Read Bible by Dr. Mary Manz Simon // When Asa was in 1st grade, he read this as a personal devotional, then would draw a picture about something he read. The 18 stories included are told in less than 25 words including Jesus at the tomb and Jesus with his disciples after his resurrection–but no cross story. So, there’s nothing “scary” at all. You can see the inside of this book here–and see the easy words.
Modern Stories about Easter Sunday
*The Parable of the Lily by Liz Curtis Higgs // A sweet story of a little girl who learns about death and new life because of a lily. Lovely.
*The Story of the Easter Robin by Dandi Daley Mackall // This one is kind of a hard one for little kids because it’s a folktale within the real Easter story. It does have a pretty realistic picture of Jesus with the crown of thorns. I still like it because the whole folktale part of the story is sweet.
*Bunny’s First Spring by Sally Lloyd Jones // A bunny learns about the death of winter and the life of spring. Gorgeous for introducing the concept to your children.
God Gave Us Easter by Lisa Tawn Bergren // Part of Lisa Tawn Bergren’s famous “God Gave Us…” series about a family of polar bears who learn and talk about God. Really good conversation starters.
OK, these aren’t books, but still so good and tell the story in such great ways!
God Rocks Bibletoons: Rez, the Rock That Rolled (this is out of print but it’s pretty cheap on Amazon!)
The Jesus Movie (this is free on Amazon Prime!)
Superbook: He is Risen! (looks like you can watch all of Superbook’s videos for free online! Or maybe most of them…cool!!)
Lent & Easter Devotionals
*The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross by Carl Laferton // This isn’t a devotional, per se–it’s still a picture book. But it’s is full of great teaching and beautiful, whimsical illustrations about sin, the Holy of Holies and the Cross. Must read!
*Amon’s Adventure by Arnold Ytreeide // Fictional story of a boy in Jerusalem during Holy Week. Twenty-eight chapters filled with action and cliff-hangers really make it a great bedtime read for older elementary kids.
A Sense of the Resurrection by Amanda White (that’s me!) // 12 activities to help you and your kids experience the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection by using your five senses.
Grab some of these great books at your local library or tuck them into an Easter Basket this year!