I’ve found some Easter books that are actually about Jesus’ resurrection! I looked through every single book at the Christian book store and even the ones that had pictures of Jesus on the front started off with “Easter isn’t about eggs and bunnies” and would have a huge Easter basket on the inside. Kinda defeats the purpose, huh? Anyway, I found two that I absolutely love!
The first is The Story of the Easter Robinby Dandi Daley Mackall. (She’s written two of my very favorite kids books!) This is the story of a little girl and her grandmother who are watching a robin in their backyard. While the little girl is concerned for the birds, her grandmother tells her the legend of the robin—how the robin got it’s red breast. And it has to do with the REAL Easter story.
Apparently the legend is an old Pennsylvania Dutch tradition and to go along with it, people dyed eggs blue and decorated them as birds to hang in the trees on Easter morning! This would be such a great tradition to go along with the Resurrection without being too easter-bunny-ish!
Because it is a legend within a story, it could be confusing to younger readers. But Lydia and I really liked it because it was like a story within a story!
The next book is Easter In The Garden by Pamela Kennedy. It is the cutest book about the son of the gardener…you know, the gardener that tended the garden where Jesus’ tomb was. The little boy loves to climb trees in his father’s garden. And while in the garden he observes two events: a nest of eggs hatching and Jesus’ resurrection!
This book is probably the best one for sensitive or younger readers. Because all though they deal with the crucifixion, you never see it. You only experience the little boy’s sadness. Lydia was wide-eyed the entire time.
I highly recommend both of these books. They will be sweet and meaningful additions to the celebration of Jesus’ death and resurrection!
For more great book suggestions see Feed Me Book Friday at The Adventure of Motherhood.