Easter is coming; books are one way we get our hearts and minds ready. Today I am going to share a list of my favorite books about Easter to help you get ready as well!Easter is coming and one way we get our hearts and minds ready is through books. Today I am going to share a list of my favorite books about Easter to help you get ready as well! Click To Tweet
Why should you have books about Easter in your home?
Maybe you are not a reader… It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around that, but I know it’s true. Even if you don’t read, Easter is one of those holidays that require some heart preparation. Having books around the house can help you get ready and can help you start conversations with others about getting ready.
If you are a reader – like me – having books about Easter will be a great way to encourage yourself and others. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve lent out books to help others grow in faith. Having them in the house makes that easier. We will be having a conversation and it makes me think of a book that could help them.
I can say, “I have a great book that you would love. Let me grab it. Read it at your pace and send it back when you’re done.”
Lending the book to them with your personal recommendation goes a lot farther than sending them a link to Amazon. 😘 LOL, though I do my fair share of that as well!
Easter Activities and More
Before I share our favorite books about Easter I wanted to share some of more ideas to help you celebrate Easter!
- 20 Easy Activities to Teach the True Meaning of Easter
- 40-Day Fast Guide for Lent to help us Be Still and Know God More!
- A Free Prayer Guide to Pray Over Easter
- Bible Journaling Gifts to fill Easter Baskets
And while you are digging deeply into Easter, check out the connection between Passover and Easter here!
A Variety of Christian Easter Books for all Ages
I get frustrated when I read a list of books about Easter and find they are all focused on small children. Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of those as well, but Easter is for everyone! We need books to cover every age and so that is what I will share today! I love all these Easter books/ resurrection books!!!!!
- Easter books for adults
- Many of these are also great for teens and are wonderful for deep conversations!
- Books about Easter for teens
- Easter books for 10-year-olds to 13-year-olds -tweens
- Easter Books for Elementary Age Kids
- Including books about easter for Kindergarten
- Books about Easter for Preschool
- Including books about easter for toddlers
Easter Books for Adults
|50 Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die by John Piper |
The most important questions anyone can ask are: Why was Jesus Christ crucified?Why did he suffer so much?What has this to do with me?Finally, who sent him to his death?The answer to the last question is that God did. Jesus was God’s Son. The suffering was unsurpassed, but the whole message of the Bible leads to this answer.Learn more in this simple devotional and prepare your heart for Easter!
The Case for Easter by Lee Strobel
|The Case for Easter by Lee Strobel |
Of the many world religions, only one claims that its founder returned from the grave. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the very cornerstone of Christianity.
But a dead man coming back to life? In our sophisticated age, when myth has given way to science, who can take such a claim seriously? Some argue that Jesus never died on the cross. Conflicting accounts make the empty tomb seem suspect.How credible is the evidence for–and against–the resurrection?
Read all about it here!
|A Beginners Guide to Fast and Pray by Tiffany Montgomery |
Do you need a breakthrough in your life? Learning how to fast and pray for a breakthrough is powerful and effective. Throughout the Bible and in our lives today, we see the power of prayer and fasting to heal the sick, restore marriages, intercede for loved ones and prodigal children, heal and unite nations, and learn God’s will in the most difficult situation.Dig deep into this Spiritual discipline as you prepare your heart for Easter!
Having a Mary Spirit: Allowing God to Change Us from the Inside Out by Joanna Weaver
|Having a Mary Spirit: Allowing God to Change Us from the Inside Out by Joanna Weaver |
“Lord, Whatever It Takes, Make Me Like You!”You long to serve God with grace and strength, to reflect Christ in every word and action. Yet you find yourself continually struggling to bring that vision to life in your daily walk. At our very core, every one of us is a “twisted sister” within whom the flesh and spirit battle constantly for control. We are afflicted with spiritual schizophrenia, the disconnect between our “good girl” desire to put Jesus first and our “bad girl” realities that crowd our thoughts and push him out of the way.Grow a Mary Spirit as you read this book!
|Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God by Bob Kauflin |
Nothing is more essential than knowing how to worship the God who created us.This book focuses readers on the essentials of God-honoring worship, combining biblical foundations with practical application in a way that works in the real world.This one book changed so much about how I understand worship. As you prepare your heart for Easter – Worship Matters!
|The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul |
Central to God’s character is the quality of holiness. Yet, even so, most people are hard-pressed to define what God’s holiness precisely is.Many preachers today avoid the topic altogether because people today don’t quite know what to do with words like “awe” or “fear.”R. C. Sproul, in this classic work, puts the holiness of God in its proper and central place in the Christian life.
|Celebrating Christmas With Jesus: An Advent Devotional by Max Lucado |
The blurb on this one says: Through this 30-day devotional, Max Lucado brings to light the many events in the life of Christ from birth to ascension that demonstrates His omnipotence and the gift that God has given each one of us to enjoy during this Christmas season. Experience each moment as our Savior becomes the center of this Christmas for you.BUT Y’ALL! As I read it all I could think about was Easter. This devo walks through the life of Christ and really blessed me for Easter!
Books for Teens
This is a difficult list because teens have such varied maturity levels and interests, but these are the books about Easter that the teens in my life enjoy. Many teens would enjoy all of the books in the adult section – so be sure to encourage them to read up!
|The Easter Story by Juliet David |
A beautiful retelling of the first Easter taken from 99 Stories from the Bible (nominated for Best Children’s Book of the Year 2014 at CRT).Because this book goes through so many stories it is ideal for older readers who can understand more in-depth.This looks like a young readers book, but the text is small and paragraph like which turns most young readers off so I rec it for older age groups.
|The Action Bible by Doug Mauss|
This is a complete picture Bible that features captivating, up-to-date artwork style—making it the perfect Bible for today’s visually focused culture.
The Action Bible presents 215 fast-paced narratives in chronological order, making it easier to follow the Bible’s historical flow—and reinforcing the build-up to its thrilling climax.
We love reading from it to keep teen and preteen Christians engaged in the Word!
|Poems and Prayers for Easter by Sophie Piper |
This poetry anthology includes both jolly and thought-provoking poems and prayers, old and new. They take the reader on a journey through the Easter season and the themes of faith, new life, love, hope and the joys of Spring.The collection includes poems and prayers that look at the lighter side of the festival, as well as more thoughtful, reflective pieces about the Resurrection.Poetry is ideal for teenagers who are exploring their identity and need help to find it in Christ!
|Amon’s Adventure: A Family Story for Easter by Arnold Ytreeide |
(Haven’t read this one yet but it’s on my list)This book follows in the footsteps of his widely popular Advent series–Jotham’s Journey, Bartholomew’s Passage, and Tabitha’s Travels. Well-known author Arnold Ytreeide presents a captivating story to take families through the season of Lent, culminating on Easter Sunday.
Easter Books for 10-Year-Olds (Tweens)
We are right in this pocket. My oldest has been more mature than I prefer since birth so it was no surprise she became interested in older books. Trying to keep the little in this girl has been a challenge, but it is also fun reading with her! These books are great for Elementary kids, but older kids and tweens can more fully appreciate their deeper meanings. Also, I added a Geronimo Stilton to the list because it is fun and engaging and you can turn conversations to Christ with it easily!
Related: 10 Creative Ways to Celebrate Easter
|Gardens of Easter by Arch Books |
A favorite for more than four decades, Arch Books captivate children with colorful pictures and creative poems.Each book presents a complete Bible story in a fun-to-read way children will understand and remember.Gardens of Easter tells the story of Easter as found in Genesis 3:1-15, Mark 14:32-41, John 19:38-41 and John 20:1-18. And in that dark Gethsemane, Our Savior was betrayed. Soldiers came and arrested Him. It had to be that way.
|The Story for Children |
While tweens are mature, they are not quite ready to give up pictures in books. That is why I love the Easter story from The Story for Children for Tweens.With sweeping brush strokes, God painted his creation across the emptiness. “Let there be light,” he called into the darkness, and a sweep of brightness blazed across the blank canvas.The Story for Children isn’t just another collection of Bible stories—it’s The Story—the big picture of God’s enormous love for his children!
|The Treasure of Easter Island by Geronimo Stilton |
(There are fun themes throughout this book that can be talked through with tweens. Plus – this age group needs books that are fun!)Each Geronimo Stilton book is fast-paced, with lively full-color art and a unique format kids 7-10 will love.Holey cheese — my sister, Thea, was in danger! She had traveled to Easter Island in search of a secret treasure, and now she needed my help. There was no time to lose! My friends and I hopped on a plane to begin our search, aided by a map and a mysterious riddle. What an exciting adventure!
|Good Good Father by Christ Tomlin|
You’ve heard a thousand stories of what the good King is like. Now discover His great love for your child!With whimsical art created by Lorna Hussey, this precious story will leave children, young and old, reassured that God is a good, good Father, and they are loved by Him.While the book looks ideal for younger children, it has symbolism and deeper meaning that are fun to dissect with tweens!
|The Story of the Easter Robin by Dandi Daley Mackall |
In the center of the nest lay one perfect egg, the color of a spring sky. The father robin sat on a branch nearby, guarding his family.Robins have built a nest on the window ledge at Grandmother’s house! Tressa is thrilled―and concerned. What will happen to the sky-blue egg laid by the mother robin?As more eggs appear, Tressa witnesses the daily drama of the robins’ nest and learns how God cares for all creatures.
Besides watching the birds, there are Easter eggs to color.
|The Lion Storyteller Easter Book by Bob Hartman |
(I haven’t read this book yet but it’s on my list!)Following the tried and tested formula of his earlier Lion Storyteller titles, Bob Hartman retells a selection of Easter stories in his own inimitable style. This collection of 23 stories includes the key Bible accounts of the events of the first Easter from Palm Sunday through to Jesus’ resurrection, encounters with his friends and followers, and the ascension.
Easter Books for Elementary Age Kids
I think the reason there are sooooo many books about Easter books for elementary age kids is that they are so fun and colorful! Of course, we have a dozen or so but not all books about Easter or for Easter are created equally. So here are our favs.
|The Story of Easter – Gwen Ellis |
An age-appropriate retelling of the Easter story covers key elements about Jesus’s final week and resurrection, from His triumphant entry on Palm Sunday and His condemnation to His appearances before the disciples and His ascension.
|The Easter Story by Patricia Pingry |
This is a simple retelling of the Easter story with beautiful illustrations. Our family loves reading it over and over again!
|The Parable of the Lily by Liz Curtis Higgs |
Liz Curtis Higgs is a masterful storyteller who creates magical characters and brings them into the light of Christ.In this tale, Maggie, the farmer’s youngest daughter, loves getting gifts, especially mysterious ones. One wintry day, she receives a package in the mail. She excitedly opens the package to find a bulb buried in a crate of dirt. This was not what Maggie expected . . . Until she walks outside on Easter morning and finds …
|Humphrey’s First Palm Sunday – Carol Heyer |
More than thirty years after the events of Humphrey’s First Christmas, Humphrey is at the back of a traveling caravan, thinking up ways to become the leader of the pack. As the caravan makes its way to Jerusalem, they witness Jesus entering the city. Humphrey is delighted to see Jesus, now a grown man, and remembers the child to whom he gave his blanket all those years ago in Bethlehem. Beautiful and engaging, this book is a wonderful way to introduce the events of Palm Sunday.
|What is God Like? by Kathleen Long Bostrom |
Featuring the charming Little Blessings characters by Elena Kucharik, What Is God Like?Uses questions asked by children ages 3 to 6 to answer fundamental questions about who God is and what he is like. We love the Little Blessings series!
|llama llama Easter Egg by Ann Dewdney |
In Llama Llama Easter Egg, the Easter Bunny brings lots of treats for Llama Llama: jelly beans, colorful eggs, and a fluffy surprise!This series is a fav of my elementary age children! They love Llama Llama and will read it over and over again giving us lots of chances to talk about how Easter is really about Jesus.
|The Biggest Easter Basket Ever by Steven Kroll |
Lovable Clayton and Desmond are back in this Easter companion to the bestselling book THE BIGGEST PUMPKIN EVER! As Mouseville prepares for a gala Easter celebration on the village green, complete with a biggest Easter Basket contest, two lovable mice learn a lesson in cooperation — and fun!
If you are looking for more fun and traditional easter stories, check out these:
|Happy Easter, Little Critters by Mercer Mayer |
Little Critter is very excited on Easter morning. He wakes up to find a present from Mom and Dad—a bunny named Egg. But there is much to be done before Little Critter can go out and play. Join Little Critter as he makes Easter baskets and cards, paints Easter eggs, and more. Lift the flaps and find out what Easter surprises are in store.
|Easter Sunday – The Berenstain Bears by Mike Berenstain |
The Bear Family, all of their friends and family, and even the nature all around them get dressed in their Easter best for an Easter Sunday celebration at the Chapel in the Woods. Join Mama, Papa, Brother, sisters and Honey as they go to services, have an Easter treasure hunt, and learn what Easter is all about.
Easter Books for Preschool
Note that many Easter books for preschool-age children are amazing for Elementary kids. You will read these to your 3-5-year-old while 6-10-year-olds will be able to read many themselves which always enhances the experience.
|God Gave Us Easter by Lisa Tawn Bergren |
This is the point of it all…
“God loved us so much he wanted us to always be with him too. That’s why God knew he’d need to give us Easter.”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.
|Easter Surprise by Vicki Howie |
For ages 2 to 5, this book tells the story of Jesus’ death and victorious resurrection in simple text and engaging illustrations. Questions are included to get the child involved in the story. An extra feature — durable flaps to lift that reveal more of the story — adds more information in the form of visuals to reinforce the facts of Good Friday and Easter.
|The Donkey that No One Could Ride by Anthony DeStefano |
“… You will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden.”Bestselling author Anthony DeStefano begins his creative telling of the beloved Bible story of Christ’s triumphant entry by introducing the young donkey who has yet to realize his important mission. The lowly creature believes he can do nothing noble, but that’s before he meets the Master…
Or you may enjoy more traditional Easter books like:
|The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story by Mike Berenstain |
The Bear cubs are candy-crazy this Easter! But Missus Ursula and some Sunday school students tell the cubs about Jesus’s resurrection and show them that salvation is much sweeter than candy! Includes a sheet of colorful stickers!
|An Easter Gift for Me by Crystal Bowman |
In Easter Gift for Me, Jesus comes to Earth to teach people about God. “But some of the people did not understand the way Jesus fit into God’s special plan.” He died on a cross, and that was sad. But he came alive again and lives in heaven today! And he is there and waiting for us to join him.
|What is Easter by Michelle Medlock Adams |
An engaging introduction to the true meaning of Easter, now in a new, convenient size. Michelle Medlock Adams’ warm, humorous text lists all of the things that Easter might be about, only to conclude that it is truly about celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus, our Savior. Through the whimsical art and rhyming, fun-to-read verse, even the youngest child will come to understand what Easter is.
|Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam by Hans Wilhelm |
This is a book that has been passed down in our family and we LOVE it! The stories are so appropriate for Easter time.From acclaimed author and illustrator Hans Wilhelm comes a charming picture book for children. Beautifully illustrated and based on the well-known hymn, this book will be read again and again.
What Are Your Favorite Books About Easter?
Of all these books about Easter, my favorites are:
Do you have favorites that didn’t make it to my list? Drop them in the comments so we can check them out.
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