I’m usually on the ball with having great picture books to read during Advent, but this is the first year I’ve intentionally sought out Lent and Easter reads for the kids. So head on over to your local library and check ’em out!
1. Tomie dePaola’s Book of Bible Stories
Lent is a great time to read passages about the life of Jesus. We usually read a bit of the New Testament section of this gorgeous book each morning of Lent.
2. The Miracles of Jesus by Tomie dePaola
Another great one during Lent (I love that dePaola just quotes straight Scripture as the text.)
3. The Blackbird’s Nest: St. Kevin of Ireland by Jenny Shroedel
This was a new one for us and the only picture book I’ve found that references and takes place during the season of Lent. (St. Kevin holds a blackbird’s nest during the 40 days of Lent and then returns to his monastic community for Easter.)
4. The Colt and the King by Marni McGee
This is a great one to read on Palm Sunday.
5. The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt
I think this one is just beautiful. It’s about the trees who became the manger, the disciples’ boat, and the Cross.
6. A Tale for Easter by Tasha Tudor
I love Tasha Tudor and this book is just darling.
7. The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous
Pretty illustrations and a sweet little story.
8. The Easter Egg by Jan Brett
We are big fans of Jan Brett over here and these illustrations are to die for. Also, I absolutely love that the Easter Bunny’s little carriage is drawn by adorable chickens.
Does you have any favorites to read during Lent and Eastertide?
No joke, I was thinking about Easter baskets yesterday and decided that I’m only going to give my kids a book and a little bit a of candy and thought, “I don’t know of many good Easter books… I bet Haley has a list I need to check out.” And here it is! Thank you!
You always have such excellent children’s book recs! Thank you!
Ironically I posted my very own similar booklist today over on For the Family! You will see some overlap in our book choices! You can find our family’s favorites here:
And thanks for the Jan Brett title! We LOVE her books but have never come across this one. I just put it on hold at the library.
Erin @ Humble Handmaid says
Great ideas! I feel like I need to thank you for doing all of this legwork for us! 🙂
I have to recommend Rechenka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco. It is such a good book for kids at Easter time.
I love your seasonal booklists! My 4-year-old is really enjoying the beautiful pictures and asking TONS of great questions after reading Brian Wildsmith’s The Easter Story. I cannot recommend it highly enough for those who haven’t checked it out already! Thanks for the other great ideas:)
We just discovered “P. Zonka Lays an Egg” by Julie Paschkis. Gorgeous chicken illustrations and a lovely story about taking in the beauty of the world. It’s similar to Rechenka’s Eggs if you’re familiar with that book.
We really like Petook which is not written by Tomie de Paola but he is the illustrator. We also really like Rechenka’s Eggs, The Country Bunny as well as some of the ones you listed. We did find one this year at the library that surprised me but the illustrations were beautiful.. It’s called The Very First Easter by Paul L. Maier and it is a sort of dialogue between a father and son as they read through the story of the crucifixion. It brought up some good questions that my kids hadn’t asked yet.
I have a Lent and Easter book list as well! It’s in this post:
Thanks for these recs! I love Tomie DePaola, his stuff is wonderful! 🙂
Elizabeth @ Coppertop Kitchen says
I loved the Three Trees as a kid, and I totally forgot about it until I just read this! Thanks for the reminder! Can’t wait to read it to my girl 🙂
thanks for the recommendations!
Question on the first one listed, the Bible Stories book: is there a page that goes over John 6? I ask because the cover says it uses the NIV and I had another Protestant kids’ Bible stories book that addressed the last supper & John 6 in a very Protestant way (which was frustrating for me as I am working so hard to teach my 4 year old about the Eucharist). I threw away that book because I didn’t want it confusing him about the truth. I also took issue with the way baptism was treated in that book. Are there any picture-heavy/copy-light Bible stories books that are faithful to Catholic teaching that would be engaging for a 4 year old? Thanks much!
Haley, you always have such wonderful Catholic reads for your children! I know you guys do the library a lot but where do you buy them when you decide to build up your own home library? You mention giving the kiddos books for special liturgical holidays and such and so I was wondering if you normally just buy them on amazon or if you buy from somewhere else?
We do go to the library a lot, Hannah. But I love owning the books that we really enjoy, so I go to used bookstores to look for our favorite authors and then order occasionally on Amazon. 🙂
Mrs Gregory says
Petook is the ultimate Easter book for our family, though hard to find. We had to special order it from the UK.