I’ve compiled a list of Easter books and books about the life of Christ. I’ve chosen ones that are both beautiful and well written. Of course, this is just a sampling, so please share any other favorite Easter titles and I’ll add them to the list.
The first Easter Day by Jill Roman Lord-A great beginner book that tells the Easter story from multiple perspectives. For toddlers and is a touch and feel book.
Easter by Jan Pienkowski-My favorite retelling of the Passion week and Easter. The illustrator creates fantastic papercut silhouettes with excerpts from the Gospels. Ages 4 and up.
Easter Story by Brian Wildsmith Glorious watercolors with simple text, ages 3 and up.
The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Ellwell Hunt-This books tells the Easter story from the perspective of 3 trees in the forest who end of being the trees used to fashion the 3 crosses during Good Friday. For ages 4 and up.
God gave us Easter by Lisa Tawn Bergren-For preschoolers.
J is for Jesus by Debbie Trafton O’Neal-This alphabet book has simple text that highlights to chief concepts and characters in the Easter story. The illustrations depict a diversity of skin colors, which is a refreshing departure from many traditional bible stories. Ages 4-8 and includes activities to do as a family.
The Story of the Easter Robin by Dandi Daley Mackell -A little girl Tressa watches a robin’s egg in a nest and wonders how it will stay alive. Her Gran uses the story of Easter to help answer her questions. For ages 6-12.
The Donkey who carried a King by R.C. Sproul-This books tells the story of Palm Sunday and Passion Week from the perspective of Davey the Donkey who carries Jesus to Jerusalem. Delightful illustrations, for ages 6 and up.
Bunny’s First Spring by Sally Lloyd Jones-Although not explicitly stating the gospel, the author uses a story about new life and death in spring to mirror what Christ accomplished on Easter.
The Legend of the Sand Dollar by Chris Auer for ages 4 to 8.
Easter eggs for Anya by Virginia Kroll-For ages 4 and up.
These short, simple books are great for elementary readers, although the texts vary in quality. There are a ton on the life and death of Jesus.
Legend of Faith Comic Books
These comic books include several issues on the Easter story. For ages 8 and up.