As I began to write An Expectant Easter, I knew that one of the very first things I needed to do was gather the best of the best Easter picture books. I scoured blogs, asked my friends in my Instagram stories, and searched online. Easter books by the dozens came into my home and I read each and every one.
Whether you plan to use An Expectant Easter or not, these 12 picture books will bring joy and meaning to your Easter season. Some are Christ-centered, some are full of bunnies and eggs, and some celebrate various cultures and Easter traditions. All of them are filled with lovely words and illustrations.
Here are my top 4:
The Legend of the Easter Robin by Dandi Daley Mackall
The Legend of the Easter Robin is a sweet story told by a grandmother to her granddaughter of a robin who saw Jesus struggling and soared to help him. This story reminds Christians everywhere how much Jesus sacrificed for us and how much he loves us.
The Tale of Three Trees retold by Angela Elwell Hunt
This story tells of three trees who all have dreams of what they want to become. One tree wants to be a treasure chest, the second desires to be a ship that carries kings, and the last wants to stay and grow tall to point to heaven. They all become various things that are a part of the story of Jesus' birth, life, and death, but I won't give it all away. It's a must read!
Easter in the Garden by Pamela Kennedy
This story creatively retells the first Easter as seen through a child's eyes. It tells of the story of a young boy who observed Jesus on the cross, as well as the resurrection. He has conversations with his mother about what he sees and what it means.
The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross by Karl Laferton
This book is a beautiful and creative gospel presentation that focuses on Jesus' redemption for our sin. Children will learn why Jesus died and rose again and why that’s the best news ever.
In addition to the 12 Easter picture books, I also included links to YouTube read-alouds for each book, which is really helpful if you can't source them. I hope you enjoy these books as much as we do!
An Expectant Easter is a 3-week, gospel-centered, Charlotte Mason-inspired curriculum designed with your whole family in mind. It’s an invitation to gather your family to center your hearts on what Easter is all about. You can purchase An Expectant Easter below: