The joy of Easter is coming. Here are some of Carol Green’s picks for Easter books for little ones. — Nancy

Easter Surprise was written by Vicki Howie and illustrated by Moira MacLean. It was published by Concordia Publishing House in 2006.

This lift-the-flap book begins with two strangers coming to a farm house door. They ask to use a donkey. The child lifts the flap of a door. The strangers promise to bring the donkey home. Next the child travels to Jerusalem where palm branches are waving for Jesus, the King. Each page has an interesting reason for the child to lift a flap and see the surprise. The story progresses until Easter morning when Jesus is risen. The author handles the betrayal of Judas in a unique way.

The colorful illustrations realistically depict people of Middle-Eastern ethnicity, adding to the sense of accuracy in this telling of Jesus’ days from Palm Sunday until Easter Sunday.

Though a board book, Easter Surprise could be used nicely for family devotions during Easter week. Younger children will be excited to lift the flap while an older child or parent reads the page.

Note: Carol also likes three other board books about Easter–My Easter Basket: And the True Story of Easter, An Easter Gift for Me and The Easter Story. You can find her comments at Easter Books for Little Ones.

Carol Green, a graduate of Northwestern, is the mother of three adult children. Her five grandchildren affectionately call her “Grams cracker.” She is the published author of many poems for both adults and children; three coloring books: God Gave Me Five, ABC Fun Book, and Color God’s World Bright; and the picture book: My Mom Loves Me.