Carol has discovered several Easter books that will tell the story and delight your children in the telling. — Nancy

 

Young children, ages 2 to 4, love learning their colors. They will be delighted with My Easter Basket: The True Story of Easter by Mary Manz Simon, illustrated by Angelika Scudamore and published by B&H Kids (2016). This board book uses the colors that could be found in an Easter basket to tell the Easter story. The author begins with green for the palm branches and follows with red, brown, blue, purple, orange and yellow. Dr. Simon ends with yellow, relating it to sunshine and Jesus, God’s son.

My Easter Basket: The True Story of Easter has a gentle rhyme which guides the reader from page to page and adds to the flow of the story. Watercolor illustrations with sparkles capture the joy of Easter in a unique way. My Easter Basket will help young children look at Easter and their Easter baskets with different eyes and understand the true story of Easter.

Another book for young children not to be missed is My Very First Easter Playtime by Lois Rock, illustrated by Alex Ayliffe and published by Lion Hudson (2014). For children ages 3 to 5, My Very First Easter Playtime is an activity and sticker book. Children will hurry to put each sticker in its right place.

The Legend of the Sand Dollar, written by Chris Auer, illustrated by Rick Johnson and published by Zonderkidz (2013) will enrich and bless older children, ages 4 to 8.

In this story children will discover more than the delights of nature. They will learn how nature tells of the wonders of God. It begins with Kerry and her older sister going to visit their cousin, Jack. On the beach they find a sand dollar. On one side Kerry sees the impression of an Easter lily. Jack tells her the legend of Jesus being alive. She wonders about the sand dollar’s five holes and he explains they are for the four nails and spear that pierced Jesus’ side. Jack continues to use the sand dollar to tell the story of God’s love.

Kerry begins to look at the sand dollar with different eyes, with eyes that see the true meaning of Easter. Who would have guessed that God would use the sand dollar to tell of His greatest gift, Jesus, God’s Son? The book ends with a poem, whose author is unknown, about the legend of the sand dollar.

With their soft look, Johnson’s excellent watercolors bring the story of the sand dollar to life.

(Zonderkidz reissued this lovely story by Chris Auer in 2017 with new illustrations by Richard Cowdrey.)

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.

Nancy Ellen Hird is a mom, a writer and a credentialed teacher. (She taught seventh grade and preschool.)  Her latest work for children is We All Get a Clue, a mystery novel for girls 10-13. It is the second book in the series that began with I Get a Clue. For several years she was a freelance reviewer of children’s and teen’s literature for the Focus on the Family website.

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