Reshelving Alexandria's Easter Book List
Our Easter book list is a combination of Christian holy observances and bunnies who bring chocolate.
In short- there’s a book for everyone and the majority are available to be read for free on Internet Archive!
Colossians 1:13-14: "God has rescued us from the power of darkness and has brought us into the kingdom of the Son whom he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins."
Something Better Coming by Megan Saben
I (Ambre) was recently gifted a copy of this book to review. I was struck by how much of Jesus’ life was marked by death and resurrection and how shocking it would have been to his followers when they saw him die and felt that was the end. A beautiful hope filled book told in verse.
The First Easter Rabbit by Hertha Pauli
This imaginative tale of why the Easter Rabbit offers his basket full of eggs on Easter morning goes back in time to when Brother Francis of Assisi visits an island where animals fellowship with God before Easter.
Peter's First Easter by Walter Wangerin
A powerful believable book that captures the last week of Jesus’ life is given through Peter’s perspective. This is a verbose picture book that allows the reader to gain a glimpse into the emotions felt by Peter through the events of Holy Week.
Easter Fires by Wilma Pitchford Hays
This is a unique Easter story of how the Indian custom of lighting bonfires at Easter Eve began.
Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco
Polacco weaves a beautiful story about the family we choose and the desire to love them unconditionally.
The Bunny Who Found Easter by Charlotte Zolotow
In his search to find Easter, Bunny travels through all the seasons to discover that Easter can be found in the season of spring. Being a Charlotte Zolotow title, it has different illustrators for the different printings. Be sure you like the illustrations before purchasing.
The Easter Bunny That Overslept by Otto Friedrich, Priscilla Friedrich
No child wants Easter eggs on Mother’s Day (or any other holiday) but they will celebrate when Santa finds a gift to help the Easter Bunny with getting the eggs delivered on the right day. The illustrations are everything and we strongly recommend tracking down the original illustrations as pictured.
The Chocolate Rabbit by Maria Claret
Mishaps can inspire the perfect opportunity to create new ideas. We recommend the unabridged editions, not the abridged 1985 travesty.
The Country Bunny and The Little Gold Shoes by Du Bose Heyward
A timeless classic tells the story of how one hard working and patient mother bunny becomes the most important Easter bunny of all.
The Donkey Who Carried a King by R. C. Sproul
The bored, unhappy donkey named Davey gets chosen for an important task. This book challenges young and old alike to follow in the calling of being a servant.
Easter by Jan Pienkowski
A clear and meaningful telling of the last week of Jesus’s life. Scripture text selected from The New King James Bible. This is one of Ambre’s favorites to read throughout the week leading up to Easter.
The Easter Egg Artists by Adrienne Adams
A creative family of rabbits allow their son the room to grow into his artistic style. They soon discover that his style is appreciated most of all.
Easter Treat by Roger Duvoisin
Santa disguises himself to be able to enjoy the spring blossoms found at Easter but his familiarity ruins his disguise. A delightful little humorous read.
A Look-Inside Easter Egg by Pamela Bianco
A charming book of a girl’s search for the Easter rabbit. The story includes sweet moments of forgiveness after hidden mistakes were revealed. A lovely Victorian read.
The Story of Easter by Aileen Fisher (previously titled A Crowell Holiday Book - Easter)
World-wide celebration of spring time through the ages including the story of Jesus are told in this thoughtful book.
The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt
The Easter story told through a unique viewpoint that will leave the reader reflecting how no contribution is minor and all have a purpose.
Easter by Cass R. Sandak
There are numerous different religious Easter related words that children will hear around the holiday. This book thoroughly defines them and simplifies what can feel complex.
Lilies, Rabbits, and Painted Eggs : The Story of the Easter Symbols by Edna Barth
A thorough explanation of customs from throughout the world of the Easter season.
Easter Around the World by Shannon Knutsen
What is Easter? Descriptions of the holiday’s observations in Sweden, Ethiopia, Russia, Egypt, Mexico, Philippines, Colombia, and Germany.
Petook: The Rooster Who Met Jesus (previously titled Petook: an Easter Story) by Caryll Houselander and Tomie dePaola
A poignant story that arches from Jesus’ childhood to his death on Calvary hill and resurrection three days later. So grateful that it’s back in print!
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