Easter is one of my favorite times of the year. I love celebrating Jesus and His resurrected life. I appreciate how—symbolic of Jesus’ rebirth—the whole earth breaks forth in life, budding fresh and new from a frozen world stripped bare.
Easter gives us an opportunity to pause and reflect on the life of Christ. I love making Easter baskets for my children each year. Yes, I do add in candy and small personalized gifts, but the focus of each gift basket is a special book or video for my kids. John and I love giving Bibles or wonderful Christian books. This year I’ll be buying Easter baskets for both my children and grandchildren. (Yes, my oldest grandson is only 9 months younger than our youngest son!)
I love finding the perfect books, and here are a few I’m excited about.
FOR LITTLE ONES:
One Spring Lamb
This board book is perfect for my 2-year-old granddaughter Chloe. One of my favorite things to do when Chloe visits is read to her. One Spring Lamb is written and illustrated by Anne Vittur Kennedy. It’s a sweet rhyming and counting book that I know Chole will love. Here’s a sample:
One spring lamb, a sign of love,
One sun, bright and warm above.
Two white lilies dancing in the breeze,
Two new daffodils, pretty as you please.
Best of all, even though small ones can’t understand completely, One Spring Lamb gives us the opportunity to share about Jesus the lamb of God.
This book has some of the cutest illustrations I’ve ever seen. Written by Amy Warren Hilliker, Rick Warren’s daughter, each stanza conveys one of the five purposes from The Purpose-Driven Life. It’s a cute and cuddly board book that lets children know God made them solely for the purpose of loving them.
I’m getting this book for my 4-year-old grandson Clayton. Sample text says, “Little One, little do you know? / Do you know God loves you so?” This is exactly the message that I want Clayton to have buried deep in his heart.
FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:
The Joshua Code For Kids: 52 Devotions And Scriptures For Kids
I’m excited about Learn the Bible for my two 5-year-olds. This 52-week devotional for children is written by author Holly Hawkins Shivers. She adapted the gift book The Joshua Code (written by her father, O.S. Hawkins) into a devotional that will help kids learn and live the Scriptures. It’s a great resource for teaching kids to memorize Scripture AND learn important concepts. It’s designed for 52-weeks, but I can easily see us using this book in our homeschool.
I have six girls in a row, ages 5-15, and so we love pink. Even more than pink I love teaching my daughters how to be brave, confident followers of Jesus. Brave Girls Bible Stories is a full-color, illustrated Bible storybook. The author, Jennifer Gerelds, is the mother of four school-aged girls, which means she gets girls! The problem is that I’m not sure which of my daughters to give this book to. All our girls need to know that they are important to God, and He can use them to do mighty things. I’m excited about reading this book together with them!
FOR OLDER KIDS:
This Teen Edition is similar to the regular edition of Jesus Calling, but it’s more teen-friendly in style. I enjoyed this devotion last year, and I’m excited for my teen daughters to enjoy it too.
Other ideas …
In addition to the books and chocolates this year I’m going to write a personalized letter to each of my children. This letter will include encouragement for each of my kids and prayers. Like the books, it’ll be something my children will hold on to and treasure.