Monday, March 26, 2012

Books for Celebrating Easter: Part 1

I love Easter. It’s my favorite holiday. I like how we can celebrate it simply (not too much hoopla!) and then we can look forward to spring, lovely spring. What’s not to love?

Here are some Easter books to start our celebration. Next week there will be several more.

The Easter Story by Brian Wildsmith
Brian Wildsmith is one of my favorite writer-illustrators. This book is absolutely beautiful. It tells the story of the last days of Jesus' life, the crucifixion, and the resurrection, as seen through the eyes of a small donkey. It is a perfect read aloud book.

The Easter Egg Farm by Mary Jane Auch
Pauline the hen lays the most unusual eggs. Her owner, Mrs. Pennywort, thinks they're quite lovely so she encourages her. Together, they open an Easter egg farm.

Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco
Miss Eula and her 2 grandsons welcome the girl next store to Sunday dinner each week. To thank Miss Eula for her wonderful Sunday chicken dinners, the three children sell decorated Easter eggs to buy her a beautiful Easter hat. Patricia Polacco never fails.

Easter around the World by Shannon Knudsen, illustrated by David L. Erickson
I knew there were lots of Christmas traditions around the world, but I’d never thought about different Easter traditions. This book describes how Christians in 8 different countries celebrate Easter. Interesting! This is part of the On My Own Holidays series.

The Best Easter Egg Hunt Ever by John Speirs
Along the same lines as the Where’s Waldo books, readers are invited to search for Easter eggs and other Easter symbols in pictures crowded with details. Challenging!

Miz Fannie Mae’s Fine New Easter Hat by Melissa Milich, illustrated by Yong Chen [sorry no link available]
This book starts as a lovely family story about a young girl who helps her Daddy buy a new Easter hat for her mama. It takes a delightful turn during the Easter morning church service. I didn’t see it coming!

Minerva Louise and the Colorful Eggs by Janet Morgan Stoeke
What happens when the hen Minerva Louise discovers eggs that are NOT the normal egg color? Bewilderment and concern. This book has some quite funny moments. I have to quote what she reports to her hen friends. “I’m finding eggs outside, and some of them are so cold they’re turning blue.”

Do you have any favorite Easter books? Write them in the Comments Box!

This week's free story from Bob Brooks is Sick Chipmunks.

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