9 Best Easter Read Alouds for Kids: Christ Centered Books

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The Best Easter Read Alouds for kids organized in columns displaying each favorite children's book for easter with fun and colorful font and a watercolor painted cross and easter eggs.

Easter Read Alouds for Kids. This book list is full of our favorite Easter Read Alouds that are theologically sound with beautiful illustrations. These picture books help to celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Welcome Easter with a beautifully sound story from this list of Easter Books For Kids!

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9 Best Easter Read Alouds for Kids

1. The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross by Carl Lafterton

The presentation of the gospel is so simple and powerful in this beautifully illustrated book. I highly recommend this book not just for the Easter season but for all year. It is an illustrated overview of the bible from the garden to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

2. The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale retold by Angela Elwell Hunt

This is a lovely folktale about three trees growing and dreaming on the hillside together. Each tree has a dream to be something important. One day three woodcutters climb the hill. The trees are chopped down and collected for different purposes. The first becomes a manger for animals which one day holds “the greatest treasure of the world.” The second tree becomes a fishing vessel that carries Jesus when he calms the storm. The third tree becomes the cross upon which Jesus is crucified. This is a great book for Easter story time.

3. That Grand Easter Day! by Jill Roman Lord

This Easter book narrates the story of Christ’s Resurrection in a rhyme that unfolds verse by verse, mirroring the structure of the well-known nursery rhyme, “The House that Jack Built.” The verses build upon each other and have a repetitive pattern great for little readers who thrive on predictability.

4. The Donkey Who Carried a King by R. C. Sproul

The tale begins with a young boy feeling upset as he is always chosen last by his friends during games. His Grandpa offers a new perspective by sharing a story about a donkey that carried a king. A young donkey named Davey felt bored because he was never given any significant tasks. One day, Davey was chosen for a special duty to carry King Jesus into Jerusalem. Davey felt proud and believed he should only be assigned important tasks, becoming disgruntled with everyday chores from his master. However, witnessing angry people forcing Jesus to carry a heavy beam changed Davey’s view on servitude on that terrible day.

5. A Very Happy Easter by Tim Thornborough

In this retelling of the Easter story, the tale is interactive as children are instructed to copy the expressions. They learn that when Jesus died and rose again, His friends experienced fear, sadness, surprise, and joy.

6. Easter is Coming! by Tama Fortner

In this sweet retelling, a mother shares the biblical Easter story with her children. She recounts the poignant events of betrayal, crucifixion, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, always emphasizing the hopeful message, “But Easter is coming!”

7. Holy Week: An Emotions Primer

This board book introduces young children to many emotions as they follow Jesus through Holy Week. The illustrations are bright and bold. This is a primer, which means the book focuses on teaching children about one subject, in this case, its emotions such as joy, anger, sadness, and fear.

8. God’s Big Promises: Easter for Little Ones

This Easter board book is perfect for ages 0-3 filled with simple language to introduce young children to the events of Easter. It’s adapted from the storybook bible “God’s Big Promises.”

9. Jesus Rose for Me by Jared Kennedy

This board book is ideal for toddlers and preschoolers to grasp the significance of Easter. It starts with Palm Sunday and concludes with the resurrection of Jesus, highlighting Jesus as our king and that whoever trusts in Him is part of His forever family.

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Thanks for Stopping By!

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– With Great Joy, Katie


The Best Easter Read Alouds for kids organized in columns displaying each favorite children's book for easter with fun and colorful font and a watercolor painted cross and easter eggs.

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