Easter is just around the corner and I try to add a book to my kids Easter baskets every year. So I thought I would share with you some of my family’s favorites! Because it is Easter I am only including faith based books in this post. (Also the post would be waaaay to long for all of them that we read) Also as a side note, I look for cute picture books. Several years ago I read an article about how children will spend hours looking at pictures and noticing all the details. So I try to keep that in mind when I am picking out a children’s book.
God Bless You Books
At the top of my list is the God Bless you Books by Hannah C. Hall.
When Kendrick was born I bought a new book for Kaylyn to help her as she would be spending a few days at Grandma’s house. It was God Bless You & Good Night by Hannah C. Hall. I loved the idea of the book and when I opened it up for the first time, I fell in love with the pictures. There is also a small animal reoccurring on each page that is doing something different!
This was just the beginning of her books. You can now purchase: God Bless our Easter, God Bless our Fall, God Bless our Country, God Bless our Christmas, God bless our Baby (this one talks about adding a new family member!), and God Bless My Friends! Each book is a rhyme and has some adorable animal pictures. We own several of these books and my kids love all of them!
Faith Hope and Love
Next is the Faith Hope and Love Series by Amy Parker. These are a three-book set that is beautifully illustrated, and focus on each of these words from I Corinthians 13:13: How Far is Faith?, How High is Hope?, and How Big is Love? Amy has also put out a devotional book that goes with this series. I am looking forward to reading it with my kids this year. (As this is going to be in one of their Easter Baskets – sshh! no telling)
Amy Parker is also the author of many more children’s books. While I have not read them, I would encourage you to check them out!
Berenstain Bears Living Lights
I grew up reading the Berenstain Bears. I remember owning one book that I read over and over. However, it was not until my husband worked for the publisher that I discovered their Living Lights Series. Stated on the back of their books it says,” Living Lights Berenstain Bear books help children learn how God wants them to live every day.” How can you argue with that? They cover many different topics.
They have seasonal ones for most holidays, and more that talk about helping others, forgiving, not being afraid, etc. A few of our favorites are The Berenstain Bears Learn to Share, Hurry to Help, Discover God’s Creation, and Do Their Best. But there are SO MANY more. They even have a Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible. You can find them at Barnes & Nobles as well as on Amazon.
Christian Mother Goose
The last one that I am going to mention today is, The Christian Mother Goose Book of Nursery Rhymes by Marjorie Ainsborough Decker. The author takes the traditional nursery rhymes and adds to them. For example: “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall; Humpty Dumpty shouted, “Amen!” God can put me together again.” These are really cute little rhymes that I think are so fun for children!
These books can be bought on Amazon. They have a website too, but it does not have any books posted there at this time. www.christianmothergoose.com
One other neat thing with this title is the audio disc called Christian Mother Goose® Land Musical Adventure. It is full of songs and a fun storyline. I think my favorite is about the spider who listened to Miss Muffet pray. I have the CD, but also play it from my Spotify App. It is one of my kids’ favorite to listen too. They will sit down and look at the book, and often I hear them singing the rhymes that they have learned. Highly recommend!
I hope that you find this helpful and are able to add one or two of these to your library. Please feel free to share with me some of your favorites as well!