Easter story books for kids, toddlers, preschoolers and babies can help teach young children the true and real meaning of Easter celebrations in a fun, interactive and educational way. Easter Sunday, known amongst many Christians as Resurrection Day or Resurrection Sunday, is a religious celebration of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and ascent into heaven to sit at the Father’s right hand.
Ask a child or young person what Easter is and what Easter is really about and you will likely receive a variety of answers that may or may not be true, at least not an explanation or definition of the real origin and meaning of Easter as a Holy Christian holiday. Kids of all ages can tell you about many of the secular customs and traditions, such as the Easter Bunny and Easter baskets, egg hunts, candy and treats etc.
Teaching the Easter Story to Children
Some kids might be able to explain how every year on Easter Sunday their whole family attends church services together of one religious denomination or another in observance of Easter. For some children, in varying age groups, Easter means nothing but dressing up and fun and games and planned activities with families.
Some kids today are completely oblivious to what Easter really means, including older children of Christian parents who regularly attend church services, or at least consider themselves to be devout Christian believers even if they are not associated with a specific religion or church organization.
As a parent, I find this very sad. There are many ways to teach children the story of Easter and the resurrection of Jesus Christ in an interactive, engaging, fun manner kids will enjoy. If you do an online search for “interactive Easter story”, you will find a plethora of websites offering free downloadable/printable Easter stories, coloring pages, games and various holiday-related activities for kids.
As much I might like to recommend, suggest or link directly to some of them for my reader’s benefit, I am not inclined to put my faith in or trust websites I’m not personally familiar with and that might put my readers at risk of possible computer viruses. Which, by the way, is the exact reason why I do not provide printable downloads or PDF files from my own site.
Visitors arriving on this site searching Easter-related topics or other subjects have no way of knowing with 100% certainty that it is safe to download and print such things, so it doesn’t make much sense to bother setting that up.
I’m quite familiar with a very popular way of teaching kids about Easter called Resurrection Eggs, which are plastic Easter eggs with various religious symbols inside each egg to help kids learn the story of Easter and are used by parents, Sunday School teachers and others. The idea originated with a children’s book called Benjamin’s Box: The Story of the Resurrection Eggs by Melody Carlson.
There are tons of articles online with directions on how to make your own Resurrection Eggs set for kids that are easy to follow and require no downloading at all. If you are inclined to make yourself a do-it-yourself set of these Easter eggs as a way of helping children learn the story about Easter, Jesus, the Resurrection etc, just do a search for “how to make resurrection eggs” or check out the how-to demonstration videos on YouTube. If making or buying a set of resurrection eggs helps in the teaching process with little kids, then by all means try it out and see what you think.
Easter Stories For Children
There are many picture books, “board books” and Easter story books for babies to preschool age kids, as well as books about Easter for 4-8 year old children and up. There is certainly nothing wrong with these children’s books at all, don’t get me wrong. Many of them are telling great Easter-type stories just for the fun of reading, versus Religious/Christian Easter stories that actually explain the Christian, spiritual and religious aspects about Easter and Jesus Christ and His resurrection from the dead (regardless of a person’s religious affiliation or membership).
Being a Christian believer, a non-church attending Christian, it makes no difference to me whatsoever what methods are used to teach kids about Jesus, Easter, God, or any other religious or spiritual subject matter. But I do believe children need to be taught these things somehow. I am spiritual but not religious, in the strict sense of the word “religious”.
I rarely ever share my personal beliefs of a “religious” or spiritual nature on this blog, other than to say that I am amongst many people who do not attend church services and for very good reasons, and to answer reader email questions about Christian parenting of adult children on some occasions. I’ve received occasional emails from subscribed readers and visitors asking me to write more articles of a Christian nature, but I’m very hesitant to do so.
To me, teaching kids about God and his son Jesus is a very personal thing for parents, and it has nothing to do with being a member of a church or religion. Nor am I interested in debating the subject of religion and spirituality and the differences between the two. I believe in the Bible as the inspired word of God, but I also understand there are many ways to teach kids the Bible, including the use of a variety of books as helpful aids and being a good role model.
Parents are responsible in the eyes of the Almighty God to teach their children all about Him, and if reading a variety of children’s Easter books helps in that effort, than I see that as a very good thing.