In addition to children's books for Easter, this roundup includes children's bible stories, bedtime stories and bibles that entertain and teach the Christian message of cross and salvation in words and pictures young children understand.
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"The Rhyme Bible: Storybook for Toddlers," by LJ Sattgast, Illustrated by Laurence-Cleyeet Merle, Zonderkidz Board Book—2014, 40 Pages, Ages 4-8, 978-0310730163, $9.99
This sturdy, toddler-sized collection introduces youngsters to Bible stories with colorful pictures and lighthearted rhyme. The simple narratives feature a rhyming, sing-along cadence children enjoy. For example:
"The shepherd ran to see him.
They knelt and bowed their heads
For Jesus was the Son of God.
Upon a manger bed."
Ten classic stories, retold in rhyme, feature narratives of creation, Noah's Ark, Moses, Christ's resurrection and more. The attractive, inexpensive book is an excellent choice to read, exciting and memorable Bible stories to little ones.
Pups of the Spirit, by Jill Gorey & Nancy Haller, Zonderkidz Hardcover—2014, Ages 4-8, 978-0310730613, $15.99
Children are introduced to the spiritual gifts and what they mean with nine super cute, playful, cuddly puppies who portray one of the gifts from 1 Corinthians 12. From Frankie's faith, to Pete's peace, Max's love, Peanut's patience, Goose's goodness, Kay's kindness, Squeaky's self-control and Gigi's gentleness.
These romping puppies will bring smiles, laughter and clapping hands, each ones antics representing what the "Fruit of the Spirit" really means. "Pups of the Spirit" is a fantastic teaching tool children will long remember.
One Lost Sheep, by Rhonda Gowler Greene, Illustrated by Margaret Spengler, Zonderkidz, 2013, 32 Pages, Ages 4-8, 978-0310731788, $9.99
This cute story retells the well-known parable of the lost sheep and the Shepherd who finds the missing sheep from Luke 15:1-7. The story captures youngsters attention with rhythmical rhyme from the very first lines:
"White and wooly, hungry sheep grazing by a mountain, steep.
Shepherd watching them with care, guards each one from beast and bear."
This creative narrative entertains and teaches youngsters God will never desert them and will even leave the "99" just to find them. What a precious teaching for anyone, young or old.
"My Bedtime Story Bible," by Jean E. Syswerda, Illustrated by Daniel Howarth, Zonderkidz Hardcover, 2014, 120 Pages, Ages 4-8, 978-0310739753, $9.99
This sturdy, hardcover story book perfect for babies through pre-school age, features twenty-eight loved bible stories, twenty-one from the Old Testament and seven from the new Testament. Simple, four page narratives encourage sweet dreams as children snuggle into the covers prepared to listen.
Stories begin with Adam and Eve and end with Paul singing in jail with stories of Moses, Noah, David, Elijah and more sandwiched in between. Narratives of Jesus include His birth, the shepherds visit, calming the sea, and feeding thousands with "five loaves and two fish."
The author suggests personalizing story time by talking with your child about the story and looking at the colorful illustrations together. Stories end with a "Tuck in" feature that encourage children to talk to God in prayer.
This is an excellent choice for families with young children or as an inexpensive gift to expecting moms or young parents .
Noah and the Mighty Ark, by Rhonda Gowler Greene, Illustrated by Margaret Spengler, Zonderkidz, Releases April 22, 2014, 32 Pages, Ages 4-8, 978-0310732174, $9.99
Youngsters will love the sweet story of Noah, the ark and the animals that find Noah and his family hurrying to finish as Noah's sons walk the gangplank filling the "ark by night and by day."
Soon God said, "When you're through, bring the creatures two by two."
Margaret Spangler's whimsical and colorful illustrations add to the rhyming text for children's enjoyment, along with the charming story sounds of buzzing bees and animals. I'm sure youngsters will quickly imitate the story sounds and frequently ask for Noah's story to be read again and again.
101 Bible Stories From Creation to Revelation, Illustrated by Dan Andreasen
Zonderkidz, Hardcover, 2014, 224 pages, 978-0310740643, $12.99
This collection of Bible stories could be used for all ages, but is "perfect for independent readers." Stories are one-page in length for a quick story time or quick read for children ages 6-10, throughout the day or at bedtime.
Stories begin with creation and end with "Jesus is Coming Back." The colorful illustrations of the main character or event, featured on the opposite page enhance the narratives, engage children's imaginations and bring stories to life.
The split index features Old Testament stories such as Adam, Eve, Noah and the flood, Moses, David, Goliath and many more. The New Testament stories include Bethlehem's manger scene, Jesus' baptism, the parable of the lost lamb, Jesus' return and more.
From the durable hard cover, to the beautiful illustrations of positive refreshing Bible stories, this well-done Bible story collection is destined to become children's favorite book.
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Pups of the Spirit, by Jill Gorey & Nancy Haller
'God gave each puppy a gift of its own, and PUPS OF THE SPIRIT is how they are known!' Peanut is patient, and Kay is so kind. Each of these nine loveable puppies has a special trait to help them grow closer to God. From love and joy to patience and kindness, children will have fun learning about the fruits of the spirit with these playful and cuddly companions.
The Rhyme Bible: Storybook for Toddlers, by LJ Sattgast, Illustrated by Laurence-Cleyeet Merle
The fun-time, anytime, read-aloud Bible rhyme! Boys and girls love the soothing sounds of rhyme. Now toddlers have a rhyming Bible created just for them! From the story of creation to the resurrection of Jesus, this is the perfect choice for parents who want to introduce their toddlers to the Word of God. Joyful pictures and classic stories told in vivid verse make this a sure favorite that will entertain your young ones and teach them biblical lessons that last a lifetime.
One Lost Sheep, by Rhonda Gowler Greene, Illustrated by Margaret Spengler
'Step, step, step up mountain, steep. Where, oh where, is that lost sheep?' The faithful shepherd counts his 100 sheep and realizes that one of them is missing! Under brambles, behind rocks, the shepherd looks until he finds it again. Children will delight in this fun and engaging tale as they learn that God, like the faithful shepherd, will never let them stray.
My Bedtime Story Bible, by Jean E. Syswerda, Illustrated by Daniel Howarth
"My Bedtime Story Bible" focuses not only on biblical characters and stories, but also on the quiet times of those characters before sleep. Parents will enjoy reading "My Bedtime Bible Story" to their children just before bed. And children will enjoy hearing stories about bible characters and the truths they can learn from them---all in a manner that promotes quiet, settled moments rather than noisy, busy times.
Noah and the Mighty Ark, by Rhonda Gowler Greene & Margaret L. Spengler
Noah built the mighty ark. Then he called creatures that 'crept or crawled or hopped or flew or stomped or tromped, or s-s-slithered too.' Children will love hearing how Noah comforts all the animals on their journey. And parents will easily get into the rhyme and rhythm of this delightfully told Bible story.
101 Bible Stories From Creation to Revelation, Illustrated by Dan Andreasen
101 Bible Stories from Creation to Revelation brings together 101 of the most well-known and beloved Bible stories. Written for young independent readers and with colorful artwork, this storybook Bible is sure to become a favorite. Each story is one page in length and features a picture depicting the main character or event of the story. Both story and artwork can also provide perfect springboards for further family or child and parent discussion of the rest of the story and its impact on our faith.
The Sparkle Egg, by Jill Hardie & Christine Kornacki
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A new Easter tradition from the author of "The Sparkle Box.
Easter is coming, and Sam loves Easter! But this year, he is upset about a lie he told his parents. Even though he apologized and they forgave him, Sam can't shake the feeling that he is a bad kid for what he did. Meanwhile, his parents help him make a special Easter craft called a Sparkle Egg. His mom tells him to write anything he feels sorry about or ashamed of on a piece of paper and put it inside his Sparkle Egg.
On Easter morning, when he opens his Sparkle Egg expecting a surprise, Sam finds that it is empty! His parents explain that because Jesus died and rose again, we are forgiven. Like the tomb that first Easter Day, Sam's egg is empty -- and Sam's wrongdoing is completely forgiven.
Here Comes Peter Cottontail: a Musical Board Book, by Steve Nelson & Jack Rollins, Illustrator Pamela Levy
A new format for a bestselling Easter music book.
This perennial Easter favorite has delighted children since Gene Autry first recorded the song in 1950. Since then, its popularity has increased, making Peter Cottontail one of the most recognized and beloved Easter characters ever created.
This bouncy, happy tune can be heard simply by pushing the sound button on this sturdy board book. The song plays once each time the button is pushed, and children and their parents will soon find themselves singing along. This delightfully illustrated combination of book and tune will practically leap off the shelves. Ages 2-5.
The Legend of the Easter Egg, by Lori Walburg, Illustrated by Richard Cowdrey
One April morning when the air was soft and sweet, a boy and his sister went outside to gather eggs.
'Easter's coming,' the sister said. 'Let's pretend we're hunting Easter eggs.' '
What are Easter eggs?' the boy asked.
When Thomas's older sister Lucy falls ill, Thomas goes to live with the Sonnemans in their candy shop. He gets to eat peppermint sticks, fill candy jars, and weigh chocolate on the tippy scales, but he misses Lucy. When Easter comes, Mrs. Sonneman gives Thomas his first chocolate egg and Thomas learns the true meaning behind Easter eggs, the empty tomb, and the hope found in Jesus.
This classic story of faith, love, and wonder is sure to be a treasured reminder of the miracle of Easter.
"The Easter Story for Children," by Max Lucado
Gather the family around for this beautiful retelling of the Easter story and watch Jesus' final days on earth come to life.
With more than 100 million products in print, Max Lucado is one of America's most widely read authors. He and his wife, Denalyn, live in San Antonio, Texas, where he serves the Oak Hills Church.
"The Story of the Easter Robin," by
In the center of the nest lay one perfect egg, the color of a spring sky. The father robin sat on a branch nearby, guarding his family. Tressa spotted raccoon tracks below and a blue jay eyeing the nest.
'Gran, how are we going to keep the egg safe?'
'We'll have to leave that one to the Creator,' Gran said.
Robins have built a nest on the window ledge at Grandmother's house! Tressa is thrilled---and concerned. What will happen to the sky-blue egg laid by the mother robin? As more eggs appear, Tressa witnesses the daily drama of the robins' nest and learns how God cares for all creatures. Besides watching the birds, there are Easter eggs to color.
And there is a very special story to hear---a tale of long ago about one small bird with a very big heart. How did the robin get its red breast? Tressa is about to find out as Gran tells her the story of the Easter robin. Brought to life with colorful, tender illustrations, "The Story of the Easter Robin" will captivate and teach your child about compassion and faith.
God Gave Us Easter, by Lisa Tawn Bergren, Illustrated by Laura J Bryant
"God loved us so much he wanted us to always be with him too. That’s why God knew he’d need to give us Easter.”
As Little Cub celebrates Easter with Papa, Mama, and her brother and sister, she begins to ask her papa questions about this very special day of the year. Papa lovingly explains God’s plans for his children, while taking Little Cub on a memorable walk through her stunning Arctic world, and he shares how Easter came about in clear, simple terms that even the littlest cubs can understand.