Easter is more than Easter bunnies and candy. It is the most significant holiday for Christians as we celebrate the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
I find nothing wrong with Easter baskets filled to the brim with candy, however the one thing that every Easter Basket needs is a meaningful Christ themed book or Bible.
Easter Basket Books for Toddlers (ages 2-5)
It is never too early to start reading to your child about God. My children have had a heart for God at a very young age, my son accepted Jesus Christ as his savior at only 4 years old. Toddlers and preschoolers are so smart and understand a lot more than we give them credit.
I’ve received an assortment of books and Bibles from Zondervan to review and promote for this post.
Read and talk to your kids about God from the very beginning with lovely books like:
Adventure Bible for Little Ones is a padded board book Bible is designed for little ones with shorter stories to keep their attention, while still portraying the truth. The padded book makes it durable and safe for little hands to turn pages and ‘read’ to themselves too
All Aboard the Ark is a great book for kids as it tells the story of Noah’s Ark, a favorite among kids because of all of the animals. In this book, the animals tell the story, for a new point of view your kids will be sure to enjoy.
Snuggle Time Prayers by Glenys Nellist is a fantastic way to teach children how to pray. We’ve had similar books when my kids were young and used it as part of our joint prayer time together at night before bed.
Little One, God Loves You by Amy Warren Hilliker is a story book of God’s love for your child. The message is crucial, for everyone to know the love of God, even at an early age. This is a precious book with beautiful illustrations that you and your child will enjoy reading again and again.
Little Love Letters from God by Glenys Nellist is a book that allows you to personalize the message from 8 well known Bible stories to your child. There lift-the-flap letters from God with each story that your child can open and hear what God has to say to them.
The Berenstain Bears’ Easter Sunday by Mike Berenstain is the perfect addition to any Easter basket for kids ages 3-10. In this storybook, your child will follow along with the Berenstain Bears on Easter Sunday as they wear their Easter clothing, go to Easter service and even on an Easter egg hunt. The true message of Easter is also revealed.
Easter Basket Books for Grade School Kids (ages 4-10
There are many books for kids in Pre-K through Grade 4 (ages 4-10) that are relevant at Easter and all year long that will encourage your grade schooler.
What child doesn’t enjoy telling and retelling jokes? The Lots of Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids by Whee Winn book will be a hit this Easter – and for some time to come! My daughter has been reading through this book and retelling the jokes to friends and family all month long! This is a book that even reluctant readers will enjoy reading!
London Art Chase by Natalie Grant is a mystery chapter book that will captivate tween and teen girls. It is the first of the Faithgirlz Glimmer Girls series, following twin 10 year old girls on adventures.
The Story of God’s Love for You by Sally Lloyd Jones tells the story of God’s amazing, Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love. During tween and teen years, it is crucial for kids to know and accept this love. This can be a very encouraging book for your child.
Angels in the Bible Storybook by Allia Zobel Nolan is a story about the most mysterious creatures in the Bible, angels. Your child will enjoy this informational storybook Bible with gorgeous illustrations – and so will you.
Easter Book Gifts for Tweens and Middle Schoolers (Grades 5-8, ages 10-13)
Just because your tween doesn’t believe in the Easter bunny doesn’t mean they don’t want an Easter basket filled with treats and gifts like these books.
The Purpose Driven Life Devotional for Kids by Rick Warren is a 365-Day Devotional that will take your tween/teen through the Bible with relevant topics for an entire year. This is the age when children begin to understand and accept foundational truths about God and themselves, so this book can be life changing.
Inspirational Words Coloring Book for Ages 13 + is a thoughtful way to meditate on God’s Word while coloring the beautiful pages throughout the book. Intended for teens, even tweens and adults can enjoy this coloring book in their Easter basket this year!
Think, Act, Be Like Jesus by Randy Frazee is a devotional for kids ages 6-12 from Believe series. Once your children are in grade school, it is time to help teach the daily habit of reading the Bible daily and having devotional time. This book guides children in their study with an engaging daily devotional.
The Plans I Have for You Devotional and Journal by Amy Parker is a 30-Day Devotional with Journal. This combo is an excellent way for your tween/teen to have thoughtful devotionals for an entire month.
My 9 year old daughter has really enjoyed being able to be in thoughtful consideration of the devotional book and write it out in her journal. I am so impressed by how mature my daughter is already when it comes to her faith. She became a Christian at a young age of 5 and it is a delight to see how she continues to grow.
How I pray that God will answer her prayer for a cure for Type 1 Diabetes soon.
Bibles for Easter Baskets
Zondervan has an incredible assortment of Bibles for every age, interest, and translation. Check out which Bible is the best for your child’s age.
The NIV Bible for Teen Girls is a beautiful full text Bible that teen girls will enjoy carrying around with them and ready anywhere. Along with the full NIV text for reading and studying, there are daily readings throughout the Bible with relevant topics for teen girls as well as contributions on advice and discussion about today’s hot topics by celebrities that teens girls will enjoy reading.
Big Dreams, Big Prayers Bible For Kids NIV is a full NIV Bible with prayers, challenges, and devotions throughout. This Bible will challenge your child’s prayer life and teach them to learn to wait and listen for the Lord’s voice.
Faith Builders Bible, NIrV is a full text Bible with call-outs and LEGO theme graphics to engage kids. Just one look at this Bible and both of my kids wanted it! It is really a fun looking Bible with the LEGO theme on the cover and within. It would make an excellent gift for girls and boys.
Whether you tuck it within the Easter basket or give as a wrapped gift, a book or Bible will have lasting, positive impacts on your child’s lives.