Ready to celebrate this special liturgical season with your family? Take a look at some of our favorite Catholic picture books for Lent and Easter.
Catholic Picture Books for Lent
The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale
Want to explain to your children that God has a plan for them, often different than what they envision? This is the perfect story.
Through the Eyes of John
John the Beloved’s role in sharing the final days of the Savior’s life has been overlooked. He stayed close to the Savior during those crucial final hours, becoming an eyewitness to the supreme sacrifice of Jesus Christ. This account is based on John’s own words as found in the Bible.
The Story of the Cross: The Stations of the Cross for Children
The Story of the Cross gently tells the story of the events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.
In this stunning picture book, Brian Wildsmith portrays the life of Jesus of Nazareth in a series of powerful scenes, framed by gold.
My Path to Heaven: A Young Person’s Guide to the Faith
My Path to Heaven is an old-fashioned retreat-in-a-book that helps Catholic children ponder the truths of the Faith and calls them to live lives of holiness in accordance with those truths.
Little Colt’s Palm Sunday
Told from the perspective of the colt, the story begins with Mama Colt explaining who Jesus is, then moves through Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem amid the cheering throngs of his followers.
The Easter Story
A simple retelling of the Easter story as seen through the eyes of a little donkey who carried Jesus through the streets on Palm Sunday.
The Story of Easter
With an informative text and glorious illustrations, this book explains both how and why people all over the world celebrate Easter
Catholic Picture Books for Easter
The Easter Cave
Don’t over look this picture book as a powerful way to explain Christ’s Passion to your children. Children learn about Joseph of Arimathea, the crowing rooster, and the crown of thorns through repetition and colorful illustrations.
Easter in the Garden
This is a touching retelling of the first Easter as seen through a child’s tender eyes.
The Birds’ Gift: A Ukranian Easter Story
Villagers take in a flock of golden birds nearly frozen by an early snow and are rewarded with beautifully decorated eggs the next spring.
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.
Twelve radiant tableaux reflect the timeless beauty of the Easter story in stained glass. Beginning with Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the dramatic events unfold: the last supper, Jesus’ betrayal and arrest, his trial and mockery, the crucifixion, resurrection and his three appearances to the disciples, culminating in his ascension into heaven
The First Easter Bunny
The charming story of a bunny who witnesses the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus. With childlike simplicity, this tale turns our eyes to the true meaning of Easter.
The Parable of the Lily
Through the unique gift of a bulb, Maggie discovers the power of grace and forgiveness and the true meaning of Easter.
Happy Easter Day!
A family prepares for a traditional American Easter by making hot cross buns, getting new clothes, and decorating eggs. On the holiday, they hunt for baskets, go to church, have dinner, and play games. Songs and poems are interspersed throughout the text.
The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes
My children adore this beloved tale of a mother rabbit who dreams of becoming an Easter Bunny
Rhyming text follows two children as they celebrate Easter with their family by decorating eggs, enjoying Easter baskets, going to church, and returning home to an egg hunt and Easter dinner.
The Egg Tree
One Easter morning, Katy and Carl went on an egg hunt through Grandmom’s house. Katy couldn’t find anything until she went up to the attic. And there she discovered a very special set of eggs…
Grandmom had painted them when she was a little girl. And now, she hung them from the branches of a tiny tree — an Egg Tree!
The Golden Egg Book
Once there was a little bunny. He was all alone. One day he found an egg. He could hear something moving inside the egg. What was it? Don’t miss this Easter classic for your little ones.
Old Babushka, known throughout all of Moskva for her beautifully painted eggs, is preparing her eggs for the Easter Festival when she takes in an injured goose. It’s been a family favorite here for many years.
Board Books for Catholic Babies and Toddlers
An Easter Gift for Me
The Saving Name of God the Son
Through the serene beauty of word and image, The Saving Name of God the Son introduces the very young to the Christian mystery of Jesus Christ, Second Divine Person of the Trinity.
Easter Babies: A Springtime Counting Book
From one newborn foal walking on wobbly legs and five open-billed nestlings eager for food to 11 children playing in the park and 12 church bells ringing, this lovely board book celebrates spring, Easter, and new life
The First Easter Day (A Touch-and-Feel Book)
What would it have been like to be present on Easter Day? This sweet board book with textures helps children imagine just that. This book is absolutely precious — even the big kids love it.
Do you have favorite picture books that you pull out during Lent and Easter? I’d love to hear about them!