Easter Reading + Easter Basket Ideas + How God’s word has reminded me of His great plan for salvation through His Son, Jesus, over the last year.

Good morning! This post was in partnership with ZonderKidz, but all opinions are my own as I share a round up of some great Easter resources and books that you and your children will love to read this year and in the years to come as you prepare your hearts for Easter, all of which would make a great Easter basket gift item for your children if you do Easter baskets!

Below is a list of some new (and old) Easter books to check out, as well as, other resources we love that I think you will to that include Easter activity books and a few storybook Bibles I think you’ll love! I’m also sharing several different places in God’s word that I’ve either studied on my own or with other women in bible studies over the last year that have reminded me of God’s great plan for salvation through His son, Jesus, over the last year that have encouraged my heart and reminded me of God’s unending faithfulness to His people.

‘Twas the Morning of Easter

Similar to the way “The Night Before Christmas book rhymes, ’Twas the Morning of Easter tells the story of the resurrection of Jesus with joyful illustrations that bring the story to life for the kiddos!

The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story

This was one of the first ones my kiddos wanted to read when we pulled out our Easter books! Mama bear realizes a lesson in the real meaning of Easter is needed in The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story, which features a colorful sticker sheet for the kiddos to use as a supplement to their reading!

Berenstain Bears The Very First Easter

Another great BB book that would make a great Easter basket gift idea! The Very First Easter celebrates Jesus’s final days on Earth and His Resurrection. Mama, Papa, Brother, Sister, and Honey take you down that fond and familiar sunny dirt road, deep in Bear Country to discover the story of the very first Easter.

The Beginner’s Bible Come Celebrate Easter Sticker and Activity Book

Another book my kiddos (especially C) wanted to open up and start doing soon after we got our Easter books out. The Easter story comes to life through age-appropriate puzzles, activity pages, and stickers in this friendly and fun The Beginner’s Bible Easter Sticker and Activity Book! My two have been busy working in these for a little over a week now!

He is Risen

Collins thought this book was super interesting and loved how rocks were arranged in different ways to display the Easter Story! He Is Risen, Rocks Tell the Story of Easter, created by Patti Rokus, is an unforgettable picture book that uses majestic rock art, Scripture, and simple yet powerful text to inspire wonder and awe as the miracle of Easter unfolds across the pages.

Jesus Storybook Bible 

I’ve shared about this bible SO many times! We use it all year long for our nightly reading or devotional time during the day. We also use this storybook bible for both the resurrection eggs and felt board easter activities we do each year that I’ve been sharing about on my Instagram stories over the last week! One thing we love about The Jesus Storybook Bible is that it tells the Story beneath all the stories in the Bible, pointing to Jesus as our Savior. From the Old Testament through the New Testament, children (and adults too!) see that Jesus is at the center of God’s great story of salvation—and at the center of their story too. It truly is one of our favorite discipleship tools we have in our home that helps us gather around the word with our kids daily. Would make a great Easter basket gift idea for your little ones!

The Beginner’s Bible

The Beginner’s Bible is another great discipleship tool to have in your home as you begin the journey to teach your child to knowing and loving God’s word! We like to read this together also and like to keep this bible in Collins room on her bedside table to read during rest time when nap time isn’t happening, so she has something to grab at and read during that time. 🙂 Another great item to add to your child’s Easter baskets this year!

I hope you enjoy this list and you find that one (or maybe more!) to be wonderful discipleship tools you add into your home this Easter as you gather around His word and the good news that His Son gives to the sinner through His life, death on a cross, and resurrection. You can find lots of Easter gift ideas and resources on Zonderkidz amazon store page

It is this good news that is our only hope in this life and in death. Because He was raised victoriously defeating the curse of sin and of death, so will we be raised triumphantly over sin and death to eternal life with Him too for all those who have trusted in Jesus, our savior.

Some scripture over the last year that I have read that has reminded me that all of God’s word points to His great plan of salvation to bring back His chosen people through His son Jesus, who were once cast out of the garden when sin entered the world, and now by the blood of Christ, have been justified to dwell again with God, where we were always meant to be.

GENESIS 3:15

I will put enmity between you and the woman,
    and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
    and you shall bruise his heel.”

Hope from my Genesis women’s bible study this past fall.

JEREMIAH 31:31-34

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the Lord. 33 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

Hope from my Jeremiah women’s bible study I’m currently doing this spring.

DANIEL 12:1-4

But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”

Hope from my Daniel women’s bible study last spring.

ZECHARIAH 9:9

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
    Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
    righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
    on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Hope from our family’s meditation and memorization daily fighter verse we chose for this month.

MATTHEW 5:17-18

JESUS SPEAKING: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.”

Hope from Jen Wilkin’s Sermon on the Mount study I listen to on podcast this past summer many times and from my own personal bible reading as I work through my 1-year bible reading plan.

PHILIPPIANS 2:5-11

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Hope from my Philippians women’s bible study last summer.

COLOSSIANS 1:15-20

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

Hope from my own personal studying in Colossians over the last year.

1 PETER 1:3-9

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Hope from my 1 Peter women’s bible study this past fall.

REVELVATION 21:1-4

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Hope from my Revelation women’s bible study I’m currently doing this spring.

with love,

from courtney

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