Tips for Thought

Easter is one of the most important holidays in Christianity. It honors the resurrection of Christ, which occurred three days after his death by crucifixion. For many believers, Easter is a joyous culmination of the Lenten season, including devotional prayer, penance, and fasting.

However, families who aren’t super religious can also celebrate Easter. Aside from Christ’s resurrection, Easter is a time to celebrate the “season’s new birth.” The pagan origin of Easter celebrated the spring equinox. Certain groups, like the Teutons, worshipped pagan Gods and Goddesses. The goddess Eostra was the revered goddess of fertility and spring. The rabbit, an animal known for prolific breeding, became a symbol of the goddess.

Since then, Easter has been a celebration that embraces both Christian and Pagan traditions.

Why Is Easter So Popular?

Easter is a fun holiday, especially for children in the United States, because of the egg hunt and chocolate treats. The easter egg hunt involves hiding decorated eggs or Easter eggs around a place for children to find. This activity can be done indoors and outdoors. Easter eggs range from hand-painted hardboiled eggs to plastic eggs filled with chocolates and candies.

When the event ends, prizes may be given to the child who collected the most eggs. However, some contests may have other categories included.

Books to Read to Your Kids This Easter:

This year, consider going through a few of these popular children’s books that center around Easter—many of which you can easily find on Amazon.

1. Happy Easter, Little Critter by Mercer Mayer

Mercer Mayer started writing and illustrating children’s books in 1966 and has since published over 300 titles. In this book, read on as Little Critter celebrates Easter uniquely, whether it’s dyeing eggs, looking for baskets, or searching for sweets. Parents and kids will love this funny yet heartwarming tale, and the illustrations are something to admire!

The book is on Amazon.

2. Peppa’s Easter Egg Hunt by Scholastic

You’d be hard-pressed to find a child or parent unfamiliar with Peppa Pig and her colorful family and friends. Check out this fun story where Grandpa Pig has set up an Easter egg hunt for Peppa and her friends this springtime! As the children search for delicious eggs, they’ll soon find baby chicks hatching in the yard!

The book is on Amazon.

3. The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story: An Easter And Springtime Book For Kids by Mike Berenstain

Easter isn’t just about egg hunts and chocolates. In this Berenstain Bears book, children will discover Easter’s true meaning as they explore the resurrection of Jesus.

The Berenstain Bears Living Lights series is one of the most popular children’s books illustrated and written by Stan and Jan Berenstain. While the two have died, their son, Mike Berenstain, has continued the legacy with eye-catching illustrations and heartfelt stories.

The book in on Amazon.

4. How to Catch the Easter Bunny by Adam Wallace

A New York Times Bestseller and USA Today Bestseller, this read-aloud book comes with this bright and funny children’s book. Educators, families, and children will love this creative yet entertaining book that enables them to read confidently while having fun.

The book is on Amazon.

5. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick! by Lucille Colandro

A fun and Easter-themed version of the classic “There Was an Old Lady” song, this entertaining book talks about a hungry old lady that swallowed a chick, some straw, some candy, a basket, and even a bowl! After eating her fill, she hops and skips until she meets the Easter Bunny! What will happen next when she trips and falls? You might be surprised!

The book is on Amazon.

How to Enjoy These Books With Your Kids:

While many of these books are brief and meant for children, you can make the most of them with your little one. Here are some ways to enjoy these stories together:

1. Consider getting a paperback or board book version if your child loves pictures.

Children are naturally drawn to colors and love to touch and feel images that they feel drawn to. If you are considering expanding your child’s library, consider getting a physical copy of these books so they can read them anytime.

2. Read together with your little one.

Reading is a great way to bond with your child. Aside from teaching them the joys of literacy and expanding their creative side, you can also create a stronger bond with them by making it a bonding moment or a time to spend time together. To do the latter, consider reading together regularly (particularly at bedtime), where you can sit back and enjoy the pictures and story.

3. Encourage them to read to you.

One way to encourage your child’s love of reading is to get them to read to you. Help them recognize each letter and assign a sound to them slowly. Be patient and praise them when they pronounce a word right.

Takeaway: Easter is a great time to celebrate the resurrection of Christ and the start of a new season. With the weather now getting warm, start the new season with these fun reads and help your child enjoy the holiday too.