Lent is not my favorite season. There. I said it out loud. It’s a rough one for me, but I’m making a serious effort NOT to pass my ‘bad attitude’ towards this holy time down to my children.
I’ve looked for ways to teach my young kids about their relationship with God and helping others and making sacrifices during the Lenten season. Each year I work to try new things and see what works and what doesn’t. (Let’s be real, there’s been a lot that hasn’t worked!) Last year we did the Jesus Tree from Nancy over at Catholic Sprouts. My kids LOVED it! (You can buy it here.) So we are planning to do it again this year. And I have a few new ideas up my sleeve. (Backyard stations of the cross? We shall see!)
But as you all know, I love books. There’s no better way to teach kids than by curling up with them to read a book. Most holidays and seasons are FULL of book lists, but Lent is one that doesn’t have quite so many options.
This is why I’ve put this list together! Consider it my Lenten offering to you. I’ve tried to give as many options as possible. One for each day of Lent if necessary! This list is full of prayer books, reflection books, beautiful picture books, religious stories retold, Catholic fiction stories, stories of sacrifice, and stories of giving to others.
So, this Lent, find some books that might work for you and your family and have blessed, beautiful, and holy Lent!
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Lent is almost here and since it is such an important time of year for Catholics, we wanted to make sure you had some of these amazing books in your collection! Each book shares a wonderful story meant to help kids understand Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross.
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In The Legend of the Sand Dollar Kerry visits her cousin Jack and she learns that God’s creations hold extraordinary lessons. Jack shows her a simple sand dollar and uses its unique designs to tell her Jesus’ story from his birth to Pentecost. Kerry is enthralled with what she has learned and knows that God is constantly reminding us all that He is close. (Ages 3-7)
God Gave Us Easter is a great story for sharing the reason for Easter in simple terms. It shows ‘new life’ found where things are seemingly dead and it reiterates the story of Jesus and the promise that he would come to take care of our sins. (Ages 3-7)
Easter is a time to celebrate and Bella and Pablo are excited to experience every aspect of the day in God’s Easter Gifts. After Mass they go on an very special and memorable Easter egg hunt. Each egg they find holds a story about a gift from God. The children learn that Easter is definitely about celebrating God’s gifts, especially Jesus. (Ages 4-7)
Humphrey’s First Palm Sunday is a sequel to Humphrey’s story as a young camel when he first met Jesus when he was just a baby. Now he is much older and wiser and is present during Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. The pictures are beautiful and the camel’s goofy nature brings fun to the story. This story stays true to the story of Palm Sunday and is great for kids. (Ages 4-8)
Three trees each discuss their hopes and dreams for the future in The Three Trees. Each one hopes for something different and grand but is met with a much more humble fate. As they find out, their destiny is much more important to the mission of Jesus. This is a beautiful story that reminds us of the power of the cross. (Ages 5-9)
The Donkey That No One Could Ride is a simple story about a young, scared donkey. He meets a man who asks him to carry him on an important ride. The little donkey does not feel he is worthy, but the man gives him courage. He agrees to the job and as he carries the man through Jerusalem and people call him a prophet, the donkey feels special. (Ages 3-7) For a full review of this book and other Anthony DeStefano books, read our blog post here.
The Parable of the Lily tells the story of a farmer’s young daughter who receives a bulb as a gift. She is disappointed and the gift is forgotten and eventually thrown into the garden. She is surprised when she wakes up on Easter morning to find a Lily blooming in its place. Part of a series of parables for little children, this story shares the message of forgiveness and new life. (Ages 3-8)
The First Easter Bunny is simple story that shares the story of Jesus’s death and resurrection told through the eyes of a rabbit. Perfect for an Easter gift! (Ages 4-8)
Perfect for early readers, The Easter Cave goes through many of the details of the Easter story while using rhyme and rhythm. Beautiful illustrations and repetition make it a wonderful book to keep in your home. (Ages 4-8)
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