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It’s April 1st, and Easter is right around the corner. Even though we won’t be able to physically gather with our dear church family this coming Resurrection Sunday because of the pandemic, we can still learn about God’s amazing gift to us with our family. One resource we have been using in our home is The Easter Storybook from David C Cook.
What Is The Easter Storybook?
This hardcover book shares 40 Bible stories that help children learn who Jesus is. Each story is a two-page spread. The left page starts with a Bible verse, and then offers a written explanation that expounds on the verse. It reminds me of a devotional book. Following the story is a question (or two) that help children think about what they learned, and discover more about God.
The right page for each story features a full-page, colorful picture. They are very detailed.
The text is written in a format that’s easy for kids to read on their own, if desired. It also works well to read aloud as a family devotional during the Easter season.
As mentioned earlier, there are 40 different Bible stories in this book. They cover events in Jesus’s life, beginning with Him in the temple at the age of 12, and ending with His return to His Father in Heaven. Between these two events, your children will learn more about the work of Jesus here on Earth.
Topics covered include:
- The temptation of Jesus
- Several parables Jesus shared
- Jesus walking on water
- Miracles of Jesus (like healing the lame man and giving sight to the blind man)
- The perfect sacrifice of Jesus
- Jesus rising from the grave
As your family reads these stories, they will learn more about Jesus.
How Did We Use This Book?
In anticipation of Easter, we added this book to our morning Bible time. After singing our hymn of the month, we read aloud one story from this book. We took time to ask the question(s) at the bottom, and discuss it as a family. Then we read a chapter from the Bible, counted our blessings, and prayed.
It made a great addition to our family devotional time. The stories are written clearly for kids to understand, and we could dive into the Bible for clarification or extra study if warranted. My kids really enjoyed looking at the pictures, and trying to retell the story in their own words later in the day.
Occasionally, I had my eleven-year-old, or nine-year-old read aloud the day’s story. The reading level was a good match for them, though they occasionally struggled with some of the harder words (like determination and Zacchaeus).
What Did We Think of This Book?
I appreciated the kid-friendly versions of Bible stories that help teach children more about the life of Jesus Christ. Everything is presented clearly, and the questions ask them to dig a little deeper. If you want your kids to have a better understanding of why we celebrate Easter, I definitely recommend this as a resource. It won’t replace reading the accounts in the actual Bible, but it will be a good resource for your family.