Palm Sunday & Easter Book Review

Ever since I first realized that the word “Easter” wasn’t even in the Bible I’ve just had a “eh” feeling about the holiday. It just makes me feel weird that the day we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection is so tightly wrapped in a convoluted earthy-pagany-american holiday. Now, don’t get me wrong. I love Cadbury eggs. I loved getting a new Easter dress as a kid. I absolutely believe your kids will grow up to love the Lord if they believed in the Easter bunny.

HOWEVER.

As a mom who wants to use every second, every event, every story, every holiday and everything within me to impress my kids, I just try to separate Easter from the Resurrection of Jesus.

When Lydia was just a year old, I headed to the Christian bookstore to pick up some books about Jesus’ death and resurrection. I figured there’d be tons of good stuff. But I was very disappointed when I started looking around. Every single solitary book had “Easter” in the title. Yeah, I know, that’s what we call it. But still! Not even one book called, “Jesus is Alive!” or “Alive Again!” or “HOSANNA!” Not to mention you can’t even buy a kids’ book about Jesus’ resurrection any other time during the year. (Just like you can’t buy a book about Jesus’ birth except at Christmas.)

But I’m getting side-tracked. Let’s step off that soapbox and get to the real reason for this post!

I want to share one of our favorite “Easter” books with you. This is one of the books I picked up that day and even though it in fact called Easter, Easter Almost Here!, it’s actually about Palm Sunday. (WHICH IS THIS SUNDAY! Where did the time go?!)


We read this book year round. It’s a great rhyme, fun pictures, cute peek-a-boo cut outs, shiny, sparkly colors and a solid re-telling of the story of Jesus’ arrival into Jerusalem. I like having a book that is about this specific event because it tends to get lumped together with the next week in Jesus’ life.

Lydia and I can practically say it by heart. I’ve even heard her chanting it while playing or “reading” other books.

If you are looking for an “easter” book or a great intro to this important season, I highly recommend this book!

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3 responses to “Palm Sunday & Easter Book Review

  1. Okay, I think I’ve reread that sentence 100 times: “I first realized that the word “Easter” wasn’t even in the Bible.”

    To be honest, while I LOVE Christmas, I have equally as passionate – yet opposite – feelings about Easter. Not because of what it’s supposed to represent, but because of what it’s become.

    I am sooooooo tired of “Easter” bunnies, chicks, eggs, etc. Yeah, those are all fun for spring, but what the heck do they have to do with the resurrection of our LORD. And yet, no matter how much I try to downplay those aspects, our family insists on throwing them in my girls’ faces, and it’s making me feel very scrooge like.

    There’s no point to this comment, LOL – just a rant, I suppose (and my second one at that since I already ranted on the last post too…)

  2. it is actually quite sad – the state of christian children’s books (and videos for that matter)…we have a 2 and a 5 year old…so we have been looking for well written (message and age appropriateness -is that even a word?) and nicely illustrated picture books… we have found a few….but so many are too dumbed down and lack any message, or have too much information and bring up too many difficult concepts (found that one out the hard way) too soon… i am excited to hear about your palm sunday book…do you have other books that you really like….would you consider making a post of suggestions or ask for readers’ suggestions?

  3. We love that book too! My 3 yo loves to shout “Hosanna!”