Looking for a truly wonderful Holy Week and Easter book for kids? The best I’ve seen is Maite Roche’s My First Pictures of Easter from Ignatius.
The “My First Pictures” series have only a little text, and they allow the parent and reader to spend as much or as little time as they like talking about the pictures. At first glance, the illustrations seem merely pleasant, but when you look closer, they are actually small icons — rich, glowing, windows into a inviting world of love.
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They are a wonderful combination of sweetness, simplicity, and depth.
The book begins on Palm Sunday, shows the Last Supper, the Carrying of the Cross, Jesus dying on the cross, Jesus in the tomb, and the resurrection, and also an Easter Mass with the lighting of the Paschal candle:
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Excuse the dings and bite marks! You can see that this is a well-loved book.
The “My First” books by Maite Roche includes My First Bedtime Prayers, My First Prayers for My Family, My First Prayers with Mary, My First Pictures of Mary, and My First Pictures of Jesus, all of which are lovely, meaningful books for young children.