I’m always on the lookout for the perfect pictures books. Finding seasonal books to add to our collection and our morning basket is a time consuming task, though! I’ve done all of the work for you with this list of perfect picture books to read in April. Enjoy reading together as a family with books about Spring, Easter, and more!
Picture Books for Easter
The Garden, The Curtain, and the Cross
Carl Laferton pens this beautiful children’s book where families will take a journey from the garden of Eden to God’s perfect new creation. Read through a Bible overview, children will learn that ‘because of our sin, we can’t go in’ but because of Jesus’ victory over death, an even better garden waits for us in eternity. (This book is also featured in Rabbit Trails through Easter!)
The Donkey Who Carried A King
Dr. R.C. Sproul tells the story of Christ’s sacrifice through the unique perspective of a young donkey, Davey, who never had a job to do until the day he was chosen to carry a King. As Davey carries Jesus into Jerusalem, he does not fully grasp the importance of his job until he sees Jesus being beaten and hung on the cross. This book offers unique insight and opens discussions with our children about how we are called to serve those around us just as Christ did.
Simon of Cyrene & the Legend of the Easter Egg
Legend says that the man, Simon of Cyrene, was an egg merchant. On his way to the market one day Simon of Cyrene is stopped by Roman soldiers and ordered to help Jesus carry his cross. Three days later, Simon of Cyrene finds that not only has Christ transformed from dead to living, but his eggs have been transformed into the first Easter eggs! This book is written by Terri Degazelle.
The Story of the Easter Robin
As Tressa and her grandmother color Easter eggs, author Dandi Daley Mackall tells the story of how Tressa learns the legend of how the robin got its red breast and how the Creator cares for all creatures, great and small. This book offers the message of compassion and faith.
Picture Books about Spring
Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring
Continuing his series about the changing of seasons, Kenard Pak writes about a boy and his dog taking a walk and observing all of the changes as the world says goodbye to winter and welcomes the signs of new life brought by Spring.
We are the Gardeners
In her debut children’s book, Joanna Gaines retells the story of their family’s first plant…a young fern, and how they learned through trial and error to care for plants. We are the Gardeners brings a message of hope and lessons learned through failure, as well as teaches how to start the beginning stages of a garden. (This book is also featured in the free Rabbit Trails through Science Spring lessons, too!)
Eve Bunting uses rhyming text to tell the story of how a young girl and her father bring spring to their city apartment window just in time for her mother’s birthday.
Experience the joy of a wet muddy spring day in Jean Taft’s children’s book, Worm Weather.
(Check out even more books about spring here and a free lesson here!)
Picture Books about Earth Day
We are Water Protectors
2021 Caldecott Award Medal Winner We are Water Protectors is penned by Carole Lindstrom and brings the message of the importance of protecting Earth’s precious water sources from corruption and contamination. (This book is also featured in Rabbit Trails through Eart Day!)
The Girl Who Spoke to the Moon
Land Wilson’s book, The Girl Who Spoke to the Moon, offers a gentle message for children and reminder for adults alike how important it is to protect the environment. With the moon as her guide, young Sofia learns how to care for the earth and help heal some of the damage inflicted.
Zonia’s Rain Forest
Caldecott Winning author, Juana Martinez-Neal, brings the unique story of Zonia, an Asháninka girl of the Amazon Rainforest. This beautifully illustrated book whose unique pages are printed on banana bark, tells how Zonia answers the call of the Amazon.
The Perfect Picture Books to Read in April
These are, of course, only a few books out of all of the amazing picture books out there that you can read in April! What are some of the books you’d add to the list? Let me know in the comments or in my online homeschool community!
Want to find even more books to read in your homeschool? Check out my other reading resources and book of the week!!