In the world of kids, “Easter” often translates into candy. Cadbury eggs and Peeps make their much-awaited annual appearance, along with plastic Easter eggs and baskets filled with fake grass. As adults, we know that Easter is about so much more. It is the apex of the Christian year—the holy day when celebrate the triumph of the empty tomb and Jesus’ victory over sin and death. Yet it can be difficult to bridge the gap for our kids between the pop-culture version of Easter (springtime, bunnies, chicks, and chocolates) and the true spiritual significance of the holiday.

Sharing stories is a powerful way to do just that. For parents, grandparents, godparents, and other grown-ups, giving a child a picture book (or, even better, reading it together) is a significant way to share the gift of faith.

We’ve reviewed some of the newest releases from Christian publishers to identify top-notch picture books that will engage children’s souls and aid in their spiritual formation. Because art can communicate just as much as the written text, we’ve identified books with high-quality illustrations that beautifully enrich the experience of reading. If you’re on the lookout for a faith-building book to give and read with a child for Easter—or any time of year—here are 10 recent releases to consider:

Baby Wren and the Great Gift

By Sally Lloyd-Jones, illustrated by Jen Corace

Illustrated with stunning watercolor depictions of animals and nature, this touching and poetic tale from The Jesus Storybook Bible author Sally Lloyd-Jones introduces children to a baby wren who seeks to find her place in the world. Amazed by the abilities and qualities of other creatures she observes in her canyon, ...

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