Here are some fantastic board books that celebrate the life of Christ. They are perfect for any time of the year, but particularly handy for the string of solemnities that begin with Pentecost every year. These board books are for toddlers and preschoolers; I have a separate post here for children’s paperback and hardcover books about Our Lord.
Little Life of Jesus
by Anne Gravier
The images in this book are adorable! This book is fantastic for young Catholics, age 1 and up. The Nativity, the Presentation, the Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple, the Baptism of the Lord, the Calling of the Disciples, Christ healing the blind, Christ performing miracles, the Last Supper, Good Friday, the Resurrection, and the Ascension are all found in this book along with brief explanations. The end of the book has the Our Father and a Prayer to Jesus.
Seasonal Catholic warmly recommends this book! The illustrations are more appealing for toddlers than any other Catholic board book we own.
My First Pictures of Jesus
by Maite Roche
We have several “My First Pictures of…” board books by Maite Roche, and our children enjoy all of them. On the left side of each two-page spread is a watercolor painting, which is broken out into smaller images on the right side. The child can then try to pick out images from the right in the larger picture on the left, making this an interactive toddler/parent board book. This particular book highlights different snapshots of Christ’s adult life as reported in the gospel, beginning with the Baptism of Our Lord. All of my children love this book, and enjoy learning about all the images represented in its pages. Seasonal Catholic certainly recommends this book for young Catholics eager to learn about the life of Christ.
The Our Father
by Victor Hoagland
The book is simple enough: each page has a watercolor depiction of Our Lord’s earthly ministry, along with a part of the Our Father prayer and a brief explanation. My sons received this book as a gift when they were toddlers. It has never been their favorite, and three years after receiving it, they asked me to remove it from their room. My girls, who are currently toddlers, enjoy it more than the boys ever did.
May the Peace of Christ be with you and yours!