Last week I shared the books that we use to prepare for Palm Sunday, as well as those for Holy Week. Today, I will share the books we have that are specifically about the final days of Lent, the Easter Triduum, or Holy Thursday and forward. Of course, the children’s books about the Stations of the Cross are also perfect to read or pray during Holy Week and the Easter Triduum.
The Day Jesus Died
by Bryan Davis
This is a short little paperback book from Arch Books (Protestant) publishers. It begins with Our Lord praying in the Garden of Gethsemane late Holy Thursday, and includes the following events of Good Friday: Our Lord being sentenced to death, Our Lord on the Holy Cross, the words of the other two who were crucified, Our Lord’s final words and death, Our Lord being taken down from the Holy Cross, and the burial in the tomb. Each of these events are given a two-page spread with two or three four-line rhyming stanzas and rough, chalk-style illustrations.
The only small thing I wish this book included was something about Our Lord’s scourging or even carrying the Holy Cross, because as it reads now, you jump from Pilate to Our Lord immediately on a cross. However, for a short book, I am still glad we have it. This book says it is for ages 5-9, and as my kids did not show much interest in it last year, I am hoping they will get more out of it this year, now that we will have a five year old in the house. For independent readers, it is written at a 3rd grade reading level.
John’s Easter Story
by Cynthia Hinkle
This is another Arch Books paperback in the same style as the The Day Jesus Died. It tells the events of Our Lord’s Passion with St. John as the narrator speaking in rhyming four-line stanzas. The events covered in this book include: the washing of the feet on Holy Thursday, the Last Supper, Our Lord’s arrest, Pilate’s sentencing, and the death on the Holy Cross. Each of these are given a two-page watercolor illustration along with one to three stanzas of text.
This book says it is for ages 5-9, but my kids began to show interest in it as early as age 4, thanks to its rhyming style. For independent readers, it is written at a 3rd grade reading level.
I pray you and your family have a Holy Week that brings you all closer to Our Lord’s Sacred Wounds.