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If you’ve been following my blog for any amount of time, you know that I am a HUGE fan of holidays. Whether it’s obscure or widely celebrated, I will take any excuse to buy presents, decorate my home and celebrate.

While I love ALL holidays, Easter comes pretty close to being a favourite. I love the way it marks the beginning of spring, the chocolate (hello Mini Eggs!), and the sense of celebration and joy that’s present in church during this time of year. As I’ve been participating more intentionally in Lent this year (you can read more about that here), I think I’m even more excited about Easter than usual.

This year is also my first Easter with a toddler. Last year, while Levi got a cute outfit and a few goodies in a basket, he pretty much had no idea what was going on. This year, he is talking my ear off and like his mom, loves any excuse to celebrate, so Easter should be fun!

While there are a lot of fun elements to Easter, there are also a lot of challenging ones – especially with littles. I want Levi to know that Easter is about so much more than bunnies and chocolate. I want him to understand the gravity of Easter – that it’s about the sacrifice Jesus made on the Cross, and His subsequent resurrection. It’s about the new life we can now find in Him!

That truth is complex though, even for mature believers. Explaining it to a toddler? It’s a challenge that can at times seem overwhelming. That is why I am so thankful for Glenys Nellist’s new book, Good News! It’s Easter!

I was so excited to receive a copy of this book from Glenys earlier in March. Levi & I opened it up and read it right away. While it certainly didn’t feel like spring outside the first time we read it (it was a blizzard!), the book just exudes all the things kids (and all of us) love about spring – new life, animals and flowers!

The illustrations are gorgeous, as you can see in the pictures above! This page is one of Levi’s absolute favourites (he’s moved from calling it an “uh-fly” to an actual “butterfly!). Each page depicts a different element of nature – flowers, butterflies, birds and bunnies – declaring “Good News!” and celebrating an aspect of the new life that comes with spring.

The book concludes with Jesus walking out of the grave declaring – “Good News!” It celebrates His sacrifice and subsequent new life in a simple, age-appropriate but still theologically accurate way. Levi & I have read this book so many times, and it doesn’t get old. I love the fact that he recognizes Jesus in the picture and is starting to connect it with the idea of good news, as that is what Easter is all about!

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has young children (toddlers & preschoolers). It’s an easy read but one you will come back to again and again. It would be a great addition to Easter baskets, or even giveaways in church for this time of year. You can order it anywhere books are sold, including Amazon!

This book exudes the playfulness and joyfulness that kids love about spring, and uses it to drive home an important truth about Easter and what Jesus has done for us! You don’t want to miss it!

BONUS: I’m giving away one copy of this book over on INSTAGRAM!
Make sure to head on over there today to enter. The giveaway will close on Thursday at 12 PM EST (1:30 NL Time!).

I’ll be sharing MORE Easter resources and ideas I love over the next few weeks, so make sure to stay tuned.

This post is part of a blog hop, and the next instalment will be over at Happy Home Fairy!

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