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My husband and I are both self-employed and with this responsibility comes a lack of dental insurance. Glamorous, right? We actually once spent the equivalent of three mortgage payments to fix our daughter’s teeth. And these were her BABY teeth. Between the spacers, caps and fillings, she really doesn’t have a lot of natural ivory left in there, so I try to take really good care of what is remaining.

Gummy Bears, Fruit Snacks and Jelly Beans were on our Dentist’s long list of goodies to avoid, and she is the expert. Now guess what season is nearly upon us! EASTER!

Of course I don’t make them abstain from Jelly Beans completely, but I do try to consider sugar alternatives when I pack the goodies in their baskets. Things like jump ropes, sidewalk chalk and books are frequently found in our baskets.

If you’re looking for recommendations for Christian books to help celebrate the Easter season, here are three beautiful stories that are fun to read out loud with the little Christian in your life.

Remember, these books will last a lifetime. The Jelly Beans will only last a day (or a week if they hoard them from their siblings). And don’t forget the inscription when you give a child a book. They will read it and think of you every single time they open the book!

The Four Princesses CoverThe Four Princesses by Jackie Gaskins is an exciting story about Grace, Faith, Joy, and Hope. These princesses, daughters of the Great King, discover they each were created with a gift to be used for His purpose. Read along as the King’s plan unfolds to free His people from the evil Prince Fear, who has held the village captive for too long. The princesses will use their gifts to change the lives of every person they come in contact with. Will the changes in the hearts of the Milkman, Baker, and Butcher be enough to reveal the truth to the townspeople and free the whole community? Will the villagers realize the King has a plan and purpose for each of them, also?

The Four Princesses will reveal that our King has placed gifts within each of us to be used for His purposes. When we use our gifts daily, we can change the hearts of many.

Uppity-Swan-Cover2.2-470x600The Uppity Swans and the Turtle Brothers of Joseph’s Pond by Kathleen BettilyonOne day, while dozing on his lily pad, Frampton Frog heard two beautiful swans, Jessie and Tessie, saying mean things to two good-natured but oddly named turtles, Fluff and Fuzz. Upset at this, Frampton decided to do something about it. After asking for strength and guidance from God, he confronted Jessie and Tessie, warning them that God does not like when we belittle others.

Jessie and Tessie listen to Frampton, but do they heed his words? Will they listen to Frampton’s lesson that God loves each and every creature, and that it’s what’s inside a creature’s heart that is the most important thing?

Mama-Front-Cover-478x600Mama, I Want to See God by Vanessa Fortenberry – Do I look like God? Where can I see Him? Wanting to connect more with God, a child asks his mother these questions and more in this rhyming verse book. In answer, Mother’s tender and patient responses model God’s love.

At the story’s end, Mother has answered all of the questions, letting the child have a true connection with God. The purity of children and the spirituality of all cultures radiate in this touching story.