Our DDs just received four Easter-themed books. One was an I SPY book that was mostly spring focused. The other three were secular Easter stories based mostly around candy, eggs and the Easter Bunny. For the most part I find the books silly and unnecessary but nothing worth raising a stink over.
One of them, though, has got my goat. It is a "Little Critter" Easter book and the basic themes (as I can see them) are: CANDYCANDYCANDY (and how awful your mom is to make you wait until after breakfast to eat it), EGGS are awesome! (as long as yours are prettier than the other kids) and, and this is what gets me, CHURCH IS THE MOST AWFUL PLACE (and you'll sit there with a scowl because you can't believe you were dragged there).
I'm not a fan of censoring reading material for my children, but I'm really not interested in introducing them to the idea that church is something that it is okay to dislike. At 4 and 2 they think that church is awesome, most of the time, and, well, why not try to preserve their innocence?
I have some other thoughts on the matter, but I'd love to hear what others think as well