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5 Heartwarming picture books about the first Christmas


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Theresa Civantos Barber - published on 12/09/21

These beautiful books are perfect for sharing the Christmas story with little ones.

It’s the “most read-aloud time of the year,” and there really is nothing better than curling up with your kids to read a story in the glow of the Christmas tree. These picture books are a mix of new and old, but all of them are wonderful for sharing the joy of the first Christmas! 

1Christmas! By Maïte Roche

Just right for the youngest children, this book retells the Christmas story with simple words and eye-catching illustrations by acclaimed children’s book artist Maïte Roche. 

Introduce little ones to the shepherds and angels, the sheep and donkeys, the star and the Wise Men, Mother Mary and the Baby Jesus, born in the humble stable in Bethlehem. 

2The Story of Christmas illustrated by Jane Ray

This book combines stunning illustrations with the original words of Scripture. It’s perfect for telling kids the true Christmas story for the first time.

3Saint Joseph: Watch over My Family

Brand-new for 2021 comes this very special picture book dedicated to telling the story of St. Joseph, especially his role in the first Christmas. 

This book is just perfect as we conclude the Year of St. Joseph. And it’s a fresh perspective on the Christmas story to see it through the eyes of St. Joseph.

4A Christmas Story by Brian Wildsmith

Rebecca, a little girl living in Nazareth, goes with a small donkey searching for his mother to the stable in Bethlehem. Seen through the eyes of a child, this retelling of the Christmas story is heartwarming, and the luminous illustrations bring it to life.

5There Was No Snow on Christmas Eve

What was it really like at the first Christmas? This sweet picture book manages to take the familiar story of the Nativity and make it fresh and immediate. With gentle rhymes and bright images, it’s a book to read again and again.

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