For this special edition of Gloria’s Book Club, Gloria and Homecoming readers share their favorite holiday books! Gloria recommends:

The Christmas Lizard
Cory Edwards
(Honor Books)
Lambs, cows, donkeys, goats and camels: we know the part they play in the story of Christmas. But lizards? Don’t miss this joyful take on Christmas.

Probity Jones and the Fear-not Angel
Walter Wangerin Jr.; Tim Ladwig, illustrator
(Augsburg Fortress)
Angels have a habit of appearing to the least likely people in the least likely circumstances — as a little urban child who is too sick to go to the church Christmas program delightfully discovers.

The Tale of the Three Trees
Angela Elwell Hunt; Tim Jonke, illustrator
(Chariot and Victor)
The story of redemption told from the point-of-view of the trees that played such an important role in the life of God’s Son.

Dance in the Desert

Madeleine L’Engle
(Farrar Straus Giroux)
Some say that on the trip to Egypt, the animals of the wild danced to see the little Lord Jesus. L’Engle tells this legend with a beauty reminiscent of the final chapter in Revelation in which the lions, lambs and children dance around the throne of God.

The Giving Tree
Shel Silverstein
(Harper Collins)
This gifting season, remember this meaningful book about true giving and true happiness.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Barbara Robinson
(Harper Trophy)
Now a classic, this “must” for every family emphasizes that we all must understand the Christmas miracle in our own words.

The Very First Christmas

Paul Maier
(Concordia Publishing)
Chris and his mother read this Christmas story together, but Chris’ questions take longer than the story and explore the things each of us wonder about at sometime or another. Delightful pictures by Francisco Ordoz.

Only a Star
Margery Facklam
(Eerdmans Publishing)
The first page of this beautiful book asks the question, “What were the trimmings that first Christmas morning?” From then on, this treasure of inspired works delights readers. Great for ages 3-6.

The Pine Tree Parable

Liz Curtis Higgs
(Thomas Nelson)
A tender story of giving as a family nurtures tiny seedlings to grow Christmas trees and ends up giving away the most beautiful tree of all to someone in need. Children are excited to see the processes of both growing a tree and giving away the heart to others. Great lessons can be learned by reading this one!