Two From Galilee
Marjorie Holmes
(Bantam Publishers)
This classic fiction is based heavily on what we do know, historically and scripturally, about Mary and Joseph. Holmes’ telling of this love story makes not only the relationship between Mary and Joseph but the coming of Jesus into the world as human as it is divine.


Ordinary Baby, Extraordinary Gift and My Father’s Angels
Gloria Gaither; Barbara Hranilovich, illustrator
Here’s a delightful pair of books, written by Gloria and illustrated by Barbara Hranilovich. Ordinary Baby, Extraordinary Gift is an illustrated picture book about the circumstances and meaning of Christ’s birth. My Father’s Angels, full of swirling, vivid pictures, reminds small hearts that God’s heavenly protectors are always at hand.

The Nativity
Julie Vivas
(Voyager Books)
With whimsical illustrations and text taken from Luke 2, the story of the birth of Jesus is told in glimmering watercolors that show comic characters in the midst of grand events. Great for readers aged 4-8.

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
Susan Wajciechowksi
(Candlewick Press)
A grumpy, introverted woodcarver and a little, fatherless boy are brought together through the creation of a not-so-simple nativity.

The Night of the Child
Robert Benson
(Upper Room)
Bolstered by photographs from The Upper Room Museum Nativity Collection, this magnificent, gorgeous book retells the Christmas story. Robert Benson’s text is woven through the art, which shows examples of the Nativity from all over the world, created from diverse media such as clay, thorn wood, porcelain, a coconut shell and a starfish. Benson’s thoughtful reflections and the images are beautifully intertwined.


The Crippled Lamb
Max Lucado; Liz Bonham, illustrator
(Thomas Nelson)
Endearing story about a disabled lamb left in the stable while the flock moves to pasture. The crippled lamb witnesses Christ’s birth and realizes he was destined for that moment to use his soft wool to comfort our newborn Savior.
—Gregory, via the Internet

Skipping Christmas
John Grisham
(Random House)
This satiric story revolves around a middle-aged couple that announces to their neighbors that “we won’t do Christmas.” Funny poke at the craziness of the holidays.
—Betty Johnson, Kansas City, MO

One Wintry Night: The Christmas Story
Ruth Bell Graham; Richard Jesse Watson, illustrator
(Baker Book House)
Ever since our children were young (they’re in their 30s now), this book has been a family tradition. The story takes readers through major Bible stories, illustrating why Jesus came and capturing imaginations of young and old alike. We spend the month before Christmas reading this (these days with our grandchildren).
—Sandy, via the Internet

Mary Did You Know?
Mark Lowry
(J. Countryman)
Expanding on the questions that make up the title song, Lowry’s thoughtful insights gives us a unique window on the miracle of Christ’s birth. A must-read for all who love this song.
—Wendy Vickers, St. Paul, MN

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