Best Children's Books About Christian

37 Children's Books About Christian

Updated Jan. 18, 2019
The Nativity book
#1
The Nativity
Written by and illustrated by Julie Vivas
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Illustrates the story of the birth of Jesus and the arrival of the wise men and shepherds at the manger.

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey book
#2
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
Written by Susan Wojciechowski and illustrated by P. J. Lynch
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

The spirit of Christmas heals a sorrowing woodcarver's heart in this splendid reissue of a Candlewick holiday classic, dressed in a radiant new cover. The spirit of Christmas heals a sorrowing woodcarver's heart in this splendid edition of a holiday classic, complete with a CD masterfully narrated by James Earl Jones.

Christmas Tapestry book
#3
Christmas Tapestry
Written by Patricia Polacco
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

A tapestry that is being used to cover a hole in a church wall at Christmas brings together an elderly couple who were separated during World War II.

The Legend of the Poinsettia book
#4
The Legend of the Poinsettia
Written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When Lucida is unable to finish her gift for the Baby Jesus in time for the Christmas procession, a miracle enables her to offer the beautiful flower we now call the poinsettia.

Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale book
#5
Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale
Written by Martin Waddell and illustrated by Jason Cockcroft
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-8

That cold winter's night, beneath the star's light... ...a Little One came for the world.

Wombat Divine book
#6
Wombat Divine
Written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Kerry Argent
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Wombat auditions for the Nativity play, but has trouble finding the right part.

The Legend of Old Befana book
#7
The Legend of Old Befana
Written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In this beloved classic picture book, Tomie dePaola retells and illustrates an Italian Christmas folk tale, breathing warmth and humanity into the character of the lonely Old Befana and her endless search for the Christ Child. Every morning and every afternoon, Old Befana sweeps with her broom. “Cranky old lady,” the children say. “She is always sweeping!” Sweep, sweep, sweep. But when a brilliant star glows in the eastern sky one night, and Old Befana encounters the glorious procession of three kings on their way to Bethlehem, her little world will never be the same.

Who Is Coming to Our House? book
#8
Who Is Coming to Our House?
Written by Joseph Slate and illustrated by Ashley Wolff
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A modern Christmas classic about how the animals prepare a cozy welcome for the baby Jesus. “Who is coming to our house? Someone, someone,” says Mouse. As Pig makes room, Lamb cleans up, Goose stacks the hay, and Duck lines the crib with eiderdown, Mary and Joseph are on their way by donkey. All the animals are eager to welcome the baby Jesus to their home.

God Gave Us Christmas book
#9
God Gave Us Christmas
Written by Lisa Tawn Bergren and illustrated by David Hohn
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Mama Bear explains to Baby Cub how God gave Christmas to the world.

God Gave Us You book
#10
God Gave Us You
Written by Lisa Tawn Bergren and illustrated by Laura J. Bryant
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

When a charming polar bear cub climbs into bed one night, she asks her Mama a very important question—one that little "human cubs" often wonder about, too: "Where did I come from?" As Mama bear tucks her youngest cub under the quilts, she gently, tenderly, and reassuringly communicates the message loving parents everywhere (bears and non-bears alike) want their little ones to hear: "We wanted you very, very much, and we are so very glad because—God gave us you." Perfect for bedtime, naptime, storytime or anytime, God Gave Us You provides a valuable opportunity to build children's self-esteem every day and assure each one that he or she truly is a welcomed, precious, and treasured gift from the Lord.

The Birds of Bethlehem book
#11
The Birds of Bethlehem
Written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A perfect first Christmas book This inventive and fresh Nativity story is told from a bird’s-eye view. On the morning of the first Christmas, the birds of Bethlehem gather in the fields–not only to eat but to share the exciting news. People from all over have descended on Bethlehem and an angel has appeared in the night sky. Something extraordinary is coming! The birds agree that they must find this wondrous thing, and off they fly to the stable where a child has been born. In simple language and dazzling pictures, beloved author-illustrator Tomie dePaola shares the awe and anticipation of the first Christmas. His cast of brightly colored, curious birds will appeal to young children, making this a perfect introduction to the story of Christmas.

Christmas Cat book
#12
Christmas Cat
Written by Maryann Macdonald and illustrated by Amy Bates
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A cozy Nativity story for those who love Christmas and cats. All babies are beautiful and all babies cry. Jesus was no exception. On the night he was born, nothing Mary, Joseph, or the animals in the stable could do would comfort him. But when a curious kitten wanted its turn to calm the baby Jesus, a loving friendship blossomed on that very first Christmas. This perfect read-aloud was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings of La Madonna del Gatto, which show Mary lovingly holding the baby Jesus who is cuddling a cat.

A Stowaway on Noah's Ark book
#13
A Stowaway on Noah's Ark
Written by Charles Santore
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

The original story of a charming mouse who didn’t want to be left behind is now available in a beautiful oversized board book format featuring Charles Santore’s award-winning illustrations. New York Times bestselling illustrator Charles Santore retells the beloved Bible story of Noah’s Ark through the eyes of a charming new hero that children will love: a stowaway mouse! Achbar the mouse hears a kindly old man tell the animals that there will be a great flood, and that he has built an ark big enough for two of each kind. By the time Achbar works his way through the tangle of paws and hooves, two other mice have already been selected. Achbar is terrified and does not want to be left behind! His survival instincts tell him to stow away. But will the old man discover him—and will they ever see dry land again?

Silent Night book
#14
Silent Night
Written by Brigitte Weninger and illustrated by Julie Wintz-Litty
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A warm and wonderful story of the creation of the timeless hymn, Silent Night, and its creator Joseph Mohr. Silent Night celebrates the 200th anniversary of the beloved hymn, and shares the story behind the creation of one of the world's most recognizable tunes.

Shoemaker Martin book
#15
Shoemaker Martin
Written by Leo Tolstoy and illustrated by Bernadette Watts
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This beautiful story about sharing is a joy to read at Christmas or anytime throughout the year! Re-designed in celebration of 50 years of working with Bernadette Watts—one of Europe’s most recognized and beloved fairy-tale artists, this story is sure to win new fans as well as pleasing existing ones! Martin, a Russian shoemaker, wishes to meet Jesus. Instead he finds three strangers in need. After showing kindness towards each one, Martin learns that it was Jesus who visited him three times. Written by Leo Tolstoy and illustrated by one of Europe's most beloved illustrators, Bernadette Watts, this story of compassion is as relevant today as when it was first conceived. Praise for Bernadette Watts Little Red Riding Hood, “My what big talent she has!” — Kirkus Reviews The Three Little Pigs, “A marvelous offering that begs to be added to everyone’s storytelling repertoire.” — School Library Journal

The Little Drummer Boy book
#16
The Little Drummer Boy
Written and illustrated by Bernadette Watts
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This classic Christmas story about a shy boy who plays his trusted drum for the newborn king will charm children and parents alike. A brand new story from Bernadette Watts, never before published.

A Child's Book of Prayers book
#17
A Child's Book of Prayers
Written and illustrated by Michael Hague
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

I see the moon And the moon sees me; God bless the moon, And God bless me. Michael Hague's beautifully illustrated, best-selling collection of traditional prayers is now available as a padded board book. From "The Lord's Prayer" to "Now I Lay MeDown to Sleep," the verses included are familiar, comforting, and appropriate for even the youngest child. The art is full of love and spirit, presenting a reassuring vision of the world.

Ecclesiastes book
#18
Ecclesiastes
Written and illustrated by Cynthia Rylant
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-8

In the spirit of her acclaimed Dog Heaven and Cat Heaven, Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant illustrates verses from the King James Bible chapter of Ecclesiastes in a simple yet powerful folk art style. Cynthia Rylant takes the familiar text of the third chapter of Ecclesiastes, as told in the King James Bible, and lovingly illustrates it in her simple but bold style that has been called “stunning” by School Library Journal. As she did with the creation story, Rylant has created a sublime take on a classic story that will appeal to readers of all ages.

This Is Christmas book
#19
This Is Christmas
Written and illustrated by Tom Booth
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From the author and illustrator of Night at the Stadium and Day at the Beach comes a modern holiday classic about a chipmunk who has to learn the true meaning of Christmas. It is Christmas Eve and Little Chipmunk asks his mother, “What is Christmas, Mama?” His Mama tells him that Christmas is many things and as they walk together through the woods, Little Chipmunk sees badgers decorating their burrow with bright red berries, ducks exchanging holidays greetings on golden leaves, beetles carrying presents on their shiny backs, and geese singing in the winter sky. Each time he asks his mother if this is Christmas, and each time she answers, that yes, this is part of Christmas. Night falls and Little Chipmunk and his Mama snuggle in to sleep. When he wakes up on Christmas morning, he is surprised by the wonderland that greets him: all the world is blanketed in deep snow. And, then, one by one, Chipmunk and his mother see the geese, the badgers, the ducks, and the beetles, as well as some new forest friends—all gathered to celebrate joy and friendship, beauty and wonder, love and kindness—all of what Christmas truly means.

Jonah and the Big Fish book
#20
Jonah and the Big Fish
Written by Katherine Scully and illustrated by Simona Sanfilippo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

God asks Jonah to go to Nineveh to deliver a message. What happens when he disobeys him? Why is Jonah thrown into the stormy sea? Read about Jonah's adventure and find out how he ends up inside a big fish! These beautifully illustrated classic Bible stories are perfect for reading together as well as reading alone. The most popular stories from the Old Testament are retold in easy-to-read language and provide a perfect introduction into the Bible. The series allows children to become familiar with colorful stories from the Old Testament using the familiar picture story format. Whilst the language is simple and easy to understand, the detailed illustrations support the text and provide ideal opportunities for spotting things and for further discussion.

Stories Jesus Told Us book
#21
Stories Jesus Told Us
Written and illustrated by Su Box
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

The perfect introduction to Jesus’ stories, six much-loved parables from the New Testament are re-told simply and clearly and accompanied by beautiful picture-book style illustrations. Each story can be read to the child but can also be enjoyed by children on their own as their reading skills develop. Next Steps are included at the back of the book to encourage further discussion and there’s a rhyme for children to join in with and lots to spot throughout the books.

A Precious Moments Christmas book
#22
A Precious Moments Christmas
Written and illustrated by Precious Moments
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

The Precious Moments characters are paired with two of the world's most treasured Christmas carols, "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and "Away in a Manger." The beautiful illustrations and classic lyrics come together to create a precious book that families can read aloud--or even sing!--together each Christmas for a new holiday treat.

Gekko Saves Christmas book
#23
Gekko Saves Christmas
Written and illustrated by Maggie Testa
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Gekko must learn how to ride Luna Girl’s Luna Board so he can save Christmas in this sweet board book based on PJ Masks, the hit preschool series airing on Disney Junior! A perfect stocking stuffer for PJ Masks fans. When Luna Girl steals everybody’s Christmas gifts, it’s up to Gekko to ride on her Luna Board and save the presents—and the day! There’s only one problem though—Gekko has never ridden a Luna Board before and he’s scared to try it. Can he overcome his fear in time to save Christmas? PJ Masks © Frog Box / Entertainment One UK Limited / Walt Disney EMEA Productions Limited 2014

There Was No Snow on Christmas Eve book
#24
There Was No Snow on Christmas Eve
Written by Pamela Munoz Ryan and illustrated by Dennis Nolan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

There was no snow on Christmas Eve. Instead, a desert zephyr blew And palm fronds sang a rustling tune To welcome the awaited birth. There was no snow, no fireplace, no need for woolen caps and gloves on that very first Christmas. Instead there was a humble stable, and weary travelers with light robes and sandals on a desert night.

Child of Wonder book
#25
Child of Wonder
Written by Marty Haugen and illustrated by Stephen Nesser
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Bestselling composer Marty Haugen's "Child of Wonder," written for the baptism of his godson, celebrates the sacredness of human life and childhood. Now in this wonderful book, artist Stephen Nesser illuminates the lyrics with scenes of childhood rituals from faith traditions and cultures around the world, who play together to form community. These vibrant illustrations are a perfect complement to Marty's inspired poetry. Included with the volume is a link to a free mp3 download of the song, as well as the full notation of "Child of Wonder" for families that wish to sing along.

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