The Nativity

Written by and illustrated by Julie Vivas

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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

Written by Susan Wojciechowski and illustrated by P. J. Lynch

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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.

The Legend of the Poinsettia

Written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola

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6.0

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.

Christmas Tapestry

Written by Patricia Polacco

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6.0

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.

Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale

Written by Martin Waddell and illustrated by Jason Cockcroft

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

Wombat Divine

Written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Kerry Argent

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

The Legend of Old Befana

Written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola

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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.

God Gave Us Christmas

Written by Lisa Tawn Bergren and illustrated by David Hohn

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

Drummer Boy

Written and illustrated by Loren Long

In a wintry little town, a drummer boy appears on a child’s doorstep. And when it is still and quiet, the drummer boy plays, boom pum pum boom pum, and warms the child’s heart. But one day the drummer boy is accidentally knocked into the trash, sending him on a journey he never imagined–a journey on which he continues to play his drum, warming the hearts of others, from a rat to an owl to a snowman. And in a touching conclusion, his own heart is warmed as he plays to his most perfect audience: the baby in a manger. Loren Long brings this story of an unforgettable little drummer boy to vivid life with his timeless and magical art.

The Gifts They Gave

Written and illustrated by Patricia Eubank

A gently illustrated adaptation of a beloved Christmas song depicts the baby Jesus in the manger surrounded by a flock of admiring animals who impart their own special gifts, from sheep who donate wool for a warm blanket to doves that coo a lullaby.

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