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7 Christmas Books Your Family Will Love for Years to Come

With all the hustle and bustle of the season, make sure to share the true spirit of Christmas with your children. As the weather gets colder and Christmas gets closer, settle in and read these fantastic Christmas books with your children:

Are You the Babe of Bethlehem?

Children’s Christmas Books

Journey through the story of the Nativity, from Joseph’s carpenter bench to the fields where shepherds watched their flocks by night. Reminiscent of Are You My Mother?, this picture book introduces children to Elizabeth and Zacharias, the angel Gabriel, the shepherds, the wise men, Mary and Joseph, and finally Christ Himself. Teach your children that when we seek the Babe of Bethlehem, we find our Savior.

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Celebrating a Christ-Centered Christmas

Children’s Christmas Books

Discover how each figure of the Nativity can lead your family closer to Christ this Christmas season. This children's edition of Celebrating a Christ-Centered Christmas will guide you through seven meaningful traditions inspired by the Nativity setting. These simple experiences are not meant to add more to an already crowded holiday season but to offer something different. They will give your family an opportunity to escape from the frantic bustle of the Christmas season and spend time reflecting on the baby Jesus and the miracle of His birth.

This interactive book invites children to watch each figure approach the waiting manger and encourages them to ask what they might have done if they had been there on the night Jesus was born. Seven beautiful ornaments have been created to accompany the lesson each figure teaches. Displaying the ornaments throughout the Christmas holiday will remind your children of the lessons they are learning about the baby Jesus.

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Stars Were Gleaming

Children’s Christmas Books

Christmastime is filled with thoughts of family, friends, and faith. It is a time to reflect on the true meaning of the holiday and to celebrate the birth of the Savior Jesus Christ. Stars Were Gleaming is the perfect way to set the tone for your holiday celebrations by pairing inspirational poetry, holy scripture, and uplifting quotations with original artwork by renowned artist Greg Olsen.

The centerpiece of the book is a new painting, created especially for this book, that features the most holy of nights, the evening of Jesus's birth. Gathered around the manger are the familiar faces of Mary and Joseph, the wise men and the shepherds, and peeking through the window is the bright heavenly star gleaming in the night sky. This beautiful book will be a treasure for many seasons to come.

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Jesus Is Born!

Children’s Christmas Books

Shine a light behind the pages and be dazzled as hidden images appear before your eyes. The interactive pages bring to life the story of Jesus Christ's birth that your children already love. The questions posed on each spread will lead to learning and discussion that parents will love, too. Children of all ages will be delighted to illuminate the pages to see who appeared to Mary, what Joseph's job was, what happened in the Americas at the time of Christ's birth, and much more! All you need is the book, your family and anything that shines a light—even your cell phone!

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The Little Match Girl

Children’s Christmas Books

It is Christmas Eve, but for one little girl, there will be no stockings hung lovingly above the fireplace or shiny presents wrapped under the tree. The best that the little match girl can hope for is a warm, dry corner of the street to protect her against the freezing snow that has been falling for hours.

Helpless and cold, the child seeks a bit of comfort from the only source she has—the bundle of matches in her apron pocket. She had struggled all day to sell even one, but the crowds of people had only hurried past her with hardly a glance as they finished up their holiday shopping and rushed home to begin their feasts. Alas, at least she has the matches now, each one holding the promise of a few short seconds of warmth and light.

But as she strikes each match, she discovers a truth that sets her heart soaring—all along, even in times when she has felt most alone, she has been lovingly watched over by those who have gone before her and have anxiously awaited a joyous reunion. She learns she is not forgotten, and in the learning shares a poignant message of love and service. The tender tale of the little match girl reminds each of us to take notice of the least of those among us and to do our part to extend a kindly hand—at Christmastime and always.

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The Mismatched Nativity

Children’s Christmas Books

Joshua has a problem. His family has just moved across the country to a new home. It's nearly Christmas, he's lonely and homesick, and he wonders if he'll ever make any new friends.

A caring Primary teacher notices, though. Soon Josh and the rest of his Primary class are caught up in the Christmas spirit. They learn what the story of the Nativity has to do with all of us, especially those of us who feel lonely or homesick at Christmas.

The Mismatched Nativity also includes suggestions for parents to help make the story of Christ's birth an exciting and fun part of their family's Christmas celebration.

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Away in a Manger: Remembering His Sacred Birth with Beloved Art and Music 

Children’s Christmas Books

Rediscover the depth, beauty, and innocence of the Nativity with Away in a Manger, featuring the classic Christmas carol of baby Jesus's humble beginnings. Enhanced by breathtaking paintings from iconic Latter-day Saint artists, this book is the perfect resource for helping God's children of all ages remember the beautiful simplicity of the Savior's welcome into the world. Including sheet music for both traditional versions of this beloved lullaby, complimentary companion music CD, and text that will help you teach your loved ones about the Savior's birth, this book keeps the Christmas spirit close to your heart as you draw nearer to the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

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