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13 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:

The Little Lamb from Bethlehem

Children’s Christmas Books

I have come to your home from a land far away to tell you a true story. It's a story of something that happened in my little town many years ago..."

The Little Lamb from Bethlehem tells the story of Jesus's miraculous birth from the perspective of one of the lambs in the stable on that sacred night. The lamb loved baby Jesus, and as they both grew, the lamb promised to share Christ's story with everyone. Now the Little Lamb can teach your family about the Savior's life and share ways to follow His example and serve others throughout the Christmas season. Make Christmas more meaningful as you use this little plush lamb to learn of the Savior, serve others, and celebrate the true spirit of the season with this new Christ-centered tradition!

Bring your lamb home today to begin a Christmas tradition that your children will remember for years to come!

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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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Celebrating a Christ-Centered Christmas (Children's Edition)

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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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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Christmas from Heaven

The True Story of the Berlin Candy Bomber

Children’s Christmas Books

Christmas from Heaven is the story of the humble beginnings of what became a beacon of hope to a war-torn land, the story of Gail Halvorsen, a young pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps who was assigned as a cargo pilot to the Berlin Airlift, in which U.S. forces flew much-needed supplies into a Soviet-blockaded Berlin.

As he performed his duties, Lt. Halvorsen began to notice the German children gathered by the fences of Tempelhof Air Base. Knowing that they had very little, he one day offered them some chewing gum. From that small act, an idea sprang: He would "bomb" Berlin with candy. Fashioning small parachutes, he and his crew sent them floating down as they approached the Berlin airport, wiggling the wings of their C-54 as a signal to the children that their anticipated cargo would soon arrive.

Lt. Halvorsen became known by hundreds, if not thousands, of children in Berlin as "Uncle Wiggly Wings" or "The Candy Bomber." Word soon spread, and donations of candy and other supplies poured in from sympathetic Americans. Lt. Halvorsen's small idea became a great symbol of hope not only to German children in a bombed-out city but to all those who yearned for freedom.

Famed broadcast journalist and author Tom Brokaw brings this remarkable true story to life in a stunning live performance with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, captured on the accompanying DVD. Also included in the book is a template and directions for creating your own “Candy Bomber” parachutes.

Get a sneak peek here!

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God Bless Us, Every One!

Children’s Christmas Books

In creating stories for others, we sometimes end up revealing truths to ourselves. Such was the experience of the beloved Charles Dickens, master storyteller and honorary champion of Christmas. But Dickens was not always the purveyor of yuletide wisdom we know today—he too had to discover for himself the true spirit of Christmas and how best to keep it all the year through.

It was 1843, and winter was fast approaching. Times were tough for Charles Dickens and his family. He needed to publish something that would earn enough money to meet his many obligations. Pondering his predicament, Dickens set out to write a quick Christmas story that would be sure to sell. Little did he know that his writing—and the genial ghost he would bring to life—would take him on an incredible journey of the heart.

This beautifully illustrated volume tells the story behind the writing of Dickens's most famous work and reveals how he discovered the spirit of Christmas for himself—with a little help from his own literary characters. Originally presented by acclaimed British actor John Rhys-Davies at the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's 2013 Christmas concert, the book also includes a DVD with footage from the event.

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Sam's Christmas Wish

Children’s Christmas Books

"We don't need no charity," insists Big Sam Edwards. It's bad enough to have lost his job a few weeks before Christmas; the thought of "do-gooders" meddling in his business is more than he can bear. "I'll be watching if anybody comes around trying to leave anything at the door!" he warns.

But the mystery of a pile of gifts left anonymously, without any tracks in the snow, works a change in Sam's heart. The spirit of Christmas fills his home with joy.

Over the years, Sam becomes one of the most generous men in town. Yet his fondest wish goes unrealized: "I wish I could do something good and do it in secret so nobody would ever know."

And then one Christmas, he gets his chance—his secret act is even more gratifying than he ever could have imagined.

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My Nativity ABCs

Children’s Christmas Books

Create a Christ-filled Christmas with this gorgeously illustrated ABC book that's all about the Savior. From the A for angel to the Z for zzz, this book celebrates the true reason for our rejoicing with rhyming text and a clear focus on the Nativity story. Perfect for families to read together at Christmastime and all year round!

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My First Story of the First Christmas

Children’s Christmas Books

Latter-day Saint parents and grandparents will especially appreciate this one-of-a-kind Christmas board book. Retold in a “read-aloud” style by Deanna Draper Buck, the book unfolds the events surrounding the first Christmas as recorded in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. As in the other best-selling titles in the My First series, vibrant illustrations complement the inviting text. Reading this book is sure to become a Christmas tradition for generations of parents and children.

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Angels Foretold of Baby Jesus

Children’s Christmas Books

See the familiar Nativity story in a whole new light! This illustrated picture book shows how Heavenly Father prepared His people by sending angels to share the good news of the Savior's birth. From Isaiah until the night Jesus was born, this book is sure to inspire the whole family at Christmastime and all year long!

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Bright Night

Children’s Christmas Books

Share the joy of the Nativity story with your children! Sweet rhymes and engaging illustrations show little ones the path Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem on the bright night that Jesus was born. Great for families with young ones to read together at Christmas or any time of year!

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The Miracle Maker

Children’s Christmas Books

It all starts with one little seed of love. "The Miracle Maker is coming!" Everyone in the tiny hamlet is excited when they hear the news that the renowned man of wonders is coming to their village. But the humble traveler who appears isn't what anyone expected. They were looking forward to someone magnificent who would change their lives, but it seems this man can barely take care of himself—let alone fulfill the dreams of others.

Now with stunning new illustrations, this special-edition book is the perfect reminder that miracles can come in all shapes and sizes—and sometimes from unexpected places.

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Asleep on the Hay: A Dust Bowl Christmas

Children’s Christmas Books

It's Christmas Eve and the fierce storms of the Dust Bowl are sweeping through the Midwest when a small family knocks on the door of Paul's family farmhouse. Their baby is sick, their truck has broken down, and they need shelter for the evening. Paul's grandfather not only welcomes them in, he offers them dinner and a bed for the night.

Even though it is a season of giving, Paul's heart is not filled with charity, Why should he share what little he has with strangers? Worse, Grandfather warns Paul that he might have to sell his beloved calf to buy a part to fix the truck so the family can take the baby to a doctor.

Angry and afraid, Paul retreats to the barn, where he sleeps and dreams of faraway Bethlehem. What begins as a dream becomes something more—a Christmas journey that will bring Paul peace and help him learn the true meaning of Christmas.

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