Celebrating God’s Greatest Gift: Christmas Reads for Children from Zonderkidz!

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It’s December and during this time of the month, I like pulling out all of our favorite Christmas & Holiday titles to read with my family. This year I’m excited to have three new additions added to our collection from Zonderkidz. Why not check them out and see if you might want to share these with your family too!

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The Legend of St. Nicholas
The true story behind the legend of Santa Claus
Ages 4-8

In The Legend of St. Nicholas, the new artwork, created by Marley and Me illustrator, Richard Cowdrey, captivates audiences and tells the story of a young man named Nicholas, who was moved by the plight of the poor and needy. Nicholas spent his life secretly helping the poor all over the world, giving gifts on Christmas Eve to remind people of the greatest Gift of all, Jesus Christ. This gentle Christmas book introduces the original St. Nicholas and offers inspiration for readers to become cheerful givers themselves. The final pages in the book include fun Father Christmas traditions in other lands.

Our Thoughts…

This is a wonderful book that explains and illustrates the Legend of Santa Claus well! My daughter recognized the art by Richard Cowdrey from recently having read The Legend of the Candy Cane and having enjoyed that tale, was eager to read this one too!

We meet a young boy and his father out doing some last minute Christmas shopping. The young boy was not entirely eager to get shopping done for his siblings. He was busy pondering the idea of getting himself  something with whatever money he had left over. He however comes across a mall Santa telling other kids the legend of St. Nicholas and rethinks his choice.

The story kept my whole family captivated from start to finish. The message that it’s better to give than receive is very present and also that of the greatest gift we could ever receive, Christ Jesus.

The Bible verse James 1:17 is included at the ending of the book which reads, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows”.

I would certainly recommend this title and plan on pulling it out to re-read every Christmas season!


firstchristmasThe First Christmas Ever
Retelling of the Christmas Story
Ages 6-10

A simple retelling of the Christmas story, from the angel’s visit to Mary to the shepherds’ joyful praise of the new born Baby, this small format paperback, The First Christmas Ever is sure to be popular with young readers. Using the vibrant and popular artwork of Dennis Jones, families can share this timeless story of God’s love each holiday season.

Our Thoughts…

This retelling of the very first Christmas is done well. The illustrations are very kid-appealing! The colors aren’t dull but not overly vibrant either. I found the imagery to be rich and satisfying! There are full pages of illustrations, 4 panels on one page, and other variations.  All done quite well and kept the story moving along.

I appreciate the accurateness of the story. For example, it’s accurate as in the sense that the wise men didn’t show up to visit Jesus as soon as he was born. Often we see the shepherds along with the Wise men all at the stable together.  It was nice to see this done right!

This book is great for reading to children or having a child read it on their own. My six year old daughter read this book with ease all by herself. I will be pulling this one out to read during Christmas this month as well as for years to come for my children!


xmasstoryThe Christmas Story for Children
by Max Lucado, Randy Frazee and Karen Davis Hill
Ages 5 and up

Follow the events of Jesus’ birth as you read this lovely picture book written by Max Lucado with Randy Frazee and Karen Hill and illustrated by Fausto. The Christmas Story for Children tells readers about the birth of a special baby whose story is filled with love for us all. Young readers as well as their parents will appreciate the beautiful words and artwork that convey the message that we are loved and cherished.

Our Thoughts…

This book doesn’t just follow the event of the birth of Jesus but goes well beyond that. I frankly was quite surprised but over all delighted. The story begins with introducing us to the people of God, the Jews whom had been awaiting a Savior. It ends shortly after Jesus gets baptized and begins his ministry.

The illustrations are very attractive and the story written quite elegantly. The book paraphrases Biblical text . I feel the three people involved in creating this book did an excellent job.

The age recommendation for this story is ages five and up. I would possibly recommend it for children a little older than that. There’s quite a bit of text, and I question attention spans. Though you could break up reading this book into parts over several days.

I like that we see Christ’s birth, baptism, and beginning of His ministry. This displays who Christ was and is to us. It gives children more than the journey of Mary & Jospeh and baby Jesus being born. I feel this makes it an excellent  choice for reading during the Advent season.


Disclaimer: I received complimentary copies of Zonderkidz Christmas books  for this posting. I was not financially compensated for this post.