All Ages

The Reason for the Season: 9 Books That Celebrate the Meaning of Christmas

by Dena McMurdie

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Between shopping, parties, and visiting Santa at the mall, the true meaning of Christmas can get lost in the excitement. If you’re looking for a way to keep the real reason for the season at the forefront of your Christmas celebrations, try reading these books with your kids this December.

  • For Tweens:

  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

    by Barbara Robinson

    When a family of rambunctious children takes over the Christmas pageant and learns the story of Jesus's birth, they have their own interpretation of it. This charming story delivers a fresh perspective on the nativity and is a beautiful reminder that God loves everyone.

  • Jotham's Journey: A Storybook for Advent

    by Arnold Ytreeide

    A young boy sets out on a journey across Israel to find his parents. Along the way, he encounters miscreants, wise men, shepherds, and new baby born in a stable in Bethlehem. With lots of action and a chapter for every day of Advent, it's a book the entire family can enjoy.

  • Choir of Angels

    by Michele Mirabile

    Because of his physical handicap, Riley often gets picked on by other kids. When he achieves his goal of becoming Joseph in the Christmas play, he learns that forgiveness and love go a long way. This sweet Christmas story has a message of hope and kindness.