I was recently asked about my favorite Nativity stories. Having grown up in the Catholic school system, and now teaching in it, have been fortunate to have had plenty of exposure to a large selection! From the cute and colorful, to soft and beautiful, Nativity Stories are a wonderful way to help children learn the biblical origin of Christmas. Here are just a few!
One of our family’s all time favorite stories for ‘showing’ kids the true meaning of Christmas through laughter is The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, a hilarious junior novel about The Herdmans, the most neglected and feared group of siblings one can imagine. They paralyze a school and town with their antics, until the only safe place was the church – until they decide they want to be in the Christmas Pageant. I highly recommend the book and the one hour 80’s movie.
Jesus’ Christmas Party by Nicholas Allen Hilarious, classic Christmas tale…told from the point of view of the grumpy innkeeper. When a night of angels, shepherds and bright stars keeps him from his sleep, is there anything that will cheer him up? ~Amazon.ca
A is For Angel: A Christmas Alphabet and Activity Book (Augsburg Books for Children and Families) by Debbie Trafton O’Neal The story of the birth of Jesus, alphabetically! This is a consumable book with crafts and activities within its pages.
The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado, Jenna Lucado Bishop, Sara Lucado, Liz Bonham (Illustrator), Andrea Lucado
This story is so touching that reading it brought a volunteer grandmother to tears when we gave it to her as a gift from our grade one class. She walked with a cane herself, and she knew how valued she was in our classroom. This story shows kids that Joshua the Lamb was part of a unique plan in Baby Jesus’ story, despite his differences.
What are your favorite stories about the First Christmas?