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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?
Remembrance Day can be difficult for young children to understand. Reading Remembrance Day stories have helped. Here are some stories that I have read to my students to make Remembrance Day more meaningful.
A Poppy is to Remember by Heather Patterson
This is a story that gives an introductory and age-appropriate explanation of Remembrance Day for young kids and explains the wearing of poppies. Its simple text and beautiful pictures give it great appeal to all ages. There are notes added to the end, ideal for older children.
Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion by Jane Barclay
This is a touching story that young children really relate to. A grandfather answers his grandson’s questions about his days in the war as he lays a wreath for a fallen friend. He uses analogies to animals to explain his feelings from that time, (he had felt as ‘proud as a peacock’ in his own uniform decades before, and as ‘brave as a lion’), filling the little boy’s imagination with images.
In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae by Linda Granfield
This book is a beautifully illustrated, line-by-line walk through John McCrae’s famous poem In Flanders Fields. More appropriate for grade 2 students and up, it can be read as the original poem, line by line, along the bottom of each page with the beautiful illustrations or by reading each line and learning more about its meaning along the way.
In Flanders Fields is such a important part of Remembrance Day. I remember watching Linus recite it on a Peanuts T.V. special year after year. It seemed only fitting to include Linus’ recitation here.
For a Remembrance Day song, story and activity booklet, please see The Poppy Connection, also linked below (and below that, a links to a free Remembrance Day / Veterans Day playlist for young children!
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What do you do with your children or students to make Remembrance Day meaningful?
Here is what I focused on with my grade one and kindergarten classes when I was a classroom teacher, and two books that I have discovered since that fit in with it perfectly.