The First Christmas Night - #ChristmasCountdown

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If you remember, we are doing a Christmas Countdown for Broxton this year... 
I was sent a great book that would be perfect for us to include and I wanted to share this book with you.
The First Christmas Night from Ideals Publishing.
I really enjoyed turning the pages of this book, although I know the story of Christmas, I was eager to see how this book was going to tell it.
The story is beautiful, of course..  But, the illustrations are amazing...  I have to say, I loved that the illustrations had the glow coming from Baby Jesus lighting up the pages....
This will be the book that we read on Christmas Eve!  

 Here is a lyrical retelling of the birth of Jesus on that joyous night in Bethlehem so long ago. Modeled after "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," the poem begins with the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem and winds though Christ's birth, the angels' appearance to the shepherds, and the visit by the Wise Men. The simple, yet elegant, verses will appeal to little ones and are accompanied by the rich oil illustrations of Christine Kornacki.

About the Author:
Keith Christopher is an award-winning composer, arranger, lyricist, and author. His music has been performed worldwide by choirs, orchestras and bands at numerous events and venues, including the National Christmas tree lighting, Hollywood Bowl and All-State concerts. Keith was formerly on the faculty at the Blair School of Music of Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He holds a Master of Music in Composition from Southern Methodist University. He lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee, with his wife and two children.
About the Illustrator:
At a very early age, Christine Kornacki developed a love for painting and bringing stories to life. After receiving a BFA in illustration from theUniversity of Hartford, her dreams of illustrating children’s books began to take shape, including illustrating the best-selling The Sparkle Box for Ideals Children’s Books. Christine’s recent work also includes illustrating the six-book series for the American Girl historical doll characters Marie-Grace and Cecile. She spends her days painting in her studio, which adjoins a charming café in New Haven, Connecticut.

If you are looking for a great keepsake gift, I totally think that you need to look at this book.  It is a great book, beautifully told.  


  1. This looks like a wonderful book. I love its cover.

  2. I just learned about Ideals Publishing, such a nice company, such great book selections! I love the one you've showcased here!

  3. My boys are so excited to Christmas. They already wanted to bring up our Christmas books.

  4. We are already reading Christmas books, my girls are so excited!


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