Below are the Christmas picks from the managers in our LDS and General Books departments.
The Mismatched Nativity
by Merrilee Boyack
Joshua has a problem. His family has just moved across the country to a new home. It’s nearly Christmas, he’s lonely and homesick, and he wonders if he’ll ever make any new friends.
A caring Primary teacher notices, though. Soon Josh and the rest of his Primary class are caught up in the Christmas spirit. They learn what the story of the Nativity has to do with all of us, especially those of us who feel lonely or homesick at Christmas.
The Mismatched Nativity also includes suggestions for parents to help make the story of Christ’s birth an exciting and fun part of their family’s Christmas celebration.
My First Story of the First Christmas
by Deanna Draper Buck
My First Story of the First Christmas brings the story of Christ’s birth to life with colorful pictures and simple, read-aloud text perfect for toddlers! This little board book teaches children the true meaning of the holiday with stories from both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. It is sure to become a family Christmas treasure.
The Christmas List
by Ed J. Pinegar
Mr. G’s legacy lives on. In this heartwarming Christmas story, Mr. G’s teenage grandson, Jacob, discovers a coded entry in his late grandfather’s journal that will transform the family’s Christmas–and their entire lives. When Jacob deciphers a list entitles “10 Ways to Capture the Christmas Spirit,” he gathers Mr. G’s closest family and friends, encouraging them to participate in a ten-day experiment that will focus on one step every day until Christmas. As they strive to follow Mr. G’s list by being more grateful, forgiving, and helpful to the poor and needy, the group discovers how living more like the Savior can influence them daily. But can they overcome their personal challenges and embrace the true spirit of Christmas?
The Prince of Peace
by Russell M. Nelson
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. -Isaiah 9:6
This First Christmas Night
by Laura Godwin
See this small gray donkey,
this long dusty road,
this promising star.
See this man, Joseph,
this woman, Mary.
Feel the frost on
this clear Bethlehem night.
Here is the Nativity Story brought to life for family time or bedtime. Readers o all ages will embrace this luminous celebration of the miracle of Christmas.
An Otis Christmas
by Loren Long
“The illustrations wonderfully enhance the story, from the joy of the animals prancing around the Christmas tree to Otis’ expressive response to the events around him.”
-Booklist, starred review
“Once again, brave little tractor Otis saves the day in his latest heroic adventure. Reserved gouache and pencil illustrations capture the frosty setting while touches of color emit a warm glow.” -The Horn Book
My Christmas Star
by Roger Priddy
“A sleepy girl got out of bed.
She wished on a star.
Here’s what she said….”
This shiny, glittering gift
book is perfect for your
child’s stocking this Christmas.
A Baxter Family Christmas
by Karen Kingsbury
As Christmas nears, John Baxter makes a bold gesture–he invites a stranger to share Christmas Eve dinner with his family. But not just any stranger. This woman is the recipient of his daughter Erin’s heart. John knows the invitation will impact each of his adult kids and their families. But will they choose to embrace their guest? And how will the woman’s presence affect his granddaughter–the one who feels the loss of her mother most keenly?
Kendra Bryant, John’s surprising guest, has been given a second chance at life, but at great cost to the Baxter family. Maybe meeting them will instill some much-needed peace into her life. And maybe Christmas Eve dinner will even help heal Kendra’s failing marriage.
Meanwhile, Maddie West’s job at the local theater has her working alongside an amazing guy. But Maddie knows she has to keep him at a distance or risk exposing a secret she’s hidden for years. In a moment of faith, she sends up a desperate prayer for help. What happens next leaves Maddie–and the entire Baxter family–shocked at God’s perfect grace and timing.
A Baxter Family Christmas will become an instant holiday classic, a love story reminding readers of God’s redemption in all things, even great loss.
An annual celebration of Christmas traditions and meaning, now in its 72nd year.
Christmas Ideals continues its legacy of holiday cheer and warmth with a festive new edition for 2016. This classic collection of all things Christmas includes poetry, essays, quotations, and recipes, as well as three Bible excerpts from the story of the first Christmas. Each carefully chosen selection is accompanied by beautiful, full-color artwork or photography, adding to the reasons loyal readers have sought out each year’s edition since 1944. Perfect for sharing with loved ones and friends, this beautiful book will spread Christmas joy once more this year.