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The First Christmas Night
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Written by: Keith Christopher
Illustrated by: Christine Kornacki
Publisher: Ideals Books
Hardcover: 32 pages
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About The First Christmas Night
The First Christmas Night is a beautiful retelling of the birth of Jesus on that joyous night in Bethlehem so long ago. 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 acrylic illustrations of Christine Kornacki.
About the Author
Keith Christopher is a composer, arranger, orchestrator, and educator, and he has served as editor and producer for several major music publishers. In addition to writing and studio producing, Keith served on the faculty at the Blair School of Music of Vanderbilt University in Nashville. 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 the University of Hartford, her dreams of illustrating children’s books began to take shape, including illustrating the best-selling The Sparkle Box for Ideal’s 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 cafe in New Haven, Connecticut.
Who is it for?
- Kids ages 4-8 – The rhyming language can help them develop verbal language skills and learn to read
- Family story time during the holidays
- Children’s Ministers and Sunday school teachers
- Christmas carolers could set it to a tune!
One lucky reader will receive a copy of The First Christmas Night. Giveaway ends Wednesday, November 20 at 11PM. (Giveaway open to US and Canadian residents. If you have been a winner of one of our giveaways in the last 30 days, you are not eligible for this giveaway.)
To enter, leave a comment telling about the last book you read or let us know if you a favorite Christmas tradition, or your thoughts on the Christmas story…or say ‘Howdy!’ Thanks!
For extra entries, you can leave one comment on any post on our blog ONCE A DAY ONLY until the end of the giveaway, or leave a comment on the Melody and Emily’s reviews of THE FIRST CHRISTMAS NIGHT.
I just finished Girl Gone. Very good book.
Howdy 🙂 We love the blessing jar.
The last book I read was Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels Among Us. It was a really good book!
Last book we read was The Very Hungry Caterpilar. 🙂
I want to start the tradition of new pjs and story on Christmas Eve. I would live to read this book each year!
I own the Easter version of this book, from the same authors, and it is wonderful! I’ve read it to my kids every year. I also love the beautiful illustrations.
I always let the kids open a gift on christmas eve and we go to church that night also.
My family loves Christmas, we are trying to teach them the true message of Christmas, so this book would be perfect!
I have baked the same sugar cookies on Christmas Eve for the past 50 years.