The First Christmas {Book Review}

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Book Title: The First Christmas
Author: Keith Christopher
Illustrator: Christine Kornacki
Publisher: Ideals Children’s Books

Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Price: $16.99
Recommended Ages: Kids ages 4-8 but in my opinion enjoyable for all ages!

First Christmas Review Collage

As soon as I pulled the book out of the packaging, I was in love!  This beautiful, hardcover book, written in rhyme captures the attention of both adult and child. It can be a quick easy read or you can slow down and savor each page.

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.

first christmas cover image

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

Supergirl enjoys looking at the pictures in The First Christmas Night

Our Thoughts

This is a fun book to read aloud. It starts out just like the familiar old Christmas poem but tells the story of the night Jesus was born. The full-page illustrations are beautiful and compliment the text perfectly. This book is the perfect Christmas gift for a young child. I think it would be perfect to give to a grandparent who has young grandchildren.

The book, at the end, includes the Scripture passages from Luke and Matthew so when you are finished enjoying the poem, you can read the story of the first Christmas night from the Bible.

I am so pleased and excited to be able to give one of these books away to one of my readers!  As usual you must be 18 and older.  US and Canada residents only please. This giveaway will only be available for a few short days. Winner will be contacted by email.

This giveaway has now ended.  Congratulations to Jared H.!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  1. If I won this book, I would gift it to my daughter (Alyssa). I was wanting to read it on Christmas morning as part of our traditions. Thank you for the chance to win it.

  2. We would totally use it for our kids! It looks like an AWESOME Christmas Eve tradition-in-the-making!

  3. I'd read it to Lauren this year, and if she outgrows it before next year, I'll pass it along to my nephew and niece.

  4. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd give this to my kids as a Christmas Eve gift.

  5. I would keep it. I've started collecting Christmas story books for our children and I only pull them out Dec. 1 and read them through the month. We also love books that tell the story in rhyme, so this would make a lovely addition to our collection :) Thank you for sharing and hosting this give away!


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