Children: Advent & Christmas, All ages

Children's books for the different seasons of the church's year. For reading aloud or reading by themselves. For the older children look in Young Peoples books too.

Veggietales: The Little Drummer Boy



Created by Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki


Code for ordering from Trust Media Distribution is 820699. The ISBN shown is purely for TGBS data use.

I didn’t start to write this review immediately after watching the DVD, a lovely excuse for watching it again on a quiet Friday afternoon.
Junior is left with Grandpa, and is waiting for his friends to call, to go carol singing. However, he is making so much noise pretending to drum, that because Grandpa is out of the room when the friends arrive, neither of them hear the doorbell and Junior is convinced that his friends have ditched him, and sulks. When Grandpa suggests he read him a story, Junior very reluctantly agrees, but only because it is about a Little Drummer Boy.
In the story, Aaron is like Junior, a little boy who loves drumming, but one day his family is broken up by the cruel Romans burning the families home and farm to make way for something of their own. Aaron manages to hide with his faithful lamb, donkey and camel, but when they return to the ruins, Aaron’s parents are nowhere to be found and Aaron wanders of with his animal friends, determined to manage on his own. After several adventures he finds himself at Bethlehem and of course there is a happy ever after end to the story.
Junior is now in a mood to forgive his friends, but of course they need to forgive him for ignoring them! All ends happily with a lesson well learnt.

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (05/11/11)
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DVD
Price: £9.99 (incl VAT)
Publisher: Big Idea distributed by Authentic Media
Published: September 2011
ISBN: 9-990-00049-2

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The Donkey’s First Christmas



by S.T.Schroder


If you look on the book’s website you will see that a lot of people have already read this and enjoyed it. When I got my copy I picked it up immediately, the cover is appealing and an adult reading it on their own only takes a few minutes. – I then wholeheartedly agreed with all that those others have said.
It really is a delightful idea: a lazy donkey given no option than to carry a heavily pregnant lady on a journey to Bethlehem. A kindly man and a lady who is so grateful for his help, that she thanks the little donkey at every step along the way, so that he gladly struggles to get her to her destination as quickly as possible.
Told in simple rhyme, written in hand written script, appealingly illustrated, this book is a delight.

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (05/11/11)
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Stapled Paperback
Price: £5.99
Publisher: Tilli Publishing from Trust Media Distribution
Published: 09 September 2011
ISBN: 978-1-908-05301-5

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The Baby Born at Christmas



by Sally Ann Wright illustrated by Honor Ayres


Beautifully told, beautifully illustrated, this is a lovely re-telling of the Christmas story that could become so tired of being told, but when portrayed like this is renewed and very welcome.

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (13/10/11)
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Hardback
Price: £6.99
Publisher: Barnabas imprint of BRF
Published: September 2011
ISBN: 978-0-857-46024-0

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My Carry-Along Christmas Activity Book With Stickers



Crafts by Jonathan Miller, illustrations by Cathy Hughes


This carries the warning ‘Not suitable for children under 36 months’ after that plenty of fun to be had quite safely but little ones will need adult help.
Things to play with, things to make and things to puzzle out and of course stickers to help along the way. Ingenious ideas, with colourful presentation.

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (13/10/11)
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Stapled A4 Pbk.
Price: £5.99
Publisher: Lion
Published: September 2011
ISBN: 978-0-745-96259-7

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The Animals’ Christmas



by Elena Pasquali illustrated by Giuliano Fern


On the back of the book it says ‘Long before Jesus was born, it was foretold that he would rule a peaceable kingdom. In this book, the classic story of the Nativity is interwoven with the ancient Bible prophecy of a time when the lion and the lamb would lie down together.’
This prophecy is used as the theme running though this re-telling of the familiar story and its illustrations and the quotation from Isaiah 11 is set out on the last page.
The result is a charming book with many special moments, such as relatives greeting their families with joy when they arrived in Bethlehem and Herod watching the Wise Men leave his palace while a snake slithers down the palace steps – very suggestive.
Lovely!

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (04/10/11)
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A4 Paperback
Price: £5.99
Publisher: Lion
Published: September 2011
ISBN: 978-0-745-96249-8

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Veggietales: The Star of Christmas



Created by Phil Vischer & Mike Nawrocki


Code for ordering from Trust media distribution is 820389. The ISBN shown is purely for TGBS data use.

Cavis Appythart and Milward Phelps (I loved the names!) are played by Bob Tomato and Larry Cucumber in this story set in 1880’ London. Electricity is very new and rocket science has hardly started so when both play a major part in this story you know you are in for some fun!
Cavis is trying to be a great producer with Milward as the writer of his show. They have borrowed a theatre and just need the famous actress who is adored by the prince, to take part, to insure that the prince will attend and hopefully review the show favourably and make it a success. Of course nothing goes to plan, and Cavis’ plan to teach London how to love is bound to fail, after all the source of love is being depicted by the nativity play put on by the children at the church across town.
All the usual silly songs, mistakes, misfortunes and excitement that we have come to love in Veggietale episodes are here. If you are a Veggietale fan you will love it. The Christmas message of Love is here for all to see.

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (30/09/11)
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DVD
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Publisher: Big Idea distributed by Authentic Media
Published: September 2011
ISBN: 9-990-00047-6

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Lift the Flap Christmas Stable



by Juliet David illustrated by Marie Allen

ISBN: 978-1-859-85892-9
Price: £6.99

Published: September 2011
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The Story of Christmas



by Juliet David illustrated by Steve Whitlow

ISBN: 978-1-859-85889-9
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Published: September 2011
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Baby Jesus is Born Sticker Book



Text by Karen Williamson illustrations by Amanda Enright

ISBN: 978-1-859-85920-9
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Published: September 2011
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Wipe Clean Christmas Story



by Juliet David illustrated by Marie Allen

ISBN: 978-1-859-85891-2
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The Shepherd Girl of Bethlehem

- A Nativity Story

by Carey Morning illustrated by Alan Marks

ISBN: 978-0-745-96232-0
Price: £5.99

Published: September 2011
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The First Christmas



Retold by Karen Williamson illustrated by Simon Mendez

ISBN: 978-1-859-85826-4
Price: £6.99

Published: September 2011
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Baby’s First Christmas



by Christina Goodings illustrated by Stephen Barker

ISBN: 978-0-745-96256-6
Price: £3.99

Published: September 2011
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My Very Little Christmas Story



by Lois Rock illustrated by Alex Ayliffe

ISBN: 978-0-745-96257-3
Price: £2.99

Published: September 2011
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Nativity Story

- A Sparkle and Shine, Rhythm and Rhyme Book

by Dawn Sirett illustrated by Fiona Gowan

ISBN: 978-1-405-34163-9
Price: £7.99

Published: 2009
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Christmas Jigsaw Book



Re-told by Juliet David illustrated by Sarah Pitt

ISBN: 978-1-859-85888-2
Price: £6.99

Published: August 2011
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Countdown to Christmas With Timothy Bear

- 24 Five Minute Read-aloud Bedtime Stories for Advent

by Brian Sears

ISBN: 978-1-841-01725-9

Published: September 2010
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Joseph’s Story of Christmas



by Geraldine Guadagno illustrated by Maria Cristina Lo Cascio

ISBN: 978-1-841-01822-5
Price: £5.99

Published: September 2010
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Christmas Family GodVenture

- A Fun Bible and Prayer Family Activity Sticker Book

Illustration and design by Victoria Beech

ISBN: 978-0-956-38591-8
Price: £5.99

Published: Spring 2010
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The Barnabas Christmas Sticker Book



by Bethan James and Jenny Tulip

ISBN: 978-1-841-01847-8
Price: £3.99

Published: 09 September 2010
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