The First Christmas Night Book Review (& Giveaway)

Disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in return for a review. All opinions expressed below are my own, period.

The First Christmas Night Review & Giveaway

The First Christmas Night is a wonderful addition to any Christian family’s Christmas book reading tradition. The book is a beautiful poetic retelling of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem written to the lyrical rhyming of ‘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 acrylic illustrations of Christine Kornacki.

This book is an instant hit in our home with our three children ages 5, 6, and 12. We are adding this book to our traditional reading of Christmas books on Christmas Eve!

the first christmas nightThe First Christmas Night
Written by: Keith Christopher
Illustrated by: Laura Jacques
Publisher: Ideals Books
Hardcover: 32 pages

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 is 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.

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