One Night in Bethlehem
Jill Roman Lord & Paige Keiser
Today’s book is a board book and a touch-and-feel book and a theologically meaningful Christmas story. Triple whammy for the under-3 age group!
One Night in Bethlehem tells the story of a boy who imagines himself present at the first Christmas. Here’s how the opening page reads:
Each time I see the manger scene
I try with all my might
to dream of what I might have done
if I’d been there that night.
The boy goes on to explore how he would have reacted to the birth of Christ if he was a lamb, cow, angel, shepherd, star, and wise man. In each of these roles, he can barely contain his excitement! He speaks of singing the loudest, running the fastest, and offering the most precious gift he can think of. I absolutely love how the author makes clear the reality of the Christmas story by helping us imagine ourselves being present – the birth of Christ was a historical event, and we could have been there! This imagining isn’t just an interesting thought exercise, though, because the boy in the story leads by example in creatively and jubilantly praising God. This isn’t a sit back and relax kind of book, it’s a kind of book that is going to get you and your children truly excited about Jesus’ birth!
I never thought I’d say that a rhyming touch-and-feel book would lead me into worship, but there you have it. Needless to say, One Night in Bethlehem is a wonderful choice for the youngest children in your life. My own son might even find a copy in his stocking this year (shhh!).