Friends in Books


Wake Up, Little Tree by Yutake Sugita (Thomas Nelson).

One silent night when a golden star appears, a dove and reindeer work together to trim a little tree to celebrate the Savior’s birth.

The Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Jack Keats (Macmillan).

In the true spirit of Christmas, a poor little drummer boy gives the Baby Jesus a very special gift.

A Certain Small Shepherd by Rebecca Caudill; illustrated by William Pene du Bois (Holt, Rinehart and Winston).

The Christmas story is so real to Jamie, a little mute boy, that Christmas morning brings a long-awaited miracle.

The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Andersen; illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert (Harper & Row).

A pretty little fir tree always wishes for something greater than its life in the forest—until its wish comes true.

Nine Days to Christmas by Marie Hall Ets and Aurora Labastida (Viking).

For her first Mexican Christmas party, Ceci picks out a beautiful piñata in the shape of a star.

While her friends take turns swinging at the piñata with a big stick, Ceci hides so she won’t see them break it. The sudden crash of broken pottery releases a new secret for Ceci.

[illustration] From Wake Up, Little Tree

[illustration] From The Little Drummer Boy

[illustration] From A Certain Small Shepherd

[illustration] From The Fir Tree

[illustration] From Nine Days to Christmas