Category Archives: Christian preschool

Additional books from my Christmas basket


I “bunched these books” as a group that some have a Christian message along

with a few Hallmark books that were given to the family. I hope that you will

look them up and enjoy them. Also, that you will not mind additional books

from my large, dark brown, woven basket that used to sit by our fireplace. It

now sits under my little Christmas tree. I have a tree that is “new” from 2006,

when I set up housekeeping, once again on my own. It has little birds’ nests,

birdhouses and different calico and plaid ribbons on it, along with tarnished

brass bells on it. There is a small blown-glass angel at the top and two

little cinnamon bears that a student gave me in my last year of teaching


1. “It’s Christmas!” (1987) which features the special story of Christ’s

birth with the cutest “Holly Babes” that are Ruth J. Morehead’s artistic

creations. If you wish to see how they look, check out Wikipedia, and you

will agree these little adorable “cherubs” are recognizable from Christmas

cards and ornaments. The Holly Babes are so cute you want to squeeze them!

My daughter, Felicia, received this book in 1990 when she was 5 years old.

2. “My First Picture Book of Christmas Carols,” (1979) which is illustrated

by Mary McClain and includes such favorites as “Joy to the World” and “Away

in the Manger.” The drawings are very attractively done and it is a Golden

Book, so small and manageable for little ones’ hands.

3. “The Story of Christmas with Scripture,” retold from the Bible,

by Jill Wolf, (1986). This was given to my son, (with two Bible names,

James Matthew) when he was only three years old. It is beautifully,

elegantly illustrated by two artists: Jean Rudegeair and Nancy Herndon.

4. “The Christmas Story,” (1993), a Hallmark book that was edited by

Denise V. Johnson and illustrated with an old-fashioned style by Dale

G. Forton. This book was given to our family by some close friends

who knew us from church. It is a heavier book, so I place it on my

lap or ask the grandchildren to put it on the coffee table and

pick up a stool to sit and turn the pages of it. They love studying

these attractive illustrations that begin with an Angel coming to

Mary to tell her she will be blessed to carry the Son of God. It is

written in a challenging prose for children, so I usually make the

words up unless, the older two, Lara and Skyler “call me on it!”

(Meaning they can tell I am not reading word for word!)

5. Hallmark’s Pop-Up Book of “The Night Before Christmas”

(1988) Illustrated by Tom Patrick, which has wonderful pages

of a Victorian home decorated for Christmas and uses all of

Clement Moore’s prose, including a vanishing Santa Claus who

places his finger aside of his nose and up the chimney he goes!

I will be posting about the antique English version of this

book separately since it is a fascinating story of the author

and the illustrator, Arthur Rackham, for the older book, too.

The older book was published by Weathervane Books. Please check

this post out next!(Not that Tom Patrick doesn’t do an “able” job

illustrating in this version!)

6. Another Hallmark book, “Stories of Santa” that includes the

two stories, “Up on the Housetop” and “Jolly Old St. Nicholas,”

taken from the two beloved songs. It was published in 2003 and

given to the family by a friend. The children like the merry

drawings and the stories behind the songs, too.

7. “Rudolph’s Adventure and Favorite Christmas Tales,” (1992),

illustrated cover by Linda Graves with the inside illustrations

drawn by Susan Spellman. This is a Hallmark book that I bought

for the family and we enjoy reading the stories. Of course, it

is hard for the children not to burst into song during Rudolph’s

story! Smile!

8. “The Hallmark Christmas Songbook” which has a line on the

cover saying, “featuring favorite carols beautifully illustrated

with Christmas cards from our Hallmark Historical Collection.”

This was published in 1993 and includes songs, for example, “We

Three Kings of Orient Are” and “What Child is This?” It also

includes songs that are seasonal like, “We Wish You a Merry

Christmas” and “Deck the Halls,” (written in the 16th century,

Wales.) I like to look at this book for two reasons, it has

the musical notes, sheet music and many interesting tidbits

about when and where the songs originated.

9. “Jingle Bells,” (1964) A “new” story by Kathleen N. Daly,

based on the traditional Christmas carol with illustrations

by J. P. Miller. There is a sweet and friendly Bear family

in this book that you will fall in love with! The music and

words of the actual song, Jingle Bells, are at the end of

the book. The story is precious and I love this “Little

Golden Book!” I have had this since I was about ten years old

given to me by Santa Claus at the Cleveland Higbee’s Department




When it comes to prayer in school, can the Driver’s Education teacher

still raise some silent ones?

This is a quickie with just a little extra meaning. I believe in not

offending anyone, trying to be inclusive. I took my three children to

church from ages 6 months, one and a half year old and the oldest

was 3 years old. As a single mom! My mornings were pretty hectic,

but I tried to breathe deeply, remembering every word that my own

Mom told me about how time just flies so quickly as you are raising

your little ones. My Dad would say, “It went like a bolt of lightning!

Time was shockingly too fast and too short, too! Sudden shock to

the system, we had three in four years.” (My brothers and I were

who he was talking about!)

My oldest daughter enrolled my busy and curious four year old

grandson, Micah, in the same Christian preschool that she had

Skyler go to. Micah already knew that you wait to eat your snack,

you recite a little blessing song and then, you may eat.

Here is the quaint little song they sing for their Grace, before

partaking in their milk and cookies.

“God our Father, God our Father,

Once again,

Thank you for our blessings.

Thank you for our blessings.



In the first evening after preschool, Micah was telling his Mom and

Dad at dinner time,

“You would not believe how many zombies there are in my classroom!”

“What?!” his Dad was shocked and dismayed that there would be

some decorations like that in Christian preschool.

My daughter, less literal, more artistic and knowing of the routines

asked Micah, “Do you mean that they don’t know the prayers?”

He nodded his head.

She said, “Well, I suppose they may be called ‘heathens’ in some

Bible classes, but Micah don’t call your classmates, “zombies!'”