Dear Book Lovers,

I am in the mood of this Christmas shopping thing now. Actually it’s pretty early for me.

When I was growing up, last minute shopping meant the last five minutes before the last store closed on Christmas Eve. (We were also known to yell out on Christmas morning, “Wait, we can’t open gifts yet. I’m not done sewing.”) So you see, it’s really early for me. Christmas is months away, right?  But in case you’re more in touch with reality, I have a great book that I want to remind you about.  I think it would be a terrific book to share with your children, your grandchildren, your Sunday schoolers. Here’s that post:

There’s a picture book I have to tell you about. Lucille Nadine Alexander’s Birthday by Teirrah McNair is a gem.

Seven-year-old Lucille is having a birthday. And while she pulls no punches about how excited she is about it being her day, she also wants you to know that it is someone else’s birthday. It’s Jesus’s birthday.

Lucille wonders aloud whether we shouldn’t give Jesus something for Christmas. With a child’s directness she tells us what he wants—us. She gives specific kid-relatable examples showing how he has helped her since she asked him to come into her heart. Then using figures from a nativity, she tells the Christmas story.

Lucille’s telling captures the wonder and excitement of a God-event and having her talk first about how Jesus helps us live our lives now, helps the child-listener see “why” we celebrate this holiday and “why” we tell this story.

The black-and-white cartoon-like illustrations are energetic and humorous.

The book is available through