If you celebrate Christmas and are looking for religious themed children’s books, two board books stand out as perfect within the 1-5 age range.
“Christmas in the Manger” by Nola Buck and Felicia Bond uses an easy rhyming scheme to keep children’s attention. It also includes bold crisp illustrations that clearly focus on the topic of each two page set. Each turn of the page includes a verse about a nativity character, finishing with the baby Jesus. This one veers on the younger side and is perfect for babies and toddlers but maxes out the interest level at about 3 years old.
“Jesus in the Manger” by Maite Roche uses reveal tabs rather than a rhyming scheme. The story begins with the angel Gabriel, moves to travel to Bethlehem, and the final manger scene. Roche’s use of tabs is appropriate for a pre-reader and lists a question about a character over the tab. The revealed vocabulary is also listed in outer tabs at the edge of the pages. This one would be useful for home reading or for religious education.
The above reviews have also been posted on Amazon, Goodreads, and LibraryThing. A copy of the books were placed in a Little Free Library.