• = some of our favorites
The Truth About Santa Claus
Genesis Communications Inc., Mobile, Alabana, 1997
Simple explanation of how Nicholas became Santa Claus and how everyone is to love like Jesus did
• The Twenty Miracles of Saint Nicholas
Atlantic Little-Brown, 1960
Fine retellings of Nicholas legends, well and plentifully illustrated; a treasure
• The Legend of Saint Nicholas
McElderry Books, 2003
Beautiful gilded illustrations tell the full story of the good saint.
A Perfect Christmas
Regina Orthodox Press, 2003
Lavishly illustrated fanciful tale of a young doubting boy who comes to understand the real St Nicholas and compassion for those in need.
• Saint Nicholas & the Nine Gold Coins
St Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2015
Yonkers, New York
Well-told story of St Nicholas and the dowry gold, seamlessly includes background and Jesus' teachings. Beautifully illustrated with rich, full-color iconographic art. A short accessible section at the end fills out more detail of Nicholas' story. Large-size picture book.
• Saint Nicholas
Sheed & Ward, 1936
Delightful story with two-color illustrations by Elisabeth Jvanovsky
The Storm and the Sea: A Story About the Life ofo St. Nicholas
St. Ignatius of Antioch Press, 1992
Six stories of St. Nicholas, nicely illustrated
• The Legend of Saint Nicholas
Eerdmans Books for Young People, 2014
Grand Rapids, Michigan & Cambridge, United Kingdom
Originally published by Verlag Herder GmbH, Germany
Nicely illustrated with double-page, soft pictures; included stories: dowry, selection as bishop, saving sailors, famine relief, and the two golden cups. Very nice introduction to St. Nicholas.
The Sunbonnet Babies in Holland
Rand McNally, 1915
Sunbonnet babies visit Holland; one chapter on St. Nicholas Day; nicely tinted illustrations
Papa's Christmas Gift: Around the World on the Night Before Christmas
Simon & Schuster, 1995
Set in Clement Clark Moore's house, customs around the world are shown with St. Nicholas in the Netherlands
The True Story of Saint Nicholas
Alan C. Hood & Co., new edition, 2006,(1964, 1997)
Simple little book, suitable for Christmas Eve reading aloud.
Tales of the Tick-Tock Time Traveler: St. N:icholas's Secret
Higher Life Development Services, 2009
Nicholas story woven into a time travel adventure, cartoon-style illustrations; tone a little preachy in spots.
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The Secret of Saint Nicholas
Sid Harta Publishers, Australia, 2000
A gentle story answers the question, is Father Christmas were real; blends the Bishop of Myra's story and Christmas gift-giving; keeps the magic of Christmas honest.
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A Gift From Saint Nicholas
Holiday House, 1988
Freely adapted from the classic Felix Timmermans story; lavishly illustrated by Charles Mikolaycak
Mommy, Was Santa Claus Born on Christmas Too?
Destiny Image Publishers, Shippensburg, PA, 1995
The question is answered by telling stories of St Nicholas
Matthias Media, 2015
Introduction to the idea of Saint Nicholas—gives the basic understanding of the dowry story, but without Nicholas becoming a bishop, rather a good man who loved God and gave away his wealth
A Saint Called Nicholas
Abbott Press, 2012
A mixture of rhyme and text with some simplified information about Nicholas customs around the world; empahsis on punishment, more so than in contemporary observances; the story of St. Nicholas and why he is a saint is not included
The Legend of St. Nicholas: A Story of Christmas Giving
ZonderKidz, Zondervan, 2007
Not recommended, inaccurate portrayal of life in the 4th century and distortion of Nicholas traditions
Wooden Shoes in America
Charles Scribners Sons, 1940
The Children of Today from Children of Yesterday
Stories about Dutch children set in the North America, one about Saint Nicholas; nicely illustrated
• The Real Santa Claus
Phyllis Fogelman Books (Putnam), 2001
The story of St. Nicholas, the real Santa, richly illustrated with classic art from the masters.
Tales Told in Holland (My Travelship)
The Book House for Children, 1926
Folk and other tales from Holland, colorful illustrations, some patterned on classic works; St Nicholas legend is included; still appealing nearly a century later
The Legend of St. Nicholas
Henry Z. Walck, 1970
Fine presentation of Saint Nicholas; German edition, "Die Legende von Sankt Nikolaus," Orell Füssli, Zürich, 1971, is still in print
The Secret of St. Nicholas
Fairland Books, 2008
Story of a very young Nicholas using his fortune to save three young girls.
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The Story of St. Nicholas: More than Reindeer and a Red Suit
Voice of the Martyrs, Bartlesville, OK, 2006
The story of St. Nicholas with an emphasis on his imprisonment and steadfast faith
The Legend of the Christmas Stocking: The Inspirational Story of a Wish Come True
ZonderKidz, Zondervan, 2004
Story loosely set in the early 1800s reinforces generosity with the story of Saint Nicholas. Also available as a board book with condensed text.
An Orange for Frankie
Philomel Books, 2004
This isn't really a St. Nicholas story, but shows how widespread and special oranges have been at Christmas; a story of giving and forgiveness.
Saint Nicholas in Holland
Het Parool, Amsterdam, undated
Small booklet with black/white photos, songs, info on Sinterklaas
The Saint Nicholas Day Snow
Phoenix Flair Press, 2017
Story weaves a number of themes together: two girls blending their St. Nicholas traditions, the illness of a grandmother, sensitive inclusion of a girl with mobility challenges. Set in an Orthodox home, each page features the main story about two girls' friendship along with a pictured St. Nicholas church from different parts of the world, and a vignette of the grandmother. More information is found in the back pages, as well.
Bari Press, Canterbury UK, 2000
Two English children learn about Father Christmas/Santa
The Miracle of the Wooden Shoes
Deseret Book, Salt Lake City, 2008
Written for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the tender story is set in Germany, telling of a family visited by St. Nicholas and Mormon missionaries
The Christmas Anna Angel
E. M. Hale and Company, 1944, 1972
A St. Nicholas story set in Hungary, illustrated by Kate Seredy
St Paul Publications, England, 1990
Tells the story of Father Christmas and how to give caring gifts that reflect Jesus' care for others
The Life of Saint Nicholas the Wonder-worker
A Cloud of Witnesses Book, St. Nectarios Press, 1994
Small book nicely illustrated by Ruth Duckworth.
• The Baker's Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale
Skyhook Press (Atheneum), 1995, 2010
Retelling of an Early American folk tale, the origin of "a baker's dozen"–St. Nicholas develops a spirit of generosity; beautiful detailed illustrations by Wendy Edelson. Now in a new 15th anniversary edition with pattern and recipe for St. Nicholas cookies
Santa Claus Comes to America
Alfred A. Knopf, 1942
Tells of Saint Nicholas and Santa in America and around the world
• The Life of Saint Nicholas
Burns & Oates, 1966
Excellent book, illustrations by Emile Probst still look fresh
A Turkish interpretation of St Nicholas as a secular humanitarian; also available in Turkish and German
Saint Nicholas: The Real Story of the Christmas Legend
Board book edition, story of Nicholas with focus on God's love in Jesus, not as heavy theologically as the original version
• Saint Nicholas and the Mouse of Myra
Paraclete Press, 2014
Graphic novel tells St. Nicholas' story with a philosophical mouse providing counterpoint and challenge to Nicholas; eight chapters include all the primary accounts, revealing Nicholas' deep faith and commitment to caring for others. Excellent, highly recommended.
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A Day to Remember
Four Winds Press, 1981
Pictorial depiction of the Feast of St Nicholas in a small 19th century Dutch town
St. Nicholas of Myra or The Real Life of Santa Claus
St. Elias Bookstore, Austin, Texas, 1984
Black and white block prints illustrate the story
• St. Nicholas in Trouble
Harper & Brothers, circa 1932
Popular illustrated tale from Flanders is still in print in Germany; excellent English translation; illlustrated by Else Wenz-Viëtor
Boyds Mills Press, 2000
Simply told story based on both life and legend; unusual mosaic style illustrations.
Waiting for Sinterklaas: A Family in the Netherlands
Peguis Publishers, Winnipeg, Canada, 1997
Part of Families of the World series, story tells of Dutch life during Sinterklaas season.
Pilgrim Press, 1947
A new twist on the Dutch custom when St. Nicholas is sick in bed everyone else does the giving
Kersti and Saint Nicholas
Boissevain Books, Junior Literary Guild/Viking (1940), 1940, 2010
A naughty little girl's adventures with Saint Nicholas help him show mercy instead of judgment; reissue updates language to remove 1940s stereotyping, though the older editions have larger ilustrations
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• The True History of Santa Claus
PPP Company Limited, Hong Kong, 2003
A ten-year-old boy, who stopped believing in Santa Claus when he was nine, has an adventure that causes him to believe again—this time in the real Santa, too. The tale includes Christmas Eve miracles, gifts, stockings, magic and snow, while being factual, historical and true to the story in Bethlehem. Highly recommended for children (and adults) asking questions about Santa.
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Nicholas of Myra: A Saint for Advent and Christmas
Creative Communications for the Parish
Elementary age children & families
This small booklet is an excellent introduction to the good saint, grounding Nicholas' concern for others in his love for Jesus. Tells the story of Nicholas' life and how he is revered; includes sentence prayers. Affordable for distribution and could be used in the days surrounding St. Nicholas Day.
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• The Miracle of Saint Nicholas
Ignatius Press, 1997
Story set in Russia tells of the enduring faith of a small village as a young boy's dream for the church evokes a miracle.
The Netherlands: a Children's view of . . .
Edu'Actief, Netherlands, 1993
Drawings by Dutch children illustrate life in the Netherlands, including St Nicholas (sponsored by the Netherlands UNESCO Committee)