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Picture Books for Younger Children (and All Ages)
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  • Santa's Prayer

    Andes, Mary Lou

    Pauline Books & Media, 2007

    Book/CD with story and song

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    Lovely prayer for children in shaped board book; prayer suitable for elementary children

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  • The Usborne Christmas Treasury: Stories, Carols and Activitkes, Book and CD

    Bates, Michelle, Jenny Tyler and Fiona Watt, editors

    Usborne Publishing Ltd., 2001

    Beautifully illustrated anthology, with a particularly nice Saint Nicholas story

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  • The Christmas Rose

    Bauer, Sepp (translated by Ben Sachtler), illustrated by Else Wenz-Vietor

    Charlesbridge Publishing, 2008, first published around 1920 in Germany

    First printed as an Advent calendar and recently rediscovered, the new US edition has an illustrated page to read each Advent day. The story tells of St. Nicholas helping children whose mother is very sick. Not shown as a bishop, the book does include introductory information about the good bishop."

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  • The Saint Who Became Santa Claus

    Bence, Evelyn

    Regina Press, 2002

    Attractive small book tells two Nicholas stories (the dowry money and famine) and nicely relates St. Nicholas to Santa Claus, ending, "Most of all, Saint Nicholas wants us to thank God for the gift of the Christ Child, Jesus, who taught us how to love one another; and whose birth makes Christmas a Holy Day for all of us."

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  • Santa's Secret Story

    Bilinsky, Cornelia Mary

    Pauline Books & Media, 2011

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    Rachel learns who Santa really is and how to share God's love

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  • Saint Nicholas

    Bohatta, Ida

    Ars Edition, 1981

    English version of popular German book; delightful illustrations

  • A Pop-Up Book for Christmas: A Treasury of Celebrations Around the World with an Advent Calendar

    Bowden, Joan

    Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin, 1994

    A full-page spread with a pop-up Saint Nicholas, plus a mention in the Advent calendar with gold coins

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  • My Christmas Stocking: Filled with God's Love

    Bowman, Crystal

    ZonderKidz, Zondervan, 2006

    Shaped board book with simple introduction to Saint Nicholas and the stocking tradition; whimsical illustrations.

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  • There Really is a Santa Claus

    Crone, Glenn P.

    John Knox Press, 1968

    Tells about Nicholas ("Claus") and Santa; doesn't show him as bishop except on the cover

  • The True Story of St. Nicholas: Who Is Also Called Santa Claus

    Eich, Foster

    Mascot Books, 2014

    Nicely illustrated simple retelling that relates St. Nicholas to Santa Claus

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  • Christmas Is . . .

    Gibbons, Gail

    Holiday House, 2001

    Good information about Christmas; begins with the Christ Child, introduces Christmas symbols; connects St. Nicholas to Santa.

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  • Santa Who?

    Gibbons, Gail

    Scholastic, 2001

    Nice introduction to bishop St. Nicholas; how Santa developed and stories of other gift givers.

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  • St Nicholas: Traditional Folklore

    Grant, Kat; illustrated by Czes Pachela

    Signature Books, 2015

    Harpenden, England

    Available in both hard or softback

    Nice story of St. Nicholas, emphasizing kindness and generosity, personalized for your child; child's name also hidden in each illustration

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  • 24 Christmas Stories to Welcome Jesus

    Ignatius Press


    Twenty-four stories for the days of Advent; nicely illustrated fresh retelling of biblical and saints' stories, with modern and a few classic tales. Originally from France.

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  • A Special St. Nicholas Day

    Jackson-Houck, Heidi Lee

    Mirror Publishing, 2011

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Simple story tells the dowry tale and the Czech tradition of polishing shoes for St.Nicholas to visit and fill with little treats.

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  • Saint Nicholas: story of the real Santa Claus

    Joslin, Mary

    Lion, 2003; Pauline Books & Media 2006

    Nicely illustrated version of the best-known story of Nicholas' kindness and generosity

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  • The Story of St. Nicholas

    Kolinovsky, Sebastian, editor

    Passionist Missionaries, Union City, New Jersey

    Small fold-out leaflet with St. Nicholas telling about Jesus

  • A Legend of Saint Nicholas

    Krasovec, Bernice

    Schusters' Printing, 1985, 1994

    Spiral bound, simply told, rather fanciful, unconventional Nicholas

  • Tales of Saint Nicholas

    Kraushaar, Keith C.

    self-published, 2009

    Simple re-telling of 12 Nicholas stories; a couple typos.

  • The Gift from Saint Nicholas

    Lachner, Dorothea

    North-South Books, 1994

    A great storm snows in a small mountain village, St Nicholas helps the villagers discover what is really important (not shown as a bishop)

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  • Felix's Christmas Around the World

    Langen, Annette

    Abbeville Publishing Group, 1998

    Felix learns about Christmas around the world, including Sinterklaas in the Netherlands; the book has letters in envelopes for each part of the adventure

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  • The Night Before Christmas

    Moore, Clement Clarke, illustrations by Lisbeth Zwerger

    Minedition, Penguin, 2005

    The only version with bishop Saint Nicholas—at least in part!

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  • Santa, Are You For Real?

    Myra, Harold

    Thomas Nelson, 1997

    Rhyming story helps children discover that there was a real Saint Nicholas; keeps Jesus at the heart of Christmas; older edition (1977) is a larger format, different illustrations.

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  • Saint Nicholas and the Three Poor Girls

    Potamitis, Egle-Ekaterine

    Potamitis Publishing, 2009


    Printed in Greece

    Small book with the dowry story

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  • The True Story of Santa Claus

    Prokop, Paul

    Pauline Books & Media, 2000

    Santa tells his story to a young boy and that Jesus wants him to take care of the world's children by bringing gifts and reminding them that Jesus is God's greatest gift.

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  • The Golden Cup

    Reifsnyder, Marylou

    Knopf, 1970

    Delightful retelling of one of the oldest St Nicholas legends

  • A St. Nicholas Story or The Fiercest Little Animal In The Forest

    Reinhart, Terri

    Patrick's Press, 2009

    Gentle St. Nicholas story, showing generosity and how helping others can change hearts
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  • The Story of Santa Claus

    Reiss, Julian

    The Bruce Publishing Company, Milwaukee, WI, 1959

    The founder of Santa's Workshop, North Pole, NY, tells the true story of Saint Nicholas

  • Jan and his Clogs

    Ridge, Antonia

    Roy Publishers, 1959

    Saint Nicholas story set in the Netherlands

  • St. Nicholas the Wonderworker

    Rowe, Lily Parascheva

    St. Stylianos Books, 2012

    Picture book telling the life of St. Nicholas; all major events are included; illustrated with full-color pictures; written particularly for the Orthodox tradition, but useful for others, too

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  • Can We Help You, Saint Nicholas?

    Scheidl, Gerda Marie

    North-South Books, 1992

    Simple story of forest animals helping Saint Nicholas

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  • And Now We Call Him Santa Claus

    Tutt, Kay

    Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1963

    Delightful introduction for young and old

  • Saint Nicholas: A Veggie Christmas Story

    VeggieTales, adapted from the video by Karen Poth

    Golden Books, 2009

    This story focuses on giving, but is not drawn from established Saint Nicholas tradition. Nicholas is not portrayed as a bishop and he becomes a sort of instant Santa. It is a disappointment, as a good opportunity has been missed.

  • The Story of Saint Nicholas: A Children's Adaptation

    Wagner, Laura

    Wagner Publishing, 2013

    Allison Park, Pennsylvania

    Basically tells the dowry story simplified, with inaccurate detail having Nicholas living in Turkey and putting gold coins into shoes left outside; nice bright illustrations

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  • Santa Claus Around the World

    Weil, Lisl

    Holiday House, 1987

    The original Saint Nicholas and how he is seen around the world

  • Nicholas of Myra: Giver of Many Gifts

    Yoffie, Barbara

    Liguori Publications, 2013

    Small book tells the story of St. Nicholas; the illustrations are somewhat confusing as he appears randomly as a Western bishop, as Santa Claus, and fleetingly as an Eastern bishop. The book is part of a six book series, "Saints of Christmas".

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