Meet Belinda, the girl
who found Christmas
From the Magic to the Manger
Classic Children’s Christmas Books find their way into readers’ hearts – and the hands of children – year after year. And The Girl Who Found Christmas has quickly become a classic.
Readers can follow in a little girl’s footsteps as she thinks about some of the things she loves about Christmas. Maybe it’s about the snowman! Or the lights or the Christmas tree? What is Christmas really all about?
As for the “Advent Calendar,” even people who know a LOT of children’s Christmas books have never seen an Advent Calendar! And if they have, they may think each day in December hides a chocolate treat. But the journey – from the magic to the manger – is just too important for chocolate alone.
Imagine a bedtime story every night in December. One small child taking a unique journey. Trying to figure out just what it is that makes it Christmas. And enjoy her excitement as she works it out all on her own.
Children’s Christmas books…together with child literacy, and Christmas itself, are passions of Barbara Escher, author of “The Girl Who Found Christmas: An Advent Calendar Storybook.” The book’s 25 bedtime stories take the reader on a child’s journey in “figuring out” what Christmas is about. One of her important goals for the book was to offer children both the spiritual Christmas – and lots of Christmas adventures along the way. We hope that children enjoy meeting Belinda and her best friends Elizabeth and Andrew. (Andrew looks a little bit like Harry Potter.) And of course, Belinda’s cat, the one and only Custard.
Finding ChristmasThe author of “The Girl Who Found Christmas” also wrote a song to trace her six-year-old heroine’s journey across Advent. The lyric follows Belinda’s footsteps… “It’s not the tree that makes it Christmas… it’s not the stockings in a row… it’s not the reindeer on the rooftop, or even sparkling Christmas snow.” Sung by a father to a daughter, the song is available at no charge on YouTube. Click on the picture to listen!
How Many Days Until Christmas (Eastern Time)
Celebrating Children’s Christmas Books!
This year the author was so excited about the number of children who are hearing the stories and following in the footsteps of Belinda and Custard that she decided to create a shadowbox that would hang right next to her desk all year round.
The shadoxbox is filled with snowflakes and snowpeople, along with some fresh snow for making more snowmen! Some of the author’s favorite snowpeople made it into the shadowbox for a year-round celebration of Christmas. The author particularly celebrates the children who hear the story and follow Belinda’s footsteps.