And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. Isaiah 54:13 KJV

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Itsy and Bitsy in Bethlehem and a Giveaway!

Max Lucado has an amazing way of relating to children through bugs (like Hermie) and animals. For young children his imaginative approach can really bring the Bible and Biblical ideals to life. My kids have loved Hermie and his friends for a long time. Now they've been introduced to Itsy Bitsy Christmas.

Itsy and Bitsy are 2 little mice that Lucado and illustrator Bruno Merz use to bring the story of the birth of Jesus to life. Itsy and Bitsy are joined by many other animals in this whimsical retelling of that miraculous story. From the perspective of the animals we see what that night in Bethlehem may have been like. The story is easy to read (Speedy had no trouble reading it aloud) and the illustrations are enthralling. To see the some of this book check out this flipbook. Use your left and right arrows to scan through part of the book.

I expect this will be a favorite for children at Christmas for a long time to come. This is a great book to read aloud to your children or for your readers to explore on their own. The story is told simply with a fun twist as the animals of Bethlehem interact and spread the word about the King. This is another great starting place for discussing the real meaning of Christmas with your children.

Other ideas for sharing the birth of Jesus with your kids include:

*reading Luke 2 with your family
*doing a Jesse tree with your kids
*doing an Advent activity with your kids like lighting the Advent candles, doing an Advent devo, etc.
*having a Happy Birthday Jesus party complete with cake and gifts (an Operation Christmas Child box would be a great gift for Jesus)
*volunteering at a soup kitchen or toy drive
*donating gently used toys to a local charity
*attending a live Nativity or setting up a Nativity scene with your Christmas decor


Those are just a few ideas. I'm sure you all have some to share! Tommy Nelson will provide one reader with a copy of Itsy Bitsy Christmas. To enter to win leave a comment on the blog with your idea for sharing the real meaning of Christmas. If you don't have a specific idea tell me how you include your small children in the traditions of the season. Comments will close (and the giveaway will end) on November 30, 2013 at 5:00 pm CST. This giveaway is open to the US only.

For more fun enjoy these free coloring pages!

I received a free copy of this book from Tommy Nelson for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.


  1. This year I was thinking of acting out the entire birth story of Jesus! We have a big enough family and I thought it would help to bring the Bible story to life for my little one as well as my pre-teen sister! Also I thought it would be a fun was to read the story this year! Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. I always take my kids Christmas caroling and bring treats to people. We make a list of people that have been sick, had a death, came across hard times, or may be having a hard tome for whatever reason. It is a tradition I would not do without. Christmas is about doing for others and helping others know about the little baby Jesus who came so long ago.

    1. Chris you have been randomly selected as our winner but I don't have an email address for you! Please send an email to within 48 hours so I can get your prize to you.

  3. We have done an Advent/Jesse Tree type study with our kids at bedtime the past couple of years, and plan on doing something similar to that this year. I'd also like to take them to a live nativity that I've heard about that's done locally. ;) We've also been invited to a Bible study one night a week where they're going to study through Luke 2, and we plan on taking our children. Our oldest is memorizing the first several verses of Luke 2 for church, and I think she'd enjoy getting a little deeper into it. We also are toning down the idea of ME for Christmas, and focusing more on what we can do for others, whether within our own family, our extended family, friends, or strangers.