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100 Witherspoon Street

Louisville, KY 40202

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Jacketed Hardback


Ages 6-10


$18.00 (discounts vary)


Sing out, my soul, the wonder . . .

Mary's baby has arrived, and she can't contain her joy! As Joseph sleeps, she examines her newborn's tiny mouth, his wild hair, his little hands. Yet what's most wondrous is that this child is not just Mary's own but a gift that God has shared with everyone.


Poetic text by Newbery Medalist Katherine Paterson and striking images by Lisa Aisato reveal the intimacy of that unforgettable night long ago, when the mother of Jesus was the first to welcome him into a world he would change forever.

The Night of His Birth is a Junior Library Guild Selection.


“A lyrical, moving account of Jesus' birth, from his mother's perspective. . . . Divine.”

—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“A lyrical meditation on Christ’s birth, told by His mother Mary as the newborn sleeps in her arms. . . . the text reads aloud beautifully, and the watery, speckled illustrations convey the humble humanity of mother and Child alike.”

—The Horn Book Magazine

“Filled with spirit and joy.”


“Beautifully illustrated. . . . Mary’s puzzled sense of wonder over the newborn Jesus will resonate with both adults and children.”

—Christian Century

“We can't recommend it highly enough!”


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