Saint Nicholas is known by many as the Patron Saint of Children, as well as many other causes, but his life was also the basis for Santa Claus. With Christmas approaching, now is a great time to teach your child about the true story of the life of Saint Nicholas. With so many children’s books about Saint Nicholas, it is hard to tell which ones tell his true story and which ones are fantasized versions of his life. Here are three of my favorite children’s books that tell the true story of Saint Nicholas.
The Legend of St. Nicholas: A Story of Christmas Giving
A part of the best selling Zonderkidz Legend of series of books, The Legend of St. Nicholas: A Story of Christmas Giving is written by Dandi Daley Mackall. This is one of my favorite books on St. Nicholas, as the story shows him as a young boy, a character that children can relate to. Not only does the story tell the historical story of St. Nicholas but also it puts a modern twist on the story by setting the story in modern times and telling the story of a boy named Nicholas who learns of the story of Nicholas. It is through this experience that the story of St. Nicholas is told. The story is told in a heartwarming way, and using language that young children can understand. The illustrations in the book are wonderfully done, and really help to bring the story to life.
The Secret of Saint Nicholas
When Ellen Nibali’s children began to ask questions about Santa Claus the author ended up writing the book The Secret of Saint Nicholas so that she could share the historical facts behind Saint Nicholas with other families. The information in the book is based upon reliable historical sources, and even though the book is historically accurate the magic of the story is not lost in the facts letting the true giving spirit of Saint Nicholas shine through.
The Miracle of Saint Nicholas Written by Gloria Whelan The Miracle of Saint Nicholas gives a glimpse of Russian church history while also telling the historically accurate story of Saint Nicholas. The story tells of a Russian church that has been closed for sixty years, and a young boy who upon hearing the story of the church decides to open the church in time for Saint Nicholas Day. It is hard to read this story without shedding a tear. The illustrations in the book were originally painted using egg tempra, and are extraordinary.