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  • The Legend of Saint Nicholas

    by Anselm Grün, illustrated by Giuliano Ferri
    translated by Laura Watkinson

    Eerdmans Books for Young People, 2014

    Grand Rapids, Michigan & Cambridge, United Kingdom

    Originally published by Verlag Herder GmbH, Germany

    Nicely illustrated with double-page, soft pictures; included stories: dowry, selection as bishop, saving sailors, famine relief, and the two golden cups. Very nice introduction to St. Nicholas.

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  • Santa's Secret Story

    by Cornelia Mary Bilinsky

    Pauline Books & Media, 2011

    Elementary age


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

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  • Saint Nicholas and the Mouse of Myra

    by Jay Stoeckl

    Paraclete Press, 2014

    Graphic novel tells St. Nicholas' story with a philosophical mouse providing counterpoint and challenge to Nicholas; eight chapters include all the important stories, revealing Nicholas' deep faith and commitment to caring for others. Excellent, highly recommended.

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  • Saint Nicholas & the Nine Gold Coins

    by Jim Forest, illustrated by Vladislov Andrejev

    St Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2015

    Yonkers, New York


    Well-told story of St Nicholas and the dowry gold, seamlessly includes background and Jesus' teachings. Beautifully illustrated with rich, full-color iconographic art. A short accessible section at the end fills out more detail of Nicholas' story. Large-size picture book.

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  • The True History of Santa Claus

    by Nury Vittachi

    PPP Company Limited, 2003

    Ages: 9 and up (whenever questions about Santa Claus are asked)


    A ten-year-old boy, who stopped believing in Santa Claus when he was nine, has an adventure that causes him to believe again—this time in the real Santa, too. The tale includes Christmas Eve miracles, gifts, stockings, magic and snow, while being factual, historical and true to the story in Bethlehem. Highly recommended for children (and adults) asking questions about Santa.

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  • Saint Nicholas: The story of the real Santa Claus

    retold by Mary Joslin

    Lion Children's Books, Oxford, UK, 2003

    List: $14.95 hardback or £4.99 paperback

    Ages: 5 and up

    Nicely illustrated picture book version of St Nicholas' best-known story of kindness and generosity.

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

    by Terri Reinhart

    Patrick's Press, 2009

    List: $12.95

    Age preschool - primary children & families

    Gentle story shows St. Nicholas' generosity and care for those in need as he enlists the help of the most unlikely animals. Helping others changes hearts. Story is in the Waldorf tradition. Soft full-color illustrations.
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  • The Baker's Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale

    retold by Aaron Shepard

    Skyhook Press (Atheneum), 2010 (1995)

    List: $10.00

    Ages 4-8

    Retelling of an Early American folk tale, the origin of "a baker's dozen"–St. Nicholas develops a spirit of generosity; beautiful detailed illustrations by Wendy Edelson. Now in a new 15th anniversary edition with pattern and recipe for St. Nicholas cookies

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  • Saint Nicholas

    by Ann Tompert

    Boyds Mills Press, 2000

    List: $15.95

    Ages: 4-10

    This simply told story of St. Nicholas is based on both life and legend. Unusual mosaic style illustrations.

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  • Children of God Storybook Bible

    by Archbishop Desmond Tutu

    Zondervan, 2010

    List: $18.99

    Age four - elementary age children & families

    If you are looking for a children's Bible, you can't do better than this! 50 Bible stories retold for children, illustrated by 20 artists from around the world. Anyone who reads this Bible will know God loves them and how God wants people to live. Highly recommended. (Cover shown is UK edition)

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  • My Christmas Stocking: Filled with God's Love

    by Crystal Bowman

    ZonderKidz, Zondervan, 2006

    List: $6.99 Board book

    Ages: 3 and up

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

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  • The Legend of Saint Nicholas

    by Demi

    McElderry Books, 2003

    List: $19.95

    Ages: 5-10

    Beautifully gilded illustrations tell the full story of St Nicholas, concluding, "Throughout the world today, whether he goes by the name of St. Nicholas, Sinter Klaas, or Santa Claus, this figure who shows enormous generosity, a love of children, deep care for the poor and needy, and a completely selfless nature is considered to embody the spirit of Christmas and the true spirit of the Lord."

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  • The Secret of St. Nicholas

    by Ellen Nibali

    Fairland Books, West Friendship, Maryland, 2008

    List: $16.95 paperback

    Elementary age children & families

    This story focuses on how a very young Nicholas used his inherited fortune to save three young women in secret. Full color illustrations.

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  • The Saint Who Became Santa Claus

    by Evelyn Bence

    Regina Press, 2002

    List: $6.95

    Ages: 4-8

    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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  • Christmas Is . . .

    by Gail Gibbons

    Holiday House, 2001

    List: $6.95 paperback

    Ages: 4-8

    Good information about Christmas; begins with the Christ Child and introduces a number of Christmas symbols. The St. Nicholas pages tell of the gold landing in a stocking and make the connection to Santa.

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  • Santa Who?

    by Gail Gibbons

    Morrow Junior Books

    List: $15.95

    Ages: 4-8

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

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  • Can We Help You, Saint Nicholas?

    by Gerda Marie Scheidl

    North-South Books, 1992

    List: $6.95

    Ages: 4-8

    Originally published in Switzerland, this gentle story tells of animals helping a somewhat confused Saint Nicholas. Nice images of a Bishop Nicholas.

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  • The Miracle of Saint Nicholas

    by Gloria Whelan

    Bethlehem Books, 1997

    List: $14.95

    Ages: 4-8

    Story set in Russia tells of the enduring faith of a small village as a young boy's dream for the church evokes a miracle.

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  • Santa, Are You for Real?

    by Harold Myra

    Thomas Nelson, 1987

    List: $7.99

    Ages: 4-8

    Rhyming story helps children discover that there was a real Saint Nicholas; keeps Jesus at the heart of Christmas. The author is president of Christianity Today.

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  • 24 Christmas Stories to Welcome Jesus

    Ignatius Press


    Ages 4-9

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

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  • Saint Nicholas: The Real Story of the Christmas Legend

    by Julie Stiegemeyer

    Concordia Publishing House, 2003, 2005

    List: $6.99 Board book edition

    Ages: 4 and up

    Nicholas is introduced through the well-known story of the three sisters who need dowry money. Simply told for young children, this shorter board book edition is good for use with both young and older children. We like it much better than the longer original version.

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  • Tales of the Tick-Tock Time Traveler: St. Nicholas's Secret

    by Karla Johnson

    Higher Life Development Services, 2009

    List: $14.99

    Ages: 6–9

    Nicholas story woven into a time travel adventure with cartoon-style illustrations; tone a little preachy in spots.

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  • The Real Santa Claus

    by Marianna Mayer

    Phyllis Fogelman Books

    List: $16.95

    This story of St. Nicholas, the bishop who was the real Santa Claus, is lavishly illustrated with classic Christian art. Each page is a single story which could be read to younger children.

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  • The True Story of Santa Claus

    by Paul Prokop

    Pauline Books & Media, 2000

    List: $5.95

    Ages: 4-8

    Santa Claus tells a young boy the story of Saint Nicholas and how Jesus asked him to continue looking after the world's children—and so he brings gifts every year and to remind children that Jesus is God's best gift.

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  • The True Story of Saint Nicholas

    by Rebecca Benson Haskell

    Alan C. Hood & Co., 2006 edition, (1964, 1997)

    List: $16.00

    Simple little book, suitable for Christmas Eve reading aloud.

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  • The Legend of the Christmas Stocking: An Inspirational Story of a Wish Come True

    by Rick Osborne

    ZonderKidz, Zondervan, 2006

    List $6.99 Board book

    Ages: 5 and up

    Board book version with condensed text

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  • The Legend of the Christmas Stocking: The Inspirational Story of a Wish Come True

    by Rick Osborne

    ZonderKidz, Zondervan, 2004

    List: $21.99

    Ages: 5 and up

    Loosely set in the early 1800s the story tells of a boy and how the story of Saint Nicholas leads to generosity.

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  • From the Holly Jolly to the Holy: Reclaiming the sacred during Advent and Christmas

    by Jim Rosenthal

    Forward Movement & Morehouse Publishing, 2013

    Adult devotional for Advent & Christmas


    Let St. Nicholas help recover the joy and holiness of Advent & Christmas. Adult devotional booklet with scripture and reflection for all the days of Advent and Christmas; St. Nicholas shows how to live with true Christian compassion and generosity while leadeing to the Bethlehem manger.

    Also available as ebook for Kindle, Nook & iPad

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  • The Saint who would be Santa Claus:
    The True Life and Trials of Nicholas of Myra

    by Adam C. English

    Baylor University Press, 2012

    A careful look at the real historic person, Nicholas of Myra, this accessible account brings together primary source material, modern scholarship, and tradition over the centuries from many places to create a compelling account of Nicholas' life and why it has been so influential, even today. Fully annotated.

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  • Santa Claus: A Biography

    by Gerry Bowler

    McClelland & Smith, Toronto, Canada, 2005

    List: $26.95

    Excellent and entertaining account of how American Santa came to be. Fine background of Saint Nicholas and the book puts to rest a number of common myths concerning the evolution of Santa Claus.

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  • Nicholas: The epic journey from Saint to Santa Claus

    by Jeremy Seal

    Bloomsbury, New York & London, 2005

    List: $24.95

    Journey with this popular travel writer through time and across the globe to discover how and why Nicholas has evolved into Santa Claus and Father Christmas. Also published as Santa: A Life in the UK

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  • St. Nicholas: A closer look at Christmas

    by Joe Wheeler & Jim Rosenthal

    Thomas Nelson, London, 2005

    Generously illustrated full-color coffee table book will delight the eye with images of Saint Nicholas from around the globe, many full-page. Rosenthal, a great friend and associate of the St. Nicholas Center, provided the illustrations from his extensive collection of St. Nicholas postcards, church photographs and items reflecting popular culture.

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  • The Real St. Nicholas

    Tales of Generosity and Hope From Around the World
    Louise Carus

    Quest Books, 2002


    This book offers a St. Nicholas folktale or legend from around the world for each day in December. Stories to share that will help restore the true meaning of the holiday season.

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  • Wonderworker: The True Story of How St. Nicholas Became Santa Claus

    by Msgr. Vincent A. Yzermans

    ACTA Publications, 2004 (1994)

    List: $12.95

    Ages: 12 and up

    Written for a three-year old nephew to read when 13 or 14, this comprehensive, illustrated account helps people today understand how Nicholas became known as a Wonderworker and the evolution of modern-day Santa. An easy read, especially for adults who want to tell children about St. Nicholas, or just understand for themselves.

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  • The Santa Papers
    St. Nichols of Myra: the unofficial autobiography

    by Wally Metts, jr

    Kadesh Press, 2012


    Breezy, easy-to-read account introduces St. Nicholas, especially for evangelicals who may not know very much, if anything, about him. Told in contemporary vernacular in the saint's first-person voice.

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  • How St. Nicholas Became Santa Claus: The True Story: PROJECT BOOK

    by Bernie Marquis and Theresa Frances Myers

    Pauline Books & Media, 1993

    List: $4.50 paperback

    Ages: 4-8

    Activities and coloring pages reinforce the real St. Nicholas who points to the true center of Christmas.

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  • The Saint Nicholas Secret: A Story of Childhood Faith Reborn in the Heart of a Father

    by Dennis E. Engleman, 2003 (Conciliar Press, 1999), List: $14.97 or ebook $9.97

    A father's story of rediscovering St Nicholas, saint of the church, and sharing it with his children, with suggestions for parents from an Orthodox Christian perspective.

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