86. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Barbara Robinson

“The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world.”

I recently reorganized all the children’s books in my house, which turned out to be a gigantic task, as it turns out that we are running out of bookshelves at at an appalling rate.  But the upside was that I rediscovered a whole bunch of books that I forgot that we had - so prepare for a whole bunch of YA in the future (it turns out that I own so so many Newbury prize winners! Clever me!!).  And one of the books I ran across was The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, which is just a gem of a book, and I highly recommend you grab it and read it to your kids this holiday season. It’s both super short - we read it in two nights - and very funny - both my 9 and 7 year olds laughted out loud. 

It’s the story of how the worst kids in town, the Herdmans, decided to get involved in the yearly church pageant, and took it over (through fear and intimidation, mostly).  And everyone in town is certain that this will be the worst Christmas pageant ever.  But to everyone’s surprise, we learn more about the meaning of Christmas than you might expect.  

It’s just a delight, and like I said, super short.  In fact, I dug through my archives and I saw that I’d read it aloud to Jon about twelve years ago (i.e. three years before my oldest was born!) But if you want something sweet and funny to read alound to the kids this time of year, you’ll love this one.

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017