Christmas-is-Here
Gorgeous watercolor illustrations in a subdued palette of twilight grays set off the falling snowflakes in the modern scenes, while the biblical scenes are brilliantly lit by starlight. Castillo’s smudgy style infuses all with wonder.
— Kirkus, starred review

Christmas is Here

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  • CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
  • A Society of Illustrators Original Art Show Selection
  • A Horn Book Magazine Holiday High Notes selection
  • A Scholastic Book Club selection


And the angel said unto them, “Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” Audiences from religious and secular worlds alike are familiar with the comforting words from the second chapter of Luke in the King James Bible, most memorably featured in A Charlie Brown Christmas. Just as Linus reminded his community of the real meaning of Christmas, this touching tribute to an ancient text reminds us to focus on family and our fellow man instead of on gifts and indulgences. Accompanying the timeless, reassuring text is sweet, nostalgic artwork from acclaimed illustrator Lauren Castillo that embraces today’s ever-changing definition of family.
By literally bookending the traditional account of Jesus’ birth (with text from the King James Bible) with cheery modern imagery, sans commercial trappings, Castillo underscores the connection between past and present. Sketched in thick, black line, her kind-looking figures, human and animal, convey a wealth of emotion.
— Publishers Weekly, starred review
The theme–that the most basic meaning of Christmas has remained the same over the centuries–is conveyed with a warm and captivating simplicity that even the youngest child will understand.
— School Library Journal, starred review
The spirit of that long-ago miracle remains in the air, evoking the real meaning of Christmas.
— Horn Book Magazine