Goodnight Manger

The first day of Advent is almost here. Each year at the beginning of advent I fill a basket with 24 books and place it under the Christmas tree. Each day we pick a book from the basket and read it together. We have our favourite stories that are put in the basket each year, but I also try to include new stories. “Goodnight, Manger” will be a new addition to our basket this year and I can’t wait to share it with my children.


“Goodnight Manger” is the story of Mary trying to put Baby Jesus to sleep for the night. Between itchy hay, angels singing and noisy shepherds it’s all but impossible for the little baby to fall asleep. Will Mary find a way to help Baby Jesus fall into a peaceful sleep on such a busy night?

When I think of the Nativity story I always visualize a peaceful scene. Never do I think of Baby Jesus crying or the shepherds stumbling in making all kinds of noise. Everything is calm and serene in my mind. “Goodnight Manger” by Laura Sassi, tells the Nativity story in a way that just may be a little more accurate than what I envision. There is chaos and noise and a baby crying, all the things that may just have happened.

“Goodnight Manger” reminds us of Jesus’ humanity. When we was itchy and uncomfortable, he cried and when it was noisy all around him, he couldn’t sleep. The story reminded me that he lived his life here on earth as a human and can truly understand how we feel.

The story is written in rhyme, perfect for reading aloud. It’s a great story for bedtime. The story starts off slowly with Mary telling her baby that it’s time for bed, but then it builds in excitement til it calms down again at the end. The illustrations are fun and lively and will capture your child’s interest.


“Goodnight Manger” is a great story to read during the advent season. It has a unique perspective on the Christmas story that will delight your little one.

For more information check it out on the Zondervan webpage.


Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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