The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: A Christmas Holiday Book for Kids (The Best Ever) (Paperback)

Staff Pick Badge
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: A Christmas Holiday Book for Kids (The Best Ever) By Barbara Robinson Cover Image
It's Complicated--Contact Us for More Information

Staff Reviews

A family of wild ruffians teach the other church kids a thing or two about the true meaning of Christmas. This is a delightful, funny and altogether charming story perfect for the holidays. A fun read to share with young and old each year at this time.

Jane D.
— From The Best Christmas Pageant Ever


America’s favorite Christmas book by Barbara Robinson is now a major motion picture! Lionsgate is releasing a live action movie version of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever on November 8, 2024, directed by Dallas Jenkins of The Chosen and featuring actors Judy Greer, Lauren Graham, Elizabeth Tabish, and Pete Holmes, coming to a theater near you!

The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, steal, and swear. So no one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant. None of the Herdmans has ever heard the Christmas story before. Their interpretation of the tale—the Wise Men are a bunch of dirty spies—has a lot of people up in arms. And their wild antics cause havoc throughout the play’s production. But the actual pageant is full of surprises for everyone, starting with the Herdmans themselves, as they ultimately lead the town in finding the true meaning of Christmas. They will make this year’s pageant the most unusual anyone has seen and, just possibly, the best one ever.

Barbara Robinson’s popular and bestselling tale of the rowdy Herdmans has been beloved and celebrated since the book’s original release in 1972. Read the book again before you see the movie!

About the Author

Barbara Robinson has written several popular books for children, including My Brother Louis Measures Worms, The Best School Year Ever, The Best Halloween Ever, and the enormously popular bestselling novel The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, first published in 1972, which was made into a classic TV movie and on which this book was based. The play The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is produced annually in theaters, schools, and churches all over the world. Ms. Robinson has two daughters and three grandchildren.

Praise For…

“One of the best Christmas books ever.” — Publishers Weekly

“Wiry-tough, tender-hearted, unsentimental, and consistently funny.” — The London Sunday Times

“This charming story delivers a fresh perspective on the nativity and is a beautiful reminder that God loves everyone.” — Brightly

“Outrageous, lively, funny, and wonderful. The Christmas Story shines through with a new brilliance.” — Denver Post

Product Details
ISBN: 9780064470445
ISBN-10: 006447044X
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: September 7th, 1988
Pages: 96
Language: English
Series: The Best Ever