The Worst Christmas Ever by Kathleen Long Bostrom and illustrator Guy Porfirio, and Katherine Paterson’s latest picture book, The Night of His Birth, are now available for purchase wherever books are sold.

The Worst Christmas Ever, a charming Christmas picture book, features bright, playful artwork, and tells the story of boy named Matthew. Matthew is convinced that Christmas in his new home state of California will be the worst ever, especially after his dog goes missing — until an unexpected event on Christmas Eve reminds him of the real meaning of home. The book is ideal for children ages 3-7. “Expressive artwork in bright colors shines with holiday cheer, even when the smiles are hard to come by, in this text that focuses on themes of faith, family, community, and home,” says Foreword Reviews about the picture book.

The Night of His Birth features poetic text that captures the intimacy shared between a mother and her newborn. This gift-appropriate picture book describes the night of Jesus’ birth from his mother Mary’s perspective. Paterson’s words are complimented by striking images created by Lisa Aisato of Mary, Jesus, and other biblical characters. The picture book is appropriate for all ages. Kirkus Reviews recently gave The Night of His Birth a starred review, saying it is, “a lyrical, moving account of Jesus' birth, from his mother's perspective. . . . Divine.” The book is also a Junior Library Guild Selection.

About Kathleen Long Bostrom

Kathleen Long Bostrom is the author of more than forty books, many for young children. Collectively, her books have sold more than two million copies, and many have been translated into other languages. She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the 2013 Distinguished Alumna of Princeton Theological Seminary. She is also the 2014 David Steele Distinguished Writer, the most prestigious writer’s award given by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). For more information, visit

About Guy Porfirio

Guy Porfirio has illustrated more than eighteen picture books, including the New York Times bestseller Grandpa’s Little One, by Billy Crystal; Papa’s Gift, by Kathleen Long Bostrom; and Jump!, which he wrote and illustrated. For more information, visit  

About Katherine Paterson

Katherine Paterson is the internationally acclaimed author of more than thirty-five books for children and young adults. She has twice won the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award, as well as the Hans Christian Andersen Award and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. The Library of Congress has named her a National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and a Living Legend. For more information, visit

About Lisa Aisato

Lisa Aisato is a Norwegian artist and children’s book author whose distinctive work has been published in books and magazines around the world. For more information, visit

About Flyaway Books

Flyaway Books is a new children’s book program dedicated to creating books that will inspire the next generation to fly. Books featured in the program carry themes of diversity, inclusion, self-esteem, kindness, compassion, and care for our world. They are also intentionally multicultural in their artwork and characters. Visit for more information.