One of our favorite holiday books and one our family reads together during this week every year is Will Moses’ Silent Night. Will Moses is a great-grandson of renowned primitive painter Grandma Moses, grandson of folk artist Forrest King Moses and a celebrated American artist in his own right. In addition to his paintings, which can be found in such notable collections as the Smithsonian Institution and the White House, Moses has written and illustrated several books for children. Silent Night is set in a small Vermont village on Christmas Eve as a baby is about to be born. This beautiful story is the perfect reminder of a simpler, less complicated life that we often crave, especially during this season. 

“Now, as children often do, Andy crawled up onto that giant quilt-covered featherbed, lying so close to the baby that he could smell her baby sweetness. And it was right there that Andy fell asleep on that special night. A silent night, when a new baby came to a wintery Vermont valley, where snow clouds hung puffy over the hills and farms, barns, narrow lanes, and skating ponds.”

Perfectly lovely. Thank you for this Will Moses.

Silent Night by Will Moses (Philomel Books, 1997)