Release Day: Twas an Evening in Bethlehem

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Today is the day!

The release date of my very first Children’s Picture Book!



‘Twas an evening in Bethlehem and all through the day
Many guests were arriving from far, far away…

The inn is full, but when a young, expectant couple arrives, the innkeeper cannot turn them away. Follow this beloved tale through the eyes of the innkeeper’s young daughter as she witnesses the glorious surprises of that very first Christmas and rediscover anew the gift of the manger that ultimately points us to the cross.

What Readers Are Saying:

This little picture book is a inspired by the popular, secular poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. However, this little tale doesn’t follow the adventures of someone waiting for Santa Claus, but rather someone waiting for the birth of the little baby who would one day save the world.

It’s utterly beautiful. The poem itself is rich and compelling and flows easily off the tongue. The illustrations are simply breath-taking and blend perfectly with the style of writing for the story. I can’t recommend this little picture book enough.


I love the idea of Jesus’ birth as seen through a child’s eyes! This book shows the true meaning of Christmas with whimsical rhymes and lovely artwork and would be a great addition to anyone’s Christmas book collection. I would recommend it to anyone with a child of eight or younger, but honestly, I enjoyed reading it as well!


…a beautifully-written and illustrated book that is perfect for your Christmas season. The heartwarming verses written by Jenelle Schmidt and the lovely artwork of Sierra Klein are both top-notch. You’re sure to make many treasured memories reading this title with your children during the time of Advent. Highly recommended


A timeless story told within a soft, lilting rhythm that readers will both recognize and enjoy. A unique view of the truest meaning of Christmas, accompanied by dreamlike illustrations in sweet earthy colors that give a sense of hushed reverence.



If you love heartwarming tales to read with your children such as The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, Owl Moon, or The Polar Express… then ‘Twas an Evening in Bethlehem is sure to delight you with its lyrical story and gorgeous illustrations!


And, although the idea of a children’s picture book in e-format makes very little sense to me… I am ALSO releasing this book in e-book form, though I hadn’t originally planned to. If you prefer that, you can get a copy HERE!

If you’d like to see what some of my advance readers are saying about this book, please visit the blogs below!

Kyle Robert Shultz

JL Mbewe

Morgan Huneke

Do you have a favorite Christmas book? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

~ jenelle


Jim Walker

I can hardly wait to get my hands on this “HARD COVER” book. I will open it with the same care and delight that Charles Dickens does…when he opens his first copy of “A Christmas Carol”.

DELIGHTFUL NEWS…..Jenelle Leanne Schmidt!


Oh yay!!!! I’m so glad you’re excited about this one! I’m excited too! And it’s making me want to release second-editions of The Minstrel’s Song in hardback, now that I know where/how to go about getting them made!!!


HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!!! *throws confetti* So happy for you! This looks like such a gem of a book! <3


I love hearing from you, dear Reader!