I Wonder as I Wander
by Gwenyth Swain. Illustrated by Ronald Himler.
A moving story of hope and love, woven around a Christmas hymn. In this fictional account of the song's origin, a girl writes a song that expresses her feelings about Jesus while dealing with the loss of her mother and life on the roads of Appalachia after her father becomes an itinerant preacher.
Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2005