The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (titled "The Worst Kids in the World" in Australia, New Zealand and the UK) is a book written by Barbara Robinson in 1971. It tells the story of Imogene, Claude, Ralph, Leroy, Ollie, and Gladys, six delinquent children named the Herdmans who were engaged in misfit behavior for their age such as smoking, drinking jug wine , and shoplifting . They go to church for the first time after being told that the church offers snacks. Despite protests from other church members, they are given roles in the Sunday school 's Christmas play, in which they tell the Christmas story in a nonconventional fashion.  Robinson first published the story in McCall's magazine before it was adapted into a book, which sold over 800,000 copies. 
Ralph, Imogene, Leroy, Claude, Ollie, and Gladys Herdman are an awful bunch. They set fire to Fred Shoemaker’s toolshed, blackmailed Wanda Pierce to get her charm bracelet, and smacked Alice Wendelken across the head. And that’s just the start! When the Herdmans show up at church for the free snacks and suddenly take over the Christmas pageant, the other kids are shocked. It’s obvious that they’re up to no good. But Christmas magic is all around and the Herdmans, who have never heard the Christmas story before, start to reimagine it in their own way.
Grace Bradley: Ashley Goodson, Bob Bradley: Bobby Tyson, Charlie Bradley: Bennett Harris, Beth Bradley: Arella Flur, Ralph Herdman: Colin Samole, Imogene Herdman: Carlyn Head, Leroy Herdman: Rixey Terry, Claude Herdman: Will Giannuzzi, Ollie Herdman: Isa Long, Gladys Herdman: Charli Head, Helen Armstrong: Allison Snow Rhinehardt, Connie: Tiffany Bear, Luannne: Olivia Edge, Betty: Tracie Frank, Rev. Hopkins: Dan Brunson, Alice Wendleken: Ryann Losee, Ivy: Laurel Farr, Elmer Hopkins: Wilson Moroz, Teddy: Luke Linkel, Ensemble: Lydia Farr, Allie Joseph, Andrew Henriques, Max Joseph, Julianna Kantor, and Haley Vogel