Books Abound! Great Holidays Picture Books for Kids and Their Parents

Spread the holiday cheer with these hot reads for cold weather.

It’s time to come in from the cold as the trees shed their leaves and snow begins to blanket the ground. During the giftwrapping, the cookie baking, and the fire tending, don’t forget to tuck into a good book. Your elementary school readers will really get a kick out of these beautiful images and words.

 1. Merry Christmas Mom and Dad by Mercer Mayer

A perennial kid’s favorite is Mercer Mayer’s irresistible character in a special Little Golden Book edition. Little Critter is trying to get a hang of this Christmas thing with the intention of being a good helper. However, he gets sidetracked, gives up, or thinks about his own desire for new shiny toys. But like all Mercer Mayer’s tales, Little Critter learns an important lesson about the spirit of giving.

 2. The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola

Master storyteller Tomie dePaola reveals the exquisite origin of the poinsettia, or as it is is called in Mexico, flor de la Nochebuenao: flower of the Holy Night. The legend explains why the beautiful red flowers bloom at Christmastime all across the countryside.

With his signature flourish, award-winning dePaola calls on all the beauty and richness of Mexican folk art to tell his wondrous story.

 3. A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree by Michael Monroe and Colleen Monroe

What does a tree have to do to get picked for Christmas? This charming yarn is about an overgrown pine whose woodland friends try and help him fulfill his dream of being a real Christmas tree. Wildlife artist Michael Monroe teams up with author Colleen Monroe, with this sweet story about making a special friend’s wish come true.

 4. Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by James Dean

Santa is sick; he just cannot make it. Christmas is doomed! But wait, Pete the Cat has a plan, but can he pull it off again in this spoof on the holiday classic The Night Before Christmas? All you need to do is get your holiday mojo working and that’s exactly what Pete sets out to do. Bonus: this one comes with stickers!

5. The Night Before the Night Before Christmasby Natasha Wing and Mike Lester

It’s December 23, and there is just too much to do! Borrowing from Clement Moore’s classic Christmas poem, this inventive duo gives the story an entirely original twist. Gorgeous illustrations and witty characters draw the reader into the hustle and bustle of the days leading up to Christmas Day.

6. Pinkalicious: Merry Pinkmas!by Victoria Kann

Victoria Kann’s Christmas favorite Pinkalicious: Merry Pinkmas! comes complete with poster, cards, and sticker sheet.

Pinkalicious’s greatest desire this year is a bright pink artificial Christmas tree. “No way,” the family says, “we always get a real tree.” There are some good arguments: live trees smell better, it’s a tradition, and on and on. Pinkalicious gives up. But then guess what happens right be for Christmas Day? A pinktastic miracle!

7. The Littlest Christmas Tree by R.A Herman

Hang onto your warm hats: this one is so cute you might lose it. Littlest Christmas Tree is still waiting for a home. As the big day draws near, Littlest Christmas Tree starts to lose hope that it will be taken home and decorated. And then, on Christmas Eve, even the Littlest Tree finds its family.

8. Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs

Well you might be excited that it’s Christmas Eve, but guess who isn’t: Santa! He’s got the hardest job in the world: packing the sleigh, suiting up, and flying all over creation to deliver presents in one single day. There’s snow and sleet and mediocre cookies. This hilarious comic-style classic spins Christmas in a new way, from Santa’s unfortunate perspective.

9. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

In a completely wordless tale of wonder, a flying snowman takes a little boy on a wild wintry adventure. Beautiful illustrations and a warm message make this one a great choice for little ones.

10. Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner

What do the snowmen do at night? Do they play hockey in the street? Do they take turns rolling down hill? A little boy uses his imagination to discover the secret fun that snowmen have when everyone else is asleep.

This time of year is open to surprises, to merriment and joy in the most unexpected places. Sometimes, those unexpected places are right in the pages of a great picture book.

About Susie Almaneih

Susie Almaneih spent several years during her young adulthood teaching children dance at her church group, as well as other cultural-based activities. Susie now spends as much time as she can giving back to the families in her community. Over the years, this love for community has evolved into a deeper love for delivering positive and creative content and awareness to families of all ages.

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