Welcome to Part 3 of my Holiday Gifting Posts! Today I’m featuring picture books for Christmas and Winter! When my boys were younger, I loved choosing a new Christmas book to leave under the tree and open on Christmas Eve. I hope you find one or two books to gift to a special reader in your life this holiday season!
Happy reading and gifting everyone!
Christmas Picture Books
The Crayons’ Christmas – Drew Deywalt
A cleaver festive addition to this series. Not recommended for a library due to all the fancy flaps and moving parts – but great for gifting! Fun for kids with much humour for adults, too!
One Wild Christmas – Nicholas Oldland
Cute and quirky! This “wild” book continues the adventures with these three hilarious animal friends. In this story, they are trying to plan a perfect Christmas together and soon discover they are missing the Christmas tree. Bright illustrations and filled with funny antics.
– Matt Tavaras
How did Santa end up with all those reindeer and why are there eight of them? Do they like living at the North Pole? This origin story by the author of Red and Lulu will answer all of those questions and more. Absolutely stunning illustrations. This book has been mentioned in several best-of-the-year lists. A great book for “Knew-New’s”!!!
The Tree That’s Meant to Be– Yunal Zommer
A heartfelt, gorgeous Christmas picture book about a crooked little fir tree with a powerful message about love and embracing what makes you different. Have your kleenex handy! Stunning illustrations.
Nutcracker Night – Mireille Messier
LOVE this unique twist of a night at the Nutcracker – telling the story entirely through the sounds of the theater. This is a lovely gift book but also a great one for teaching onomatopoeia. Charming and clever!
Little Robin’s Christmas – Jan Fearnley
This delightful story of celebrating generosity and the spirit of Christmas was first published in 1998 and was a favorite of my two boys. Little Robin gives away his 7 warm vests to different animals in need. Love the ending when Little Robin ends up getting a red vest for Christmas from Santa.
A sweet reminder that the best gifts aren’t wrappable. Esme and Bear receive a present from Santa addressed to someone else, so they set off to deliver it themselves. Adorable illustrations. I really enjoyed this one.
When Iris’s best Lion friend is not able to join them on their Christmas trip, the lion sets off on a snowy adventure to find her. Charming holiday story of friendship and fun.
Santa’s Story – Will Hillenbrand
Santa is ready for his big night but can’t find the reindeer! Lovely story and perfect for any family who celebrates on Christmas Eve by reading T’was The Night Before Christmas. Turns out the reindeer have the same tradition! Very cute!
Winter Picture Books
The Shortest Day – Susan Cooper
This stunning, quiet picture book celebrates the Winter Solstice, the Yuletide season, and how throughout history, people have gathered to celebrate the magical return of seasonal light. This book is a lovely, beautifully illustrated retelling of Susan Cooper’s Yule poem.
My Winter City – James Gladstone
A gentle poem of winter in the city. A young boy awakens to a blanket of freshly fallen snow, and shares his experiences of being out in it with his father. Gorgeous details in the illustrations and sensory, lyrical text and a large book format, perfect for reading together. Love, Love, LOVE this book so much (It is my favorite new Winter book!)
A Day So Gray – Marie Lamba
On a winter’s day, one child sees only the gloomy bleakness of the season until her friend encourages her to see the hidden colors all around her. Great book for growth mindset and also writing about colors!
My Footprints– Bao Phi
Wow. Wow. Wow. SO much more than a book about winter. (In fact it’s not about winter at all!) I was drawn to the book because it was written by the same author of A Different Pond, which I loved. It is about a young Vietnamese American girl who is being bullied at school because she has two moms. She works through her sadness and anger in a creative way, making footprints in the snow of different animals she pretends to be. I like that this book didn’t focus on the bullies but focused on positive and imaginative ways to deal with them. Great illustrations.
Snow Globe Wishes – Erin Dealey
A gentle, rhyming picture book celebrating the magic of a snow day. When a huge snowstorm hits and the power goes out, a young girl enjoys the slow pace of her family and neighbours spending time together. Lovely illustrations. The ending was a little sugary but a great book for making winter connections.
Small in the City- Sydney Smith
Another amazing book by the author of Town is By the Sea and Sidewalk Flowers. Gorgeous illustrations of city scenes, sparse text, touching story of a child giving advice on coping with being “small in the city.” Love the surprise ending. Not really about winter but children will enjoy guessing who the advice is for and which clues informed their decision – a perfect book for inferring!