Children’s Picture Books for the Holiday Season

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One of my strengths as a mom is reading aloud to my children. Searching for new titles to read aloud to our girls is one of my favorite things to do. We often read in the afternoons with a snack of popcorn and sliced apple or cookies as a treat. Sometimes we will gather at the table with hot tea, extra honey for the girls. I’m constantly on the hunt for more books and try to add diversity to our reads. I usually reserve big stacks of books from the library and pick them up in the drive through. This is really helpful so that when I take my kiddos inside, we can just enjoy browsing and reading, instead of me having to hunt down titles. If there’s ever a time I doubt my intellectual abilities, it’s when attempting to find a book by the author’s last name; I have to recite the alphabet several times over. That is where librarians come in handy! If your library doesn’t have a drive through, you can call to reserve the books or reserve them online and have the librarian hold them at the front desk for you. The holiday season is an especially fun time to gather books. In addition to borrowing them from the library, I will buy a couple new ones each year to add to our home collection.

children's books for Thanksgiving

Without further ado, here are some books to add to your holiday stack:


Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard

We are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell

Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin

Sometimes It’s Turkeys, Sometimes It’s Feathers by Lorna Balian

Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet

Squanto’s Journey by Joseph Bruchac

Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp

The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter


The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry

Olive, the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh

The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

Christmas in Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren

Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto and Ed Martinez

Christmas in the Barn by Margaret Wise Brown

The Snowy Nap by Jan Brett

The Nutcracker by Jan Brett

Mortimer’s Christmas Manger by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

The Gift of the Christmas Cookie by Dandi Daley Mackall

Walk this World at Christmastime by Debbie Powell

Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Merry Christmas, Curious George by. Margret and H.A. Rey

The Nutcracker by Susan Jeffers

Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski 

Gingerbread Christmas by Jan Brett

Who Is Coming to Our House? by Joseph Slate

The Legend of Old Befana by Tomie dePaola

A World of Cookies for Santa by M.E. Furman

The Miracle of Saint Nicholas by Gloria Whelan

The Baker’s Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale by Aaron Shepard

The Nutcracker in Harlem by T.E. McMorrow

Silent Night by Laura Hawthorne


Together for Kwanzaa by Juwanda G. Ford

My First Kwanzaa by Karen Katz

Seven Spools of Thread by Angela Shelf Medearis

My First Kwanzaa Book by Deborah Chocolate

The Story of Kwanzaa by Donna L. Washington

Imani’s Gift at Kwanzaa by Denise Burden-Patmon

Lil’ Rabbit’s Kwanzaa by Donna L. Washington

Habari Gani?: What’s the News: A Kwanzaa Story by Sundaira Morninghouse


Flip Flop for Hanukkah by Danny Paller

Hanukkah in Alaska by Barbara Brown

How do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? by Jane Yolen

Latke, the Lucky Dog by Ellen Fischer

The Story of Hanukkah by David A. Adler

My First Chanukah by Tomie dePaola

All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah by Emily Jenkins

Little Red Ruthie: A Hanukkah Tale by Gloria Koster

Hanukkah Bear by Eric A. Kimmel

The Eighth Menorah by Lauren L. Wohl

Happy reading!


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