Holiday Book List for Kids: New Books to Check Out This Season

Thursday, November 16, 2023
The holidays are just around the corner! I found some beautiful new picture book selections that are perfect for gift giving and holiday excitement. Grab a few of these titles to read around a cozy fire with some hot chocolate and you'll be ready for winter fun. 

Disclosure: I received these books as samples from Curiosity Ink Media, but all opinions are my own and I was not otherwise compensated to write this post. This post contains affiliate links to Amazon. I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites. 

Don't forget to Pin this post for later! And be sure to check out my fun suggestions for picture book gifts at the end of the post.

Cats Vs. Pickles: How the Gherkins Stole Christmas 
Written by D.M. Farrell, Illustrated by Gabriele Tafuni

Cats Vs. Pickles fans will love this hilarious riff on Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas. How the Gherkins Stole Christmas features adorable full color illustrations of your favorite Cats Vs. Pickles characters as they try to save Christmas in Catsburg. Hardcover, 32 pages, ages 3 and up.

How the North Pole Works 
Written by Amber Stewart, Illustrated by Kyle Beckett

How the North Pole Works is a visual wonderland! There is so much to discover in the gorgeous, colorful illustrations- for example, did you know that Santa’s Workshop employs 1000 elves and 500 drones to make, pack, and wrap three billion gifts every Christmas? This book is almost like a travel guide of the North Pole, featuring detailed descriptions and illustrations of Santa's Workshop, Santa's Villa, The Cookie Factory, Yeti Village, and so much more (even Krampus Land)! The book is so creative, I even loved reading it as an adult. Recommended for ages 7 and up, hardcover, 64 pages.

Baldwin's Big Christmas Delivery
Written by Annie Auerbach, Illustrated by David Molina and Terry Shakespeare

Baldwin's Big Christmas Delivery is all about Baldwin, a cute and colorful switcher train. He always does his best to get the big trains ready for the holidays. But when Baldwin discovers a Christmas package that’s been left behind, he decides he must deliver it himself - no matter what! Kids will love the anticipation to see who the package really belongs to, with a surprise ending. Recommended for ages 3 and up, hardcover, 32 pages.

Snow Boy
Written by D.M. Farrell, Illustrated by Glenn Thomas

Snow Boy is a sweet story about friendship, community and how a snow person finds a family. Did you ever wonder what happens to a snow person after the child who made them goes inside? The main character, Snow Boy, heads off in search of where he truly belongs. Will he ever find his own snowy family? The rhyming text and beautiful illustrations will warm your heart. Recommended for ages 3 and up, hardcover, 32 pages.

Picture Book Ideas for Christmas

Picture books makes great Christmas gifts for kids, but here are some other uses for picture books during the holidays:

-Use picture books as advent gifts. Gift a book every night up until Christmas for some cozy reading fun! 

-Pick a few titles to gift on Christmas Eve to help inspire sweet dreams before Santa comes. 

-Donate a holiday picture book to someone in need. There are plenty of organizations that accept book donations for kids. One of my favorites is Sweet Reads right here in New Jersey.

-Pick a small picture book to use as a stocking stuffer. 

-Gift picture books to teachers or educational professionals. Ask them to make a wish list of their favorite titles for their classrooms.

-Gift a picture book with a cute mug and hot chocolate mix, or include a gift certificate to Amazon or Barnes and Noble (or your favorite local bookstore). 

Happy Reading! 
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