Christmas Picture Books

Santa in the City by Tiffany D. Jackson

Deja asks many questions about Santa’s delivery methods to her city after some classmates cast doubts on her about his existence. Her mother and family and community members respond to her questions, restoring Deja’s belief in Santa’s magic.

Author: Tiffany D. Jackson
Writing Style: sweet, creative, fun
Illustrator: Reggie Brown
Illustrations: digital art, diverse, colorful, lively
Themes: Santa Claus’ existence and delivery methods in the city
Publishing Year: 2021
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Ages: 4 – 8
Lexile: Not Yet Rated

5 More Sleeps ‘til Christmas by Jimmy Fallon

An adorable red-headed boy with big glasses can’t wait for Christmas. His excitement and impatience cause him trouble sleeping the five nights before Christmas.

Author: Jimmy Fallon
Writing Style: rhythmic, silly, fun, funny
Illustrator: Rich Deas
Illustrations: vibrant, expressive, funny, festive
Themes: Christmas, impatience, excitement, trouble sleeping before Christmas
Publishing Year: 2020
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Ages: 4 – 8
Lexile: Not Yet Rated

Wintercake by Lynne Rae Perkins

Thomas is sad because he can’t find his basket of fruits to make a wintercake. After Lucy makes a mistake thinking she identified the basket thief, a new friendship and holiday tradition blossoms.

Author-Illustrator: Lynne Rae Perkins
Writing Style: amusing, cozy
Illustrations: anthropomorphic, wintry, detailed, watercolor, ink, elegant
Themes: friendship, mistakes, holidays, traditions, generosity, empathy
Publishing Year: 2019
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Ages: 4 – 8
Lexile: Not Yet Rated

I Got the Christmas Spirit by Connie Schofield-Morrison

A joyful little girl experiences the Christmas spirit with all her senses during a day out in the neighborhood with her mother.

Author: Connie Schofield-Morrison
Writing Style: short, onomatopoeic, rhythmic, uplifting
Illustrator: Frank Morrison
Illustrations: festive, oil paintings, energetic
Themes: the Christmas spirit, holidays, community
Publishing Year: 2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Ages: 4 – 8
Lexile: Not Yet Rated

Tough Cookie: A Christmas Story by Edward Hemingway

In this sweet take on the classic Gingerbread Man, a tough cookie does many activities with Fox, his new friend, in the Land of Holiday Treats. The tough cookie learns to accept himself in the sugary and festive process.

Author-Illustrator: Edward Hemingway
Writing Style: silly, humorous, fun, engaging
Illustrations: detailed, colorful, funny, eye-catching, whimsical
Themes: Christmas, self-discovery, friendship, acceptance
Publishing Year: 2018
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Ages: 4 – 8
Lexile: Not Yet Rated

‘Twas Nochebuena by Roseanne Greenfield Thong

A Hispanic girl and her family celebrate Nochebuena by making tamales, hanging up adornos, joining the posadas, having a fiesta, going to Misa del Gallo, and opening reglaos.

Author: Roseanne Greenfield Thong
Writing Style: lyrical, rhythmic, Spanish words included, warm
Illustrator: Sara Palacios
Illustrations: mixed-media, vibrant, happy, festive, diverse, detailed
Themes: Nochebuena, Hispanic traditions, family, celebration
Publishing Year: 2014
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Ages: 4 – 8
Lexile: 830L

A Piñata in a Pine Tree: A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas by Pat Mora

Have fun with pastelitos, luminarias, guitarras, burritos, campanitas, estrellitas, and angelitos in this Hispanic twist of the traditional song The Twelve Days of Christmas.

Author: Pat Mora
Writing Style: rhythmic, Spanish words included, fun, creative
Illustrator: Magaly Morales
Illustrations: acrylic paintings, vivid palette, joyful
Themes: Hispanic traditions, family, celebration, Christmas
Publishing Year: 2009
Publisher: Clarion Books
Ages: 4 – 8
Lexile: Not Yet Rated

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