2016 Christmas Picture Books
8 New Christmas Picture Books

Intro

The lead-up to Christmas is a perfect time to sit down and read with a little one on your lap.  It's dark and cold outside.  At home there are cheerful decorations; music plays quietly in the background; hot chocolate steams at the table. Excitement gathers for the coming holidays.  These are moments when memories are made.

There are many new Christmas picture books out this year, some lovely, some silly, some wondrous.  Two of the books -- The Christmas Boot and Christmas in the Barn were released previously, but have been reimagined by new illustrators and are ready for a new audience.

I wish you happy reading in this special season.

 

 

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Babushka a Christmas Story Book Cover
Babushka: A Christmas Tale
by Dawn Casey
illustrated by Amanda Hall
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 6, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

On the eve of the very first Christmas, an old grandmother is busy tidying her home when a bright star illuminates the sky. Soon three wise men arrive and invite Babushka to join them in their travels—following the star in search of a newborn babe, the Prince of Peace. But...READ MORE

Presents Through the Window
Presents Through the Window: A Taro Gomi Christmas Book
by Taro Gomi
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 20, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly

Pink suit. Moustache. Helicopter. This may not be your ordinary Santa, but it's still a daunting Christmas Eve challenge! There are so many presents to deliver, and so little time. It's a good thing Santa has a plan. He'll just peek into every window and toss in a gift. Done!...READ MORE

Christmas in the Barn Book Cover
Christmas in the Barn
by Margaret Wise Brown
illustrated by Anna Dewdney
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 20, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

From the bestselling author of classics like Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny comes a Christmas story sure to delight generations of new readers. In this reissued edition by Margaret Wise Brown, Christmas in the Barn tells a childlike interpretation of the Nativity story with new full-color illustrations from New York Times bestselling illustrator Anna Dewdney, creator of...READ MORE

Christmas for Greta and Gracie
Christmas for Greta and Gracie
by Yasmeen Ismail
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 27, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly

Greta and Gracie are sisters. Greta is chatty while Gracie is quiet. It’s all fine until, one day, everything changes. It’s almost Christmas, and the sisters decorate the tree, shop for presents, and go ice-skating on the pond. Greta, of course, always knows best. Then on Christmas Eve, while Greta is sleeping,...READ MORE

The Nutcracker Book Cover
The Nutcracker
by Niroot Puttapipat
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 27, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly

An exquisite gift edition of The Nutcracker captures the spirit of the Christmas ballet in elegant illustrations—and delivers a glorious pop-up finale.

The Nutcracker is one of the world’s most popular ballets, telling the captivating story of Clara and the Nutcracker prince as they journey into a land of fantasy. Inspired by Marius...READ MORE

A Night of Great Joy
by Mary Engelbreit
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 4, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly

Mary Engelbreit presents A Night of Great Joy, a delightful picture book that celebrates the joyful season of Christmas. This book tells the story of the nativity through the performance of a children’s Christmas pageant. With adorable illustrations and simple storytelling, Engelbreit paints a wonderful picture of the night that...READ MORE

Stowaway in a Sleigh Book Cover
Stowaway in a Sleigh
by Roger Mader
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 11, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

The cat’s out of the bag and holiday adventure awaits!  

     When Slipper finds Mr. Furry Boots in her house, she does what any cat would do and investigates. But curiosity gets the best of her when she finds herself on a trip she hadn’t planned on taking ....READ MORE

The Christmas Boot
The Christmas Boot
by Lisa Wheeler
illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 18, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly

In the spirit of Christmas classics The Polar Express and The Night Before Christmas comes a holiday tale about the magic of Santa, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Jerry Pinkney
 
Lonely Hannah is delighted to discover a warm black boot as she gathers kindling in the forest. A poor woman, she doesn't have...READ MORE

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