5 New Holiday Picture Books to Gift & Enjoy

Looking to add a little holiday cheer to your story time routine? Or maybe you need a gift for a young reader in your life?

Here’s a peek at five recent holiday picture books we adore for gifting and/or enjoying yourself.

Red & Lulu by Matt Tavares

I’ll admit, this book got me a little weepy. A beautifully written and illustrated story about two birds and the remarkable tree they call home, Red & Lulu is about following your heart and an important reminder that home isn’t just a place. This is destined to become a classic along the lines of The Polar Express.

Red and Lulu make their nest in a particularly beautiful evergreen tree. It shades them in the hot months and keeps them cozy in the cold months, and once a year the people who live nearby string lights on their tree and sing a special song: O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree. But one day, something unthinkable happens, and Red and Lulu are separated. It will take a miracle for them to find each other again. Luckily, it’s just the season for miracles. . . . From Matt Tavares comes a heart-tugging story combining the cheer of Christmas, the magic of New York City, and the real meaning of the holiday season: how important it is to be surrounded by love.

Bear’s Merry Book of Hidden Things by Gergely Dudas

A festive twist on the Where’s Waldo? concept will have young readers eagerly scanning each colorful page for different items to help Bear plan his holiday party.

If you’re searching for Where’s Waldo? for the next generation, this holiday seek-and-find from internet sensation Gergely Dudás will have you—and your kids—busy for hours.

Bear loves the holidays, and this year he’s throwing a party for all his animal friends. But there’s so much to do to get ready—and he is only one very little bear! Can you help Bear find all the secret treasures he needs for his party?

Readers of all ages will find this lush, charming illustrated wonderland irresistible—and irresistibly challenging—and will return to it again and again.

Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht, illustrated by Jarvis

A cheerful rhyming story about the process of finding and decorating a Christmas tree. The sing-song story is accompanied by truly stunning illustrations.

Part of the magic of the Christmas season stems from the traditions that families and friends take part in every year: hanging up stockings; putting lights in the windows; and, one of the most important of all, picking out and taking home the Christmas tree. With style and warmth, debut author Patricia Toht and Jarvis, the author-illustrator of Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth, evoke all the rituals of decorating the tree — digging out boxes jam-packed with ornaments and tree trimmings, stringing tinsel, and, at long last, turning on those twinkling lights. Joyously drawn and rhythmically written, this celebration of family, friends, and the holiday season is as merry as the tradition it depicts.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: Snow Globe Edition by Michael Rosen; illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Chances are, you already know the story of this beloved classic. The new snow globe edition adds a fun, whimsical touch, making this a perfect special edition to share this time of year.

Bear lovers, rejoice! Shake up a snowstorm in this gorgeous gift edition of the award-winning classic by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.

We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one. Will you come, too? For over a quarter of a century, readers have been swishy-swashying and splash-sploshing through this award-winning favorite. This new hardback gift edition includes a 3-D snow scene on the cover to add fun and festive flurries to your favorite family adventure story.

Jingle Bells by Susan Jeffers

You know the lyrics for this beloved holiday story, but Jeffers’ twist is in the telling through illustrations — as two children embark on a snowy journey to visit their grandparents. Featuring beautiful illustrations throughout, and a key for spotting winter animals throughout to keep young readers engaged.

Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh
O’er the fields we go, laughing all the way…

Ride along with a girl, a boy, their pony, and a mischievous dog as they travel to Grandma’s house. With playful animals in their path, their journey gets a bit sidetracked. But soon enough they arrive at Grandma’s—where an unexpected visitor fills them with holiday cheer

For the comments: What picture books are part of your holiday tradition?

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