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Winter Holiday Picture Books

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A Sweet New Year for Ren by  Michelle Sterling
Ren has always been too little to help make her favorite pineapple cakes for the Lunar New Year, but when her one-of-a-kind brother Charlie arrives for the festivities, with his help, she finally gets her chance. Includes recipe for pineapple cakes.
A Very Mercy Christmas by Kate DiCamillo
When Stella gets the sudden idea to go caroling, she has a little trouble getting someone to join her. Her brother, Frank, is not good at spontaneity. The Watsons are very involved in a precarious fruitcake attempt (but happy to send their pig, Mercy, out for the occasion). Eugenia Lincoln declines, a bit rudely, to accompany on her accordion, and Horace Broom is too busy studying planetary movement. Will Stella need to sing by herself--with enthusiastic contributions from the pig, the cat, and the horse she picks up on the way? Or does the evening hold a miracle Stella hadn't expected?
Chinese New Year Colors by  Rich Lo
Colors identified in both English and Chinese.
Feliz New Year, Ava Gabriela! by  Alexandra Alessandri
Ava Gabriela is excited to celebrate the New Year with her extended family in Colombia, but being around her loud relatives in an unfamiliar place makes her shy and quiet.
Happy Llamakkah! by Laura Gehl
Celebrate Hanukkah with the Llama family in this joyful, rhyming picture book.
Hello, Tree by  Alastair Heim
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text follow a thieving, Christmas-loving Fox as he causes holiday madness all around town--until Santa catches him.
How to Catch a Reindeer by  Alice Walstead
Children attempt to catch Santa's reindeer Comet as Santa delivers presents to their neighborhood on Christmas Eve. Includes information about reindeer.
Li'l Rabbit's Kwanzaa by  Donna L. Washington
L'il Rabbit searches for a gift for his grandmother when she is sick during Kwanzaa, and surprises her with the best gift of all. Includes The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa.
May Your Life Be Deliciosa by  Michael Genhart
Each year on Christmas Eve, Rosie's abuela teaches her not only how to make a delicious tamale, but how to make a delicious life--one filled with love, plenty of spice, and family.
On the Shortest Day by  Laura Sulentich Fredrickson
Wander through wintry woods and along frozen creeks to observe eagles soaring, deer munching, and muskrats hiding as the winter solstice arrives in a whirl of snowy confetti and dancing starlight.
Red and Green and Blue and White by  Lee Wind
On Isaac's street most of the houses are decorated in red and green for Christmas including his friend, Teresa's, while Isaac's house is blue and white for Hanukkah; then someone smashes Isaac's window in the night, and Teresa comes up with a way to show support her friend--and gets the whole community to rally around their Jewish family. Inspired by a true story.
Reindeer Helper by Christy Webster
When one of Santa's reindeer gets lost on the busiest night of the year, it's up to Uni to use a little unicorn magic and help out. Can Uni find the reindeer in time to save Christmas?
Snow Horses : A First Night Story by Patricia MacLachlan
On a snowy New Year's Eve, two black horses pull a sleigh through town, spreading love and joy to the community.
Soulful Holidays by  Ciara L Hill
An inclusive rhyming story celebrating the joys of Christmas and Kwanzaa! Soulful holidays give readers a sense of the soulful nature of both Christmas and Kwanzaa in a way that honors the Black and African American experience.
The Christmas Book Flood by  Emily Kilgore
Picture book about the search to find just the right book for loved ones in time to all read together on Christmas Eve. Based on Icelandic tradition.
The Christmas Pine by Julia Donaldson
Told in rhyming text, a majestic pine journeys from Norway to become London's Christmas tree. Includes a historical note explaining the annual tradition.
The Eight Knights of Hanukkah by Leslie Kimmelman
On the last night of Hanukkah, Lady Sadie summons her children, the Eight Knights of Hanukkah, to stop the dastardly dragon that is interrupting party preparations, using kindness and bravery.
The Hanukkah Hunt by Laura Gehl
Ruby's cousin Avital is sad because her mom is going on a work trip during Hanukkah, so Ruby plans an eight-night treasure hunt to ensure Avital has a good holiday. Includes a note about Hanukkah and instructions on playing dreidel.
The Littlest Night Before Christmas by  Clement Clarke Moore
In this charming rendition of the classic Clement C. Moore poem, Mary Engelbreit reimagines the fabled night that a jolly intruder gives one family an enchanting Christmas Eve that they'll never forget.
The People Remember by  Ibi Aanu Zoboi
Recounts the journey of African descendants in America by connecting their history to the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Includes bibliographical references.
The Twelve Cats of Christmas by  Feather Flores
An adaptation of the classic Twelve Days of Christmas that follows a multitude of cats enjoying the holiday by chasing ribbons, shredding paper, and climbing the Christmas tree with chaotic results.
There Was a Young Rabbi : A Hanukkah Tale by  Suzanne Wolfe
Hanukkah is a very busy time! Join the rabbi as she makes festive preparations-spinning the dreidel, cooking a tasty meal, lighting the menorah and more-in this cumulative, rhyming story to remember the miracle from a long time ago!
Tizzy, the Dizzy Dreidel by  Allison Marks
Encouraged by the little girl who selected her from the pile of dreidels, Tizzy the dreidel bravely sets out on an eight-day spinning Hanukkah adventure.
Together for Kwanzaa by  Juwanda G Ford
While celebrating Kwanzaa and its many traditions with her parents, Kayla hopes that her big brother Khari will get home from college before the holiday is over.
When Santa Came to Stay by  Billy Sharff
When one family's cookies are so good that Santa and other holiday characters decide to stay, the question of why this holiday only comes once a year is answered by the time the 4th of July rolls around, when everyone's had a bit too much Christmas.
Updated 11/18/2022