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Ages 3-5

Winter Holiday Picture Books

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A Mustache Baby Christmas by Bridget Heos
Mustache Baby wants to be a Santa's helper like Beard Baby, but after making a workshop full of toys he decides to keep them for himself and lands on the naughty list.
All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah by Emily Jenkins
In 1912 New York, Gertie feels left out while Mama and her four older sisters cook Hanukkah dinner, but Papa comes home and asks her help with an important task.
Dasher by Matt Tavares
Dasher is an adventurous young reindeer with a wish in her heart. She spends her days with her family under the hot sun in a traveling circus, but she longs for a different life - one where there is snow beneath her hooves and the North Star above her head. One day, when the opportunity arises, Dasher seizes her destiny and takes off in pursuit of the life she wants to live. It's not long before she meets a nice man in a red suit with a horse-drawn sleigh - a man named Santa. And soon, with the help of a powerful Christmas wish, nothing will be the same.
Gifts of the Animals: A Christmas Tale by Carole Gerber
The Gift of the Animals shares the miraculous offerings the humble animals in the manger gave to the baby Jesus.
Hanukkah Hamster by  Michelle Markel
After finding a hamster that has been left behind in his taxi, a lonely immigrant cab driver celebrates Hanukkah with the little creature, while waiting to learn if the owner will return.
Ho Ho Homework by  Mylisa Larsen
It's almost Christmas, and Jack's classroom has a new substitute teacher. There's something funny about Mr. Clausen--he seems awfully familiar....Is it his long, white beard? Is it the way his laugh sounds a lot like "Ho, ho, ho"? Or maybe it's his snack of milk and cookies--reindeer-shaped cookies! Jack's classmates are convinced they know who Mr. Clausen really is, but Jack's not so sure...
Kevin's Kwanzaa by Lisa Bullard
Kevin is excited for his turn to light the candles on the last night of Kwanzaa. As he narrates through the week of Kwanzaa, readers learn about the origins, purpose, and rituals of this holiday.
Kwanzaa by  Julie Murray
Kwanzaa is an important holiday that celebrates African heritage and African-American culture. Readers will learn that African Americans celebrate this holiday with gift giving, lighting Kinara candles each day, a big feast, and much more.
Long Ago, on a Silent Night by Julie Berry
A mother talks to her baby, recounting the Christmas story, and linking it to the love and hope she feels for her own child.
Ruby's Chinese New Year by  Vickie Lee
As Ruby travels to her grandmother's house to bring her a gift for Chinese New Year, she is joined by all of the animals of the zodiac. Includes the legend of the Chinese horoscope and instructions for crafts.
The Great Santa Stakeout by  Betsy Bird
Freddy Melcher is obsessed with Santa Claus: he has posters, clothes, underwear, action figures, everything but a photograph of the real Santa--and though it will take planning, trip wires, and staying awake late, this year he is determined to get the ultimate selfie.
The Most Wonderful Gift in the World by Mark Sperring
Esme and Bear wake up on Christmas morning to find a gift under the tree that's not for either of them. So they travel on the Treacherous Path through the snow, encounter the Howling Gale, and push their way through deep, deep snowdrifts, all the way to the intended recipient.
The Nian Monster by  Andrea Wang
The legendary Nian monster has returned at Chinese New Year. Nian is intent on devouring Shanghai, starting with young Xingling! But Xingling is clever and thinks quickly to outwit him with Chinese New Year traditions.
There's an Elf in Your Book by  Tom Fletcher
Invites the reader to take the Nice List Test, while avoiding mischievous Elf's naughty tricks, to prove Santa should bring Christmas presents to him or her.
Tree That's Meant to Be by  Yuval Zommer
A small, crooked evergreen tree is sad and lonely when the other trees are cut down to be taken indoors at Christmas, but new friends help him feel special, too.
Uno Dos Tres Posada : Let's Celebrate Christmas by  Virginia L Kroll
A little girl guides the reader through each step of a posada, a Hispanic holiday tradition celebrated on the nine nights before Christmas.
Updated 09/19/2019