2018 Christmas Books
Christmas ABC by Jannie Ho
A for angel to Z for zzzz, this is a cheerful Christmas alphabet board book for young readers.
Decked Out for Christmas by Ethan Long
Adorable elf-looking mice start to decorate. They get out lights, a popcorn garland, ornaments, and more. Keep reading and you’ll find out that the mice are decorating Santa’s sleigh.
Construction Site on Christmas Night by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Ag Ford
All your favorite construction vehicles get useful Christmas gifts. Bulldozer gets a carbon steel blade. Excavator gets a shiny yellow scoop. The story shows the hard-working vehicles finishing a day of work with the perfect gift. Then, it’s a Merry Christmas and off to sleep. Goodnight.
Dear Santa, I Know It Looks Bad, but It Wasn’t My Fault by Norma Lewis, illustrated by Olivia Beckman
Scalawag the cat hopes to explain all the things that have been happening that MIGHT make Santa think twice. It seems like Scalawag has been naughty but it wasn’t his fault! These letters explain. For example, he didn’t eat the canary, his owner’s friend left the door open and out it flew. And he didn’t mean to tip over the Christmas tree and hurt Miss Violet but she was only unconscious for a minute. It’s one disaster after another. And despite advice to get rid of him, Miss Violet loves Scalawag because he’s not boring. Scalawag writes one last letter to Santa asking for the perfect gift…for Miss Violet.
Santa Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins
If you like your Christmas books to be funny and clever, and especially if you’re a fan of Mother Bruce, you won’t want to miss this new picture book. Bruce is a grumpy bear who wishes he could just stay in bed all winter long and skip Christmas. But his animal family wants fun, festivities, and family time. To make matters worse, the other forest animals are sure that Bruce is actually Santa Claus. But he’s NOT. This assumption grows and grows making life worse for Bruce and funnier for us, the readers. Finally, Bruce gives in and becomes “Santa Bruce.” And everyone (except Bruce) is very happy!
Silent Night by Lara Hawthorne
Beautiful illustrations capture the familiar carol that celebrates the first Christmas night.
Mouse’s Christmas Gift by Mindy Baker, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk
Mouse can’t find Parson so he arranges the Nativity figures in the church all by himself. But where can Parson be? Unfortunately, he’s sick with a fever and cancels the service. Mouse hopes that by lighting the candle, people will still come to the church– and they do.
Christmas Cookie Day by Tara Knudson, illustrated by Pauline Siewert
A sweet rhythmic story shows a cookie baking tradition for the cub and mama bear. The back of the book includes a cookie recipe. Adorable.
Last Stop on the Reindeer Express by Maudie Powell-Tuck, illustrated by Karl James Mountford
Gorgeous folk art illustrations with peek-through flaps show a young girl on an adventure to see her grandpa for Christmas. Open the mailbox, peek through to the next page. There Mia discovers the Reindeer Express. Open the small blue door, peek through to the bird on a snowy hill. Turn the page and you’ll also see a magnificent reindeer. Mia climbs on his back and they fly over the twinkling sea, over a beautiful city, and at last, they arrive at a cozy cabin in the mountains. The story isn’t fancy and I think the grandpa looks like her dad but readers will love opening the doors and peeking through to the next pages!
The Broken Ornament by Tony DiTerlizzi
Jack, like many people in our culture, thinks MORE and BIGGER is better. He doesn’t see the value of what they already have including the precious family heirloom ornament that he accidentally breaks, making his mom very sad. A magical Christmas fairy arrives who can do a lot but can’t put the broken ornament back together. Jack makes his mom a new ornament to show his mother that he understands the beauty in giving and in special memories.
Oliver Elephant by Lou Peacock, illustrated by Helen Stephens
A sweet holiday story of friendship…On a holiday shopping trip, Noah’s plush friend Oliver Elephant helps Noah enjoy himself. Oliver tries on a sock, hides in a dollhouse, plays peekaboo and oops, bumps into a fragile vase. Then, after a snack, Noah can’t find Oliver anywhere. They search everywhere until they finally find Oliver in little sister’s stroller!
A Christmas Advent Story by Hannah Tolson, illustrated by Ivy Snow
Get ready for Christmas Day with a secular advent lift-the-flap countdown story with flaps from 1 to 24. The story shows kids preparing for Christmas — shopping, making cookies, singing carols, wrapping presents, and more. Under each flap is a picture and word of things like a cat, a book, a scarf, and an owl. I wish the things under the flaps were more exciting or surprising.
Little Christmas Tree by Jessica Courtney-Tickle
Gorgeous illustrations with sparkle and shimmer plus lift-the-flaps show Christmas in the forest. The animals and plants gather around a little tree on a snowy Christmas night.
If You Ever Want to Bring a Pirate to Meet Santa, DON’T by Elise Parsley
A funny twist on the bearded guy stories! Because this bearded guy is a pirate. At the mall. In line for Santa with you… In a silly cause-and-effect series of events, if you teach the pirate not to pillage and plunder, he won’t make anybody walk the plank. (Or will he?) Then when you suggest singing to pass the time in line, he will sing pirate shanties that scare the other people in line. What will happen when you get to the front of the line to Santa? The pirate will make Santa will walk the plank which means you better put him in time out. On a chair. Where Santa used to sit…
I Got the Christmas Spirit by Connie Schofield-Morrison, illustrated by Frank Morrison
This book isn’t my cup of tea since I see the “spirit” as something quite different and I can’t quite get the author’s gist if the spirit is a feeling or a personified something. Maybe it’s both. In this book, every page refers to the “spirit” which is in everything the little girl does on a snowy Christmas afternoon — listening to carolers, shopping, seeing Santa, and so on.
Home by Another Way by Barbara Brown Taylor
This author embellishes the story of the Three Wise Men but honestly, it seems weird to me because of the unusual details and descriptions. Here’s some of their visit the King: “He gargled, combed his hair, and went back to tell the wise man they should go to Bethlehem at once — with his blessing — on one condition: that they come back and tell him who his successor was so he could send flowers. His breath smelled like Pine-Sol and the wise men left feeling queasy.” Pine-Sol?