Booklists | December 23, 2021

4 Holiday Children’s Books to Enjoy This Season


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There’s no better time to read magical books with your kids than during the holiday season. It’s the perfect opportunity to spend quality family time and create lasting memories with the ones you love. And, in case that isn’t reason enough, it’s also an essential way for kids to learn more about the holidays and why we celebrate them.

To get you started, we chose just a few holiday favorites from our digital library. So, cozy up on the couch with some hot chocolate and enjoy this free selection of holiday children’s books from our BookSmart app.

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Christmas by Molly Aloian

Published by Crabtree

Ages 6-8

Did you know the name “Santa Claus” comes from the old Dutch word for Saint Nicholas? Learn all about Christmas, from its ancient Christian roots to the traditions celebrated around the world today, in this exciting picture book, jam packed with photos and fun facts!

► Read it in English here.

► Leer en español aquí.

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The Sun Stands Still by Josephine Cameron

Published by Highlights

Ages 6-8

Winter solstice is usually Izzie’s favorite day, but, with her grandfather gone, she struggles to find joy in it this year. That is until her uncle gives her a special gift: her grandfather’s old fiddle. The holiday season isn’t always the easiest time of year, and this beautiful picture book serves as a powerful reminder that it’s most importantly a time to celebrate and pay tribute to loved ones.  

► Read it in English here.

► Leer en español aquí.

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Love Like That by Richa Jha and Gautam Benegal

Published by Pickle Yolk Books

Ages 6-8

Mamma Konga and Little Kroo travel around the world, witnessing the limitless love animals have for their children. But what about Kroo? Does his mamma love him like that? This fan favorite is a wonderful reminder of the precious love between family members and a great library staple for the holidays and any other occasion. 

► Read it in English here.

► Leer en español aquí.

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Thuli, Special and the Secret by Baeletsi Tsatsi, Yihenew Worku and Dali Gaga

Published by Book Dash

Ages 6-8

Chocolate chip cookies are Thuli’s favorite. And, Special the cow’s too, so it seems. But there’s only enough cookies for one of them. What will they do? Although not directly about winter celebrations, this wholesome story gets to the very essence of what the holidays are all about: gratitude and spreading joy. Thuli, Special and the Secret will teach readers all about the value of sharing and caring for loved ones and is bound to put a smile on your face in the process. 

► Read it here.

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