Valerie Kohler, owner of the Blue Willow Bookshop, hand picks books to foster the love of reading in children of all ages. For more of her faves, visit www.BlueWillowBookshop.com.
D Is For Dreidel by Greg Paprocki
Gibbs Smith, October 2018
An alphabet for the very youngest and a lively introduction to the Hanukkah season.
Wake Up, Santa
illustrated by Pintachan
Abrams Appleseed, October 2018
Watch your baby’s face light up when you turn the pages and see the elves working to make Christmas perfect.
The 12 Pets Of Christmas by Taylor Garland
Little Brown Kids, October 2018
Try out the traditional carol with the youngsters, substituting adorable pets including kittens and hedgehogs.
On This Special Night by Claire Freeedman
Tiger Tales, October 2018
This sturdy board book shares the true meaning of Christmas told from by the animals in the stable. The love on this most quiet of nights will make a very special reading time.
Construction Site On Christmas Night by Sherry Rinker
Chronicle Books, October 2018
Another in the the beloved Good Night Construction Site series, readers learn exactly what the excavators and dump trucks do on Christmas Eve.
The Snowy Nap by Jan Brett
Penguin Books, October 2018
While not a holiday book, this quiet ode to winter wonderlands will enchant Brett’s fans and draw in new readers to her books.
All-Of-Kind Family Hanukkah by Emily Jenkins & Paul Zelinsky
Schwartz & Wade Books, October 2018
Journey back in time to 1912 when a family is celebrating the first night of Hanukkah. The girls are excited to help celebrate with fun traditions.
Santa Bruce by T Ryan Higgins
Disney Books, October 2018
Can our curmudgeonly bear Bruce save Christmas? Apparently his forest friends believe he can, and they work hard to get him in the spirit.
Bah! Humbug! by Michael Rosen
A spirited retelling of a holiday classic, Bah Humbug shares the story of The Christmas Carol with the whole family. Spread the laughter over the nights in December while you read this aloud to the kids.
A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd
Broadway Books, October 2018
This reissue of the story that inspired the classic movie (who hasn’t seen this one at least once every year?) is a great read aloud for the family.