Holiday Kids’ Book Reviews

Image result for little fox lostLittle Fox, Lost by Nicole Snitselaar with illustrations by Alicia Padron – although not a holiday themed book, the story is set in the beautiful winter snow. Fox is, of course, lost. A simple story with a simple message. The illustrations make you feel like you are viewing the story through a snow-globe.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague – Interestingly written to show all the “bad” things the Dinosaur is actually not doing. Love that each type of dinosaur is listed somewhere on the page. Image result for how do dinosaurs say merry christmas

Image result for how do dinosaurs say happy chanukahHow Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague – Same format as the Merry Christmas, but for Chanukah instead.

The Itsy Bitsy Snowman by Jeffrey Burton with illustrations by Sanja Rescek – Board Book – Super cute for infants, easy for multiple reads at a time.Image result for the itsy bitsy snowman



Merry Christmas Mom and Dad by Mercer Mayer – The little critter series was a favorite of mine growing up and I loved the Christmas one, then and now. The illustrations add much for kids to find and laugh about. BTW – there was an announcement that they will be making a movie/show out of the Little Critter series. Image result for merry christmas mom and dad

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Bear Stays up for Christmas by Karma Wilson with illustrations by Jane Chapman- cute story which follows a very sleepy bear and his forest friends as they make sure Bear stays awake.

Boris and Stella and the Perfect Gift by Dora Goldman – Touching story which mixes friendship with Chanukah and Christmas together. Image result for boris and stella and the perfect gift

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How to Catch Santa by Jean Regan with illustrations by Lee Wildish – This book was uber adorable! Loved this story full of giggles.

Image result for over and under the snowOver and Under in the Snow by Kate Messner and art by Christopher Silas Neal – this story feels like Owl Moon as I read it. A quiet story which is nonfiction, but not so much that kids will know they are learning as the story goes.

The Biggest Smallest Christmas Present by Harriet Muncaster – A story about a tiny girl who continues to get presents from Santa that are just too big for her, until the perfect present arrives. Image result for the biggest smallest christmas present

***There were zero books about Kwanzaa at my local library as well as Overdrive. I did not exclude them on purpose, there simply were not any available. As an author I know that this “lack of” issue for Kwanzaa has been mentioned by publishers and librarians in the past.***


  1. How to Catch Santa is SO CUTE! We got it this year and my kids love it. It’s the only Christmas book they want to read lately, so we’ve read it several hundred times.

    I also love the Dinosaur books. They’re so fun!

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