We’ve gathered a selection of festive new titles for readers of all ages and backgrounds—from spiritual tales to seasonal poems and much more.

Picture Books

All the Things Santa Claus Will Never Do

Noé Carlain, illus. by Ronan Badel. Schiffer Kids, $14.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7643-6217-0. Ages 5–8.

The team behind All the Things a Teacher Will Never Say reunites for this holiday exercise in hilarity, as Carlain imagines Santa caught up in various scenarios that he wouldn’t reasonably entertain. Badel’s comic strip–inflected, color-washed illustrations complement the absurdity

The Animals Speak: A Christmas Eve Legend

Marion Dane Bauer, illus. by Brittany Baugus. Beaming, $18.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-5064-6643-9. Ages 3–8.

With spare, lyrical text, Newbery Honoree Bauer draws a thread from the Nativity to the present, embracing the legend that all creatures gain speech at midnight on Christmas Eve to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Baugus’s bold color and luminous digital spreads convey a sense of reverence and joy in this calm picture book, which will most appeal to those familiar with its biblical allusions.

The Biggest Little Boy: A Christmas Story

Poppy Harlow, illus. by Ramona Kaulitzki. Viking, $17.99; ISBN 978-0-593-20457-3. Ages 3–7.

A boy who loves big things discovers that appreciating the small is the key to holiday joy in this simple yet comforting picture book debut by CNN news anchor Harlow. As Luca finally discovers the unexpectedly perfect Christmas tree just days before the holiday, small readers will find reassurance in the adage that size doesn’t matter.

Carla and the Christmas Cornbread

Carla Hall with Kristen Hartke, illus. by Cherise Harris. S&S/Millner, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-5344-9469-5. Ages 4–8.

Top Chef contestant and culinary personality Hall relays a nostalgic tale following young Carla, who, with her sister Kim and their mother, visits her grandparents on Christmas Eve. In warm, vintage-toned acrylic inks and digital art, Harris renders the nuances of Christmas in a close-knit Black family. Back matter includes a recipe for Carla’s Christmas Cornbread and Cinnamon Butter. The book received a starred review from PW.

Christina’s Carol

Christina Rossetti, illus. by Tomie dePaola. Simon & Schuster, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-5344-1848-6. Ages 4–8.

Based on the 1872 Christmas carol “In the Bleak Midwinter” by poet Rossetti, this illustrated edition combines previously published artwork and unseen art from the late dePaola’s personal collection. The artist’s trademark style brings charm to the classic poem, with photographed three-dimensional dioramas set alongside traditional illustrations rendered in vibrant washes of color. DePaola fans will rejoice in having this lush, multilayered illustration of a classic hymn for their collection.

The Christmas Mitzvah

Jeff Gottesfeld, illus. by Michelle Laurentia Agatha. Creston, $18.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-939547-94-1. Ages 4–8.

After lighting the Hanukkah candles, Al Rosen and his son stroll around their city neighborhood. It’s also Christmas Eve, and when Al learns that the local Black newsstand clerk is working and can’t be with his family, Al volunteers to take over—beginning a decades-long tradition of the “Christmas Mitzvah,” as he and, later, his family, stand in for Christian neighbors who have jobs that are “easy to dismiss in a world that mistakes wealth for worth.” Gottesfeld succeeds in highlighting a compassionate lesson of community care, and the importance of turning kindheartedness into action.

Charlotte and the Nutcracker: The True Story of a Girl Who Made Ballet History

Charlotte Nebres with Sarah Warren, illus. by Alea Marley. Random House, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-593-37490-0. Ages 4–8.

In this rhythmic narrative, Charlotte Nebres, the first Black dancer cast as Marie in the New York City Ballet’s production of Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, recounts her history learning ballet, her time auditioning for and then performing in that ballet in 2019, and her family’s Christmas traditions. Themes of persistence and representation as inspiration should open relevant conversations with young readers.

The Christmas Owl: Based on the True Story of a Little Owl Named Rockefeller

Ellen Kalish and Gideon Sterer, illus. by Ramona Kaulitzki. Little, Brown, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-316-29912-1. Ages 4–8.

The 2020 discovery and rescue of a saw-whet owl in Rockefeller Center’s Christmas tree inspires this anthropomorphic exploration of Christmas by the owl’s wildlife rehabilitator, Kalish, and author Sterer, illustrated by Kaulitzki in playful digital spreads. Back matter features an author’s note from Kalish, a recollection of her time taking care of Rockefeller the Owl, and photos.

A Christmas Too Big

Colleen Madden. Two Lions, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-5420-2800-4. Ages 4–8.

Fed up with her own family’s over-the-top Christmas-prep hoopla, pale-skinned Kerry helps her older, light brown–skinned neighbor Mrs. Flores with some groceries and is invited to stay for cocoa in this gentle intergenerational narrative. Madden’s bilingual tale strikes both humorous and poignant notes; the visual blend of comic-style panels, playful fonts, speech bubbles in both English and Spanish, and traditional spreads offers readers plenty to celebrate. Back matter includes a tutorial for Flores de Navidad.

Cold Turkey

Corey Rosen Schwartz and Kirsti Call, illus. by Chad Otis. Little, Brown, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-316-43011-1. Ages 4–8.

In this bouncy rhyming fare by Schwartz and Call, a turkey bundles up against the winter chill before heading outside, but upon walking around the farmyard, he notices that his friends are even colder than he is. Turkey offers each friend one of his winter accessories—an alliterative description subsequently appending every farm animal (“SHIVERING SHEEP”)—so that he ends up wobbling home, “cold and bare,/ in just his birthday suit!” But his pals quickly repay the earlier generosity by building a campfire they can all enjoy.

Deer Santa

Hannah Eliot, illus. by Kathryn Selbert. Little Simon, $9.99 (18p) ISBN 978-1-5344-9523-4. All ages.

An assortment of wide-eyed, anthropomorphic woodland creatures dressed in winter outfits write letters to Santa in this novelty book. Punnily addressed envelopes on pull-tab flaps offer greetings corresponding to each animal (“Merry Christmouse!”), while cheerful, vintage-inflected spreads by Selbert depict the animals partaking in various wintry activities.

The Eight Knights of Hanukkah

Leslie Kimmelman, illus. by Galia Bernstein. Holiday House, $17.99 (48p) ISBN 978-0-8234-3958-4. Ages 4–8.

After a dragon causes damage that puts a crimp in preparations for a kingdom-wide Hanukkah party, Lady Sadie charges her ethnically diverse children, the Eight Knights of Hanukkah, with engaging in “deeds of awesome kindness and stupendous bravery” to undo it. Kimmelman and Bernstein’s gentle spoof employs just enough amusing medieval jokes to make the core idea fun to grasp: it takes good deeds of all shapes and sizes to make the world go ’round.

The First Christmas

Phillips Brooks and Lewis H. Redner, illus. by Will Moses. S&S/Wiseman, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-5344-7878-7. Ages 4–8.

Folk artist Moses offers intricate oil paintings to illustrate Brooks’s 1867 poem “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” which Redner set to music a year later. The art depicts the first Christmas, from Mary and Joseph searching for lodging to the Three Wise Men visiting the newborn King. Atmospheric art accented by dabs of gold and centering humans with indefinite features matches the reverence of the text.

Hanukkah Bear

Eric A. Kimmel, illus. by Mike Wohnoutka. Holiday House, $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8234-2855-7. Ages 4–8.

Kimmel revises a story previously published in Cricket magazine and as a 1990 picture book, The Hanukkah Guest, with cheerful new acrylic illustrations from Wohnoutka. The story follows 97-year-old Bubba Brayna as she hosts her rabbi for a Hanukkah meal. With her failing eyesight and poor hearing, Bubba Brayna doesn’t realize that a hungry bear, not the rabbi, has appeared at her doorstep, clamoring for fresh latkes.

Jan Brett’s The Nutcracker

Jan Brett. Putnam, $18.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-593-10982-3. Ages 4–8.

E.T.A. Hoffmann’s famous Christmas story of the girl and the wooden nutcracker receives Brett’s signature treatment in this picture book rendition, which features characters in elaborate period costumes, intricate movement and detail, and vignettes around many spreads’ borders. A Christmas confection laced with an Old World sensibility.

Joy to the World! Christmas Around the Globe

Kate DePalma, illus. by Sophie Fatus. Barefoot, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-64686-298-6. Ages 4–10.

Highlighting 13 specifically Christian Christmas-oriented celebrations, DePalma touches briefly on holiday traditions in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iceland, India, Italy, Lebanon, Mexico, the Philippines, and Serbia. Rhyming couplets—two per page—highlight moments of sharing and togetherness.

The Legend of the Christmas Witch

Dan Murphy and Aubrey Plaza, illus. by Julia Iredale. Viking, $18.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-593-35080-5. Ages 5–8.

Copper-haired infants abandoned in the Black Forest come to disparate ends in this “forgotten” dark myth. Though young Kristtörn and Kristoffer share the “gift of swiftness” and a life in the woods, the arrival of a cinnamon bun–toting Danish couple—the Kringles—ends with pastry-intent Kristoffer abandoning his sister, who is subsequently taken in by the Yule Witch Lutzelfrau. Employing fairy tale diction, producer Murphy and actor Plaza meld pagan and Christian elements into blocks of text elevated through Iredale’s moody folk art.

The Little Owl & the Big Tree: A Christmas Story

Jonah Winter, illus. by Jeanette Winter. Beach Lane, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-66590-213-7. Ages up to 8.

Jonah Winter narrates with quiet respect the journey of the saw-whet owl found in the 2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, starting by describing her at home in the forest. With minimum sentimentality, the mother-son collaborators offer an effectively quiet celebration of a wild creature who encounters human civilization. An author’s note offers more details about the true story.

Mr. Boddington’s Studio: ’Twas the Night Before Christmas

Clement Clarke Moore, illus. by Mr. Boddington. Penguin Workshop, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-593-38407-7. Ages 3–5.

Readers familiar with Brooklyn, N.Y.–based design and stationery store Mr. Boddington’s Studio will appreciate its recognizable aesthetic in this illustrated volume of Moore’s vintage verses. Bright pink and spearmint–washed spreads, complete with myriad patterns and humorous speech bubbles, pair with scrawled, fine-lined art. A stylized update for the contemporary Christmas free spirit.

My Christmas Wish for You

Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar. Chronicle, $14.99 (60p) ISBN 978-1-4521-8436-4. Ages 3–5.

Employing jaunty couplets and familiar seasonal imagery, Swerling and Lazar offer a series of Christmas wishes from an unnamed narrator to the reader, beginning, “Here are a handful/ that I wish for you.” The team’s signature good cheer and chipper doodle-style art shine in this simple holiday-themed gift title.

New Year

Mei Zihan, trans. from the Chinese by Yan Yan, illus. by Qin Leng. Greystone Kids, $18.95 (56p) ISBN 978-1-77164-731-1. Ages 9 and up.

A Chinese father living in Beijing pens this heartfelt, gracefully sketched letter to his adult daughter, a translator living in France with her French husband, Sylvain. As the father reminisces on holidays spent with his daughter, recalling memories with her from infancy to childhood to adolescence, he hopes that she is celebrating the Lunar New Year well abroad.

The Night Before Christmas

Clement C. Moore, retold by Steve Richardson, illus. by Chris Dunn. Impossible Dreams, $17.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-73645-650-7. Ages 4–8.

A father rabbit awakens on the night before Christmas and meets towering polar bear St. Nick in this enthralling, animal-centered retelling of Clement C. Moore’s Christmas poem. Richardson swaps in details befitting the animal stand-ins, maintaining the original’s jaunty rhyme scheme and most of its original verse. Dunn’s intricate spreads present fantastical, near-photorealistic characters against lush snowy landscapes. The book received a starred review from PW.

Our Table

Peter H. Reynolds. Orchard, $17.99 (48p) ISBN 978-1-338-57232-2

In Reynolds’s characteristic ink-and-watercolor spreads, protagonist Violet mourns that the dining room table is no longer where her family congregates. An apropos reminder, especially pertinent for the holidays, of connections maintained through physical proximity.

The People Remember

Ibi Zoboi, illus. by Loveis Wise. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $19.99 (64p) ISBN 978-0-06-291564-1. Ages 4–7.

In her picture book debut, Zoboi employs magnetic, allusive free verse to describe the course of history as experienced by members of the African diaspora and enslaved African peoples. Wise’s eye-catching digital illustrations, painted with spectacular vibrance, portray the experiences of African and African American people throughout time. A rich resource ideal for Kwanzaa and beyond. The book received a starred review from PW. See our q&a with Zoboi and Wise.

Playing with Lanterns

Wang Yage, trans. from the simplified Chinese by Helen Wang, illus. by Zhu Chengliang. Amazon Crossing Kids, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-5420-2984-1. Ages 3–7.

Originally published in China, this leisurely narrative by Wang follows Zhao Di, a Chinese child, through the 15 days of the Lunar New Year celebration in the Shaanxi province as she participates in a range of activities, from receiving to smashing lanterns. Tenderly detailed gouache paintings by Zhu render the children as small, patterned bundles frolicking against expanses of snow; brightly colored lanterns provide focal points throughout. A quiet celebration of a Northwestern Chinese tradition.

The Real Santa

Nancy Redd, illus. by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow. Random House, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-593-17814-0. Ages 4–8.

Christmas preparations are underway for a Black child and their family, with a variety of Black Santas at the center. Redd’s representation of a Black family during the holidays radiates pride in self-identity, while Barlow’s cozy mixed-media illustrations conjure the wonder of the season in thisresonant tale. The book received a starred review from PW.

Red and Green and Blue and White

Lee Wind, illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky. Levine Querido, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-64614-087-9. Ages 4–7.

Wind’s lightly fictionalized version of the 1993 incident wherein a community stood up to anti-Semitism, taping pictures of menorahs to their own windows in solidarity with Jewish neighbors, is conveyed with lyrical simplicity. Caldecott Medalist Zelinsky’s vibrant digital art has the bold, rough-hewn textures of scratch block, and dramatic compositions that recall sweeping cinematography emphasize fraught emotions in this moving historical tale that encourages taking a stand. The book received a starred review from PW.

Robin Robin

Dan Ojari and Mikey Please, illus. by Briony May Smith. Red Comet, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-63655-009-1. Ages 4–8.

In this picture book debut, Ojari and Please, codirectors of the forthcoming animated musical of the same name, relay the rhythmic story of an orphaned robin adopted by a family of mice. Though Robin Robin tries her best to emulate her family and “be quiet as a... MOUSE,” on crumb raids of the Who-man house, she always creates “a CHIRP and a SMASH and a FLUTTER and a CRASH,” drawing the attention of “the dreaded Cat.” But with an assist from a local magpie and a Christmas tree star, Robin finds a way to embrace her noisy nature and ensure there are copious crumbs for a holiday feast.

Santa in the City

Tiffany D. Jackson, illus. by Reggie Brown. Dial, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-593-11025-6.

In her accessibly written picture book debut, Jackson centers Deja, a Black child of Jamaican descent who asks myriad questions regarding Santa’s methods of reaching her city home. Warm, imaginative digital art by debut illustrator Brown offer a nuanced portrait of Deja’s family and community in this reassuring book for any child who’s ever worried about Santa’s magic reaching them.

Santa Jaws

Bridget Heos, illus. by Galia Bernstein. Holt, $18.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-250-24462-8. Ages 4–8.

A punny concept is expanded into full-fledged scenes of merriment in this jolly romp, which imagines various shark species preparing for Christmas under the sea and awaiting a visit from Santa Jaws, the kindly Great White in a red cap. An inviting, informational book for shark fans.

A Simple Christmas on the Farm

Phyllis Alsdurf, illus. by Lisa Hunt. Beaming, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-5064-7136-5. Ages 4–8.

Alsdurf and Hunt parallel a family’s “simple” farm Christmas and the holiday’s biblical beginnings in this picture book with a back-to-basics message. Unlined illustrations focus on domestic details, perpetually snowy farm landscapes, and smiling characters of various skin tones. Instructions for three holiday crafts follow.

The Snowflake

Benji Davies. HarperCollins, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-06-256360-6. Ages 4–8.

In this gentle tale of serendipity, the paths of a child and a newly formed snowflake converge for some holiday sparkle. Noelle dreams of a Christmas tree like the brightly decorated one she and her grandfather, Pappie, and their dog admire in a storefront window on their walk home. Inspired, she transforms a stray branch from the sidewalk into a decorated little tree outside her own window, but it’s still missing something.

Super Santa: The Science of Christmas

Bruce Hale, illus. by Guy Francis. HarperCollins, $10.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-06-298363-3. Ages 4–8.

The tech-savvy elven team behind the famous red suit explains the mechanics of how Santa delivers presents in one night. From the sheer number of gifts and resulting weight to St. Nick’s suit, Hale conveys the science in snappy, easily digestible dialogue. A rollicking tale that explains how Santa’s trip requires “a little science and engineering and a whole lot of Christmas magic.”

This Little Piggy’s Night Before Christmas

Joe Rhatigan, illus. by Jomike Tejido. Little Genius, $9.99 (24p) ISBN 978-1-953344-23-6. Ages 3 and up.

This festive board book blends elements of Clement C. Moore’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas” with the nursery rhyme “This Little Piggy,” as five anthropomorphic piglets catch a pale-skinned Santa in the act of descending their chimney and delivering gifts. Tejido’s emotive digital piggies and sweeping perspectives offer an entertaining depth to this cheerful twist on a seminal Christmas text.

The Three Latkes

Eric A. Kimmel, illus. by Feronia Parker-Thomas. Kar-Ben, $17.99 (24p) ISBN 978-1-5415-8892-9. Ages 4–8.

It’s the first night of Hanukkah in this rhythmic fable by Kimmel, and three anthropomorphic latkes—one red with a trucker cap; one yellow with a fedora, bow tie, and walking stick; and one gold with a sweatband and first place medal—are arguing over which of them tastes best. An impartial judge is needed, and the latkes choose “the clever cat,” who pairs each potato pancake with its suggested topping and then resolves the argument by eating all three, leaving the question unanswered. Back matter features a recipe for the “Very Best Latkes.”

Tiny Reindeer

Chris Naylor-Ballesteros. Tundra, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7352-7118-0. Ages 3–7.

Tiny, a “very, very tiny” palm-size reindeer in Santa’s herd, is too small to help prepare for “the most important night of the year,” but he finds his true mission when he is relegated to the mail room on the day before Christmas Eve. There, he discovers a heartfelt letter from a child asking Santa for a tiny reindeer to pull the tiny wooden sled that her grandfather carved for her. In inviting ink and watercolor spreads, Naylor-Ballesteros offers a perennial lesson in finding where one belongs.

We Give Thanks

Cynthia Rylant, illus. by Sergio Ruzzier. Beach Lane, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4424-6507-7. Ages 2–8.

On the title page of this journey in couplets, a rabbit and frog approach a house in a sun-drenched landscape. Rylant’s gentle verse begins as the rabbit and frog speculatively don clothing before a mirror. The concluding feast assembles all of the anthropomorphic animals the duo has visited in a kitchen as they sit down to a tableful of elaborate desserts. Even simple generosity is conceived of in droll, unexpected ways in Ruzzier’s fresh-eyed interpretation of Rylant’s holiday-ready blessing. The book received a starred review from PW.

Who Will Pull Santa’s Sleigh?

Russ Willms. Clarion, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-358-39342-9. Ages 4–7.

It’s Santa’s “first Christmas delivering presents” in this lighthearted fare, but first Santa and the elves need a team of animals to help pull the sleigh. With “only seven days until Christmas Eve,” Santa sends a “Sleigh Pullers Wanted” ad to all the animals. Via bright, cartoonlike illustrations, wordplay, and plentiful dialogue bubbles, Willms presents a comical origin story for Santa’s famous reindeer team.

A Winter Treasury of Recipes, Crafts, and Wisdom (Little Homesteader)

Angela Ferraro-Fanning, illus. by AnneliesDraws. Ivy Kids, $19.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7112-6705-3. Ages 5–8.

Rosy-cheeked children of varying skin tones walk readers through cold-weather activities in this cozy amalgam aimed at readers in northern climes. After an introductory spread, subsequent pages offer straightforward recipes for hot cocoa, bread, and candied orange slices, while crafts include a pinecone bird feeder, evergreen paintbrushes, and winter solstice lanterns.

The Wishing Tree

Meika Hashimoto, illus. by Xindi Yan. HarperCollins, $14.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-06-274716-7. Ages 4–8.

After realizing that his town is devoid of Christmas spirit three days before the holiday, Theo writes down “just one wish” to Santa. As he sleeps, the letter journeys “across frozen seas/ and stormy deserts” before reaching the North Pole. The next morning, a mysterious great pine labeled “Property of the North Pole” drops a response letter into Theo’s hands saying “bring joy,” setting off a chain of cheer-bringing events with Theo at the center.


Blame It on the Mistletoe

Beth Garrod. Sourcebooks Fire, $10.99 paper (368p) ISBN 978-1-72824-897-4. Ages 13 and up.

Two 16-year-olds swap homes for Christmas in this slightly contrived but entertaining rom-com. Enrolling in an Instagram challenge to gain 15,000 followers first, American influencer Noëlle “Elle” Miller wants to fly to the U.K. to build her following, suggesting a switch with one of her lucky followers. Garrod provides holiday festivities galore—pantomime, costume parties, Christmas jumpers, snow—as well as social media skullduggery, surprises, and secrets.

Elves on the Fifth Floor

Francesca Cavallo, illus. by Verena Wugeditsch. Undercats, $21.99 (128p) ISBN 978-1-953592-03-3. Ages 7–12.

Oldest child Manuel; Camila, who is two years younger; and four-year-old Shonda Greco-Aiden have just moved into the city of R. with their mothers. They’ve just fled from “a faraway country” whose newly elected president has declared “that families like theirs—ones with two moms and three kids—were illegal.” Just three days before Christmas, the family is eager to settle in and befriend their new neighbors, but they’re met with chilly silence. A letter from Santa himself requesting the family’s help gift-wrapping means that 10 elves and piles of presents arrive the next day, but holiday cheer is soon cut short by unhappy neighbors and trouble.

Trouble in Toyland

Alan Katz, illus. by Sernur Isik. Aladdin Quix, $17.99 (80p) ISBN 978-1-5344-6788-0. Ages 5–8.

At Elf Academy, second grader Andy Snowden, a young elf, is tired of making the same toys every day and “itching to build something different” using his imagination. When the principal announces the first-ever toy-building contest, Andy is determined to have his creation selected as Toy of the Year. Katz’s sweet series opener encourages out-of-the-box thinking, reassuring young readers that “you are each a winner every time you create something.”

Also of Note

Picture Book Series

Baby Loves Angular Momentum on Hanukkah! (Baby Loves Science)

Ruth Spiro, illus. by Irene Chan. Charlesbridge, ISBN 978-1-62354-190-3, Aug.

Baby Loves Electrical Engineering on Christmas! (Baby Loves Science)

Ruth Spiro, illus. by Irene Chan. Charlesbridge, ISBN 978-1-62354-191-0, Aug.

Bulldozer’s Christmas Dig (The Bulldozer Books)

Candace Fleming, illus. by Eric Rohmann. Atheneum/Dlouhy, ISBN 978-1-5344-3820-0,


Christmas, Here I Come! (Here I Come!)

D.J. Steinberg, illus. by Laurie Stansfield. Grosset & Dunlap, ISBN 978-0-593-09424-2, Oct.

Construction Site: Merry and Bright

Sherri Duskey Rinker, illus. by AG Ford. Chronicle, ISBN 978-1-79720-429-1, Oct.

Five Little Monkeys Looking for Santa (A Five Little Monkeys Story)

Eileen Christelow. Clarion, ISBN 978-0-358-46985-8, Sept.

Green Is for Christmas

Drew Daywalt, illus. by Oliver Jeffers. Philomel, ISBN 978-0-593-35338-7, Nov.

Grumpy Monkey Oh, No! Christmas (Grumpy Monkey)

Suzanne Lang, illus. by Max Lang. Random House Studio, ISBN 978-0-593-30609-3, Sept.

Hanukkah, Here I Come! (Here I Come!)

D.J. Steinberg, illus. by Sara Palacios. Grosset & Dunlap, ISBN 978-0-593-09426-6, Nov.

Merry Christmas, Anne (Anne of Green Gables)

Kallie George, illus. by Geneviève Godbout. Tundra, ISBN 978-0-7352-6718-3, Oct.

Merry Christmas, Gus

Chris Chatterton. Penguin Workshop, ISBN 978-0-593-38477-0, Oct.

Twenty Big Trucks in the Middle of Christmas

Mark Lee, illus. by Kurt Cyrus. Candlewick, ISBN 978-1-5362-1253-2, Sept.

What the Dinosaurs Did the Night Before Christmas (What the Dinosaurs Did)

Refe and Susan Tuma. Little, Brown, ISBN 978-0-316-53965-4, Oct.

Picture Book Media Tie-Ins

Bob Ross’ Happy Little Night Before Christmas

Robb Pearlman, illus. by Bob Ross. Smart Pop, ISBN 978-1-63774-018-7, Oct.

Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Craftiest Christmas Ever! (Monkey with a Tool Belt)

Chris Monroe. Carolrhoda, ISBN 978-1-72840-465-3, Sept.

The Perfect Gift: A Jingle Jangle Story

Lyn Sisson-Talbert and David E. Talbert. Razorbill, ISBN 978-0-593-20390-3 Oct.


The Christmas Pig

J.K. Rowling, illus. by Jim Field. Scholastic, ISBN 978-1-338-79023-8, Oct.

The Holiday Switch

Tif Marcelo. Underlined, ISBN 978-0-593-37955-4, Oct.

Pinky Bloom and the Case of the Magical Menorah

Judy Press, illus. by Erica-Jane Waters. Kar-Ben, ISBN 978-1-5415-7625-4, Oct.

So, This Is Christmas

Tracy Andreen. Viking, ISBN 978-0-593-35312-7, Oct.