By Ellery Adams
I started collecting holiday picture books ages ago. I've always loved picture books, but I have a special place in my heart for the Christmas ones because it was Dad's job (not Mom's) to read us The Night Before Christmas right before bed on Christmas Eve. That book is always on our coffee table near the tree, but here are some others that you might want to give to a kid, or an adult, you know. They are guaranteed to bring a smile.
My all-time favorite is Mr. Willoughby's Christmas Tree. This is the ultimate story about recycling! And its filled with charming animals and their families. Everyone gets a piece of this huge tree in this story and kids love the tiny mouse family at the end.
If you know siblings, especially ones that tend to squabble, Santa Calls is a very moving story about a brother and a sister. There's a special letter at the end that always made me a little teary.
Everyone loves The Jolly Christmas Postman. While traveling through fairytaleland, the Jolly Postman delivers catalogues, jigsaw puzzles, and letters. This book is much more than a book - it's even got a mini board game folded up inside.
Here are some more books that I take out each year: How The Grinch Stole Christmas! Olive, the Other Christmas Reindeer, The Polar Express, The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey.
On top of my favorite stories are books by my favorite illustrators. I love the colors and designs by Jan Brett, Tasha Tudor, and Eric Carle.
Can you add any more great books to this list?