Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Best Christmas Picture Books

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?


Bella said...

Charlie Brown's Christmas! I bought this one for my kids this year and they absolutely love it.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I so miss reading our Christmas picture books with our kids. They're all grown up now but we still pull them out every Christmas. One of our favourites is The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. It comes in second to The Polar Express.

Ellery Adams said...

Oh, I love the Snowman! (I guess I like that Raymond and I shared a surname until I got married too!)

Fred said...

I have McDuff Stories by Rosemary Wells. The last story is McDuff's Friend, where he meets Santa. I used to have McDuff's Christmas, but gave to a friend to give to her daughter with a Westie.

Marlene Ezell said...

I love the books about Auntie Claus. Illustrations are great.

sonia said...

I too love all the Jan Brett books. Even though they're not specifically about Xmas they have a wintery and holiday feel. Also, the art is amazing! There's also a little vintage book I picked up once called "The Christmas Mouse." It's also sweet and cozy.

Linda McDonald said...

What a great selection. Mr. Willoughby's Christmas sounds really cute. Thanks for all the suggestions.

Adrienne said...

Oh thank you Ellery and all of you for these wonderful suggestions. I'm ready to order a copy of each and every one. Happy Holidays!

Anonymous said...

You mentioned Tasha Tudor, our favourite is
Corgiville Christmas. We have three of our own, so anything corgi orientated is fine.