A Mighty Girl's favorite Christmas books, from beloved classics to new releases -- all starring Mighty Girls!
With December fast approaching, the Christmas season is almost here! And what better activity is there to prepare for the holidays than curling up and reading a beloved Christmas story together? For many families, reading holiday stories — whether old favorites or new finds — is a treasured part of the season. And, what better way to get in the holiday spirit than with a Mighty Girl Christmas story!
If you’re looking for Christmas stories to add to your family's library, we’ve put together a selection of our favorite girl-empowering books celebrating this special holiday. The Mighty Girls in these books enjoy Christmas traditions, share special time with family, and learn the true importance of giving — both to the people they love and to people in need. We hope that you find the perfect book to become part of your family’s Christmas tradition!
You can also learn about our favorite books celebrating Hanukkah in our blog post, The Festival of Lights: Favorite Mighty Girl Hanukkah Books.
Christmas books Starring Mighty Girls
Maisy and her friends are decorating the Christmas tree together! First the lights have to go up, then they have to hang the ornaments, set out the candy canes, and, of course, put a special topper on. Then presents get wrapped (no peeking!) and all the friends gather around the tree to sing Christmas carols. This fun board book starring beloved character Maisy is perfect for the littlest children at Christmastime.
The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition introduced kids and grown-ups around the world to how Santa knows who's been naughty or nice — and now, with this gift set, you can add both an Elf and her Arctic fox pet Noorah to your family! This set includes a girl Elf in a gift box with the original book, plus a second gift box with a plush Arctic fox wearing a snow globe collar, and a picture book that tells the story of how Noorah and her cubs help Santa by creating the Northern Lights so he can travel through the air undetected on Christmas Eve. This is a charming addition to the modern tradition that kids will love.
You can enjoy two Peppa Pig stories in one book with this Christmas title! On Christmas Eve, Peppa is wishing for one very special gift from Santa Claus; will her dreams come true? Then, Peppa and George work together to build the biggest snowman that they possibly can. With two charming stories and a sheet of stickers, this title is perfect for young Peppa fans! You can find more products featuring this popular character in our Peppa Pig Collection.
Cordelia and her Cretaceous friends from Tea Rex are back and ready to celebrate the holidays! They'll hang wreaths, make popcorn chains, decorate the tree... and while all of that is a bit challenging with her oversized friend, Cordelia can't wait for Santa Rex to come to town. Dinosaur-loving children will be particularly thrilled with this Christmas story, but all kids will love seeing a simple seasonal story told with such wacky illustrations.
As long as Doc and Donny can remember, Jingle Bell Bear — Dad's toy from when he was a little boy — has woken them up for Christmas morning. But this year, there's a big problem: Jingle Bell has a broken ringer! As Doc works on helping him, Lambie, Stuffy, and the other toys realize they want to make something special for Doc for Christmas. With Jingle Bell's help, it's going to be the best Christmas ever! Fans of Doc McStuffins will love this mini book that even comes with an integrated handle so she can carry it on her holiday adventures.
Little Ollie clearly loves reindeer, with her reindeer pajamas (complete with antlers) and her stuffed reindeer toy. When she wakes in the middle of the night to the sound of bells, she sets out to find them — and deep in the woods, she finds one of Santa's reindeer, lost and alone. Together, Ollie and the reindeer enjoy a magical flight, before saying goodbye so that Ollie can go to sleep and the reindeer can set off for Christmas Eve. But under the tree, there is one special present that will remind Ollie of her reindeer friend... Soft, calm, and quietly magical, this book includes stunning illustrations that feature clever die-cut windows that allow peeks of the following page.
Long ago, a little Norwegian girl named Anja decided she wanted to join Santa’s elves. After helping her elderly neighbor get ready for the holiday, she leaves a note for her parents, puts on her skis, and heads out into the snow. With the help of winter animals like a red bird, a polar bear, and a reindeer, can Anja make it all the way in time to help Santa? With photographs full of references to Norwegian culture, tradition, and folk tales, this stunning book will become a treasured part of your own Christmas traditions. Fans of this volume will also want to check out the sequel The Reindeer Wish.
Bear spends most of every year in the attic of Nana's Gift Shop, stored away and waiting for the first snowflakes to fall. When it's cold enough to snow, he knows that his special friend, the shop owner's granddaughter Annie, is coming! Every year she pulls him out of his box with a hug, and they whirl through the shop, playing, reading, and drinking hot cocoa. This year, though, Bear is worried: the gift shop has closed and his box has been moved somewhere new. How will Annie find him? Fortunately, the friends are reunited in a moment of Christmas joy that will touch your heart! Inspired by a true story, and with gorgeous, warm illustrations, this is a nostalgic story perfect for fans of The Velveteen Rabbit, Corduroy, and The Polar Express.
Mouse, Squirrel, and Hare are friends who are preparing for a lovely Christmas together, complete with a few gifts tucked away! But when Mouse is out looking for the perfect gift for Hare, she finds Swallow sick in the snow. Together, the three friends bring Swallow back to their warm house, and even give up the gifts they do have — coneflower blossoms for tea and a knitted hat — to help Swallow recover. In giving away their gifts, though, they receive the true spirit of Christmas... and it's not long before four friends are celebrating a special Christmas. This gentle and sweet story is a tribute to friendship and the importance of helping those in need.
Emily Brown and her side-kick rabbit Stanley from That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown are delighted when they hear Father Christmas outside the window on Christmas Eve. But he seems to be in a little trouble, and instead of "Ho ho ho," he's crying "Ho ho HELP!" Once Emily gets him down, she learns that Santa has been experimenting with some new high-tech solutions... but with Christmas at risk, she reminds him that sometimes, the "old ways" of doing things are the best. A laugh-out-loud story with a sweet message about cherishing traditions, this book is sure to prompt giggles this Christmas.
Carla absolutely LOVES Christmas, when she, her mom, and her sister drive past all the twinkling lights on the houses to her grandparents' house — where her favorite treat, Granny's Christmas cornbread, is always waiting! But when Carla sees a sugar cookie on a plate and takes a big bite, her older sister is horrified: "That’s Santa’s cookie!" Carla is sure she's ruined everything, but Granny tells her, "Don’t worry about that ol' cookie. I’ve got a better idea." It's not long before Carla and Granny are baking up a substitute that she's sure Santa will love! Inspired by a real moment from superstar chef Carla Hall's childhood, this warm and nostalgic story is full of family love — and it even includes a recipe for Carla’s Christmas Cornbread and Cinnamon Butter.
The nature-loving sisters of Maple and Maple and Willow Together are back — and who better to pick out the perfect Christmas tree! After a winter expedition, they find just the right one but once they get it home, Maple starts sneezing every time she gets near it. Maple can't be allergic to the perfect Christmas tree... can she? And if she is, how are they going to make this the perfect Christmas of their dreams? Kids will love watching Maple and Willow problem-solve this tricky situation, and still celebrate the season!
The little girl from I Got The Rhythm enjoys the holiday season in this holiday follow-up! She notices every detail, from ringing sleigh bells to crunching roasted chestnuts... and also the people in need that many adults seem to just ignore. But with a little generosity, she knows she can make a difference — and her wish to Santa is for everyone else to do so, too. After all, she thinks, "THE SPIRIT IS YOU!" This charming holiday story is sure to inspire kids to spread their own Christmas spirit.
As a little girl and her father go to a performance of The Nutcracker, her world is full of sights and sounds! Her dress swishes, the taxis beep, and then, finally, the conductor's baton goes tick-tick-tick and the curtains open with a voof! By the end of this magical night, the final sound is a smooch of a kiss on her father's cheek. With richly illustrated scenes and lyrical but simple text, this exquisite onomatopoeic trip to the classic ballet is a celebration of sights and sounds. An author's note provides details about the ballet and reminds young readers that, for many, this is a child's first experience at the theater. It's a gorgeous holiday treat that's sure to leave kids eager for their own turn to attend a show.
Author and Grammy Award-winning singer Kelly Clarkson's fictionalized daughter River Rose returns in this imaginative Christmas adventure! River Rose loves Christmas Eve, and she has an extra special letter for Santa this year — one so special she wants to deliver it by hand. But when she dozes off, she and her dog Joplin are whisked off to the North Pole, where Mrs. Claus and the elves introduce her to special treats (like flavored snowballs and life-sized gingerbread houses) while she waits for Santa to return. A tiny red envelope reveals River Rose's special message: Thank you! This breezy, cheerful holiday story includes a link to listen to a brand-new Christmas song written and performed by Clarkson herself.
It's Anne Shirley's first Christmas in Avonlea and she's grateful for so many things from the feathery frosts and the silvery seas to festive holiday wreaths but, most of all, for her adoptive parents Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert and her bosom friend Diana! But she feels sad that she doesn't have anything to give to these kindred spirits who have given her so much and welcomed her into their hearts. On top of that, she's feeling nervous about her role in the upcoming Christmas recital. Fortunately, the creative and irrepressible Anne manages to find the perfect way to overcome her jitters and show how her kindred spirits just how much she loves them! Filled with charming artwork by illustrator Genevieve Godbout, this heartwarming picture book by bestselling author Kallie George draws on the original story of Anne of Green Gables to create a joyous holiday story perfect for celebrating the season.
Nina is the littlest elf in Santa’s workshop, and no matter how hard she works, she can’t manage to get the teddy bear she’s making ready before Santa has to leave on Christmas Eve! She’s discouraged, and contemplates giving up, but Santa himself urges her to keep working. Long into the night, she stuffs and sews and when a baby is born in the middle of the night, Santa comes to pick up the bear — and Nina — to make sure every child, even the newest one, has a present on Christmas morning. This story about determination and the value that even the littlest person can bring to a project is sweet and gentle, just right for the littlest kids at Christmas.
There is one and only one thing that Tess wants this year: a gnome. A real live gnome, who can play with her and go with her everywhere. She doesn't want any toys, just a gnome friend! As Christmas approaches and her anticipation builds, Tess' grandparents help her prepare: Grandpa makes some tiny furniture, Grandma makes a little blanket. On Christmas day, Tess is surprised to see a clear glass box full of sawdust... and a note from Santa, saying that Gerard the Gnome was looking forward to coming, but gave up his space for Flannel the hamster, who needed a good home and a caring friend. Funny and sweet, this book will speak to every parent who's dealt with single-minded wishes... and will remind kids that sometimes the present you didn't ask for is the one you didn't know you wanted.
In this 1930s Swedish community, three neighboring houses contain so many children that everyone else calls the street Noisy Village! And when Christmas comes, the children all want to celebrate together. As a group, they make ginger snaps, find and decorate Christmas trees, sing carols, and wrap presents. It's busy, bustling, loving — and yes, very noisy! — Christmas. Lindren, the beloved author of Pippi Longstocking, depicts a Swedish Christmas of long ago with a vivid voice that will captivate young readers.
With all the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations, is it any surprise that busy Olivia is right in the thick of things? As Olivia’s family gets the tree, decorates the house, and makes delicious treats, Olivia does her best to chip in — and stay patient as she waits for the big day. Kids will giggle at Olivia’s antics, while parents will smile in recognition of all the exasperation and fun of celebrating the holidays with an excited little one. This story, with a text full of quips and Falconer’s distinctive drawing style, is sure to be a Christmas favorite.
Teeka is excited, but nervous: this year, it’s her job to round up Santa’s reindeer for his Christmas flight! They’ve been roaming wild on the tundra since last Christmas Eve, and to get them ready for work, Teeka has to catch and train them — and do it all in time for the gifts to get to everyone. Hard-working Teeka struggles at first, frustrated with the reindeer and their lack of cooperation. But when she realizes that a little kindness makes a teacher all the more effective, she’s quickly able to present a tip-top reindeer team! This 20th anniversary edition of Brett’s classic Christmas book is the perfect way to introduce new fans to this beloved story. For fans of Brett's work, we also recommend Christmas Trolls.
There's plenty of excitement at the Plaza! Decorators are decking the halls with trees and tinsel, deliveries of special surprises are coming every day — and Eloise wants to be a part of all of it. She decides to help trim the tree, but what she really wants to do is put the star at the very top... This Level 1 book from the Ready to Read series uses a classic character to excite emerging readers about the joys of reading. It's a marvelous addition to a Christmas library!
"I’m stuffy. I’m sneezy. I’m slow as a yeti. / My big ho-ho-ho isn’t holiday ready." When Santa wakes up sick on Christmas Day, Mrs. Claus comes to the rescue! Delivering gifts around the world will be a big challenge without Santa's magic, so Mrs. Claus rallies the elves, makes a plan, and preps the sleigh. After all, she asserts, "‘I may not have magic, but I’ve got a brain!" Rollicking rhyming text and cheerful illustrations will make this book a holiday hit.
Dasher and her family of reindeer are trapped in a traveling circus, and spend their days under hot sun in miserably tight pens. She's sustained by her mother's stories about their cold, snowy homeland and by the kindness of children who slip carrots through the bars. When a stroke of luck allows Dasher to escape, she goes looking for the life she's been dreaming of — and meets Santa, whose sleigh is being pulled by a single, exhausted horse named Silverbell. When Dasher volunteers to help pull the sleigh, she gets her "best wish yet" — one that frees her family and ensures Santa's sleigh can always fly! Exquisite illustrations and a timeless story will make this a Christmas story to treasure.
This little girl's curiosity is piqued when she realizes that the Santa she saw at the parade looks different from the next Santa she sees. "Who is the REAL one?!" she demands, but her grandmother just replies, "It’s Santa’s secret, just as it should be." Unsatisfied with this answer, she grabs a notebook and a pencil and finds a Santa to grill with questions — and while that Santa patiently answers, she's still not convinced. That is, until she sees a Santa lookalike, out of costume, at the coffee shop who tells her that reindeer like barley, berries, and carrots as treats... before she even asks! This clever Christmas story told in cheerful rhyming verse will delight anyone who's ever wondered about Santa.
Lonely Hannah is delighted to discover a warm black boot as she gathers kindling in the forest; the poor woman doesn't have proper shoes on her cold feet. "Glory be! I only wish I had your mate," she says to the boot, and the next morning, to her great surprise, there is not just one boot but two sitting by her bed! More wishes bring even better gifts, including a big, fancy house that's somehow not as comfortable as the home she had before. Then a visitor arrives at her door -- a man with a big white beard, wearing a red suit, but no boots. And when Hannah willingly gives back the boots, Santa ensures that she has the best gift of all: her old, comfortable house -- and a new puppy to keep her company. This reimagining of a folktale has a sweeter ending than the original, one that emphasizes honesty and appreciation for what you have.
This little girl adores her grandmother, a former prima ballerina; in fact, instead of calling her Nana, or Grandma, or Abuela, she calls her Grand Jeté, like the ballet move! Today, she's joining Grand Jeté to prepare for a very special outing. They'll practice their pliés (while making lunch), dress up to look their best, and go to a production of The Nutcracker together. They even get to throw a bouquet of flowers to the prima ballerina who dances the Sugar Plum Fairy! And when the girl admires the ballerina onstage, Grand Jeté encourages her to dream big: "I was just like her, my darling," she says. "And someday you might be too." This charming picture book from former prima ballerina Allegra Kent and bestselling Fancy Nancy illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser celebrates a love of dance and a special grandmother-granddaughter relationship.
Beloved picture book character Katie explores the magic of London at Christmastime in this beautiful picture book! When Katie and Jack are woken on Christmas Eve but a loud sneeze, they discover a midnight visitor: Santa Claus! Soon the kids are flying above the city in Santa's sleigh, seeing the sights and helping deliver all the gifts to London children. But can they get every present delivered... and still be back in time for Christmas morning? Fans of Katie In London will love getting to see Katie's beloved city during this special holiday.
In the window of a Christmas shop, a Little Red Sleigh has big dreams: she wants to be Santa's sleigh! But her fellow toys tell her it's impossible: she's too small, she can't fly, and she certainly can't ever make it to the North Pole to meet Santa. The Sleigh sets off to pursue her dream, though, and even gets help from a truck and a train, who reassure her that she's got her own gifts to share with the world. On her travels, she's discovered by a little girl, and the girl and her friends spend a joyous afternoon riding the Sleigh down the snowy hills. But then the girl takes the Sleigh home, ending her quest for the North Pole. Is the Sleigh's dream over? Or could it be that she's exactly where she's supposed to be? This heartwarming picture book, perfect for fans of The Polar Express, is a reminder that Christmas dreams can come true in unexpected ways!
Mia adores her Grandpa, who lives far away — but this year, things have been so busy that she has no time to mail the card she made for him. Then she stumbles across a magical mailbox, and opening it whisks her onto the Reindeer Express! Mia travels over many far away lands, seeing wondrous preparations for the holiday — and reaches Grandpa just in time to give him her card personally. Clever cutouts and concealed flaps to lift create a sense of magic in this book, and families that have to be apart for the holiday will particularly love its story.
Sophie is desperately curious about her mysterious Auntie Claus, who lives in Penthouse 25C of the Bing Cherry Hotel, serves Christmas cookies all year round, and takes a “business trip” right before the holidays every year. So spoiled Sophie stows away in a large box and finds herself magically transported to the North Pole where she is mistaken for an elf! At first, Sophie disdains the hard work, but when she discovers that her little brother might go without a gift this Christmas, Sophie unexpectedly learns that giving is much more important than getting. Fans of the intriguing Auntie Claus will also enjoy checking out the sequels Auntie Claus: Home for the Holidays and Auntie Claus and the Key to Christmas.
It's a grey, dreary day when this little girl's grandmother arrives to take her on a special outing to see "The Nutcracker" — and the granddaughter isn't thrilled. She doesn't want to wear her scratchy, formal clothes, and she's sure the ballet will be boring... as is the equally fidgety, skeptical little boy sitting next to her. But when the curtains rise, the magic of the theater takes over, and by the time the show is done, she's made a new friend — and discovered a new passion. In this wordless picture book, author / illustrator Elly MacKay's cut-paper illustrations burst into vibrant color when the dance begins, capturing the amazing moment that a dance-lover is born.
Greta and Gracie are sisters: Gracie is quiet while Greta is all chatter, chatter, chatter. And when it comes to Christmas, Greta always knows best, whether they're ice-skating, decorating, or shopping for presents. But sometimes being quiet is an advantage, and when Gracie silently investigates a strange noise on Christmas Eve, she finally discovers something that will leave Greta speechless. Yasmeen Ismail's vibrant watercolors beautifully capture a very different, yet loving pair of sisters.
Clara is heartbroken when her brother Fritz breaks the beautiful nutcracker, painted like a soldier, that her godfather gives her for Christmas. But late that night, when she sneaks down to check on the broken soldier, something magical occurs... Soon, the nutcracker — now transformed into a handsome prince — is taking her on a fantastic journey. Tchaikovsky's ballet has been a beloved Christmas tradition for decades, and now young readers can learn the story in this simple picture book. It's the perfect way to prepare for a first viewing of the ballet or for a new fan to enjoy the story again and again.
Maria is feeling very grown up as she helps her mother make the Christmas tamales: she’s wearing her mother’s apron, a hint of perfume, and even a tiny brush of lipstick. And when her mother takes off her diamond ring so it doesn’t get covered in the sticky masa, Maria surreptitiously slips it on her own finger. But when all the tamales are cooking, Maria suddenly realizes the ring is missing, cooked into one of the tamales! The only solution? Maria and her cousins must eat their way through 24 tamales, searching for the missing ring... before the adults realize what’s happened. This playful story with messages about forgiveness and family togetherness is sure to elicit laughs from the whole family. For another book about this special Christmas cooking tradition, check out Growing Up With Tamales / Los tamales de Ana for ages 3 to 8.
High in the clouds, a tiny snowflake appears. She's fluffy and white, just the way a snowflake should be, and she loves tumbling about in the clouds. But when she starts to fall, she worries. She doesn't want to land just anywhere, where she'll disappear forever. If only she could be the star on top of a Christmas tree! Meanwhile, a little girl named Noelle is preparing for the holidays with her grandfather, and dreams of having a perfectly decorated tree like the ones she sees in the windows she passes. "Maybe next year," Pappie says, but she still snatches up a branch on the ground to be her own tiny tree. And when the snowflake and the girl meet, the result is a magical moment where both realize that, no matter where we go, we can find a way to shine. This gorgeously illustrated picture book is a celebration of the holidays and a heartwarming reminder of the joy we can bring through simple gestures.
All of Ava's family plays music, and they're eager for her to pick one to learn so she can join them for a holiday concert — something Ava desperately wants to avoid. So she sets her sights on the tuba: surely no one will want to hear her play that! But after a few lessons with Rodney, a friendly tuba player from the high school marching band, Ava discovers she loves music and her unusual instrument... and Rodney introduces her to a very special tradition: Tuba Christmas, a holiday concert just for tubas! This charming story celebrates individuality and the joy of finding your passion.
Christmas at Tante's is everyone's favorite: a beautiful tree and presents for everyone who comes to visit, from children visiting from a nearby village to shy forest animals. But there's one creature Tante overlooks: instead of welcoming the little spiders, she sweeps them out in her preparations. At midnight on Christmas, a surprise visitor lets the spiders in to see Tante's home and, in return, they spin her a little bit of Christmas magic! This beautiful picture book, based on a folk tale about the origin of tinsel, is sure to delight. For another version of this traditional tale, check out A Christmas Spider's Miracle for ages 6 to 10.
Christmas always comes to Nella's house, but presents don't always come with it: in the midst of the Depression, with money extra tight, gifts aren't always possible. This year, Nella and her sisters are hoping the budget will stretch to a Baby Betty doll, which all three of them want more than anything. But when Baby Betty arrives as planned — and Nella claims her all to herself — will the extra-special doll be fun on its own? Nella soon she discovers that Baby Betty isn’t nearly as much fun as her sisters. This charming story conveys an important message about the importance of people over material things.
The old house in Paris covered with vines is decked out for Christmastime — but almost all of its residents, including Miss Clavel, are sick in bed! Only little Madeline is left to care for them, so when a rug merchant comes to the door, Madeline figures that's the perfect solution: 12 little rugs to keep their feet warm. But when the merchant returns after realizing that he himself is too cold without the carpets, he offers a unique trade: a magical journey for all the girls to see their homes and families! Looks like this sad Christmas is turning into an adventurous one instead... This charming Christmas story starring Bemelmans' classic character Madeline offers a fun tale of Christmas magic.
Sometimes kids forget to think about where their Christmas tree comes from! Wilma has decided that her garden needs a new beginning, so she gathers string, scissors, seedlings — and her 5-year-old neighbor, Peter. Year after year, Peter and Wilma work together to nurture the trees, keeping track of how many they plant and how many they lose, until finally, when Peter is 10, they sell their first batch of 566 Christmas trees. And what else would they do with their proceeds but buy more seedlings! This charming story of an intergenerational friendship and business partnership emphasizes the patience and care that goes into growing our Christmas trees.
On Virginia’s Sioux reservation, all the children wait for deliveries of clothing sent from congregations in the East — but Virginia is particularly eager, since her winter coat is far too small and lets in all the cold of the South Dakota winter. Virginia’s mother has always taught her to wait until last to claim items from the boxes, reminding her that there are others whose need is greater. When the boxes finally arrive, Virginia is thrilled to see a grey rabbit fur coat, just her size — and heartbroken when another child claims it. A Christmas Eve surprise, though, reminds Virginia of the true joy of Christmas. This rare depiction of contemporary life on a reservation is also charming story of gratitude and generosity.
When Alice Jayne finds a crocodile under the tree on Christmas Eve, the whole family is gobsmacked! The Christmas Crocodile doesn't mean to be bad, not really, but it's not long before almost everyone is fed up with him eating the dinner roast, the stove-top burner, and even the Christmas tree — and they start suggesting sending him away to an orphanage or zoo! Only Alice Jayne pleads his case, and sets her sights on the most important thing: finding the Christmas Crocodile a new home. Clever and funny, this book's apologetic refrain about not meaning to be bad is sure to resonate with kids.
Fans of the ballet The Nutcracker will love this rich, vibrant telling with detail-packed artwork by the beloved author/illustrator Jan Brett! When Marie's mysterious uncle gives her and her brother Fritz a nutcracker for Christmas, it's the start of a fantastical adventure into imaginative lands, where she'll do battle with the mice and find the magical Sugar Plum Fairy! Brett sets her version in Russia and incorporates her own touches into the familiar elements of the story, creating a colorful retelling that will become an instant Christmas classic.
Outside Frances’ apartment, an organ grinder and his pet monkey sleep on the cold street. Little Frances can’t stop thinking about the poor, cold man and his friend, even as she, her family, and their friends enjoy the warmth and plenty of the holidays. She invites the stranger to come to her church’s Christmas pageant, where she struggles to find the courage to speak in her role as an angel until she sees him enter the church’s warmth, and finally cries out, “I bring you tidings of Great Joy!” This touching story of compassion and kindness to the people that many don’t even notice is also a great way to talk about how even the youngest children can help change their communities for the better.
In this English-Spanish picture book, the partridge has been swapped for a piñata! For twelve days, this little girl receives special gifts from a secret amiga, from a piñata to burritos bailando (dancing donkeys) and lunitas cantando (singing moons). The excitement builds until the final day, when she gets to meet her amiga — a new baby sister. The colorful illustrations incorporate both Spanish words and pronunciations, as well as providing plenty of other details to discover — including the preparations for the new baby that are going on in the background the whole time. This fun adaptation of the carol also provides a great introduction to Latino holiday traditions.
Strega Nona, the "grandma witch," and her assistant Big Anthony are back! At Christmas, Strega Nona sets aside her potions and spells to make a wonderful Christmas feast — by hand — to share. But when she sends Big Anthony to town with a shopping list, he promptly forgets it! For once, Strega Nona thinks, she will end up being all alone on Christmas day... until Big Anthony shows up with all of the townspeople, carrying the feast they made for her. Joyful and sweet, this is a story that will make kids smile. Fans of dePaola's work will also want to check out his picture book retelling of The Legend of Old Befana, also for ages 4 - 8.
Ginger is a gifted young witch who loves casting spells and flying on her broomstick. But unlike the other witches, she's crazy about Christmas as well as Halloween! But no matter what she does, and no matter how hard she tries to prove she belongs on the Nice list, she never gets a visit from Santa... and this year, she's determined to change that. Santa never believed in witches until Ginger's magical letter with a hand-drawn map arrives on his desk, but if millions of children can believe in him, he knows he can believe in witches... especially if it means Ginger finally gets her first Christmas visit. This charming holiday crossover with its original twist on believing in Santa is full of Christmas magic!
For a ballerina, the word “Christmas” goes hand-in-hand with The Nutcracker. Tallulah desperately wants to dance in this classic ballet, and when she gets a part in a professional production — even if it’s just as a mouse — she’s dreaming of glory! But on the night of the show, a misstep by Tallulah makes everything in her scene go wrong. When she flees backstage, though, Tallulah learns some surprising things about the professional dancers surrounding her. This book about the importance of perseverance and resiliency will have her dreaming of dancing sugarplums long after you’re done reading.
Little mouse Mistletoe loves Christmas, particularly the beautiful snow, and she wishes she could share it with her friend, Norwell the elephant! But Norwell hates the cold, so rather than joining her on her winter walks, he can only watch the snow from the windows of his house. Then Mistletoe has the idea for a perfect gift for Norwell... if she can knit it in time. It takes some dedicated work — even knitting in the bath! — to finish her special gift for Christmas morning. This delightful Christmas story celebrates thoughtful gift-giving, the pleasure of hand-made gifts, and the joy of sharing simple, special moments with the people you love.
With his signature bright-colored illustrations, dePaola retells the Mexican story of the origin of the poinsettia. Lucida’s mother is supposed to weave the blanket that the baby Jesus will wear in her church’s Christmas procession. When her mother falls ill, Lucida tries to complete the blanket, only to leave it tangled and ruined. But a mysterious old woman tells Lucida, “Any gift is beautiful because it is given. Whatever you give, the Baby Jesus will love because it comes from you.” And when Lucida nervously walks in with an arm full of weeds, each bursts into bloom with a beautiful red star. This lovely version of the folktale includes an author’s note about the origin and deep significance of the story.
Olive the dog mishears a chorus of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and figures she must be a reindeer, too — the song does say “Olive the other reindeer”, after all. So she sets out on a journey to the North Pole to take her rightful place pulling Santa’s sled. Kids will giggle at the spectacle of Olive trying her best to be a reindeer like the others and cheer when Olive’s doggy abilities still contribute to Christmas! This story has been tremendously popular since it released in 1997; now, it’s available in a new, larger edition, complete with flaps to lift, scratch and sniff, and a pop-up ending for extra pizzazz.
Princess Eliza loves to tinker, building incredible toys out of whatever she has at hand... but she has to admit that she's a little lonely in the snow palace. Her parents, meanwhile, believe that inventing isn't an appropriate activity for a princess — and anyway, how will she make friends if all she does is sit at home? But when Eliza does venture out, she discovers that Santa's elves are in a crunch: Santa is sick, the presents have to be made and wrapped, and their Christmas deadline is getting closer by the minute! Fortunately, Eliza's clever inventions help everything get done in time... and Santa and her new elf friends are more than happy to help show her parents just how wonderful Eliza's special talents are! Fun text and detailed drawings of Eliza's amazing contraptions will make this STEM-themed Christmas story a favorite.
Beloved Italian-American cook Lidia Bastianich tells the story of her childhood Christmases to her grandchildren — and her many fans! — in this picture book. At her own grandparents' house, Lidia learns to cook at Nonna Rosa's side, tending to the smokehouse and delicious goodies in the kitchen. Later, she and her brother set out to find the perfect juniper bush to decorate, hanging it with nuts, berries, and herbs. When the story is done, there are 16 delicious recipes to try, along with instructions for making some of Lidia's favorite traditional Christmas decorations. Foodies young and old will love hearing how Lidia and her family celebrate the holidays.
The angels of heaven are dashing about, excitedly chattering about a baby who’s about to be born. The littlest angel knows this baby must be special, and she wants to give a gift too, but she doesn’t have anything nearly as special as the gifts the other angels are giving. When she peeks down from above and spots a caravan of kings, lost in the dark, she realizes that she does have a gift she can give, one that the whole world will enjoy! This lovely take on the traditional nativity story is spare and beautiful, showing through both text and illustrations how the simplest of things can be the most wonderful.
For young Laura Ingalls, Christmas in a log cabin in Wisconsin is full of treats, surprises, and special times with family! This book, part of the My First Little House Books series, adapts a section of Little House In The Big Woods into a picture book format for young readers. Children will be enthralled by the stories of the hard work the whole family does to prepare their house for winter and for a lovely Christmas celebration, and the excitement Mary and Laura feel at their Christmas gifts of mittens and a few pieces of candy will remind them how grateful they should be for the pleasures we enjoy at Christmas today.
When 6-year-old Angela goes to St. Joseph's Church in Limerick, Ireland, she can't help but worry about the figure of baby Jesus on the altar. Her poor family can't afford a thick winter coat for her, so she's cold enough, but baby Jesus doesn't even have a blanket. So she decides that Jesus needs her help, and not only does she go on the altar, where she's not allowed, but she takes the figure and smuggles it home to keep it warm! When her mother discovers the figure tucked into Angela's bed, she insists they need to return it — and even though the priest and a policeman are both waiting, Angela's compassion and kindness (even if misplaced) charm their hearts. Fans of Frank McCourt's sweet Christmas tale will also enjoy this book based on the Netflix animated sequel, Angela's Christmas Wish.
As a child in Mecklenburg, Germany, Princess Charlotte loved being outside, and brought a yew branch indoors to decorate every Christmas. Then, when she was 17, she was married to King George III of England, requiring her to leave her home and everything she loved. To stave off homesickness, she brought one yew branch, to "make magic in her new home." Decades later, in 1800, the mother of 15 decided to throw a Christmas party for a hundred children — and a single branch didn't seem like enough. So she brought in a whole tree, and Christmas tradition was born! This charming story, with warm illustrations, will quickly become a holiday favorite.
Richie and Trisha don’t have enough money to buy everyone in the family a gift for Christmas. How can they show their love without a gift? Enter the family’s new housekeeper, Kay Lamity, a forceful personality with a powerful lesson to teach: a gift that requires a full wallet isn’t nearly as special as a gift that comes from a full heart. So she gets Trisha and Richie thinking: how can they make a special Christmas with their own two hands? Thanks to Kay, this Christmas will be something really wonderful! Polacco’s story about the true significance of giving a gift is sure to become a family favorite.
"On a block dressed up in Red and Green one house shone Blue and White." Teresa and her friend Isaac sometimes seem very different: she loves to draw while he loves to write; her family celebrates Christmas, while his celebrate Hanukkah. But they both love playing in the snow, making cookies, and counting down to the holidays! When someone smashes Isaac's window in the middle of the night, though, his family no longer feels safe. Teresa wants to show her friend that she supports him, so she draws a menorah and puts the picture up in her window. And soon, other pictures pop up all over — in houses, stores, restaurants, and more! Based on a true story, this is an inspiring tale of a community working as one to remind everyone that we are stronger together.
It’s 1918, and Armistice, an end to the Great War that took Ruthie’s father away from home, has finally been declared — but there’s still no sign of his return. In the spring, Ruthie and her father went into the mountain to select the perfect tree for that year’s Christmas tree at the church; now, the task of cutting it down and bringing it home falls to Ruthie and her mother. But without her father home, can Ruthie’s Christmas be everything that she dreams? This heartwarming story of determination, love, and joy is told with gentle sentiment, perfectly accompanied by subtle illustrations.
When Brigid is born, the slave daughter of a warrior prince, a Druid visits and proclaims that she will be “mother to the new Ireland that is to come,” leaving her with a rich blue cloak. Ten years later, Brigid is magically transported to a stable, where a man, woman, and infant boy are bedded down for the night. Brigid lends her cloak to the mother and blesses the newborn child — and finds herself back home, her blue cloak now speckled with stars. This story of the fifth century Irish saint combines the appeal of a folk tale with a sense of religious awe, and includes an author’s note with details about Brigid and her cloak.
Krysia has spent her whole life in Poland, but now everything will change: soldiers with guns are patrolling the streets, and her father has gone ahead to America, which her mother says will be their new home. Krysia doesn't want to leave her home and friends, and she's scared of the long journey by sea, but she rallies her courage by telling herself that she will see her father soon. And when she finally arrives at Ellis Island on Christmas Eve, having her whole family together again makes for a very special Christmas. Inspired by the author's father's immigration experience, this story is a reminder of both the importance of family and the hope that Ellis Island represented to generations of immigrants.
You may think you know the story of Santa Claus, but that's only because the true story has been hidden for many years... along with his twin sister. Kristtörn and her brother Kristoffer were abandoned in the forest as infants, raised by animals until a couple took Kristoffer to adopt him. Lonely Kristtörn was instead adopted by a witch of the woods, who taught her magic and warned her to control her temper. When Kristtörn decides to look for her brother, it takes years of searching to find him... only for them to be separated again by angry townspeople who fear her and her magic. With all the richness of classic folklore, this is a tale of bravery, love and magic.
This Christmas story is full of wishes: Mr. and Mrs. Jones imagine a son or daughter to share their holidays, while Holly the doll hopes for a best friend who can bring her to life. And Ivy, a young orphan, dreams of finding a grandmother she’s never met, in hopes of finally having a home. With a few twists of fate — and a little Christmas magic — all three wishes can be fulfilled. This touching story, beautifully accented by Cooney’s illustrations, has been a Christmas favorite since it was first published in the Ladies’ Home Journal in the 1950s; we’re sure your family will love it too.
What do you do when you get that dreaded question: "Are you Santa?" This sentimental new book provides one possible answer. Every year, Lucy writes to Santa, and every year, Santa writes back. But as the years go on, the letters begin to ask questions...until finally, when she's eight, Lucy writes the letter to her mom instead. The letter her mother writes back tells Lucy that Santa is bigger than any one person: Santa is about magic, joy, and the excitement of giving something special to the people you care about — and that now Lucy is old enough to join Santa's "team" and be part of the magic. It's a heartfelt book that's perfect for sharing with kids who are ready to be let in on the true secret of Santa.
Lotta is visiting Norway for the first time ever this Christmas — and she's meeting Oldemor, her great-grandmother Erika, for the first time too. She's quickly rapt to hear Oldemor's stories about a life as a Sami reindeer herder! But after a tiring day, Lotta wakes up to discover she's now fallen into one of the stories, living the life of a girl in a community herding the reindeer to the breeding grounds. Not only must she keep herself and the adult reindeer safe in the freezing winter weather, but when a calf is born unexpectedly, she'll have to save it too. And, of course, she needs to find her way home! With a charming adventure story and additional information about reindeer and life in Norway, this book from the Winter Journeys series will delight young readers.
Beneath the famed Mariinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg, there is a world of mouse ballet fans! Esmeralda is a rising star in the Russian Mouse Ballet Company who struggles to control her tail, and she is thrilled to be cast as Clara in a ballet that's premiering that Christmas: Tchaikovsky's new ballet The Nutcracker. But there are two big problems: Esmeralda's sure her audience will hate a show where the mice are the villains — and the humans want the mice exterminated! Fortunately, one little girl, Irina, realizes that the mice are dancers, too. Perhaps she can save the mice and ensure the Russian Mouse Ballet Company's future. This charming dual story really shines when following Esmeralda, whose courage, resourcefulness, and determination will delight young readers.
Peggy the pug is hoping for a perfect Christmas — but with only a few days to go, and friendship problems, intimidating teachers, baking cookies for the school fair, and more making the days not so merry, the whole family is stressed out... and squabbling with each other. Peggy wants to help, and she figures that becoming a reindeer might be the trick to bring a little Christmas magic back! But no matter what she tries, from eating carrots to giving herself antlers, she's still just a pug, and the messes she makes along the way just cause more problems. Peggy may have to go on a long journey to the North Pole to solve this Christmas conundrum! This charming chapter book with black and white spot illustrations throughout is a sweet holiday story that kids will love.
Nancy and her sister Pamela, nicknamed Plum, don’t have a happy Christmas to look forward to: after being orphaned years before, they’ve spent their time in a boarding school under the oversight of cruel Mrs. Monday. But when they discover that Mrs. Monday and her annoying niece have been confiscating the mail — and presents — that they’ve been receiving from their uncle, Nancy and Plum form a plan: this will be the last year they’ll spend alone at Christmastime! With fun characters, entertaining adventure, and a hearty helping of comeuppance for those who deserve it, you’re sure to cheer for this story!
When 12-year-old Bettina's parent have to help her grandmother, who's had a bad fall, the Danish family forgets a very important Danish Christmas tradition: a bowl of rice pudding for the nisse spirits who look after the house and livestock. They're not worried, though; surely the nisse are just a legend! But when baby Pia goes missing during a nap, Bettina will have to venture into the nisse's magical world and negotiate with these helpful but mischievous folk. This charming adventure story is sure to have readers wondering if there may be world besides their own that they just don't see.
Amelia Wishart's Christmas spirit made her the first child ever to receive a Christmas present from Santa: her dreams gave Santa that extra touch of magical power he needed. But now, things are different. Amelia's mother is sick, she's been sent to a workhouse under the cruel Mr. Creeper, and after a year's diet of gruel, without a whiff of kindness, her hopes have faded away... and with them, the magic levels at the North Pole plummet. Santa — with the help of his reindeer, one curious cat, and Charles Dickens — has mere days to find Amelia and figure out how to make her believe again. Inventive, heartwarming, and fun, this Christmas story will delight middle grade readers and remind them of the transformative power of kindness. For another tale by this author, check out A Boy Called Christmas.