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35 Favorite Board Books for the Holidays



I don't usually list books without an actual review but for those who follow me you'll know that if a board book makes my list it's for one or more of the following reasons:


It has engaging text (and or an endearing message or story)

It has detailed and or innovative illustrations

It's beautifully made

It celebrates diversity

it celebrates religious beliefs

It's funny

It's conceptually creative

It's a board book that children and parents will want to read over and over again


With that in mind, here are my 35 favorite winter holiday board books (in no particular order). All links will take you to Amazon.

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar's 8 Nights of Chanukah

2. Christmas Is Coming! by Tama Fortner with illustrations by Wazza Pink

3. Merry Christmas, Corduroy! by Don Freeman with illustrations by Jody Wheeler

4. The ABCs of Christmas by Jo Parker with illustrations by Flora Waycott

5. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing by Grace Lin

6. The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore with illustrations by Charles Santore

7. The Story of Hanukkah by David Adler with illustrations by Jill Weber

8. The Night Before Christmas by Jan Brett

9. Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett

10. The Twelve Days of Christmas by Jan Brett

11. The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett

12. Gingerbread Christmas by Jan Brett

13. Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett

14. Mog's Christmas by Judith Kerr

15. My First Prayers for Christmas by Maite Roche

16. The Christmas Star by Maite Roche

17. The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado with illustrations by Liz Bonham

18. Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat by Naomi Howland

19. Room for a Little One by Martin Waddell with illustrations by Jason Cockcroft

20. Christmas in the Manger by Nola Buck with illustrations by Felicia Bond

21. Who is Coming to Our House? by Joseph Slate with illustrations by Ashley Wolff

22. Little Blue Truck's Christmas by Alice Schertle with illustrations by Jill McElmurry

23. Emmanual - God with Us

24. We're Going on an Elf Chase by Martha Mumford

25. Dream Snow by Eric Carle

26. An Otis Christmas by Loren Long

27. My First Christmas by Tomie dePaola

28. My First Chanukah by Tomie dePaola

29. Little Christmas Tree by Jessica Courtney-Tickle

30. The Nutcracker illustrated by Valeria Docampo

31. Dear Santa: A lift-the-flap book by Rod Campbell

32. The Nutcracker by Jennifer Adams with illustrations by Alison Oliver

33. My First Kwanzaa by Karen Katz

34. Pip the Gnome and the Christmas Tree by Admar Kwant

35. The First Christmas by Hilde Heyduck-Huth

Enjoy!