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Holiday Picture Books for Preschoolers

Pique your pre-reader's anticipation with stories that explore the excitement of the season.


The Black Snowman by Phil Mendez
A sooty city snowman comes to life and teaches a young boy about self-worth. Learn more.

Can You See What I See? The Night Before Christmas by Walter Wick
Delight in an array of picture puzzles filled with Christmas confections. Learn more.

Christmas in the Country by Cynthia Rylant
Celebrate the traditions of the season with this heartwarming picture book. Learn more.

The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson
Follow along as Santa prepares for his big night of giving.

Christmas Tapestry by Patricia Polacco
Connect to your community with this interfaith story about a mysterious wall hanging.

Clifford's First Christmas by Norman Bridwell
Delight in the joys of a puppy's first holiday. Learn more.

A Doll for Navidades by Esmeralda Santiago
Wonder at this touching story of the magic of giving and family love. Learn more.

Elijah's Angel by Michael J. Rosen
See how friendship and spirituality blend in this interdenominational book about a boy who receives a beautiful gift.

Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano
Celebrate the favorite song with this colorful look at a traditional holiday parranda. Learn more.

Froggy's Best Christmas by Jonathan London
Put your Froggy fan in the holiday spirit with this animal quest to pick the perfect tree.

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel
A clever man outwits a band of holiday-hating goblins in this favorite that captured Trina Schart Hyman a Caldecott Honor. Learn more.

I Have a Little Dreidel by Maxie Baum
Learn more about Hanukkah through the classic song with added verses.

I SPY a Candy Cane by Jean Marzollo
Rhythm, rhyme, and picture clues with a holiday theme!

Latkes and Applesauce: A Hanukkah Story by Fran Manushkin
An unlucky family is rewarded when they help animals who need even more help than they do. Learn more.

Light the Lights: A Story About Celebrating Hannukah and Christmas by Margaret Moorman
Explore common grounds in a family's interfaith celebration of two festivals of light.

The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell
Rediscover the classic story of an angel who bears a brilliant gift for the Christ child. Newer editions feature gorgeous multicultural illustrations.

Merry Christmas, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
Join in on the crazy, questioning fun as Mom reassures her child that nothing will go wrong with Christmas.

Moishe's Miracle by Laura Krauss Melmed
Taste the mysteries of this charming folktale about a magic frying pan that serves up people's just desserts.

My First Kwanzaa Book by Deborah M. Newton Chocolate
Introduce your little one to the traditions and celebrations of the holiday. Learn more.

A New Improved Santa by Sandra Magsamen
Santa gives himself a makeover in this humorous picture book.

The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore
The classic Claus tale comes to life in Robert Sabuda's pop-up fantasy.

P. Bear's New Year's Party: A Counting Book by Paul Owen Lewis
Count down to midnight with a dapper polar bear and the guests at his arctic ball.

Pippin the Christmas Pig by Jean Little
Join a special pig on a journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas.

Santa's Suit by Edward Eaves
What would happen if Santa wanted to change his clothes? Explore this touch-and-feel book to find out!

The Sound of Kwanzaa by Dimitrea Tokunbo
Discover what Kwanzaa is all about through the sounds of the seven principles.

Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto
Gather round for a Latino Christmas dinner in a book that celebrates family. Learn more.

The 12 Bugs of Christmas by David A. Carter
Scamper and prance with twelve pop-up insects who get in the holiday spirit (and fruitcake, popcorn, etc.).

When Mindy Saved Hanukkah by Eric A. Kimmel
Savor this tale of tiny people who celebrate Hanukkah in a big way! Learn more.

Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve? by Jan Brett
Outwit a group of greedy trolls in this gorgeous retelling of a Norwegian folktale.

Winter's Tale: An Original Pop-Up Journey by Robert Sabuda
A wintery world of wonder is revealed on every page.

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