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Holiday Picture Books for Preschoolers

Pique your pre-reader's anticipation with stories that explore the excitement of the season.
 
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Roc and Roe's Twelve Days of Christmas
by Nick Cannon Illustrated by AG Ford

Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey's twins, Roc (Moroccan) and Roe (Monroe), put their own fun spin on "The Twelve Days of Christmas"!

Roc and Roe, the twins of beloved celebrity couple Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey, put their own unique spin on the Christmas carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas."

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Clifford's First Christmas
Series: Clifford
by Norman Bridwell Illustrated by Norman Bridwell

The original Clifford's Christmas is a perennial favorite, and now here's Clifford as a puppy — in an original paperback that recounts his first Christmas ever with Emily Elizabeth.

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Snow Bunny's Christmas Wish
by Rebecca Harry

The only present Snow Bunny truly wants for Christmas is a friend.Snow Bunny lives all by herself deep in the wintry forest. When she is too late to mail her letter to Santa, she decides to take it to the North Pole herself. Along the way, she meets other animals who need her help.

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How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah?
by Jane Yolen Illustrated by Mark Teague

Illustrations and rhyming text present some of the different ways a well-behaved dinosaur can celebrate the eight days and nights of Chanukah.

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How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?
by Jane Yolen Illustrated by Mark Teague

From decorating the tree to wrapping presents, little dinosaurs love to celebrate Christmas. With holiday surprises around every corner, the award-winning team of Yolen and Teague create an engaging, fun gift sure to be read again and again.

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I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel
by Caryn Yacowitz Illustrated by David Slonim
You've never seen Hanukkah or the "I Know an Old Lady" story like this before . . . through hilarious takes on the world's greatest works of art!

A family drives through the snow to visit their beloved bubbe, who spreads out a Chanukah supper for everyone to enjoy. But one dish goes a little wrong:
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The Christmas Magic
by Lauren Thompson Illustrated by Jon J Muth
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Winter's Tale: An Original Pop-Up Journey
by Robert Sabuda Illustrated by Robert Sabuda

Winter's Tale is Robert Sabuda's most spectacular original pop-up story yet. The simple, elegant text is illustrated with breathtaking artwork and extraordinary paper engineering. Stunning visual effects of foil, glitter, and a twinkling surprise further capture the magic of winter.

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Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve?
by Jan Brett Illustrated by Jan Brett

Every year, trolls knock down Kyri's door and gobble up her Christmas feast. But this year, the trolls are in for a surprise: a boy and his pet ice bear on their way to Oslo have come in from the cold. And once the ice bear is finished with the trolls, you can bet they won't come knocking next Christmas Eve!

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When Mindy Saved Hanukkah
by Eric A. Kimmel Illustrated by Barbara McClintock

It was right before Hanukkah and time to make the candles. Everyone waited for Papa to come home. He had gone out to find one big candle so they could make plenty of little ones. But instead, Papa came home with a sprained ankle.

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The 12 Bugs of Christmas
by David A. Carter Illustrated by David A. Carter

What could be better than one Bug of Christmas? Twelve of them! Bug fans of all ages will get in the spirit and join in the holiday fun with this pop-up extravaganza!

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Too Many Tamales!
by Gary Soto Illustrated by Ed Martinez

While helping her parents make the tamales for Christmas dinner, Maria sees her mother set her precious diamond ring to the side. It's so beautiful! And Maria only means to try it on for a minute. Then, all of a sudden, the ring is gone. Does she spy it in the tamale dough?

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Santa's Suit
by Kate Lee Illustrated by Edward Eaves
A rhyming Christmas story with touch-and-feel fun! And it teaches colors, too!

"It's terrible," says Santa.
He sighs and shakes his head.
"I want a different colored suit--
I'm just so bored with RED!"
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Pippin the Christmas Pig
by Jean Little Illustrated by Werner Zimmermann

All of the animals boast to little Pippin the pig about the important gifts their great-grandparents gave to the special baby born in a stable long ago. When Pippin asks what the pigs gave, the animals scoff--what could a pig have given a holy child?

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P. Bear's New Year's Party: A Counting Book
by Paul Owen Lewis

A dapper polar bear has an elegant New Year's party and invites all of his animal friends. As each party animal arrives, children learn to count and tell time.

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The Night Before Christmas: A Victorian Vision of the Christmas Classic
by James Marshall , Clement Clarke Moore Illustrated by Jan Brett , John Steven Gurney , Mary Engelbreit

A new generation of readers will find Jan’s visual interpretation of this favorite poem, set in a snowy New England village, both familiar, as St. Nick visits a Victorian family, and surprising, with Jan’s addition of two stowaway elves from the North Pole.

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A New, Improved Santa
by Patricia Rae Wolff Illustrated by Lynne Cravath
Readers of all ages will delight in this hilarious holiday tale about remaining true to yourself.
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My First Kwanzaa
by Karen Katz Illustrated by Karen Katz

A simple way to get acquainted with Kwanzaa.

During the seven days of Kwanzaa, we celebrate the importance of family, friends, and community. This warm and lively introduction to a very special holiday will help even the youngest children join in!

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Moishe's Miracle: A Hanukkah Story
by Laura Krauss Melmed Illustrated by David Slonim

Kind-hearted Moishe is given a magical frying pan that will produce all the latkes you could wish for latkes by the dozen, latkes by the hundreds but "only Moishe" must use it. Alas, his short-tempered wife, Baila, does not heed the warning.

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Merry Christmas, Stinky Face
by Lisa McCourt Illustrated by Cyd Moore

"What if Santa's lips get chapped?" Stinky Face asks.  "What if the sack of toys starts to rip?"

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Light the Lights!: A Story about Celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas
by Margaret Moorman Illustrated by Margaret Moorman

In a heartwarming holiday story, an interfaith family celebrates two special traditions.

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Latkes and Applesauce: A Hanukkah Story
by Fran Manushkin Illustrated by Robin Spowart
The beloved story of a joyous Hanukkah celebration--reissued in Scholastic Bookshelf paperback!

The Menasche family enjoys a joyous holiday celebration despite a scarcity of food. Includes notes on Hanukkah, a bibliography, a recipe for making latkes, and rules for playing dreidel.
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I SPY A Candy Cane
by Jean Marzollo Illustrated by Walter Wick

All new, easy-to-read riddles by Jean Marzollo are paired with fun photographs culled from previously published I SPY books to create this holiday-themed I SPY easy reader.

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Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
by Eric A. Kimmel Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman , Barbara Mayer

A traveler rids a village synagogue of ghosts. A Caldecott Honor Book.

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Froggy's Best Christmas
Series: Froggy
by Jonathan London Illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz

Froggy has never celebrated Christmas; usually he's taking his long winter's nap. But not this year!

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Feliz Navidad
by Jose Feliciano Illustrated by David Diaz

Set to the lyrics of Jose Feliciano's song "Feliz Navidad" and illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner David Diaz, this unique flip book features two different, yet traditional, Christmas celebrations!

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Elijah's Angel: A Story for Chanukah and Christmas
by Michael J. Rosen Illustrated by Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson
Michael and Elijah are friends, but when Elijah gives Michael one of his special carved angels, Michael doesn’ t know what to do. How can he possibly take home a Christmas angel, a forbidden graven image--especially on Chanukah?
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A Doll for Navidades
by Esmeralda Santiago Illustrated by Enrique O. Sanchez

Renowned Puerto Rican author Esmeralda Santiago remembers a poignant Christmas from her childhood in this heartwarming story of giving and understanding.

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Christmas Tapestry
by Patricia Polacco Illustrated by Patricia Polacco
When a bad leak ruins the sacristy wall in his father's church, Jonathan Jefferson Weeks thinks his family's first Christmas Eve service in Detroit will be ruined, too. But then he and his father find a beautiful tapestry for sale in a secondhand shop.
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Christmas in the Country
by Cynthia Rylant Illustrated by Diane Goode

Twenty years ago, Cynthia Rylant and Diane Goode brought readers a girl's childhood in the country in When I Was Young in the Mountains, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor for illustration.

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Can You See What I See? Picture Puzzles to Search and Solve
by Walter Wick Illustrated by Walter Wick

With his signature style of photographic artwork, Walter Wick takes picture puzzles to a new level with Can You See What I See? Twelve tantalizing photographs are filled with fascinating objects, while rhyming text challenges readers with lists of items to seek and find.

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Hardcover Picturebooks : $9.79

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The Black Snowman
by Phil Mendez Illustrated by Carole Byard , Carole M. Byard

"Everything black is bad." Or so thinks Jacob Miller, a poor, unhappy boy who lives in a tiny apartment with his mother and his little brother.

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The Littlest Angel
At only a little over four years old, the Littlest Angel seems to cause trouble wherever he goes in paradise. Others don't seem to understand him. When he presents his gift to the Christ child, everything changes.
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