Holiday Books for Young Ones

Our Children’s Department staff have put together a list of their favorite winter holiday books that are sure to get your children in the holiday spirit!


Molly Walker, children’s services programmer, recommends:
Arthur’s Christmas by Marc Brown

Arthur puts a lot of time, effort and thought into his special present for Santa Claus.

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Cold Spring

Arden Mae, children’s services librarian, recommends:
Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story From The Border by Mitali Perkins

When María, Juan and their mother go to the border between California and Mexico to visit their grandmother at Christmas, María must devise a way to get Juan’s gift over the fence.

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Brittany Parr, children’s services programmer, recommends:
Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter by Kenard Pak 

In a simple, cheerful conversation with nature, two young children witness how the season changes from autumn to winter.

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Carrico/Fort Thomas

Jennifer Gooch, children’s services librarian, recommends:
Pinata in a Pine Tree by Pat Mora

In this adaptation of the folk song The Twelve Days of Christmas, friends exchange such gifts as a piñata and “cuatro luminaries.” The book includes a pronunciation guide and glossary of Spanish words. As well as a description of Christmas foods and other holiday traditions from different Latin American countries.

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Joyce Emery, children’s services programmer, recommends:
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus.

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Nina Frondorf, children’s services librarian, recommends:
12 Days of Christmas by Greg Pizzoli

An elephant parent has to take responsibility for caring for all of the gifts that arrive in this newly illustrated version of the traditional song.

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Jessi Holloway, children’s services programmer, recommends:
Hanukkah: A Counting Book by Emily Sper

Learn about Hanukkah, as well as how to count all eight nights in Hebrew and Yiddish! Pronunciation guides help kids say the words, and die-cuts reveal the candles as they are lit each night.

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Outreach Services

Carol Freytag, outreach services coordinator, recommends:
Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner

On Christmas Eve, snowmen hold a party in the center of town and celebrate with food, music, dancing and presents.

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Stacey Venneman, early literacy librarian, recommends:
I Got the Christmas Spirit​ by Connie Schofield-Morrison

As she and her mother enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season, a young girl feels the Christmas spirit in every jingle, yum and ho ho ho.

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