New Christmas Picture Books to Share


Disclosure: I was sent copies of these books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Christmas is coming up fast!! This year I have two fun new picture books to share with you. One is a wonderful one that shares the spirit of the season and the other shares a real Icelandic tradition. The first book is Season of Light by Jess Redman and illustrated by Raymond Kaulitzki. It is recommended for ages 3 to 6.

From the Publisher:

A luminous Christmas picture book about the traditions celebrating the story of Christ that make the season a time of joy, love, faith, and light.

We come to the stable, visit the manger. We are the angels singing out, “Glory!” This is a season of faith. A time to hear and believe.

From paper snowflakes to silver bells, reindeer to wise men, Christmas is a season of joy and song, giving and serving, loved ones and light that can last the whole year through. With Jess Redman's beautiful poetic text and Ramona Kaulitzki’s luminous illustrations, Season of Light is sure to be a holiday favorite for years to come.

From Me:

This book shares so much of what makes the holiday season special. It is definitely for a younger child. The words are simple, and the illustrations are beautiful. It shares about the story of Jesus' birth, about the music, about the love of gathering and gifts and so much more. It is a time of joy, peace, faith, love and hope. This book reminds me of the season.

 I envision it being shared with young ones and talking about the feelings, sights, sounds, and traditions of the holiday season whether with parents or a group. I hope you will check it out!

The second book is The Christmas Book Flood by Emily Kilgore and illustrated by Kitty Moss. It is recommended for ages 4 to 8. It shares the real Icelandic tradition of giving books on Christmas Eve and spending the night reading.

From the Publisher:
This lovely and lyrical picture book, based on a real Icelandic tradition, brings all the sparkle and anticipation of Christmas—and of the joys of reading—to the page.

The northern lights dance,
snow blankets the ground,
it’s the Christmas season—so the Book Flood begins!

People plan and they dream,
and they visit the shops
for books to give loved ones, and families, and friends.

And when Christmas Eve comes,
they’ll share magical stories,
curl up by the fire, and read, read, read, read…

With gorgeous artwork and a diverse cast of characters, Emily Kilgore and Kitty Moss's The Christmas Book Flood is a surefire holiday classic.

From Me:

Now I had heard of the book giving and book reading tradition of Iceland. I will admit curling up to a good book on Christmas Eve sounds wonderful. Can you imagine giving your kids a book they want to read and having them go off to their rooms to read? This book shares this wonderful tradition. It shares the love books as well a bit about Iceland and its culture. I have to admit I think this is one of my favorite Christmas traditions I have heard. 

The book shares the magic of the tradition as well as the season. It talks about how people search for the perfect book to gift loved ones. It shares the wonder of opening a new world with a book. Whether the book is read individually or together a new adventure begins. 

At the end of the book is a note from the author telling how she discovered about this tradition and had to learn more and share it. I love that this book shares a bit of culture from another country with younger children. I hope you will check it out!