If you’re looking to expand your library with some Christmasy books for the kids, here are three picture books that put a new spin on the holiday.
The Smallest Gift of Christmas by Peter H. Reynolds
I’m not gonna lie, little Roland, this book’s protagonist, is a bit of a brat. He raced downstairs on Christmas morning, and was underwhelmed by his tiny present. So he wished for a bigger present. A bigger present appeared! But it still wasn’t big enough. He wished for it to be even bigger! (You can see where this is going.) He wishes his present as big as tall buildings, but even that wasn’t enough, so Roland took a rocket into outer space in search of one even bigger. As he searched, his home became tinier and tinier, and by the end of the book, our little Roland has readjusted his thoughts on gifts and their size.
Santa Claus and the Three Bears by Maria Madugno, Illustrated by Jane Dyer and Brooke Dyer
Yes, variations of Goldilocks and the Three Bears have been done time and time again, but for some reason, this adaptation got to me. It’s likely the lovely, classic illustrations by Jane Dyer and Brooke Dyer. They feel so Christmasy. You can imagine how the story goes. Three bears go off for a walk while their Christmas pudding cools when who should come by in need from a rest from his Christmas route? Santa just might make up for the eaten pudding and broken chair and slept-in bed with the gifts that he leaves for the three bears. I wonder what’s in them?
Zoomer’s Out-of-This-World Christmas by Ned Young
Zoomer the dog (not to be confused with Zoomer the robot dog) and his brothers were hanging out in a treehouse looking for flying reindeer, when what should appear? A spaceship! The dogs get to play and hang out with the alien family, pets, and robots on board. It’s all super awesome. It gets all Christmasy when Zoomer gives up his favorite tricycle to replace a broken part of the spaceship so the aliens can get back home. Santa’s always watching, though, and he knows when dogs have been nice. It’s nice to see a different spin on Christmas.