This time of year is perfect for curling up with a good book and with so many holiday books for kids to choose from, you’ll find one for every winter eve. From snowy escapades to animal antics, the following new releases are sure to become favorites for your family year after year. Scroll down to see our picks.

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Elf in the House

Forget that Elf on the Shelf, there’s a sweet but mischievous elf on the loose in a little girl’s house. Written by Ammi-Joan Paquette and illustrated by Adam Record, who previously teamed up for the popular Ghost in the House, this will be a treasured classic year after year.

Ages: 3-7
Cost: $13
Buy it now.

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If Picasso Painted a Snowman

What would a snowman look like if Picasso created it? What about Georges Seurat, Marc Chagall, or Vincent Van Gogh? This clever book takes a winterscape and teaches children about many famous artists, and how different styles and points of view can illustrate the same thing: a snowman! By Amy Newbold, illustrated by Greg Newbold.

Ages: 4-8
Cost: 
$12.29
Buy it here.

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The Little Reindeer

Written and illustrated by Nicole Killen, the kids will love the story of a little girl befriending a lost reindeer and their magical adventures. The illustrations are mostly black and white with pops of red, and the book itself has lots of bells and whistles, like die-cut pages and foil.

Ages: 4-8
Cost: $10.92
Get your copy here.

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Pick a Pine Tree

This enchanting, rhyming book by debut author Patricia Toht is best read by the light of your Christmas tree! You’ll love the gorgeous illustrations by Jarvis as you read all about the ritual and excitement of decorating the Christmas tree.

Ages: 3-7
Cost: $15.29
Get your copy here

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Red and Lulu

Meet two cardinals Red and Lulu, who make their nest in a very beautiful evergreen. It acts as their home and protects them from the sun in the warm months, and keeps them cozy and warm in the winter months. And once a year, the tree is decorated. Then, one day, the tree is gone. Set in New York City at Christmas time, will Red & Lulu find their home again? Written and beautifully illustrated by Matt Tavares.

Ages: 3-7
Cost: $10.95
Snag it here.

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A Christmas for Bear

On a chilly night Bear hears a tap at his front door and discovers Mouse is there to help Bear throw a Christmas party. Curmudgeonly Bear and hopeful Mouse make a hilarious pair as they rummage about for party supplies to throw the best possible party (and Christmas) for Bear. Written by Bonny Becker, illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton.

Ages: 5-9
Cost: $8.47
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The Legend of Old Befana: An Italian Christmas Story

Befana, the witch who is always sweeping, always sweeping. She rewards good little boys and girls, just like a certain jolly old elf. From Tomie dePaola, the author of Strega Nona (of course!).

Ages: 4-8
Cost: $16.19
Buy it here.

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Silent (but Deadly) Night

For your older kids, this fart-friendly story will have them giggling the whole way through. Dr. Proctor, Nilly and Lisa are on the case again: this time they’re going to save Christmas. But what they need is a sleight, some flying reindeer, time-travel soap and—you guessed it—fart powder. By Jo Nesbo, illustrated by Mike Lowery.

Ages: 8-12
Cost: $14.24
Get your copy here.

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Let It Glow: A Winter's Walk

 

A winter wonderland of die-cut landscapes, this truly unique book will bring you right into a snowy landscape with lit-up windows, carols singing and shining stars. This rhyming book by author and illustrator Owen Gildersleeve will delight the kids for years.

Ages: 4-8
Cost: $16.50
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The Story Orchestra: The Nutcracker

The classic story of The Nutcracker comes to life with music in this exciting book that allows children to not only follow along with the storyline, it has press buttons to play excerpts from the corresponding music, composed by Tchaikovsky. Incredibly unique, for any fan of The Nutcracker or as an excellent introduction to the holiday classic. Written and illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle.

Ages: 6-9
Cost: $20.69
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The Snowbear

Why make a snowman, when you can make a snowbear? Two kiddos make their own, and not long after their snow-play leads them to get lost in the woods. Guess who comes to their rescue? Move over, Frosty, there’s a new lifelike snow creature in town! Beautiful illustrations by Claire Alexander, written by Sean Taylor.

Ages: 5-6
Cost: $17.99
Get your copy here.

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The 12 Sleighs of Christmas

Santa’s sleigh is in a terrible state, and the elves try all manner of options—think zeppelins, big rigs and motorcycles for starters. Perfect holiday story for your vehicle loving crew. Fun, rhyming prose by Sherri Dusky Rinker and lively, colorful illustrations by Jake Parker.

Ages: 3-6
Cost: $13.47
Get your copy here.

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What is your favorite holiday story? Let us know in the comments!

— Amber Guetebier

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