Christmas Picture Books from Candlewick Press

Maisy's Snowy Day by Lucy Cousins

Maisy’s Snowy Day: A Maisy First Experiences Book
by Lucy Cousins

5 out of 5 stars

Maisy wakes up to see that it is snowing outside! She bundles up warm and ventures out into the cold to meet her friends at the park. They throw snowballs, build a snowman, make a snow fort, and go sledding down the big hill. When they get too cold, they all go inside for some hot cocoa.

This book is so cute and sweet! Maisy and her friends are adorable!

I love the crayon art style and how simple the artwork is. There are lots of little details in the background that make every page special. The art style is just right for little readers, with lots of bright colors to capture their attention. This book is so cute!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

'Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (Or Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas)
by Clement C. Moore, Matt Tavares (Goodreads Author) (Illustrator)

5 out of 5 stars

This Christmas classic is beautifully illustrated in a new edition with artwork by Matt Tavares. The well-known poetry about St. Nick comes alive once more when accompanied with such lovely illustrations!

I just adore this sweet poem! It’s never quite Christmas until someone says Santa has “a little round belly that shook when he laughed like a bowl full of jelly.” This poem makes “visions of sugar plums danced in their heads” the rallying cry of all Christmas joy.

The illustrations are dusky and soft. There is an atmosphere of mystery and magic on every page. The setting is deliciously old-fashioned and traditional with a beautiful Christmas tree. There is a massive fireplace and stockings and a cozy cat nearby.

This would be the perfect book to read aloud while curling up with a cozy cup of hot chocolate under the twinkle lights of the Christmas tree!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

Christmas Street by Jonathan Emmett

Christmas Street
by Jonathan Emmett (Goodreads Author), Ingela P Arrhenius (Illustrator)

5 out of 5 stars

The pages of this book fold out into an 8-foot street of homes and Christmas shops where the animals are doing their Christmas shopping. On the opposite side of the pages is a wintery scene where the animals are ice skating and throwing snowballs. When you aren’t using the book, you can tie it closed with the pretty yellow ribbon that is attached.

On each page there are two flaps to be lifted, and we can see inside the shops and houses to see what the animals are doing. We read from A to Z about all the Christmas traditions of the animals. Each page has a rhyming couplet. “A is for Angel on top of the tree, B is for bow being tied carefully.” “S is for snowflakes in all shapes and sizes. T is for toys that will make nice surprises.”

This book is so adorable! I love the bright illustrations and all the cute animal characters. There is something fun happening in the background of every scene, so that you could spend a long time gazing at each page to see what special festivities are going on.

This book captures the magic of Christmas!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

Through the North Pole Snow by Polly Faber

Through the North Pole Snow
by Polly Faber, Richard Jones (Illustrator)

5 out of 5 stars

A little fox is lost in the snow, searching for warmth and food. He enters a house nearly buried in the snow, and a kind old man gives him some of his dinner. The little fox stays with the old man until the spring arrives. The man begins to work making toys and and when his shelves are full of toys and the first snow arrives, the little fox helps him to load all the toys onto a sleigh. Together the little fox and Santa Claus deliver the toys on Christmas Eve!

This is such a sweet little story! It really illustrates that the kindness and generosity of the Christmas season is not just about toys and presents, but about showing compassion for all living things.

I love the beautiful illustrations! The little fox is so cute and fluffy! Every wintery scene is beautiful with little sparkling dots of snow. The art style is really lovely.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

A Very Mercy Christmas by Kate DiCamillo

A Very Mercy Christmas
by Kate DiCamillo (Goodreads Author), Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)

4 out of 5 stars

Stella wants to go caroling, but no one wants to join her. She walks from door to door asking the neighbors to join, but the neighbors are too busy. One lady suggests that her pig, Mercy, might like to listen to the carols, so Mercy tags along with Stella. Then Stella is joined by a cat and horse who try to sing along too. But the real magic happens when, one by one, Stella’s neighbors discover the joys of singing carols together under the stars.

This is such a funny book! Stella is very determined and hopeful, and her tenacity pays off in the end. She remains joyful despite some setbacks, and her joy attracts the others to her cause. She truly believes in the magic of Christmas!

I love the festive illustrations! Every page is so brightly colored and the designs for the characters are really cute.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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