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!

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Christmas Picture Book Reviews

Little Fairy's Christmas by Daniela Drescher

Little Fairy’s Christmas
by Daniela Drescher

4 out of 5 stars

Faith the fairy is lost out in the snow and can’t find her way home. She is cold and hungry, but some of the animals help her. She meets an elf child who is also lost. They see a mysterious light in the forest, and discover that it is Father Christmas travelling to deliver gifts!

This story is so cute and enchanting! I loved the magic of the story and the way Faith meets each of the animals and creatures and they help her, or sometimes she is able to help them.

The illustrations are very dreamy and sweet. There are little animals in the background, hiding behind branches and drifts of snow in the forest. I love the delicate lines and misty colors in the art style!

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Picture Book Review: Christmas, Here I Come!

Christmas, Here I Come! by D.J. Steinberg

Christmas, Here I Come!
by  D.J. Steinberg, Laurie Stansfield 

5 out of 5 stars

This cute book has a different poem on each page celebrating Christmas traditions and wintery activities. Depending on where you are in the world, you can go sledding in the snow or sun bathe at the beach. No matter what language you speak, “Pere Noel” or “Sinterklaus” or “Kanakaloka” is sure to come down the chimney with toys and gifts.

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Picture Book Review: Nervous Nigel

Nervous Nigel by Bethany Christou

Nervous Nigel
by Bethany Christou

5 out of 5 stars

Nigel’s family are all champion swimmers, and they have the medals and trophies to prove it. But Nigel doesn’t like to swim fast. It makes him nervous when the whistle blows and the coach yells for him to go faster. He likes to float along and relax when he swims. It’s his special time to think. Nigel’s family enter him into a swim race, and Nigel is too scared to tell them that he doesn’t like racing. How will Nigel get his overachieving family to understand?

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Picture Book Review: Books Aren’t For Eating

Books Aren't for Eating by Carlie Sorosiak

Books Aren’t for Eating
by Carlie Sorosiak (Author),Manu Montoya (Illustrator)

5 out of 5 stars

Leopold is a goat who owns a bookshop. A long time ago, he used to eat books, but then he learned to read them instead. Now he loves to help other people (and animals) find the perfect book to inspire and entertain them. Leopold is thrilled when another goat comes into his bookshop! He offers the goat a special book that he thinks the goat will enjoy, but the goat eats it! Leopold tries everything to get this goat to stop eating the books. He searches high and low for a book that will inspire the goat to read instead of eating the pages. Finally Leopold thinks he has found a solution, but he will have to sacrifice his favorite book.

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Activity Book Reviews: Merriam Webster’s Activity Mysteries

Merriam Webster's Activity Mysteries by Tish Rabe

Merriam Webster’s Activity Mysteries: Please Don’t Laugh, We Lost a Giraffe!
by Tish Rabe (Goodreads Author)

5 out of 5 stars

Merriam and Webster are best friends. They visit Wildlife World, and the park ranger asks for their help. There is a giraffe missing! They must follow the clues and solve the puzzles to search for the giraffe. They ask the animals for help, and track the giraffe through all kinds of terrain.

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Picture Book Review: Healthy as a Dragon!

Healthy as a Dragon! by Štěpánka Sekaninová

Healthy as a Dragon!
by Štěpánka Sekaninová, Veronika Zacharová

5 out of 5 stars

The Dragon has a toothache and he is crying and wailing so loudly that the Princess hears him. She takes him home to the castle to teach him about eating healthy foods and brushing his teeth. But this Dragon needs a serious education about hygiene! The Dragon stays at the castle and learns about the importance of good clean habits. He learns to clean his new room, take a shower, get exercise, and go to bed on time. In the end he is a happier and healthier Dragon!

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Picture Book Review: Norton and the Bear

Norton and the Bear by Gabriel Evans

Norton and the Bear
by Gabriel Evans (Goodreads Author)

5 out of 5 stars

Norton prides himself on being unique. He likes to dress in unique styles that no one else has. But then he meets a Bear who starts to copy him. The Bear buys the exact same sweater that Norton is wearing. Norton adds a scarf to make sure that his look is different. But the Bear buys the same scarf too! Norton adds a hat and a flower and socks, trying to find something completely original and unique that no one can copy. But the Bear just keeps copying his outfit and laughing that they are twins. Finally Norton yells at the Bear to stop copying him! But then Norton feels guilty for being so rude. Can Norton and the Bear learn to be friends and still feel unique?

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Picture Book Review: A Perfect Wonderful Day with Friends

A Perfect Wonderful Day with Friends by Philip Waechter

A Perfect Wonderful Day with Friends
by Philip Waechter

5 out of 5 stars

Raccoon wants to bake a cake, so he walks over to Fox’s house to borrow some eggs. But Fox is trying to repair her roof, and needs a ladder. So they walk together over to Badger’s house to borrow a ladder. Badger is trying to solve a crossword puzzle with a clue about honey, so they join Crow in looking for Bear down by the river. Bear will know the answer to a clue about honey. Bear is fishing, but the fish are not biting. Will the friends ever manage to complete all their tasks? Only if they work together!

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