More Holiday Book Gift Suggestions

Here are a few more suggestions for children this holiday season!

SEASON OF LIGHT: A CHRISTMAS PICTURE BOOK by Jess Redman; illustrated by Ramona Kaulitzki (Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR, ages 3-6): A luminous picture book about Christmas traditions that make the season a time of joy, love, faith, and light. This is a beautiful Christmas picture book! I loved the story and the illustrations are just beautiful!

THE CHRISTMAS BOOK FLOOD by Emily Kilgore; illustrated by Kitty Moss (Farrar Straus & Giroux (BYR)), Ages 4-8): 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. This is such a fun book!

Hilarious Art Picture Book I CAN’T DRAW by Stephen W. Martin

I CAN’T DRAW is all about acceptance, creativity, and believing in yourself. But more importantly, it’s about not falling into the trap of comparing yourself to others, a trap that feels ever-present, especially with the rise of social media. Teaching kids this message at a young age seems more important now than ever.

I really liked the message in this book and recommend it for children ages 5+.

So many kids (and adults!) experience the frustration that learning a new art form can cause, especially drawing! This is a book that will have children and their parents cheering along for Max to find his artistic voice.

Author/Illustrator Bio:

Stephen W. Martin is a writer on Netflix’s Emmy-nominated Trash Truck along with Frederator’s Bravest Warriors. Stephen is also the author of several picture books, including Charlotte and the Rock, Fluffy McWhiskers Cuteness Explosion, and I Can’t Draw. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and dog. Visit him at

Brian Biggs is the author and illustrator of many books for kids, including the Tinyville Town books, the New York Times bestselling Frank Einstein series (written by Jon Scieszka), Everything Goes, and Bike & Trike by Elizabeth Verdick. Brian has worked as an art director, graphic designer, and animator for interactivity and multimedia projects. His illustrations have appeared in magazines, newspapers, advertising, posters, toys, and puzzles. He works in an old garage. Visit him at

The Nightmare Bug by Hillary Daecher, illustrated by Angie Hohenadel

Tackle the emotions that bad dreams bring on with this new picture book!

Beware! The Nightmare Bug is creeping into dreams again . . . He’s been around sleep for many, many years, turning magical dreams into things we all fear. But not tonight!

Discover how one small child decides to take control of their nightmares and tackle the Nightmare Bug once and for all. With the help and comfort of the child’s mother, along with friends Blankie, Bear, and Rhino, the child drifts off to sleep feeling empowered and ready to show the Nightmare Bug there is nothing to be afraid of in the night. Skipping through dreams of oceans, giants, and the moon, the child, along with the stuffed friends, searches for the Nightmare Bug. When they finally encounter the Nightmare Bug and show the bug the power of what love can do, will the Nightmare Bug disappear forever? This really is a great book for young children!

Find out in this powerful message designed to identify and tackle the emotions that bad dreams evoke, and provide coping methods for children who suffer from nightmares on a regular basis. Perfect for SEL curriculums, the back matter includes conversation starters and expert tips for children upon waking from a bad dream, and tips for parents to help their child cope with the nightmare.

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books but only feature books that I recommend. Cover images were also provided.

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