The Kid Lit Blog Hop is now monthly! To celebrate the holidays in December, I’ve picked out five new picture books to share and I’m giving them away to five different winners.
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Can you believe that it’s been thirty years since The Polar Express was published?! This story about the faith that children bring into the world is a classic that reminds young and old alike about the true magic of Christmas. Do you want to spread the magic? Every time you use hashtag #ReadandBelieve, a copy of The Polar Express will be donated to Christmas in the City, a Boston-based non-profit helping families in need. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Over the River & Through the Wood: A Holiday Adventure by Linda Ashman, illustrated by Kim Smith
It used to be so easy to get to the grandparents’ house back in the day. It was just over the river and through the woods in a sleigh pulled by a single horse. These days, it’s a bit more complicated. The grandparents live much farther away, requiring trains, planes and automobiles — and more — to get there. Luckily, there is also a one horse sleigh to the rescue when other modes of transportation break down. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
The Red Apple by Feridun Oral
On a cold winter’s day, Rabbit leaves his burrow in search of food. He finds a single apple hanging off a tree but it’s much too high for him to reach. He gets his friends involved — mouse, fox, and bear — and together they manage a way to get it down. They split the perfect apple into fourths and, now satisfied, snuggle up inside bear’s cave for a well deserved rest. Working together pays off! [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Goodnight, Manger by Laura Sassi, illustrated by Jane Chapman
It’s bedtime for baby Jesus but no one is getting any sleep tonight! With animals braying and visitors arriving, it’s just too noisy for baby to sleep! [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein by Amanda Peet and Andrea Troyer, illustrated by Christine Danivier
Rachel loves everything about Christmas from the twinkly lights, to the Christmas tree, to the beautifully wrapped presents … but she’s Jewish so she doesn’t celebrate Christmas.
“How about a tree? Emily Berenbaum’s family has a tree and they’re Jewish.”
“You can’t sit on two horse with one behind,” said Papa Murray.
“I can,” said her mom. “Especially after that meal.
Rachel tries to get Santa to visit but she’s very sad that it doesn’t work out. When her family goes to their usual Chinese restaurant on Christmas, she’s surprised to find other classmates there who don’t celebrate Christmas either. Lucy Deng will celibate Chinese New Year in a few weeks. Mike Rashid and Amina Singh celebrate Diwali. And Rachel, of course, has Hanukkah, the festival of lights. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Christmas Picture Book Giveaway
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34 thoughts on “Winter Holiday Picture Books Giveaway & Kid Lit Blog Hop”
1st choice: Goodnight Manger
2nd choice: The Red Apple
3rd choice: Over the River & Through the Wood: A Holiday Adventure
Thanks so much for entering Gina. You remind me that I have to pull the winners!
My daughter would go bonkers over these books! Every single one is so fantastic! Love your website and Your Instagram is the best!
Thanks so much for your kind words Julie!!
The Red Apple, Over the River and Through the Wood, and Goodnight Manger
Thanks for entering Christina!
Good Night Manger
The Polar Express
Over the River & Through the Wood: A Holiday Adventure
Best blog ever!
Thanks so much for your kinds words and for entering Nancy! I will pull the winners next!
Over the River & Through the Woods
The Red Apple
Thanks for entering Maria! How are your books coming along?
What fun to see Goodnight, Manger on the giveaway list! Happy Holidays and Merry Reading to all!
Thanks Laura! Goodnight Manger is such a fun one and good year round too!
I would choose, The Red Apple, Polar Express and Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein
Thanks so much for entering Heather!
1st choice – The Red Apple, 2nd choice – Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein, 3rd choice – Goodnight Manger. Thanks!
The only wanted I already read is The Polar Express. Ii5 would be great to read the other books.
That’s a good one! Thanks for entering Elisabeth!
Over the River & Through the Wood: A Holiday Adventure, Goodnight, Manger, The red Apple
Thanks for entering Chrissy!
1. The Red Apple 2. Over the River 3. Polar Express
Thanks for entering Valerie!
thanks for suggesting books. enjoy holidays
Thank you Ravi! You too!
Great giveaway. Love 1) OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGHT THE WOOD, 2) GOODNIGHT, MANGER, 3) DEAR SANTA, LOVE, RACHEL ROSENSTEIN.
Thanks for entering Cathy!
1) Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein
2)The Red Apple
3)Over the River & Through the Wood: A Holiday Adventure
Thanks for stopping by Emily!
1. Dear Santa; 2. Goodnight Manger; 3. Polar Express (can you believe we’ve never read that one?!)
Thanks for entering. You are not the only one to not have Polar Express but it’s a good one! I hope you win it!
1st choice: Over the River & Through the Wood: A Holiday Adventure
2nd choice: The Red Apple
3rd choice: Goodnight Manger
Thanks for entering MaryAnne!
I have a copy of Goodnight, Manger (love it!) already, but I wouldn’t mind addin one of those others to my collection!
1. The Red Apple
2. Over the Rive and Through the Woods
3. Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein
Thanks so much for entering!