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Happy holidays! This week I’ll be sharing the festive kids books I read this year.

I also read Grace Lin’s Christmas board books which you can read here.

Strum and Drum: A Merry Little QuestStrum and Drum: A Merry Little Quest by Jashar Awan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My favorite Christmas book of 2022 offers a nice surprise (if one doesn’t read the official description online) that makes it completely fun and refreshing.

The Christmas PrincessThe Christmas Princess by Mariah Carey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A cute Christmas fairy tale to herald a new picture book series featuring Little Mariah. The sometimes rhyming text may have come off better if it was an audio book narrated by Mariah herself. The plot is best if not really paid much attention to. I think young readers will be dazzled by the illustrations and just be caught up in the feeling of holiday magic.

The Christmas Book FloodThe Christmas Book Flood by Emily Kilgore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I felt like it was only a matter of time before someone would publish a picture book about this Icelandic bookish tradition when it became more common knowledge a few years ago. And this one is lovely.

The Christmas MagicThe Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A charming story of Christmas coming with beautiful luminous illustrations.

It's Christmas Everywhere, Celebrations from Around the WorldIt’s Christmas Everywhere, Celebrations from Around the World by Hannah Barnaby
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A fun shaped book that shares ten Christmas traditions around the world.

Hershel and the Hanukkah GoblinsHershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric A. Kimmel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve been meaning to read this since people seem to have fond memories of this story. And I can see why. A clever slightly spooky tale of perseverance and celebrating Hanukkah.

Red and Green and Blue and WhiteRed and Green and Blue and White by Lee Wind
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Based on a true story of how one family stood up against a hateful act of not accepting someone else’s faith and another family standing by them to not let darkness prevail.

Hanukkah BearHanukkah Bear by Eric A. Kimmel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thought I’d read this before but I couldn’t find a review of it or any mention of it on my blog or spreadsheets of books read. The way I recommend it to our customers makes me sure I’ve read it. Anyways, it’s a hilarious tale of an elderly lady who accidentally invites a bear (mistaking him for her rabbi) for Hanukkah dinner.

I had been trying The StoryGraph for the first half of this year to avoid the Amazon-owned Goodreads. Unfortunately, it didn’t provide the convenience Goodreads offered so I’m back using Goodreads.

You can view all my reviews over on Goodreads.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy Reading!

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