Children’s Books for Christmas

I love to give the gift of books to young readers. This year, I’ve compiled a short list of books that I received from publishers this season.

I’ll start with my favorite … the one I’d been waiting for:  Charlie and the Christmas Kitty. My kids and I adore Drummond’s first children’s book and this is just as good. Diane deGroat is a wonderful illustrator and makes the story come to life. I can’t say too much without giving the story away, but let’s say that Charlie still likes to sleep.

Santa on the Loose is a seek and find which my kids love. There are multiple items to have to search for on every page, which makes this a book that will keep kids busy. There’s a mystery to be solved upon the first reading, then kids can spend the rest of the time looking through the illustrations to find things.

My Brave Year of Firsts by Jaime Lee Curtis is a great story about a girl who tried things for the first time. I gave this book to my goddaughter after hearing she completed a triathlon at age 7! The character in the book completes one too!

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas continues with the tradition of being “groovy” and singing a song while telling a tale. This time Santa is a cat who drives an old VW bus instead of a sleigh. If you like the other Pete books, you’ll enjoy this one.

And, of course, every gift giving season needs to end with thank you. Splat Says Thank You! is another installment of the Splat the Cat series. Wonderful illustrations make this book worthwhile. You can almost feel the hair on Splat. (Merry Christmas, Splat came out in 2009.)

Here’s a link to a write up I did in the past about my favorite Christmas book. It’s wonderfully illustrated and tells the true story of Christmas.

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Alicia Lewis Murray BioABOUT ALICIA: Alicia is the founder of Balancing Last year, she managed to stay sane while completing an MBA, working full-time, blogging, and still baking amazing birthday cakes — all while raising a young family at home.


  1. Gina says

    Isn’t the Pete the Cat book hilarious??? AND…in our copy of the book there was a link to the website where you can play the song set to music. Ian loved that, too!! Thanks for sharing!

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