It is a Christmas tradition – the nieces and nephews each get a book from me for Christmas. (Yes, they get a toy or two, as well.) So what are we putting under the tree this year? I tried to focus on stories that feature characters being brave, persevering, and learning gratitude. And I tried to find some books that feature characters, locations and traditions that might be different from ours. I have linked these images to Amazon so you can learn more about them, but – as always – I’d encourage you to support your local independent bookstore and buy there! Here’s our list:
A mouse musters up the courage to ask a lion to teach him how to roar.
By Rachel Bright, Illustrated by Jim Field
A tale about the power of stories and storytelling set in Morocco.
By Evan Turk
Winner of many awards, a book about thankfulness. Features people of all shapes, colors and abilities!
By Matt de la Pena, Illustrated by Christian Robinson
Bedtime poem by Inuit throat-singer and author describes the gifts given to a new baby by Arctic animals.
By Celina Kalluk, Illustrated by Alexandria Neonakis
A clever and lovely (and detailed!) seek-and-find book
By B.B. Cronin
A book about imagination, frustration and problem solving.
By Ashley Spires
A silly, funny book in which a penguin tells readers what his life is really like.
By Jory John, Illustrated by Lane Smith
A beautiful, poetic story about a boy who sets off alone with only a few belongings to find a new homeland.
By Rebecca Young, Illustrated by Matt Ottley
A story about a bear who finds a piano in the woods and learns to play.
By David Litchfield
Happy shopping and reading!