Holiday Book List

Enjoy the holiday season and give the gift of literacy today!

With the holidays around the corner, winter break offers a great opportunity to spend extra time with your children reading excellent books. High-quality books are an integral part of early literacy education. Offering children a balance of fiction and nonfiction reading experiences can provide gorgeous illustrations, compelling text, and opportunities to learn.

Whether you are shopping for a gift or cozying on the couch, check out our Holiday Book Collection for some of this season’s best titles. Share this list with your friends and family and spread the joy of reading this season.
narrated by Jenna Braastad

Infant, Toddler, & Pre-K

Title Spotlight

Mona Damluji and Innosanto Nagara
In Together, social justice kids book pioneer Innosanto Nagara teams up with poet and activist Mona Damluji for a stunningly tender and pitch-perfect visual feast that juxtaposes individual action with the power of people acting together. Each of the ten free-verse couplets in the poem is spread across four pages of imagery, to make a unique and different kind of board book for young kids to discover with their families.

Additional Infant, Toddler, and Pre-K Titles

Give Me a Snickle
Alisha Sevigny
Who Jumps More?
Grace Lin
I Can Be . . . Me!
Lesléa Newman and Maya Christina Gonzalez
Vámonos/ Let's Go!
Cynthia Weill
I’m Not Small
Nina Crews

Kindergarten and First Grade

Title Spotlight

My Fade Is Fresh
Shauntay Grant and Kitt Thomas
Author Shauntay Grant's sweet, rhyming story encourages young girls to be self-confident and celebrates the many shapes and forms Black hair can take. Through their stunning illustrations, Kitt Thomas is able to bring life and movement to the versatile styles featured in this book.

Additional Kindergarten and First Grade Titles

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Second and Third Grade

Title Spotlight

There Was a Party for Langston
Jason Reynolds, Jerome Pumphrey, and Jarrett Pumphrey
New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Jason Reynolds’s debut picture book is a snappy, joyous ode to Word King, literary genius, and glass-ceiling smasher Langston Hughes and the luminaries he inspired.

Additional Second and Third Grade Titles

The Me I Choose to Be
Natasha Anastasia Tarpley and Regis and Kahran Bethencourt
Marvelous Mabel
Crystal Hubbard and Alleanna Harris

Fourth and Fifth Grade

Title Spotlight

Claribel A. Ortega and Rose Bousamra
New York Times-bestselling author Claribel A. Ortega and star debut artist Rose Bousamra's Frizzy is about Marlene, a young Dominican girl whose greatest enemy is the hair salon! Through her struggles and triumphs, this heartwarming and gorgeous middle-grade graphic novel shows the radical power of accepting yourself as you are, frizzy curls and all.

Additional Fourth and Fifth Grade Titles

Dear Yesteryear
Kimberly Annece Henderson and Ciara LeRoy
The Universe in You: A Microscopic Journey
Jason Chin

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