Sunday, December 4, 2011

New 2011 Holiday / Winter Children's Picture Book Titles

I recently watched an awesome video that shows how to build a Christmas tree out of picture books. David Maybury posted the video on his blog last week and several people linked to it on twitter.

Over the last few years I've added several Christmas picture books to our collection so I decided to take them off the shelf and involve my family in a Christmas tree book pyramid building project. We sorted our books by size to determine which to use in our structure. Luckily, several of our hardcover books were the same height. We started with a base of seven books and placed our holiday paperback books horizontally in between the upright levels. Our finished picture book Christmas tree stands six levels tall and we used a total of 39 books. Our pyramid isn't as wide as the one in the video but it's still a pretty spectacular tree. Can you guess what book we used on top? (Hint: Star appears in the title.)

Do you need to add a few more holiday titles to your book collection? I compiled a list of several new 2011 Christmas / Holiday / Winter picture books. I hope you'll make sure there are a few books under your Christmas tree this year -- books make the perfect holiday gift! Any new titles I missed?

2011 Christmas Holiday Winter Picture Books

A Bad Kitty Christmas by Nick Bruel
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (picture book edition) by Barbara Robinson, illustrated by Laura Cornell
Chanukah Lights by Michael J. Rosen and Robert Sabuda
The Christmas Cats by Nancy Wallace, illustrated by Cathren Housley
The Christmas Coat: Memories of My Sioux Childhood by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve, illustrated by Ellen Beier
A Christmas Goodnight by Nola Buck, illustrated by Sarah Jane Wright
Christmas Eve Good Night by Doug Cushman
Christmas in the Mouse House by Maggie Kneen
A Christmas Spider's Miracle by Trinka Hakes Noble, illustrated by Stephen Costanza
A Christmas Tree for Pyn by Olivier Dunrea
The Christmas Tree Ship by Carol Crane
The Carpenter's Gift: A Christmas Tale about the Rockefeller Center Tree by David Rubel, illustrated by Jim LaMarche
Elmer's Christmas by David McKee
The Flying Canoe: A Christmas Story by Eric A.Kimmel, illustrated by Daniel San Souci and Justin San Souci
The Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers by Lisa Campbell Ernst
The Golem's Latkes by Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Aaron Jasinski
Grace at Christmas by Mary Hoffman, illustrated by Cornelius VanWright
The Hanukkah Hop! by Erica Silverman
Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah by Olga Ivanov
The Happy Elf Book and CD by Harry Connick, Jr., illustrated by Dan Andreasen
Home for Christmas by Jan Brett
It's Snowing! by Gail Gibbons
Jingle Bells: How the Holiday Classic Came to Be by John Harris, illustrated by Adam Gustavson
Lighthouse Christmas by Toni Buzzeo, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
The Lighthouse Santa by Sara Hoagland Hunter and Julia Miner
Listen to the Silent Night by Dandi Daley Mackall, Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson
Little Bunny and the Magic Christmas Tree by David Martin and Valeri Gorbachev
The Little Shepherd’s Christmas by Carol Heyer
The Littlest Evergreen by Henry Cole
The Loneliest Christmas Tree by Deborah Allen and Molly Brooks
The Magical Christmas Horse by Mary Higgins Clark
Making a Friend by Alison McGhee
Mary Engelbreit's Nutcracker by Mary Engelbreit
Michael Hague's Treasury of Christmas Carols by Michael Hague
The Money We'll Save by Brock Cole
Nathan Blows Out the Hanukkah Candles by Tami Lehman-Wilzig
The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore, illustrated by Charles Santore
No Two Alike by Keith Baker
Oh, What a Christmas! by Michael Garland
One Starry Night by Lauren Thompson
Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
The Perfect Christmas by Eileen Spinelli, illustrated by JoAnn Adinolfi
Red Sled by Lita Judge
S Is for Snowman by Kathy-jo Wargin, illustrated by Richard G. Johnson
Santa's On His Way: A Changing-Picture Book by Ruth Martin and Sophy Williams
The Snow Angel by Glenn Beck, Chris Schoebinger and Brandon Dorman
The Snow Blew Inn by Dian Curtis Regan and Doug Cushman
A Stork in a Baobab Tree: An African 12 Days of Christmas by Catherine House, illustrated by Polly Alakij
The Story of Christmas by Pamela Dalton
Strega Nona's Gift by Tomie dePaola
Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story by Sally Lloyd-Jones and Alison Jay
The Tale of Baboushka: A Traditional Christmas Story by Elena Pasquali, illustrated by Lucia Mongioj
The Third Gift by Linda Sue Park
The Twelve Days of Christmas by Laurel Long
The Twelve Days of Christmas by Jane Ray
The Twelve Days of Christmas by Accord Publishing and Jade Fang
The Worst Twelve Days of Christmas by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, illustrated by Ryan Wood

*Thanks Cheryl Rainfield for bringing the picture book Christmas tree video to my attention via twitter!

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maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Love your book tree! I'll have to look for some of these books that are new to us!

Carol Heyer said...

Thanks for including my new picture book THE LITTLE SHEPHERD'S CHRISTMAS listed on your blog! It was wonderful to see the cover in your slide show!
Merry Christmas!