4 Must-Read Picture Books for Kids That Make Great Holiday Gifts


Looking for some really cute books that make the perfect holiday gift ideas? Check out four must-read picture books for kids from Sky Pony Publishing! From seasonal favorites like snow friends discovering a winter wonderland to year-round silly stories about a man so involved in writing that he doesn’t notice his beard has grown insanely long, these books will encourage kids to read and imagine all year long. They can even make the following bookmark craft to encourage reading!

bookmark craft for kids

Now let’s check these book ideas!

Holiday Gift Idea: Must-Read Picture Books for Kids

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SNOW FRIENDS by M. Christina Butler (Author) and Tina Macnaughton (Illustrator) (11/1/16, ages 3–6)


When Little Bear wakes up from hibernating, he discovers that the world has been turned into a winter wonderland. He’s so excited to see all of the snow, but he realizes that he is all alone in the world, with no friends to have fun wintery adventures with. Little Bear decides that he will build a friend to play with. Intrigued, other animals stop by to see what he is up to, and Little Bear invites them to join in building the best snowman ever! The new friends work together to build their snowman and spend all day playing together.

THE GOLDEN GIRLS OF RIO by Nikkolas Smith (11/15/16, ages 4–8)


The women athletes of the 2016 Summer Olympics captivated the world. Their accomplishments amazed us, as did their personal stories of persistence and hard work. THE GOLDEN GIRLS OF RIO focuses on the paths to glory for these women athletes, how they got their start and rose to meteoric heights in the Rio games. An inspiring story, bursting with color and action and life, that will make you smile to see these champion athletes as little girls, and to revisit their triumphs in achieving Olympic gold!

NEW YEAR by Rich Lo (11/15/16, ages 3–6)


After his family moves from Hong Kong to Los Angeles, a young boy has a difficult time adjusting with limited knowledge of the English language and American culture. He feels out of place and alone in his new environment, though his mother assures him that one day he will be proud of his Chinese heritage. When the teacher gives the class a homework assignment to come up with a theme with which to decorate the classroom in February, the boy knows exactly what it should be. He drafts some sketches of decorations for Chinese New Year, which his teacher and classmates absolutely love and have many questions about.

LEONARD’S BEARD by Nancy Cote (11/22/16, ages 3–6)


Each day Leonard’s beard grows longer and longer, and more wild and untamed, but he doesn’t notice because as a writer, he is so engrossed in writing his stories. After a large storm passes over his house, Leonard discovers just how out of control his beard has gotten. He finds strange things that have gotten stuck in there, including a mouse, a bird, and some apples. As Leonard removes the items from his beard, he comes to realize that being consumed with writing adventures has prevented him from having his own.

Any of these adorable picture books for kids would be perfect for your child’s stocking, don’t you think? It’s hard to choose a favorite, but I really adore Snow Friends! So sweet for the winter!

Do you have any favorite picture books for kids that you would recommend as a holiday gift idea? Share in the comments!

4 thoughts on “4 Must-Read Picture Books for Kids That Make Great Holiday Gifts”

  1. Picture books are always a great way to teach your kids in a fun way as they more interested in to characters involved. These are some great books that I could make use of with my kids!

  2. I love giving holiday books to kids especially since it will keep them interested in reading! Thanks for this list, it’s awesome!

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