Best Christmas Picture Books Published in 2016

A few years ago, I highlighted 24 of our favorite picture books in the post Christmas Books – One to Twenty Four.  I need to add two books to this list.  The best Christmas books published in 2016 are The Christmas Boot and Stowaway In A Sleigh.  ML’s reached the age where she doesn’t want to cuddle in my bed reading picture books.  However, she agreed to join me for a reading of The Christmas Boot.  Tonight, I’ll try for Stowaway in a Sleigh.



The Christmas Boot by Lisa Wheeler and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney



Stowaway in a Sleigh by C. Roger Mader

TipTop Cat by C. Roger Mader

TipTop Cat

TipTop Cat by C. Roger Mader – “An inspiring picture book about a brave cat who has the courage to bounce back from a frightening fall from the tiptop of the world.”

Why should you read this book?
ML oohed and aahhed over it, especially on the page showing the Eiffel Tower.  The exquisite pastel illustrations provide a luminous depth rarely seen in picture books.  This story about a cat regaining it’s spirit is the perfect book to read when a child is anxious.