These are some of our favorite Christmas books. As always, this list is growing and changing over time.




Red and Lulu, by  Matt Tavares, tells the story of a happy pair of cardinals who lived in a mighty evergreen tree outside a little house. When their tree is cut down, Red and Lulu are separated despite Red’s best efforts to follow the tree. After searching all over the city, Red follows the faint sound of Christmas Carols and finds Lulu in their now brightly decorated tree. Even when the tree is taken down, Red and Lulu decide to stay in the city and make a new home among new friends, returning each year to Rockefeller Center to enjoy the new year’s tree.

Pick a Pine Tree by Patrici Toht and Jarvis follows a family as they choose a Christmas tree, all while acknowledging that it might be different from how other people choose theirs. A multicultural cast of characters then join in to decorate the tree and the illustrations just create this sense of festive warmth. We read this one over and over.

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