Holiday Gift Guide: Fiction Picture Books (Top Ten Tuesday #13)

Fiction Picture Book Gift Guide

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a Holiday Gift Guide Freebie. Since I’ve been reading a ton of Fiction Picture Books lately for Cybils, I thought I’d share some great picture books for all the children on your holiday shopping list.



Beautiful by Stacy McAnulty

Breaks the stereotypes by showing beautiful girls doing everyday things – like getting muddy and having messy hair.

Ages 3-8


A Squiggly Story

A Squiggly Story by Andrew Larsen

Encourages children to write stories even when they’re too young to actually write the words correctly. Goes beyond a love of reading and inspires a love of writing.

Ages 4-6


Emma and Julia Love Ballet

Emma and Julia Love Ballet by Barbara McClintock

Parallel stories of young Emma and a professional ballerina, Julia, show the similarities of their lives because of their love of ballet.

Ages 6-10


Explorers of the Wild

Explorers of the Wild by Cale Atkinson

Gorgeous illustrations and an adorable story about a boy and a bear exploring the wild. They bump into each other and are startled, but then they team up in their explorations.

Ages 4-6


A Hungry Lion or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals

A Hungry Lion or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals by Lucy Ruth Cummins

So funny! This book is dark but hilarious. It’s about a lion possibly eating the other animals, and then actually doing so. It’s this year’s Book with No Pictures.

Ages 3-8


Ida, Always

Ida, Always by Carola Levis

A story about friendship and death and surviving without someone you love. It’s based on a true story about two bears in a zoo. It’s sad, but real. So sweet.

Ages 4-8


Real Sisters Pretend

Real Sisters Pretend by Megan Dowd Lambert

A beautiful story about adoption and what it means. These sisters are real, but they love to pretend together. I loved this sibling story so much. It came from the authors own children’s pretend play.

Ages 4-8


Secret Tree Fort

Secret Tree Fort by Brianne Farley

Another great sibling story. It’s about growing up and being too old to play. About imagination and giving in to the fun of youth. It’s perfect for siblings of varying ages.

Ages 4-8



A Bike Like Sergio's

A Bike Like Sergio’s by Maribeth Boelts

What would you do if you found $100? This book is about a boy who wrestles with that question, but he ultimately makes the right decision. Also a good intro to economic disparity.

Ages 5-9


Strictly No Elephants

Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev

A modern day Berenstain Bears No Girls Allowed only without the gender stereotypes. This book is about inclusion and being unique. It’s a great story with beautiful illustrations.

Ages 3-6



What fiction picture books are you buying for Christmas?


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    1. Cool. I keep a list on Goodreads of childrens books I’ve read and those I want to read, so I can remember them later. I even have a list of books my son isn’t quite ready for but that I have heard are good. Otherwise, it’s too hard for me to remember them. 🙂

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