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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What fiction picture books are you buying for Christmas?
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