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Holiday Book Gifts: Ages 0 – 2

by Patricia J. Murphy

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I can’t think of a better gift for the holiday season than a good book. No other present can simultaneously warm your heart, entertain you, and build your brain. Plus, books are the perfect size for placing under a tree or fitting in stockings.

If you’re not sure what books to give to the little tots in your life this holiday season, I’ve put together a list of irresistible titles to help you out. These gifts will last long after the holiday wrap gets tossed, the thank-you notes get written, and the Christmas decorations get put away.

  • What’s in the Box?

    by Isabel Otter, illustrated by Joaquin Camp

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    Is it a book or a game? Well, it’s a little of both. This interactive board book will keep your child guessing until the big surprise at the end. Your little one can listen to rhyming clues, touch textured patches, lift flaps, and discover something exciting on each page. They’ll find that reading is just as fun as playing.

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  • Elfie’s Selfie

    by Jo Parker, illustrated by Debbie Palen

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    Anyone can take an Instagram-worthy selfie, and this book offers proof. In this sweet story, one of Santa’s elves wants to document Santa’s magical send-off on Christmas Eve. Can he catch Santa in time? Will he get the photos he needs? And can he take a selfie with someone you recognize? Find the answers to these questions when you read Elfie’s Selfie. It’s also an excellent addition to your holiday reading stack.

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  • Hello, World Series

    by Ashley Evanson

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    Ashley Evanson’s Hello, World series pairs the colors, food, and culture from countries around the world with early learning concepts like time, the five senses, and opposites. Each book offers trendy illustrations depicting its location’s iconic art, architecture, food, and history. Explore Germany, Tokyo, Rome, Rio de Janeiro, Paris, and more all from the comfort of your couch!

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  • The Smell of a Rainbow

    by Dawn Goldworm

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    Have you ever smelled a rainbow? Well, thanks to Dawn Goldworm’s colorful and fragrant book, now you can. With each turn of the page and rub of your fingertips, you’ll smell scents paired with the colors of the rainbow. Read it with other books about color and go on a nature walk to enjoy a feast for your senses!

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  • There’s an Elf in Your Book

    by Tom Fletcher, illustrated by Greg Abbott

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    Don’t miss the latest addition to the picture book series by award-winning author, musician, and YouTube sensation Tom Fletcher and illustrator, Greg Abbott. One of Santa’s elves drops into town to see where the reader falls on Santa’s list. The elf puts the reader through a series of challenges, offers suggestions, and plays elfish tricks. Try not to fall for any of the elf’s funny stuff, or your status on the “nice” list may change. It’s perfect for an early Christmas gift to help kids stay on their best behavior until Christmas!

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  • Mindfulness Moments for Kids: Hot Cocoa Calm

    by Kira Willey, illustrated by Anni Betts

    The powerful benefits of yoga can begin in the womb. Now that your baby is out in the world, they are poised — and can be posed — to grow in mind, body, and spirit with these calming yoga exercises. Choose from the easy-to-follow exercises that use movement and breath to reduce stress and anxiety — especially during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. We could all use more “hot cocoa calm” over the holidays (or anytime). This book is also available as an audiobook for a hands-free reading and yoga experience.

  • Dr. Seuss’s The Sounds of Grinchmas

    by Dr. Seuss

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    It’s never too early to introduce your child to the Grinch. Babies and toddlers will love this interactive board book adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s holiday classic about the true meaning of Christmas. Reading the rhymes and pushing the buttons will never get old (for your young ones, that is!) — and neither will this holiday story!

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  • Llama Llama Colors

    by Anna Dewdney, illustrated by JT Morrow

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    From Anna Dewdney’s New York Times bestselling series, Llama Llama Colors teaches babies the names of colors and how creativity can happen anywhere — even on a dinner plate! When Llama Llama wants to paint a picture at dinnertime, he uses fruits and vegetables to create a tasty portrait of his mama. The book’s vibrant art and lyrical rhymes work deliciously together to celebrate color and creativity.

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  • Women in Science

    by Rachel Ignotofsky

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    Girl and STEM power abound in this board book adaptation of Women in Science, written and illustrated by Rachel Ignotosfsky. It celebrates the extraordinary women who changed the world and improved our lives, too. With gorgeous illustrations and simple, lyrical text, this board book offers hours of enjoyment and inspiration for young scientists. Have a young artist? Pick up Women in Art, which spotlights female painters, sculptors, photographers, and more!

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  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s First Winter

    by Eric Carle

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    While your baby or toddler won’t remember everything about their first winter, The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s First Winter will take you along on its sensory-filled exploration of the season. With Carle’s collage-style drawings, this beautiful board book encourages readers to experience their own wintertime firsts.

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  • The Twelve Days of Christmas

    illustrated by LeUyen Pham

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    For many, the holidays aren’t complete without singing "The Twelve Days of Christmas." Now, with this board book edition from New York Times bestselling author and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator, LeUyen Pham, you and your kiddos can sing, read, and count the 12 days leading up to Christmas. With its beautifully illustrated characters, costumes, and instruments, readers will love poring over this “joyous visual feast” (Kirkus).

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  • Who Was Walt Disney?: A Who Was? Board Book

    by Lisbeth Kaiser, illustrated by Stanley Chow

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    Put on your Mickey Mouse ears and grab the latest addition to the Who Was? Series to experience a bippity-boppity board book biography! Told in easy-to-understand text and eye-catching illustrations, young Disney fans and their parents will learn about the life and work of the man behind Mickey Mouse. If you enjoy this story, check out the rest of the Who Was? Board Books series.

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  • Here We Are: Animals

    by Oliver Jeffers

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    If you’ve never heard of author-illustrator Oliver Jeffers, you can thank me later. Here We Are: Animals is more than an alphabet book of animals on our planet. It’s a mindful encyclopedia of these majestic, beautiful creatures and a crucial how-to guide to living side-by-side with nature. If you’re going to read just one book on this list, make it this one.

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  • All About Bluey

    by Penguin Young Readers Licenses

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    Introduce your baby to Bluey, the latest sensation from Down Under and Disney, with this All About Bluey tell-all. Current and soon-to-be fans will learn oodles of facts about Bluey, her likes, dislikes, and favorite things to do. Bluey’s story is a fantastic conversation starter about your child’s favorite things, too.

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  • She Persisted in Sports

    by Chelsea Clinton, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger

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    The talented New York Times bestselling team behind She Persisted adapted this sporty board book from the picture book with the same title. Read about the brave and talented women who persisted against all odds and dared themselves to dream big and never give up. Readers will feel inspired to set their sights high and work hard to reach their goals.

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  • Thanks a Lot

    by Raffi, illustrated by Jaime Kim

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    From the internationally recognized storyteller and musician Raffi, Thanks a Lot is about the gift of gratitude. Readers follow a small boy as he explores his neighborhood, seeing it through the lens of thankfulness. You and your child will love the combination of Raffi’s poignant words with Jaime Kim’s vibrant illustrations—and the simple reminder that gratitude can change everyone it touches. And whoever you give this book to will also be grateful! It’s perfect as a “thank you” gift!

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  • This Is the Way We Trim the Tree

    by Arlo Finsy, illustrated by Yuyi Chen

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    The latest book in the This is the Way series details the joys of preparing for the holidays — singing Christmas carols, trimming the tree, and spending time with family. It’s the perfect way to kick off the holiday season. Your toddler will enjoy the festive illustrations and familiar rhyme to the beat of “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush.”

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