One of the things that I really enjoyed about 2016 was finding so many picture-book-loving like-minded people through social media. I...

KidLit Picks December Round-Up

Tuesday, January 03, 2017 BookBairn 4 Comments

One of the things that I really enjoyed about 2016 was finding so many picture-book-loving like-minded people through social media. It's fascinating to see what others are reading all around the world and the variations in recommendations are as vast as the oceans between us! One of the groups that I was delighted to be asked to join was the wonderful 'KidLit Picks' on Instagram. Each month we nominate a theme and share our favourite reads on this theme and my to buy list grows and grows. 

Every month the wonderful Mel from 'Let's Talk Picture Books' writes a round-up post to share and until now I haven't included it in my blog but I feel I have been doing my readers a disservice as there are so many good recommendations and I have been keeping them all to myself. Sorry readers!

So here's our December Round up on the theme of 'Books About Celebrating'!

Little One, by Panela C Reid and Tom Tolman 
“The charming narrative and dialogue speaks gently to children and reminds that Jesus loves us, no matter our stature, that we all have meaning, purpose, and we’re all important in His eyes.” -- Summer from @readingisourthing

When an Elephant Falls in Love, by Davide Cali and Alice Lotti
“There's a lot of of it going on this month in terms of holidays, but I want to discuss something else worth celebrating: love." -- Mel from @spiky_penelope

Kitchen Disco, by Clare Foges and Al Murphy
“I have decided that this is the perfect choice for...celebration as I'm sure many of us are having our own kitchen discos over the festive period, and the fun and energy of this book captures perfectly how it feels to celebrate at this time of year.” -- Claire from @alittlebookhabit

Nighty Night, Baby Jesus, by Molly Idle
"This is the celebration of one miraculous child who will live in my heart forever. A story that is near and dear to me. This celebration, to me, is the true reason for the holiday season." -- Leah from @astoryaday

Walk This World at Christmas Time, by Debbie Powell
“It is a celebration not only of the Christmas time celebration, but of the fact that we are not alone in this world, that different is beautiful, and that we are all connected in some way.” -- Clarissa from @book.nerd.mommy

A Letter for Bear, by David Lucas
“Remember to celebrate the little things this season, look for those who are tired and working hard to make this season a joyful one, and enjoy all your festive celebrations whatever they may be!” --  Kim from @bookbairn

I'm In Charge of Celebrations, by Byrd Baylor
“Tis book is a reminder to relish the natural world around us and recount the days that are special to us, even if they look like an ordinary day to others.” -- Miranda from @bookbloom

Flora and the Penguin, by Molly Idle
"There is no better way to celebrate the New Year than by losing ones self in the ritual and rhythm of musical movement.” -- Megan from @chickadee.lit

Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho!, by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin 
“Duck is stuck in the chimney! Can the other animals get him out?” -- Arielle from @childrensbooksgalore

Tell Me What to Dream About, by Giselle Potter
“Beautiful full colour illustrations in Giselle Potter's unique style will make you wish your dreams were half as whimsical and magic.” -- Fiona from @fee_loves_

Chanukah Lights, by Michael J Rosen and Robert Sabuda
"There is no better way to begin the holiday then with latkes, dreidels, chocolate gelt, and this exquisite pop-up book." -- Lauren from @happily.ever.elephants

K Is For Kwanzaa: A Kwanzaa Alphabet Book, by Juwanda G Ford and Ken Wilson-Max 
“Little readers will enjoy celebrating and learning while reading this book. It beautifully captures themes like: family, culture, community and traditions.” -- Charnaie from @hereweeread

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree, by Gloria Houston and Barbara Cooney 
"It is a combination of both fabulous talent of Barbara Cooney and Gloria Houston's skillfully fluid story telling that makes this tale the perfect Christmas story year after year." -- Wendy from @homegrownreader

L'âne Trotro et Zaza fêtent Noël, by Bénédicte Guettier
“This book is currently the most requested Christmas book here.” -- Shannon from @ohcreativeday

Hap-pea All Year, by Keith Baker 
“Celebrating an entire year in one book! A fun way to look forward to a new year and the fun that each month brings or look back and remember the past year.” -- Michelle from

Our January theme is going to be 'Find Yourself in a Book'

Being able to relate to the characters within a book is such a vital piece of enjoying it. It is through these characters that we find the courage and strength to be who we truly are. Trials and tribulations are at the heart of every story and the way that characters triumph over them can be the essence of what readers are searching for in their own lives. It's no coincidence then that so many characters can feel lost, alone, and full of doubt. The uncertainty that haunts the beginning of a book though, can be washed away by the end, leaving behind a sense of hope and fortitude that we, as readers need from time to time. It is this self-confidence that we hope to instill within the young readers who glance into unknown pages and hopefully are able to see themselves reflected back.

In January, @kidlitpicks is focusing on books that exemplify those feelings: finding comfort with who you are. Tag your favorites with #findyourselfinabook and #kidlitpicks

This will be a tough one to choose but I think I might already know which lovely book I want to feature!
Love Mummy and BookBairn x


  1. Wow! Tons of ideas here for presents

    1. Such a great list - think it's time you got an instagram G'ma! x

  2. So many great books to choose from. I don't know how you do it but BookBairn has a wonderful collection. Yesterday she took me in to her bedroom and chose The Hungry Caterpillar from her favourites shelf. We read it all the way through. Great fun.

    1. I loved that she kept taking you through to read stories. I kept thinking "my work here is done"! x