Christmas is exactly one week away. If you don’t have all your Christmas shopping done, fret not! There are always books! If you need some books for tots, here are a few good last-minute options (or check out my other kids’ book lists here). In need of teen or adult book gift suggestions? Contact me or comment below with the details (age or relationship, interests, etc.), and I’ll do my best to give you some suggestions!
Over the River & Through the Wood: A Holiday Adventure
by Linda Ashman
illustrated by Kim Smith
As a biracial kid myself, I love to see mixed-race families in picture books (in case you hadn’t noticed, it doesn’t happen very often). This book, about a family converging on Grandma and Grandpa’s house (via plane, train, car, boat . . . and even hot air balloon!) for the purposely-non-specific “holidays,” features two mixed-race couples, some biracial kids, two Asian kids (another thing you don’t see in picture books too frequently) with white parents, and a gay couple. But it’s not done in a “Look at us! We’re so multi-cultural and proud!” kind of way. They are all just one big, beautiful, diverse family. [Insert all the heart emojis in every color of the rainbow here!]
Oh, and bonus: my daughter loves this book because it has fun, cartoon-y illustrations, it rhymes, and it features a horse that swoops in and saves the day again and again with a “NEEEIIIIGGGHHHHH!” Continue reading