Best Holidays & Celebrations Books for 1 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 holidays & celebrations books for 1 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. The Nutcracker

by: Patrick ReganNatasha Kuricheva
Release date: Oct 09, 2012
Number of Pages: 28
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The Nutcracker is new again. With Accord’s innovative AniMotion® windows, this Christmas classic gets a fresh and exciting look.

The Nutcracker is a magical tale beloved by generations of children. Now, Accord’s version brings a little magic of its own to this classic Christmas story. Packed with lift-the-flap AniMotion windows, The Nutcracker is a lavishly illustrated adventure with a simple story line that loosely follows Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet. Watch all of the familiar characters, from enchanted toys to epic battles and twirling ballerinas, come to life on the page with the magic of AniMotion. There’s enough excitement here to make everyone’s Christmas wishes come true.

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Children’s Books > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths

2. What Daddies Do Best

by: Laura NumeroffLynn Munsinger
Release date: May 01, 2003
Number of Pages: 22
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Celebrate Father’s Day every day This sturdy board book depicts everything daddies do best, from reading bedtime stories to making a snowman. In this abridged version of the best-selling hardcover, five animal pairs illustrate the special bond between fathers and their children.
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Children’s Books > Animals

3. The Twelve Days of Christmas in South Carolina (The Twelve Days of Christmas in America)

by: Melinda LongTatjana Mai-Wyss
Release date: Oct 04, 2016
Number of Pages: 22
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Rainbow-painted houses, yummy shrimp stew, war heroes, prowling pirates, kudzu monsters, leaping dolphins . . . and a wren in a palmetto tree: that’s a South Carolina Christmas! Kids will love exploring this magical southern state in this new board book edition.
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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Christmas

4. Ducky’s Seasons: Animal Shaped Board Book (Shape Board Books)

by: Dick McCueLisa McCue
Release date: Sep 01, 1983
Number of Pages: 24
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Lisa McCue’s delightful concept books featuring her irresistibly cuddly animals are back with a whole new look.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Birds

5. Gossie’s Busy Day: A First Tab Book (Gossie & Friends)

by: Olivier Dunrea
Release date: Sep 03, 2007
Number of Pages: 10
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Gossie has a busy day ahead of her! Lift the flaps to learn about animal sounds and counting. Follow Gossie and her friends as they play dress-up and go on a gameboard adventure. Preschoolers will love to explore the flaps and tabs in this adorable, sturdy oversize board book.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Ducks & Other Waterfowl

6. Christmas Cookies (Wee Pudgy Books)

by: Wendy Cheyette Lewison
Release date: Sep 30, 1993
Number of Pages: 11
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The mice are up to their whiskers in flour, sugar, and sprinkles as they prepare their cookies for Christmas, in a rhyming holiday board book. For children under three.
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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Christmas

7. Halloween Dogs

by: Roger Priddy
Release date: Jul 20, 2010
Number of Pages: 10
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Woof, woof, it’s Halloween! This fun touch-and-feel board book is packed full of spooky canine fun. There are great pictures of cute dogs and puppies enjoying Halloween night to look at, and fun rhymes to read, too. A paw-fect gift for Howl-loween! 
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

8. Stable in Bethlehem: A Countdown to Christmas

by: Joy N. HulmeDan Andreasen
Release date: Oct 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 22
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From 12 drowsy doves to 7 soft sheep to 4 shaggy camels, this lovely board-book edition of Stable in Bethlehem celebrates the wonders of Christmas–with a counting concept built right in. Joy N. Hulme and Dan Andreasen, the team behind the Sterling picture book Easter Babies, perfectly capture the spirit of the season with gentle rhymes and softly hued, charming pictures. The ideal addition to any Christmas stocking!
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Stories In Verse

9. Today Is Halloween!

by: P. K. HallimanP.K. Hallinan
Release date: Aug 01, 2008
Number of Pages: 26
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From picking the right costume to counting the treats, P.K. Hallinan celebrates the fun of Halloween in this charming story. Today Is Halloween! Teaches safe and appropriate Halloween behavior.
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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Halloween

10. Christmas Mice (Little Golden Treasures)

by: Richard ScarryRichard Scarry
Release date: Sep 14, 2004
Number of Pages: 26
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It’s an early Christmas morning and two sweet little mice discover the wonderful presents that Santa Claus left for everyone. Santa brought candy, dolls, and even a race car, but did he leave anything special for the two little mice? Little ones will love finding out in this classic Richard Scarry story, available once again as a Little Golden Treasure.
Written and illustrated by Richard Scarry—one of the most-beloved children’s book author-illustrators of all time. His books have sold millions of copies throughout the world.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs & Squirrels

11. Elmo Doodle Dandy (Sesame Street) (Sesame Street (Random House))

by: Naomi KleinbergChristopher Moroney
Release date: May 10, 2011
Number of Pages: 12
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Join Elmo, Big Bird, Grover, Zoe, Abby Cadabby, Bert, and Ernie as they don Colonial costumes and gather to celebrate Independence Day with a parade and picnic. Flocking on the cover and in every spread adds irresistible tactile appeal. This title joins My Fuzzy Valentine, Elmo’s Easter Parade, and Have Yourself a Furry Little Christmas, all bestsellers in our series of flocked holiday books.
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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Non-religious

12. Hello Santa!

by: Christina Turner
Release date: Oct 01, 2007
Number of Pages: 16
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Hello Santa! is the perfect gift for your baby’s first Christmas! This sturdy board book features modern illustrations, meticulously cut out of black and white paper, that depict the story of Santa’s journey from the North Pole on Christmas Eve. Current research suggests that interaction with high-contrast images and geometric patterns helps stimulate brain and eyesight development in infants. In this high contrast book, Santa’s toy bag whirls around a Christmas tree skirt to form a bull’s eye and the whoosh of Santa’s sleigh creates wavy stripes. Parents can stand the book in front of their baby to keep his or her interest during tummy time. Because Hello Santa! is a wordless story?not just a group of pictures ? parents have an opportunity to infuse their own traditions into the story and foster creativity in older children. This narrative aspect of the images keeps parents and children interested in the book well beyond the first six months of the baby’s life.
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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Christmas

13. Little Baa

by: Kim LewisKim Lewis
Release date: Feb 09, 2004
Number of Pages: 24
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From the acclaimed author-illustrator of Floss comes a refreshing take on the story of a lost lamb.

One spring day, Little Baa frisks and runs in the field, leaving his ma far behind. Soon he is lost and all alone. How will Ma ever find him? From the creator of FLOSS — the beloved tale of a sheepdog who makes a cameo appearance here — comes a refreshing take on the story of the lost lamb, gently illustrated in Kim Lewis’s trademark style.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Farm Animals

14. That’s Not My Angel (Usborne Touchy-Feely Board Books)

by: Fiona WattRachel Wells
Release date: Jun 01, 2009
Number of Pages: 10
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Little hands will love exploring the touchy-feely textures on each page as they meet the angels in this festive board book. Children can join in with the simple, repetitive text as they turn the pages and encounter soft hair, silky dresses and squashy sleeves. Specially designed to help develop sensory and language awareness in babies and toddlers.
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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Christmas

15. Fuzzytail Bunny (A Chunky Shape Book)

by: Lisa McCue
Release date: Jan 28, 1992
Number of Pages: 20
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Illustrated in full color. In this adorable die-cut board book, a winsome bunny crosses forest, park, pond, and meadow on the way to his home–the bunny burrow!  
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Children’s Books > Animals > Rabbits

16. Fisher Price Easter is Here! Lift the Flap (Fisher-Price Little People)

by: Matt Mitter
Release date: Jan 25, 2005
Number of Pages: 10
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The entire Little People gang is here to celebrate Easter and all the surprises it brings. Readers join Eddie, Sarah Lynn, Michael, Sonya Lee, and Maggie as they color eggs, march in the Easter parade, and participate in the town’s Easter egg hunt. Multiple flaps on every page make this book an interactive adventure.
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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Easter

17. Oli/Ollie bilingual board book (Gossie & Friends) (Spanish and English Edition)

by: Olivier Dunrea
Release date: Feb 03, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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Gossie and Gertie just can’t wait for their new friend Ollie to come out of his shell, but though they try everything they can think of, he won’t come out! Ollie is Ollie, and only he will decide when it’s time to hatch. Fans of Gossie and Gossie and Gertie will find Ollie just as charming and delightful as the rest of his farmyard friends, and any toddler that has had to wait for a new brother or sister will find Ollie irresistible. 
     Bilingual babies and new language learners will love the gentle text and charming illustrations in this simple and sweet story, featuring Spanish and English bilingual text set in two colors for easy readability.
tags:

Children’s Books > Animals > Birds

18. Happy Birthday!

by: Lily Karr
Release date: Jan 01, 2009
Number of Pages: 8
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY! is a board book shaped like a birthday cake with foil candles. The perfect present for every birthday girl, this festive story celebrates one of children’s favorite themes.

Happy Birthday, little one,
Your great big day is here!
This is the special day and month
You’ve waited for all year.

A perfect gift for the birthday girl in your life! This board book shaped like a cake with foil candles has a simple, rhythmic story that centers around the birthday celebration. And what child doesn’t love the time-honored traditions of opening presents, blowing out candles, and eating cake!

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life

19. A Merry Scary Halloween (Chubby Board Books)

by: Alan BenjaminSalvatore Murdocca
Release date: Aug 01, 1990
Number of Pages: 16
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A cat and a bat and a witch in a hat begins the text of this haunting little book that features all the favorite symbols of this popular holiday. Full-color illustrations.
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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Halloween

20. Truck Party!

by: Tammi SalzanoHannah Wood
Release date: Sep 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 18
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The trucks are having a surprise party! Dump Truck, Fire Truck, Car Transporter, and more truck friends will all be there. They each have a special job to do to help get ready. But who is the guest of honor? Kids will love naming each colorful truck as it appears on the scene and guessing the identity of the mystery birthday truck. Durable board pages make this book as tough as the vehicles starring in it.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Friendship

21. Baby Party (Sesame Street) (Sesame Street Toddler Board Book)

by: Random HouseJohn E. Barrett
Release date: Dec 26, 2006
Number of Pages: 12
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Babies and their Sesame Street friends—what better reason could there be to celebrate? Bright colorful photos of babies and Muppets at a party filled with balloons, hats, cupcakes, and presents make a delightful board book that babies and toddlers will page through again and again.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

22. Trick or Treat, Calico! (Calico Books)

by: Karma WilsonBuket Erdogan
Release date: Aug 04, 2009
Number of Pages: 14
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It’s Halloween, and Calico is trick or treating! Young readers will love lifting the large sturdy flaps to find out who is hiding under each costume. Join this sweet and curious kitten as she and her friends dress up and have fun!

This lift-the-flap board book has rounded corners and 8 sturdy flaps.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Cats

23. Deck the Halls (Padded Board Books)

by: Veronica VasylenkoVeronica Vasylenko
Release date: Sep 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 20
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Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la! Sing along with a merry family of mice as they prepare for Christmas and two very special guests! The classic carol is brought to life with charming illustrations full of homey details.

The soft padded covers, rounded corners and sturdy board pages is a perfect fit for preschoolers!

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Children’s Books > Animals > Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs & Squirrels

24. Divali as I knew it in Trinidad (Festivals of Trinidad & Tobago)

by: Nalini Bissambhar – Sankar
Release date: Sep 25, 2014
Number of Pages: 30
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This book portrays the author’s memory of Divali in Trinidad during the 1980’s. At that time the author lived in a home in Trinidad with her close knitted extended family of twelve. Divali was very important to the Bissambhar family and from weeks before, the preparations would begin. Her memory of Divali is a sweet one , of the entire family working together to get the house ready and of them performing Lakshmi Puja together on Divali night. Divali as I knew it in Trinidad tells the story as the author remembers the excitement and preparations from the night before Divali which continues as Divali day unfolds. The author shares a simple beautiful story that will awaken your own memories of Divali and inspire you to create new Divali traditions….
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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Religious

25. Egg (My Little World)

by: Jonthan LittonFhiona Galloway
Release date: Mar 01, 2015
Number of Pages: 16
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Help each animal find the patterned eggs that are hidden throughout the story. Concentric egg-shaped die-cut holes appear on each page.
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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Easter

26. The Elephant in the Room: A Holiday Tradition for Interfaith Families

by: Suzan LoebLucy Ravich
Release date: Jul 24, 2016
Number of Pages: 21
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The Elephant in the Room

a holiday tradition for interfaith families

The December Dilemma looms large for interfaith families. This book strives to honor family and fun. It provides a way for parents and children to embrace their own holiday and have a deep appreciation for the other holidays celebrated by their extended and blended family.

– Rabbi Michael Shields, Davidson, North Carolina

The God of Christmas and the God of Chanukkah are the same. God reveals Himself to many groups of people and each seeks a fitting way to respond to Him. We are all created in God’s image and give honor and Glory to Him by loving and respecting each other.

– Fr. Dan Nolan, CSV, Catholic Chaplain, Chicago, Illinois

“I love that no one is left out!” – Sloane, age 11

“This book makes both holidays even more fun.” – Jonathan-Bradley, age 7

“Finally!! A book that brings Jewish and Christian kids together!” – Gussie, age 8

“Yay…a holiday book that includes ME!” – Alice, age 9

“My friends want to be like me and do both Chanukkah and Christmas.” – Jeffrey, age 10

“We’re going to read it every single year” – Jillian Beth, age 6

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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Christmas

27. First Christmas (Little Bible Playbooks)

by: Allia Zobel-NolanTracy Moroney
Release date: Sep 01, 1999
Number of Pages: 18
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Book by Zobel-Nolan, Allia
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Religious Fiction > Christian

28. An “I Love You” Prayer (Time to Pray)

by: Amy Parker
Release date: Dec 13, 2011
Number of Pages: 12
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Children will be reminded that God shows His love in a lot of ways including rainbows, flowers, and special friends!

These adorable illustrations and sweet rhymes are perfect for showing little ones the importance of saying “I love you!” and thanking God for His love. The art by Frank Endersby will be a favorite for kids and parents alike.  Families will want to leave room on their bookshelves for other titles in the Time to Pray series, including A Pumpkin Prayer.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Religious Fiction > Christian

29. It’s Halloween, Little Pumpkin! (with sound button)

by: Elizabeth JaegerRobin Boyer
Release date: Aug 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 16
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This new board book with sound celebrates the fun of Halloween.

Halloween night can sometimes be frightening for young children. It’s Halloween, Little Pumpkin! puts little ones at ease by explaining some of the sights and sounds of the holiday. As a young child gets ready for Halloween festivities, the sweet, rhyming narrative enlightens Little Pumpkin about the events of the night.

The story closes with candy buckets filled and Little Pumpkin tucked into bed. Charming and colorful illustrations of children dressed as princesses, cowboys, and black cats accompany the story. Ages 2-5.

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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Halloween

30. Journey, Easter Journey

by: Dandi Daley MackallGene Barretta
Release date: Feb 19, 2004
Number of Pages: 32
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As the second book in author Dandi Mackall’s seasonal series, Journey, Easter Journey! presents the biblical story of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection in a way that is engaging and appropriate for young children. Mackall’s first book in the series was Off to Plymouth Rock! Great for kids age 3-7, this short, poetic verse with brilliant illustrations is lighthearted but filled with reverence for the sacrifice Christ paid. This story presents the life of Christ as a journey, beginning in Bethlehem with His birth, then moving on to His life in Nazareth and Galilee, telling about His Father’s love. Finally, Christ’s journey to Calvary, and the wondering if this was His journey’s end. But indeed it wasn’t the end, as His journey continued with His resurrection and ascension. This short verse concludes with the encouragement that someday we can all journey on to heaven and be together with Christ. Perfect for Easter story-telling or for using as a teaching tool with homeschoolers.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Religious Fiction > Christian

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