COMELIBRITOS CORNER Picture Books for the Holidays: Thanksgiving through Tres Reyes

By Li Yun Alvarado

By Li Yun Alvarado

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade

Melissa Sweet

$17.99 $16.55

I'm a New Yorker, so for me Thanksgiving has always meant the Macy's Day Parade! Balloons over Broadway tells the story of how immigrants #gotthejobdone, began an annual parade, and then transformed it into one of the most magical events in the world!

Bring Me Some Apples and I'll Make You a Pie: A Story about Edna Lewis

Robbin Gourley

$7.99 $7.35

"Bring Me Some Apples and I'll Make You a Pie," is a picture book that celebrates the childhood of pioneer chef Edna Lewis -- an African American chef who was all about farm-to-table before farm-to-table was a thing. The book is also a celebration of harvests throughout the seasons in preparation for winter, reminding us there is a lot to be thankful for as the days grow shorter and colder.

The Apple Pie That Papa Baked

Lauren Thompson and Jonathan Bean

$19.99 $18.39

"The Apple Pie that Papa Baked" is a cumulative story in which a Papa--with the help of the earth, sun, and rain--makes pies for his little one (like my hubby does for us!).

The Snowy Day

Ezra Jack Keats

$7.99 $7.35

Nothing says winter quite like this snowy classic.

Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama

Selina Alko

$16.98 $15.62

We want our little one to know many holiday traditions. Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama book does a nice job of introducing the idea of blending family and holiday traditions.

Los pasteles de Abuela

Luis E. Ramos Cruz, Raquel Alamo Feliciano, et al.

$9.99

TO READ: Time to add a new book to the our Boricua Navidad collection! This one dives into making one of my favorite holiday dishes -- pasteles. Yum!

Too Many Tamales

Gary Soto and Ed Martinez

$8.99 $8.27

TO READ: Our MexiRican home wouldn't be complete without books about pasteles AND tamales.

A Piñata in a Pine Tree: A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas

Pat Mora and Magaly Morales

$17.99 $16.55

TO READ: I can see this song becoming a go to in our house.

My Little Donkey / Mi Burrito

Susie Jaramillo

$14.99

Tuki tuki tuki! It wouldn't be Navidad without el niñito y su burrito making their way to visit el niñito Jesus.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Charles M. Schulz and Scott Jeralds

$7.99 $7.35

I'm a sucker for that Charlie Brown tree (I set up a small one on our bookshelf each year), so our holiday book collection wouldn't be complete without this classic.

5 More Sleeps 'til Christmas

Jimmy Fallon and Rich Deas

$18.99 $17.47

We love Fallon's Mama & Dada books, and this Christmas book was a hit last season. Perfect way to count down to Santa Claus' arrival.

Merry Christmas, Daniel Tiger!

Angela C Santomero and Jason Fruchter

$6.99 $6.43

Perfect for the preschool set and Daniel Tiger fans.

Fa La La/Tra-La-La

Leslie Patricelli

$6.99 $6.43

Another cute board book for the littles.

My First Kwanzaa

Karen Katz

$7.99 $7.35

We want our little one to know about many holiday traditions, and are excited to teach him about the seven principles of Kwanza which are valuable to reflect upon and practice all year long. Here's a simple intro to the holiday for the youngest kiddos.

Shante Keys and the New Year's Peas

Gail Piernas-Davenport and Marion Eldridge

$7.99 $7.35

This rhyming picture book follows Shanté Keys as she searches for black eyed peas. On her adventures, she learns all about her neighbor's New Year's traditions from around the world. As a bonus for my MexiRican comelibrito, eating grapes at midnight (like they do in Puerto Rico and Mexico) is included!

Tres Reyes Magos: Colors - Colores

Patty Rodriguez, Ariana Stein, et al.

$9.99 $9.19

Traditionally in Puerto Rico Dia de Los Reyes (Three Kinds Day - 1/6) was the big gift giving day. While in some ways Christmas (and Santa Clause) have taken over in that department, families still celebrate the visit of the Three Magi. Instead of leaving out milk and cookies, children leave out a glass of water and a shoe box full of grass for the Wise Men's camellos (or caballos depending on who you ask). In the morning they find their gifts from Los Reyes waiting. This book bring a little bit of that Reyes Magos magic into your little one's life!