Season of Light: A Christmas Picture Book

Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Sept. 2022. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780374314606.
K-Gr 2–Three diverse families express what is important to them during the Christmas season in this beautifully illustrated holiday picture book. Readers follow the families as they prepare for Christmas activities including caroling at an assisted living center, sharing stories, spending time with relatives, going to church, gathering for a potluck, and performing in a pageant. This book is very much about coming together as a community during the Christmas season. Each spread features simple text limited to two to four lines; the text also rhymes, so it could be easily used for story times. Certain words, such as light, faith, giving, and joy, are highlighted or bolded. The illustrations are colorful and beautifully rendered; items that glow have an aura about them, and music notes move from one page to another. Overall, this is a great title to include in holiday sections.
VERDICT With less focus on Santa and more on people coming together for the holiday, this is a lovely read for libraries to add to their Christmas collections.

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