Surely, you’ve covered The Night Before Christmas in your seasonal reading, but you may have missed these picture books which focus on after Christmas.
My Penguin Osbert
by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, illustrated by H.B. Lewis
Joe gets a penguin for Christmas from Santa after years of misunderstandings, but having a penguin turns out to be a lot of work. The feeding, the cold baths, the mounds of smelly fish - it’s a real problem. It’s also not an ideal situation for the penguin, so Joe does what is best for both of them. The “be careful what you wish for” message is handled with humor and grace. The illustrations and story make it brilliant.
by Nick Butterworth
Two mice would have happy barnyard lives, but are constantly bullied by the Cat. When they make Christmas stockings out of glove fingers, the mean feline puts up a note to Santa saying they went away for the holidays. Drat! They decide to teach cat a lesson, that involves a noisy jingle bell. A twist on the idea of the gift, where the present they give the cat is actually much better for the mice. Lovely illustrations with great details and a fun story.
by Mike Reiss, illustrated by David Catrow
You may be surprised that Noelle isn’t happy with her Christmas pony or fancy dinner, but it soon becomes understandable when you find that she lives in a town where it is Christmas every day. Well, except for the one glorious day when it’s Un-Christmas and the mail comes and the kids go to school and everyone eats frozen dinners. Silly, funny, and yet with just a touch of message for kids who need to hear why Christmas comes just once a year.