I suppose it says something about my immediate family that no one in it is under twenty and yet there were still several children's picture books given out this Christmas. Among these were...
The Milkman written by Carol Foskett Cordsen, illustrated by Douglas B. Jones. Cordsen's rhyming sentence fragments read aloud well. While a few of the phrases may be unfamiliar to young children, they should become obvious in the context of Douglas' illustrations. The illustrations are uber-nostalgic (and reminiscent of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel). Young readers will love watching for the milkman's cat and the "missing" puppy.
Ten Minutes till Bedtime by Peggy Rathman (of Goodnight, Gorilla and Officer Buckle and Gloria fame). This is one of those "short" bedtime stories that can take forever to read, especially if you want to count all the little hamsters, and heck, I know I do!
Loud Emily written by Alexis O'Neill, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter. I imagine that this story could cause some trouble when parents say, "Use your indoor voice" ("But Emily's loud, and she saved everyone from being smashed to bits!"), but I love that this book is about a young girl who speaks up (quite literally) and finds her place in the world. Also, the story follows the deliciously bizarre logic of children's-picture-book world, and Carpenter's American folk-style illustrations are the perfect expression for Emily's outlandish adventures.