This fantastic collection of Christmas books for kids is well-rounded and picked for toddlers, preschoolers, and big kids. Reading encourages your little ones to get used to letters and how they form words, which is incredible for literacy later in life. Check out these books for some festive fun!
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Bear Stays Up for Christmas
Have you read this classic, Bear Stays Up for Christmas? Bear is ready to hibernate for the winter, and his animal friends insist he stays awake.
A World of Cookies for Santa
Take a trip around the globe to discover how families leave Christmas cookies for Santa. A World of Cookies for Santa is a great way to introduce kids to different cultures and traditions during the holidays.
BOB and 6 More Christmas Stories
Sandra Boynton is another favorite author of mine. Her books are short and playful— this one, BOB and 6 More Christmas Stories is a fun collection for toddlers and early preschoolers.
Is there an Eric Carle book I don’t love? The answer is no. I enjoy them all! Dream Snow is another hit from a favorite author.
Little Blue Truck’s Christmas
Yep. This children’s book is on top of the list for a reason. We love it! Little Blue Truck’s Christmas is a mix of rhythm and counting. Blue heads out to town to deliver Christmas trees.
How to Catch a Gingerbread Man
I love this book! How to Catch a Gingerbread Man is all about a gingerbread man who has come to life and gets up to all sorts of mischief with fairy tale creatures. You have to try and catch him (if you can!) by the end of the book!
Pick a Pine Tree
Red and Lulu
This Christmas book for kids takes me back to my childhood. I love seeing New York City covered in wintery lights through the eyes of Red and Lulu.
Jan Brett’s books always leave me in awe. Her illustrations are detailed and bring on lots of discussions. In The Mitten the best part is little sneak peeks that help makes predictions about what will happen next.
The Polar Express
We watched The Polar Express 500 times a few years in a row. It was a FAVORITE. Including this picture book in our collection was a must.
The Night Before Christmas
When I was a child, we read this book every year on Christmas Eve. Fitting since the book is called, The Night Before Christmas. Now I have my classic edition to read to my children as well.
This children’s book is a wordless story that creates lots of conversation with kids— The Snowman is a great book to snuggle in after a long day and connect.
The Snowy Day
As a teacher, I read this book every year and continue to read it to my children. The Snowy Day is a winter tale makes us feel like we are walking through a winter wonderland.
Snowmen at Christmas
Just like the snowman at night, this is another fun and simple tale about what snowmen do after the sun goes down—Snowmen at Christmas is a whimsical Christmas book for kids.
The Christmas Owl
This book starts with a little owl losing their tree – but stay with me! After not wanting much to do with Christmas they find a new home with a lovely woman who has lots of birds! The Christmas Owl is a beautiful heartwarming favorite and a great one for the holidays.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Pick a Pine Tree and Red and Lulu are beautiful books for six year olds to read preparing for Christmas.
Bear Stays Up, Dream Snow, and Little Blue Truck’s Christmas are three of my four-year-old’s favorite books for the holidays.
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