Overview: Looking for Christmas books for preschoolers which will grab their attention and help them to learn the meaning of the season. You can’t go wrong here!
As Christmas approaches, one wonderful way to create lasting memories is to cuddle up on the couch and read books with your kiddos! Make the experience even more special by starting a fire in the fireplace, serving hot cocoa, and playing quiet Christmas music in the background. And if you really want to take the experience over the top, try baking some delicious Christmas cookies beforehand to fill the house with delightful smells as well.
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1 – Christmas in the Country by Cynthia Rylant & Diane Goode
Bringing immediacy to a nostalgic story, Rylant describes a snowy Christmas in a rural setting. From the tree (“It was the prettiest thing we had”) to the decorations retrieved from the closet (“Each ornament reminded me of my whole life”), this gentle, first-person narrative shimmers with affection. The text is well-matched with Goode’s humorous pen-and-ink and watercolor pictures. Though the illustrations present an idealized happy, busy, country house with snowy, woodsy exteriors and an integrated church and family groupings, the intensely personal text anchors the presentation and gives it credibility. A selection that holds up and retains interest after repeated readings. – School Library Journal
2 – Noisy Touchy-Feely Santa by Felicity Brooks & Sam Taplin
It’s almost Christmas and Santa is on his way! Children will love this sound book with sparkly embossed pages to feel. The sound panel brings each scene to life with Santa’s jolly laugh, his sleigh speeding through the sky, his boots crunching in the snow, the ticking of clocks and a rendition of Jingle Bells. Simple picture tabs allow children to find their favorite scenes quickly and easily.
3 – The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado
In this timeless bestseller, readers experience the tender love God has for those who feel alone and different. Joshua was a lamb with a crippled leg who felt left out because he couldn’t run and play like the other lambs. But God had a very special plan for Joshua’s life, as He does for all who feel alone. Readers can expect a gentle tug on their hearts as the little lamb’s prayers are answered in an amazing way.
4 – The Story of Baby Jesus by Mary Kelly
This is a delightful retelling of the story of the birth of Jesus. Follow Mary and Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem and celebrate the magic of the very first Christmas. These beautifully illustrated picture books give you a new look at classic stories, new and old. Stories are told from a childlike perspective.
5 – The Christmas Star by Marcus Pfister
Follow the shining star as it guides shepherds, kings, and all the animals of the forest to the stable where the Holy Child lies. By the author of Rainbow Fish.
6 – Nativity Flap Book by Sam Taplin
Help your child discover the magic of the very first Christmas by lifting the big flaps in this simple story of the Nativity.
7 – The Animals’ Christmas by Carol Helen Ward
As the bear and lion stand guard at the stable door, a charming cast of animals present their own unique gifts to the newborn Christ child, in a tender holiday book based on a medieval French carol.
8 – Pop-Up Twas the Night Before Christmas by Susanna Davidson
This classic Christmas poem is brought wonderfully to life with gorgeous artwork and stunning pops. Peek inside a cozy house, all ready for Christmas, marvel at Santa and his reindeer, flying across the sky and revel in the magic of Christmas
9 – The Donkey’s Christmas Song by Nancy Tafuri
A very special baby is born in a stable under a star, surrounded by friendly farmyard animals. The donkey wants to be the first to welcome the baby, but he is too shy. So the doves welcome him with their “Coo-coo,” the cow with her “Moo-moo,” and all the other animals in turn. Then, the baby welcomes the shy donkey with his own sweet smile. The donkey brays – “Hee-aw!” – and the baby laughs with joy! Then all snuggle around the baby and settle into sleep. This warm presentation of the first Christmas celebrates the wonder of a baby’s birth and welcomes all into the spirit of holiday joy.
10 – Santa Flap Book by Rosalind Bonnett
What present is Santa leaving under the tree? Lift the flaps and find out. With surprises on every page, this charming board book is the perfect introduction to the magic of Christmas!
11 – Candy Cane Christmas by Helen Haidle
Candy Cane Christmas invites children to know that candy canes remind us who Jesus is, why He was born, and what He did for us on the cross.
12 – The Twinkly, Twinkly Christmas Tree by Sam Taplin
This beautifully illustrated board book has lots of electric lights inside it for little children to discover. Mouse has no Christmas lights, so she sets out with her friend, Mole, to find some in the snowy forest. As the story unfolds and more friends join the adventure, there are more and more lights until Mouse finds a stunning Christmas tree at the end.
13 – Christmas in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Christmas has come to the Big Woods of Wisconsin! Laura and her family are excited to celebrate. When Laura’s cousins, aunt, and uncle arrive, they spend their time together eating sweets, playing in the snow, and reading. Their holiday celebrations are full of simple joys. The warm paintings by Renée Graef are inspired by Garth Williams’ classic illustrations and lovingly bring the Ingalls family to life.
14 – First Sticker Book Nativity by Felicity Brooks
Follow one of the most famous stories ever told with this interactive sticker book. There are dozens of different stickers to help complete the colorful scenes in this exciting sticker book.
15 – Lift-the-Flap Very First Questions and Answers: What is Snow? by Katie Daynes
What is snow? Why does it happen and when? Find the answer to these questions and much, much more with this beautiful flap book for young children.
Curious little children can lift over 30 flaps in each book to find the answers to many questions in this delightful series, with simple explanations and gorgeous illustrations on every page.
16 – The First Christmas Tree by Helen Haidle
This masterpiece of story and art tells the legend from long ago of the very first Christmas Tree. It is a story that is sure to delight children of all ages and bring joy and meaning to every Christmas season.
17 – Secrets of Winter (Shine-A-Light Book) by Carron Brown
Who is out and about during wintertime? Shine a light behind the pages and discover a natural winter world full of surprises!
18 – Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson
Bear’s friends are determined to keep Bear awake for Christmas! So they wake Bear up and have him help them find a Christmas tree, bake cakes, hang up stockings, and sing Christmas songs. Bear stays up—by discovering that giving is one of the best Christmas presents of all!
19 – Wipe-Clean Christmas Activities by Kirsteen Robson
Young children need plenty of practice when it comes to pen-control – an essential skill which they need to learn before they can write. This book encourages children to solve mazes, join the dots, and trace the dotted lines using the special pen provided, then wipe clean and repeat; all the activities are themed around the Christmas season! The wipe-clean pages provide lots of opportunities to practice as children can return to activities again and again. A fun and engaging way for young children to learn and develop essential skills.
20 – Poppy and Sam’s Little Wipe-Clean Christmas Activities by Sam Taplin
Join Poppy and Sam at Christmas for a mixture of simple, fun wipe-clean activities for young children. Including mazes, spot the difference, spotting, counting and tracing, this festive collection is a perfect present and also an excellent way to practice pen control.
21 – The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg
One dark November night a stranger rides into a small prairie town. Who is he? Why has he come? The townspeople wish he were a doctor, a dressmaker, or a trader. But the children have the greatest wish of all, a deep, quiet, secret wish. Then a young girl named Lucy befriends the newcomer. When he reveals his identity and shares with her the legend of the candy cane, she discovers the fulfillment of her wishes and the answer to her town’s dreams. Now, will she share what she has learned?
22 – Wombat Divine by Mem Fox
Wombat loves everything about Christmas–especially the Nativity play. He’s wanted to be in it for as long as he can remember. At last he’s old enough to try out. But at the auditions, the first part goes to someone else. So does the next. And the next . . . Will there be a part left for Wombat?
23 – Little Sparkly Christmas Sticker Book by Fiona Patchett
This magical activity book is filled with lots of Christmas scenes to decorate. Including extra-special sparkly stickers to decorate the pages. Add a little bit of fun to each scene with over 240 reusable stickers. The back page folds out to store stickers so you can create your own scenes again and again in these charming sticker books.
24 – A Child Was Born: A First Nativity by Grace Maccarone
Enhanced with watercolor illustrations, a read-aloud tale provides readers with the true story of how Christmas came to be with the birth of Jesus in the manger so many years ago.
25 – Little Sticker Dolly Dressing Christmas by Fiona Watt
A younger version of the bestselling Sticker Dolly Dressing series, which contains over 40 titles, Little Sticker Dolly Dressing is an endearing new series for children aged four and up; with gentle, attractive illustrations and simple text children can easily understand. These delightful little books have lots of characters for you to dress using beautiful and enchanting stickers. The back cover folds out so you can temporarily store spare stickers while you dress the dolls
26 – The Legend of the Christmas Tree by Pat Matuszak
Have you ever wondered how the evergreen tree first became a symbol of Christmas? This wonderful story about a family quite like yours is filled with beautiful illustrations that add a deep warmth and richness to the meaning behind one of our best-loved traditions—decorating the Christmas tree.
27 – How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
Grow your heart three sizes and get in on all of the Grinch excitement with the original How the Grinch Stole Christmas—the ultimate Dr. Seuss Christmas classic that no holiday season is complete without!
28 – The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
A young boy, lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical trip to the North Pole. Through dark forests, over tall mountains, and across a desert of ice, the Polar Express makes its way to the city atop the world, where the boy will make his Christmas wish. For millions of readers worldwide, this mysterious journey to the North Pole has become a beloved classic.
29 – The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
Laughs abound in this bestselling Christmas classic by Barbara Robinson! The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or “the worst kids in the history of the world.” The siblings take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared shepherds, and six rowdy kids.
30 – A Christmas Carol (young reader’s edition) by Charles Dickens
Remarkable, sumptuous artwork by top children’s illustrator Christian Birmingham enhances this faithful abridgement of the Dickens classic.
What are your favorite books to read around Christmas? I’d love to hear what your family enjoys reading year after year. Please leave a comment below.