With a little more than a month until Christmas, it’s time to start thinking about tying those Christmas traditions into books for your kids. My family has been collecting Christmas books for kids since my oldest daughter was a baby. We read all of these every year and really love them. Whether you pick them up to include on your bookshelf all the time or grab them from the library.
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Christmas Books for Kids – Picture Books
Emily’s Perfect Christmas Tree by Catherine Christensen is an adorable book that takes you through finding the perfect tree until Emily discovers that there is more to the Christmas spirit than finding the perfect tree.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Thea Feldman is a classic that brings back memories from our own childhoods.
Merry Christmas, Little Critter by Mercer Mayer is nothing short of fun. There are flaps for kids to lift up and reveal whats underneath! Mercer Mayer has been bringing wonderfully written and illustrated stories for decades.
Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson is a cute book about Bear trying to stay up for Christmas. We all know that Bear should be hibernating though! This is a wonderfully written and illustrated book.
A Christmas Wish For Corduroy by B. G. Hennessy is a classic throwback to the Corduroy many of us knew as kids. This story gives us a sense of perseverance and hope.
God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Tawn Bergen is a sweet story of young cub wondering who invented Christmas. Follow along with this story to help kids celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.
The Christmas Miracle by Jonathan Toomey
How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas by Jane Yolen is a super cute book with amazing lessons on how to behave during the Christmas season for kids.
Home For Christmas by Jan Brett wrote this book to teach children about the importance of pitching in and doing their part. With a mischevious character that your kids will be able to relate to this book will undoubtedly bring joy this year.
The Christmas Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood is about enjoying moments during Christmas in the quiet. With all of the noise around this massive holiday this is a great reminder. The illustrations are equally fantastic.
Madeline’s Christmas by Ludwig Bemelmans is a book about sweet Madeline who is determined to make the sick little girls forget their woes and still enjoy Christmas.
Olivia Helps With Christmas by Ian Falconer is a great book all about Olivia helping the family get ready for Christmas and the joys that come with it. This is a fun book!
How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Suess is a classic that will bring back memories for you if you read this with your kiddos.
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs is a different take on children’s books. This book is completely illustrated and wordless. It’s beautiful and gives kids the opportunity to make their own story up as they flip through the beautiful pages.
Dream Snow by Eric Carle is yet another book by this author that cannot be recreated. A farmer fell asleep imagining a snowstorm and wakes up to a snowy day.
The Christmas Wish by Lori Evert is a cute story about a sweet girl that sets out to find Santa and ends up getting help from animals along the way.
Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg is a classic book about a boy on a magical trip to the North Pole. A must have for any Christmas bookshelf!
The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore is a classic that you must have to read on the Christmas Eve.
A Wish To Be A Christmas Tree by Colleen Monroe is a book about a pine tree that has always wanted to be a Christmas tree. This story is sure to become a family favorite since it’s weaved with elements of friendship.
A Charlie Brown Christmas by Tina Gallo is a must have Charlie Brown book that features the classic characters helping Charlie figure out the true meaning of Christmas.
The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston is a wondefully written story about the power of family.
Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin is a must have book if you’re a fan of Pete. Pete always has great lessons for children weaved throughout his songs.
That’s it. These are all wonderful Christmas books for kids that can spread joy and teach simple life lessons. Teaching our kids valuable lessons and getting them involved in our family traditions can be fun.
If you need help figuring out how to stock your bookshelf you should check out my friends book The Intentional Bookshelf. I wrote about how we use books to guide our children and parent them. You can also check out Sam over at Addison Reads and The Intentional Book Club.
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