Christmas in our house wouldn’t be complete without celebrating books! I love gathering all of our holiday picture books into an enormous basket and reading them over and over throughout the holiday season!
I put together a list of my 10 favorite holiday picture books for young children that will guarantee hours of reading. It was difficult to narrow down this list, so trust me when I say these books will be amazing additions to your collection!
Santa Bruce is hands down the BEST new book of the holiday season! If you’re already a fan of the Mother Bruce series, this book will quickly become another favorite in your book collection. Both children and adults will enjoy another hilarious tale about Bruce who once again has had another case of mistaken identity as Santa. Ryan’s creative and beautiful illustrations fill each page and make this a book that can’t be missed.
This story follows Santa’s sleigh on a Christmas journey around the world, and is guaranteed to spark conversations about how different cultures celebrate Christmas. As a bonus, the last few pages include recipes for sweet treats to try at home!
Books that you can sing are the best. The 12 days of Christmas is such a classic, and Greg Pizzoli’s new book uses brilliant illustrations to transform it into a whimsical and hilarious tale. This book is guaranteed to create serious belly laughs, as mayhem unfolds in the illustrations.
A clever and hilarious rendition of the classic “Gingerbread Man” story. When the Gingerbread man discovers that he doesn’t taste good, it sends him into a whirlwind to find a new identity before Christmas. Not only does this story celebrate Christmas, but also focuses on friendship and accepting who you are.
New to bookshelves, this book is easily one of our favorites. It’s about two cardinals that are the best of friends and live in an Evergreen tree. When their beloved tree is chosen for Rockefeller Center’s Christmas extravaganza, the birds are separated. Not only does this story celebrate the magic of Christmas, but also the power of love and friendship. Paired with beautiful illustrations, this book will quickly have a special place in your Christmas stack.
Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht
A magical book that brings the joys of Christmas to life with rhyming words and beautiful illustrations. It’s a book that highlights all of the special traditions families take part in ( picking out a tree, decorations etc.) that make Christmas such a wonderful time of year!
This book will bring back fond childhood memories. The best part is the scratch and sniff stickers that capture the magical smells of Christmas and are paired with beautiful, yet simple illustrations. It’s inevitable that this timeless story will continue to entrance young readers for many more decades.
A holiday book list wouldn’t be complete without this timeless story. Christmas can’t officially begin once we’ve read this book, or seen the movie. Polar Express is simply pure Christmas magic and easily the most treasured story in our collection.
Bulldoze into the holidays with another classic story from Sherri Duskey Rinker that’s the perfect book for children that love trucks and construction sites. In this book, the team is back together and getting ready for Christmas by building a special gift. But, as they each finish their special jobs, a present awaits for each member of the team! Not only is this story written in fun, rhyming text, but it also does a wonderful job of teaching children the importance of gratitude and being generous.
This hilarious book will have you in stitches. What kid doesn’t love to giggle about underwear? It’s Christmas Eve and Santa can’t find his special Christmas Eve underwear. Frantically, he tries on underwear from every other holiday, but nothing feels right. As an extension activity, kids will love devising suggestions for Santa, or even designing a new pair of underwear.
Kids and grown-ups will love this heartwarming tale about Santa’s Childhood, and how he fulfills his destiny to be the “man with the sack”. The vintage illustrations add to the magic of this tale, and readers will fall in love with his doting parents.
Nicola Killen has written a wondrous story about friendship between a lost reindeer and a little girl who embark on a magical nighttime forest adventure. Beautiful illuminated black, white and metallic illustrations make this heartwarming story come to life.
In this hilarious tale, bears friends try everything to keep him awake for Christmas before his long winter’s nap. Written in rhyme, a catchy refrain, and gorgeous illustrations young children also learn the value of true friendship.
What are some of your favorite holiday books?
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