My Favorite Christmas Books for Kids

December 4, 2019

Since we only bring out these books in December, it’s like pouring through old familiar friends. My kids will spend hours looking through these, and I thought it would be helpful to list out some favorites!​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  1. Holly & Ivy – This one tops my list. A beautiful adoption story with pages illustrated to ignite the imagination with all the senses of Christmastime.
  2. Secrets of Winter – This is more of a fun interactive book that story. You use a flashlight to find the hidden animals hibernating for winter.
  3. Advent Storybook – 24 mini stories you can read daily leading up to Christmas about a little bear and his long journey to Bethlehem and the characters he meets along the way.
  4. The Jolly Christmas Postman – Another all time favorite. Classic rhyme characters woven together through the jolly postman who delivers mail to someone familiar on each page. The pages have pockets with little interactive elements like a puzzle, look through book, etc.
  5. The Polar Express – The illustrations make the story come alive. A perfect picture book for any age.
  6. Lucia Morning in Sweden – I love learning about different culture’s traditions, so this is a great book about the Swedish tradition of St. Lucia on December 13th.
  7. I Spy Christmas – Growing up my siblings and I would always do I Spy together, and it’s fun to see my kids start to do the same. This one is a more challenging one for older ages.
  8. The Mitten – I love Jan Beret as an author and illustrator, and this is just a sweet story about the mitten that grew enough to keep several animals warm from the snow.
  9. The Donkey’s Dream – This seems to be out of print, which is why it’s pricier. It is a beautiful story from the donkey’s perspective that carried Mary to Bethlehem.
  10. The Nativity – A great option for babies and 1 year olds. It’s a touch and feel book about the Nativity.
  11. Can You See What I See? – Another great I spy option that is geared more for the 4+ age range.
  12. Silent Night – A sweet book about the night of Christmas through the song of Silent Night.
  13. There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell – This series makes my kids giggle so hard, so of course they loved the Christmas version!
  14. Get Ready for Chrismtas
  15. A Christmas Wish for Corduroy – I’ve always loved Corduroy, and this is one that Azelie (3 yrs old) really loves as well.
  16. The Night of His Birth – ***Update: Didn’t love the depiction in this one. Apologies if you ordered it! ***I just ordered this one! I loved the illustrations, and I know for Veronica this will really draw her in to the story of the first Christmas.
  17. The Night of Los Posadas – I come from a Spanish/Mexican background, and Los Posadas is a big tradition in the Mexican culture so I wanted my children to know and understand it as well.
  18. Maurice Sendak’s Nutcracker – Little Bear Forever! This book is by the same illustrator, so immediately loved this version of The Nutcracker.
  19. It’s Christmastime Little one – My friend Ashley just came out with this one and I can’t wait to read it! A faith based story about taking a step back from the business of the holidays to understand the real meaning behind it all.

What are some others you enjoy? We add one or two to the basket each year so I would love to hear:)

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  • We love secrets of winter in our house! It’s one of our kid’s favorites!

  • We love Mr. Willoughby’s Christmas Tree! One of our favorites!!

  • Have you read the No David! series? My kids love to read books about misbehavior…probably so they don’t feel alien, ha! Anyways, there’s a Christmas version. It’s Christmas, David!

    It’s Christmas, David! (David Books [Shannon])

  • Such a beautiful article, I love it!

  • Van Orians

    I like Jan Brett’s illustrations. I enjoyed looking at The Twelve Days of Christmas. These books have rhymes: Mr Willowby’s Christmas Tree and Twinkle, Twinkle Christmas Star. Luckily, Mr Willowby’s is a popular book and can be found at any public library. I found a boardbook of Twinkle, Twinkle Christmas Star at Goodwill.

  • Love Jan Brett books! When I was pregnant with my son (13 years ago *sniff) my mother in law took me to a meet and greet book signing with her at our local Wegman’s. She signed my Gingerbread Friends book for me and gave us all a glimpse as to how she illustrated her books and a bit of back story. Everything she drew was from her (farm) home. Those were her own chickens! And the mice that she would see in her home! All the animals she drew based on what she saw around her property on a daily basis. It was just pretty cool to see/hear and now I have this lovely book that my son still has and a cool story to go with it. Great book by the way.

  • Sara Guidry

    I ordered the Christmas book called The Night of His Birth. I will be returning it. I do not like the way the author depicted Sts. Anne and Joachim as angry and ashamed with Mary. I don’t believe they were that way at all. I believe that they knew scripture and , more importantly, they knew their daughter. She was holy and special. They wouldn’t have been angry or ashamed. They would have been supportive and loving. This confused my daughter who read it before I did.

  • We love “Who is Coming to Our House” by Joseph Slate — especially for the toddlers 🙂

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