There’d be no better time of year than Christmas. A lot of things changed for us before we had our daughter, but our holidays were different. We had cozy parties, read good books, and felt the crisp air and crunchy snow.
It has changed since we had our daughter. December has changed. And now that we can re-live the magic of Santa and the North Pole, it’s even better!
This year, we’re going to buy a lot of Christmas books for toddlers for our now 2-year-old. A lot of cute story books have been on my shelf this year. I can’t wait to show them off in a book advent calendar, stocking, and Christmas Eve box.
I’m very excited about all of the books I’ve already read. However, the books I have and the Christmas projects I have planned are all a little too old for most babies.
That said, I don’t want to leave the youngest kids out of the party. So I put this list together because I enjoy reading Christmas books.
So, grab a mug of hot chocolate and a warm blanket and do that. In front of your Christmas tree, snuggle up with a good book this season.
Fantastic Christmas Books for Babies
Spot’s First Christmas
As a parent, you can use this story to get your child excited about Christmas. When Spot wants to get ready for Christmas, he does everything he can. This board book tells that story. He decorates the tree, wraps gifts, and sings Christmas songs, too. When my daughter was 7 months old to 15 months old, she loved the original Where’s Spot book. It made our list of the best books for babies. There are also lift the flaps that kids love and a simple story. This holiday version has them all. If you want to buy a paperback copy, we already have one. A board book would be better for babies and toddlers, as well.
There was a time when my daughter didn’t get tired of Dear Zoo. She laughed at every single one. Christmas is a time for giving, so Dear Santa is a Christmas version of Dear Zoo. Your child will be excited to lift the flaps to see different gifts like a ball and a kite. It’s a classic Christmas book for babies, and it’s great to read on Christmas Eve. The last flap reveals the best gift to leave under the tree.
Sandra Boynton’s Christmas Parade & Merry Christmas Little Pookie
As far as I know, babies and young toddlers love Sandra Boynton’s board books! Music, rhymes, and onomatopoeia are all in these two board books for kids. They’ll have a great time at Christmas with these two bright and fun books. It’s going to be fun for older babies and toddlers to see pictures of different animals with different instruments as they march in the Christmas Parade. Little Pookie will help them get excited for Christmas by going through all the fun Christmas preparations with Pookie and his mom. They’re both fun things to do when you have a baby around.
The Itsy Bitsy Snowman and The Itsy Bitsy Reindeer
There are two Christmas-themed stories that follow their happy and cheerful main characters on their own Christmas journeys with pictures and text that’s easy for the youngest of kids to understand. “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” I also have this on my toddler Christmas book list, because my toddler loves the Itsy Bitsy Spider, so I put this on my list. If you buy these books now, they should last you through the first Christmas season, and maybe even a few more Christmases down the road, too.
Five Christmas Penguins
They made my list, too, but for different reasons. Children younger than two years old will enjoy this book about Christmas because it has bright and simple illustrations and a rhythmic, sing-songy story. I like this book because it’s a good way to get kids excited about Christmas (and counting).
Little Blue Truck Christmas
His favorite show is this one, and we have a lot of them. In the beginning, when she was very young, we read the books to her. She still likes them now that she’s 2.5 years old, though she’s been reading more modern books in their place instead of the originals (Little Blue Truck Leads the Way, etc). As a parent, I love how rhythmic these books are when they are read at a quick pace. Babies, too, love this. These books have fun pictures, and I think they do a good job of getting baby’s attention.
Santa’s Workshop and Babies Love Christmas Lift-a-Flap Set
This holiday board book set is the perfect size for little hands. It will take your baby on a journey to the North Pole, where they can peek under the sturdy lift-flaps to see all of the magical and fun things that happen in Santa’s home. It will be fun for them to learn different Christmas words with flaps to peek under.
Baby’s First Slide and See Christmas
This sturdy board book is full of bright and cheery illustrations that bring the Holidays to life. There are a lot of slides that can be easily moved to open up fun surprises. Baby can use the sliders, touch raised surfaces and textures, and look for different things on each page to interact with the book. There isn’t much of a story, but the pictures are very interesting. Use it with your baby and you can ask a lot of open-ended questions, point out emotions and colors and words that you can use, and more! One of the most fun Christmas books for the very youngest kids!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Christmas 1,2,3 and Merry Christmas From the Very Hungry Caterpillar
In the Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Christmas 1,2,3, your child will have a lot of fun counting through all of the fun and festive Christmas items, all the way to 10. This book has a lot to offer older babies, but younger ones will enjoy the Eric Carle art and Christmas words. You’ll find simple but meaningful Christmas stories and unique illustrations in this book. It shows everything from a decked-out tree to giving gifts. Readers of all ages will enjoy the book’s rhythmic prose, as well as some of the messages.
Curious George: Curious About Christmas
This book is great for older babies and younger toddlers because it has classic Curious George antics, sweet and simple rhymes, and a lot of things to touch and feel. It’s fun to look at ribbons, reindeer fur, a Christmas tree, and Santa’s beard, but there are a lot more. The story is good for babies and kids who are a little older, because it has simple rhymes and rhythm that are easy to read aloud. To start with, this book shows how to get ready for Christmas. Then it ends on Christmas Eve and then Christmas Day, with Santa Claus as a character your baby is sure to love.
Where’s Santa Claus?
This board book is great for little hands because it’s like a game of Christmas peek-a-boo or hide and seek. Each character hides behind a felt flap. People who have young kids will enjoy looking behind each flap, and parents will like that it’s a durable book. Babies can play, but they don’t need to follow along with a long story or read too many books to do so, so it’s easy. A fun way to learn about Santa Claus!
Usborne Touchy Feely “That’s Not My…” Three Book Christmas Set
That’s Not My Reindeer, That’s Not My Santa, and That’s Not My Snowman are some of the books in this box set. They are all touch and feel books about Christmas. All three books have simple text for word recognition and silly descriptions for a wide range of textures that make sense. A lovely addition to the holiday season, and a good thing for your baby to play with.