OUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS PICTURE BOOKS [2023]

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One of my guilty pleasures is buying (too many) children’s books! Reading to your child not only supports language & cognitive development, but also provides a wonderful opportunity for bonding.

My child certainly has his favorites that he wants me to read to him over and over again. Every month, I love to switch up the books on his shelves. The Christmas picture books list includes books that beautifully capture the magic of the holiday season. Don’t forget to emphasize the gift of giving and the value of friends and family.

Please note: My son is currently 3 years old, so this book selection is primarily suitable for toddlers.

THE MOST WONDERFUL GIFT IN THE WORLD

The Most Wonderful Gift in the World is a heartwarming Christmas tale about the magic of friendship. Bear and Esme find a present under the tree that doesn’t belong to them. So the two go on a difficult journey to bring the gift to Little Bunny Boo-Boo. In the end, they all discover what the real present is- the gift of friendship! [Hardcover]

Santa Post

In Santa Post by Emma Yarlett a little girl named Amy writes Santa a letter telling him what she would like for Christmas, but there is a hole in her letter so he can’t figure it out! He asks his elves, Mr. Polar Bear and the reindeer to help him give Amy what she really wants for Christmas. This book is engaging with it’s fun illustrations and letters/parcels to hopen. [Hardcover]

SANTA AND THE GOODNIGHT TRAIN

In Santa and the Goodnight Train by June Sobel readers go on a magical train ride to the North Pole. Along the way they see a winter wonderland, a tasty gingerbread town, and snowy woods full squirrels. I love that this book has fun sounds effects and beautiful illustrations. [Board Book]

P.S. This is Christmas companion to The Goodnight Train and The Goodnight Train Rolls On! 

NIBBLES: CHRISTMAS

Nibbles Christmas by Emma Yarlett is a great Christmas book to practice counting. Children will follow Nibbles as he chomps his way through the book until they reach a special gift at the end. Readers can count objects like robots, stars, soldiers and balloons because each page has a number and counts down from ten. Check out all the books from the Nibbles Series! [Board Book]

BEAR STAYS UP FOR CHRISTMAS

In Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson his animal friends are determined to keep Bear awake for Christmas. They help them find a Christmas tree, bake cakes, hang up stockings, and sing Christmas songs. The ending will warm your heart because it emphasizes the joy of giving and loving friendships. Check out all the books from the Bear Book Series! [Hardcover]

5 MORE SLEEPS ‘TIL CHRISTMAS

5 More Sleeps ’til Christmas by Jimmy Fallon beautifully captures a child’s excitement as he counts down the days until Christmas. The short rhyming text makes it fun to read and the vivid illustrations bring the pages to life. Every night the boy struggles to fall asleep and every night something magical happens once he does. At the end, when Christmas finally arrives, he starts his countdown all over again. [Hardcover]

SANTA MOUSE

Santa Mouse by Michael Brown is a classic book from my childhood and I love that I can now read it to my son. It is about a mouse who loves Christmas and on Christmas Eve he surprises Santa Claus with a most unusual present. This leads to him becoming Santa’s special helper. There is a cute little song at the end of the book! [Hardcover]

THE LITTLE REINDEER

In The Little Reindeer by Nicola Killen a little girl is woken up from her sleep by a jingling sound on Christmas Eve. She follows the sound outside and into a forest where she meets a lost reindeer. They set off on a magical adventure and it becomes a Christmas never to forget. This is such a magical story illustrated with red foil highlights and interactive die cuts. [Hardcover]

Books and stories open up a whole new world to your child. Take the opportunity to have conversations with them about the book you are reading. Make stories fun and engaging by changing your voice and making sounds. Do you have any favorite books that you’re reading during the holiday season? Tell me about them!

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