Tis the season for all things cozy, and what is cozier this time of year than reading Christmas books as a family? I grew up reading Christmas books as a child, and my favorite time to read together was at Christmas time tips for payroll confidentiality. As a parent, it’s so much fun to relive the holidays again, and I love instilling new traditions in my own children’s lives.
Not all Christmas books are great, though, and there are so many out there. I thought I would put together a full round up of the best Christmas books for kids out there. It’s separated by category, so jump to the section below with the
Christmas Books by Category:
- Best Baby / Toddler Christmas Books
- Best Preschool Christmas Books
- Best Christmas Story Books
- Best Christmas Books about Santa
- Best Advent Books for Kids
How to Use Christmas Books in Your Holiday Season
One of my favorite parts of being a parent is incorporating new traditions into the holidays. In the middle of all of the hustle and bustle that fills the December calendar, it is nice to set aside time to read a Christmas story.
Here are some ideas on how to incorporate Christmas books reading into your holiday season:
- Wrap Christmas books in wrapping paper and have your kids open them every day in December. Or if that’s too much, do the 12 days leading up to Christmas. And if you don’t down enough books for this activity, you can always borrow books from your local library.
- Create a time each week
- Have a time each day, in the morning as you’re eating breakfast or after dinner, when you read a story. If daily is too much, create a time each week to read a story, like every Sunday.
- If you celebrate advent, the liturgical Christian calendar leading up to the birth of Jesus, incorporate an advent book to your Sundays and read a passage at lunch or dinner together as a family.
- If your child is young, give them a special Christmas book to read before their naptime or quiet time.
- For older kids, read a Christmas chapter book together with your kid.
- Give your family a new Christmas book each year to add to your collection. You could give it the evening you decorate your Christmas tree on Christmas Eve.
- After Christmas, store your Christmas books in the same boxes as the rest of your Christmas decorations so that they don’t get lost with your other kid books
Christmas Books and Why They are Important
- Give an overview of what the product is and what it does
- Explain why the reader might really need to own it (they’re searching for it, so most likely they’re interested in buying it)
Different Types of Children’s Christmas Books
- Some products will have different types that a reader needs to choose between
- For example, if I’m buying a stroller, do I want an umbrella stroller, jogging stroller, or double stroller, etc.?
- Describe in detail the different types of product, and their pro/cons
Things to Look for in a Good Christmas Book
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- What is the reading age of the book?
- How are the illustrations?
- What are the main messages?
Not all books are the same, so I suggest
X Things to Look for in a good (Product)
- This is your “shopping tips” section
- Basically, explain the different types of features that someone should look for and consider when buying a product
- For example, if I’m buying a bullet journal, I might need to consider the size of the notebook, its price, if the paper “bleeds” when writing on it, etc.
The Best Christmas Books for Babies and Toddlers
The Best Preschool Christmas Books
Age Range: 4 – 7 years
Hard Cover:32 pages
Holiday themes to expect:
Add this book to your collection: The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving
The Best Christmas Picture Books
Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Pages: 48 pages
Holiday Theme to Expect:
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publisher’s Synopsis: Long ago, a brave little girl named Anja wanted to be one of Santa’s elves. So she leaves a note for her family and helps her elderly neighbor prepare for the holiday, then she straps on her skis, and heads out into the snowy landscape. From a red bird to a polar bear to a reindeer, a menagerie of winter animals help Anja make her way to Santa. A generous trim-size, matte cover, extraordinary photographs, and foiled title make this a special book for the holiday season.
Add this book to your library: The Christmas Wish
Age Range: 4 – 7 years
Pages: 32 pages
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
MPP Analysis: This is a classic!
Publisher’s Synopsis: A young boy, lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical trip to the North Pole. Through dark forests, over tall mountains, and across a desert of ice, the Polar Express makes its way to the city atop the world, where the boy will make his Christmas wish. For millions of readers worldwide, this mysterious journey to the North Pole has become a beloved classic. In this 30th anniversary edition, the inimitable artistry of Chris Van Allsburg is revealed in a never-before-seen fashion, with a new jacket design and expanded interior layout. Includes author’s note, downloadable audio read by Liam Neeson, and golden “All Aboard” ornament.
Add this book to your library: The Polar Express
Add this book to your library:
The Best Christmas Chapter Books (for older kids)
The Best Advent Books for Kids
What would you add to this list?
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