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Christmas is just around the corner! We love Christmas and all things winter! One of our favorite ways to celebrate Christmas is by reading Christmas picture books. We read a couple of books each night leading up to Christmas Day.
The list of 30+ Christmas Picture Books are perfect for read-alouds. They are also great for budding readers who are just beginning to practice reading on their own or with someone. The books are about Christmas themes. Some of the books have the added bonus of including counting. And a few even give a brief history of Christmas.
30+ Christmas Picture Books
The Night Before Christmas illustrated by Charles Santore – The classic Christmas poem by Moore is beautifully illustrated. Preschool and up
Night Tree by Eve Bunting – A family’s unusual tradition brings to life the true spirit of Christmas. Preschool – 3rd grade
Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin – In this rockin’ new spin on the traditional tale The Night Before Christmas, Pete the Cat proves that giving your all in the spirit of Christmas is the totally groovy thing to do. Preschool – 3rd grade
How to Catch Santa by Jean Reagan – Two sibling narrators give clever tips for “catching” Santa on Christmas Eve. Preschool – 3rd grade
Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson – Bears friends try to keep Bear up for Christmas. Preschool – 3rd grade
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss – The classic, heartwarming story about the effects of the Christmas spirit. Preschool – 3rd grade
Merry Christmas, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt – Stinky Face has lots of questions about Christmas luckily his mom can answer them. Preschool
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell! by Lucille Colandro – In this wacky Christmas version the hungry old lady swallows everything from gifts to reindeer. Preschool
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg – A young boy takes a magical trip to the North Pole on the Polar Express to make his Christmas wish. Preschool – 3rd grade
A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz – Discover the true meaning of Christmas with Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang. Preschool and up
Pete the Cat’s 12 Groovy Days of Christmas by James Dean – A cool-cat spin on a well-known Christmas carol. Preschool – 3rd grade
I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas by John Rox illustrated by Bruce Whatley – The classic song accompanied by wonderful illustrations. Preschool – 3rd grade
Weird But True Christmas by National Geographic Kids – 300 wacky facts, stats, tidbits, and traditions about Christmas. 3rd – 7th grade
The Christmas Wish by Lori Evert – Anja wants to be one of Santa’s elves along her journey to Santa a menagerie of winter animals help her. Preschool – 2nd grade
The Reindeer Wish by Lori Evert – The third story in the series, Anja is back this time with a reindeer she has raised and is now taking to join Santa’s reindeer. Preschool – 2nd grade
A Wish to Be A Christmas Tree by Colleen Monroe – An overgrown pine tree wishes to be a Christmas tree and his animal friends help him out. Preschool – 1st grade
Clifford’s Christmas by Norman Bridwell – Emily Elizabeth and Clifford celebrate Christmas time. Preschool – Kindergarten
Junie B., First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! by Barbara Park – Room One is doing lots to celebrate but how can Junie B. enjoy any of it with Tattletale May ruining her fun? 1st – 4th grade
A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig – Recounts the adventures of young Nicholas, who will grow up to become Father Christmas. 3rd – 7th grade
The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig – Amelia’s unconditional belief empowers Father Christmas enough to perform his first Christmas but what happens when Amelia is a prisoner and no longer believes in magic? 3rd – 7th grade
Father Christmas and Me by Matt Haig – When the very jealous Easter Bunny launches an attack to ruin Christmas, it’s up to Amelia, her family and the elves to fight off the forces of evil. 4th – 7th grade
Merry Christmas, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff – Mouse decorates his Christmas tree in a holiday counting adventure. Preschool
Pig the Elf by Aaron Blabey – Pig the greedy little pug expects Santa to deliver each item on his lengthy list. Preschool – Kindergarten
The Blacksmith’s Gift: A Christmas Story by Dan T. Davis – Santa a Norwegian carpenter is asked to build a dollhouse for the blacksmith’s daughter and he discovers his life’s purpose. 3rd grade & up
An Orphan’s Promise: A Christmas Story by Dan T. Davis – Ruby comes to learn toymaking from Santa who normally mentors orphan boys in his toyshop. 2nd – 3rd grade
A Carpenter’s Legacy: A Christmas Story by Dan T. Davis – A doctor and his friend who were both part of the orphans taught toy making by Mr. Kloss deliver toys to a children’s hospital. 2nd grade & up
The Story of the Nutcracker Ballet by Deborah Hautzig – Retails the story of the popular ballet, in which a little girl travels with the Nutcracker Prince to the Land of Sweets. Preschool – 2nd grade
Pinkalicious: Merry Pinkmas! by Victoria Kann – Join Pinkalicious as she celebrates Christmas. Preschool – 3rd grade
How Santa Got His Job by Stephen Krensky – When Santa was young no one was looking for a man in a red suit to deliver gifts on Christmas. So Santa tried just about every job. Preschool – 3rd grade
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – The classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come. 3rd grade & up
The Legend of St. Nicholas: A Story of Christmas Giving by Dandi Daley Mackall – Nicholas spent his life secretly helping the poor all over the world, giving gifts on Christmas Eve to remind people of the greatest Gift of all, Jesus Christ. Preschool – 2nd grade
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Rick Bunsen – Retelling of the classic 1964 holiday TV special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Preschool – 1st grade
Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas by Jane O’Connor – Nancy is especially excited about decorating the Christmas tree. But when things don’t turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? Preschool – 3rd grade
Eloise at Christmastime by Kay Thompson – Deck the halls of The Plaza Hotel with tinsel and holly, singing fa la la la lolly with the very special little girl who lives there—Eloise! Preschool – 3rd grade
The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving by Jan & Mike Berenstain – The Bear cubs learn a very valuable lesson about the joy of giving to others. Preschool – 2nd grade
Merry Christmas, Curious George by H. A. Rey – The excitable Curious George gets carried away while in a tree to the local children’s hospital, where his tree trimming antics cheer the children and he gets to meet a jolly man in a bright red suit. Preschool – 3rd grade
Christmas Mice by Richard Scarry – Two little mice who’ve discovered the candy, dolls, and even a race car that Santa brought. Preschool – Kindergarten
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Do you have any fun Christmas picture books to recommend to us for next time? Share them in the comments below!
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