Christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year! There is absolutely nothing like snuggling up in front of the lights of the Christmas tree and reading some Christmas books. And with little ones to share the excitement with, having some great Christmas books for toddlers and preschoolers is a must!
My mom has always given my children a new Christmas book every year, plus we check some out from the library, and I inevitably pick some up myself.
That being said, we have a LOT of Christmas books! Some of them are wonderful, and others aren’t so great. I did include some that I don’t love, so that I can give my feedback on them.
Today, I’m sharing with you my favorite Christmas books for toddlers and preschoolers… I hope you love them as much as we do!
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Construction Site on Christmas Night
If your kiddos are fans of the classic Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, or if they love construction vehicles, then they will love this Christmas version! The machines are finishing up after a busy day of working and settle down to sleep... with a Christmas surprise for each of them!
Tractor Mac Saves Christmas
We love the entire Tractor Mac collection, and Tractor Mac Saves Christmas is no exception! The town Christmas lighting celebration is in danger of being canceled due to a blizzard, but Tractor Mac and his pals save the day!
The Lost Gift: A Christmas Story
A group of animals is waiting and watching for Santa. When they see his sleigh go by, to their dismay, a present falls out! When they see that it's a gift for the new baby at the farm, they take it upon themselves to deliver it to the baby. It's a sweet story of teamwork and selflessness with really nice illustrations.
Good Night Christmas Tree
This book is part of the Goodnight Our World Series. We own this title, but other Christmas books in the collection include Good Night Baby Jesus, Good Night Christmas, and Good Night North Pole.
They're cute, short stories that are perfect for younger toddlers to get excited about Christmas!
Where Do Diggers Celebrate Christmas?
This is a Christmas version of the beloved book Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? This is a fun, rhyming story that shows all of the vehicles getting ready to celebrate Christmas. It's sure to delight any child who loves vehicles.
Christmas in the Manger
This is a beautiful little board book about the story of Jesus's birth. It's a simple, yet accurate story of the first Christmas, and is perfect for younger children. The gentle rhymes and whimsical illustrations are sure to capture you and your child's heart.
Llama Llama Jingle Bells
I'm not the biggest fan of the Llama Llama books, but my children like them!
Llama Llama Holiday Drama
This is another Christmas edition of Llama Llama. Little llama is getting impatient, and his mama reminds him that the best gift of Christmas is that they have each other.
Merry Christmas, Mouse
We don't have the Christmas edition, but we LOVE the Mouse series and the Christmas episode on Amazon prime is absolutely adorable. This book has mixed reviews, with many people stating that it's merely a Christmas counting book. It is probably best for younger toddlers that really love the mouse series
Merry Christmas, Little Elliot
Mouse and Little Elliot are looking for the Christmas spirit. At the end of the book, they make a new friend and realize what the Christmas spirit as all about. I wasn't nearly as impressed with this book as I wanted to be (Little Elliot, Fall Friends is an ADORABLE book about fall), but it was still cute and my kids like it!
That's Not My Reindeer
These Usborne touchy-feely books are the CUTEST books for babies and younger toddlers. They are solid board books and make for great Christmas presents or stocking stuffers!
Where Is Baby's Christmas Present
A Karen Kazt lift the flap book that's Christmas themed? Yes, please! These books are some of my favorites for babies and younger toddlers, and the Christmas one is so so cute.
Duck & Goose, It's Time for Christmas
The Duck & Goose series is wonderful for toddlers. The stories are short and simple, and the books themselves are sturdy. This book is larger than the rest of the Duck & Goose series, and the story is a bit lackluster comparatively. It's still good and definitely good for toddlers with short attention spans!
The Night Before Christmas
This book is a timeless classic Christmas book with probably the most beautiful artwork out of all the Christmas books we own. We read this book every night before the kids go to bed on Christmas Eve and even though it's a bit wordy for the younger ones, it keeps their attention.
The Polar Express
The Polar Express is another timeless classic about a little boy's magical trip to the North Pole. This book is large, beautiful, and a great addition to your bookshelf.
Bear Stays Up for Christmas
In this cute Christmas story, Bear's friends do everything they can to keep him up for Christmas. They decorate a Christmas tree and partake in all of the Christmas festivities, and in the end, Bear learns what Christmas is all about.
The Christmas Wish
We don't own this title, so I can't personally attest to it, but it has incredible reviews and it will probably be the next Christmas book that we purchase. It seems really cute with gorgeous illustrations. The story is about a little girl who desperately wants to be one of Santa's elves. So, she straps on her skis, and with the help of some animals, makes her way north.
The Littlest Angel
This was my favorite Christmas book as a child. This hasn't been available in years past, so my children will be receiving it this year for Christmas! The heavens are preparing for the birth of Jesus, and the littlest angel isn't sure what to give the baby for a gift. His gift turns out to be the best gift of all! I am beyond excited to share this book from my childhood with my children.
Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree
This is a Christmas book that we received last year and just adore! Mr. Willowby's Christmas tree has arrived, but it is far too tall for his room. So, the top is cut off and is then passed around to many people to bring the Christmas spirit to people and animals all over. It's fun to see the tree get smaller and smaller, and such a good message that what is useless to someone is beautiful to someone else.
Mortimer's Christmas List
Mortimer the mouse is looking for a new home, and finds one that is complete with little characters. Every night, he pushes the animals out, and sleeps on the cozy straw all by himself, but every morning they are put back in! One night, he overhears the Christmas story, and gives his cozy straw bed up for baby Jesus.
The 12 Sleighs of Christmas
This book is so cute and fun for preschoolers and older. My son was almost 5 last year, and loved this book. There's a problem with Santa's sleigh, and the elves have a competition to build him a new sleigh! From a rocket-sleigh, to a sleigh-jet, they make some fun and interesting creations! This book is definitely wordy but is well-loved in our house.
Julia Donaldson is one of my absolute favorite authors and wrote Room on the Broom. In this story, Stick Man is carried off by a dog, and then turned into a snowman and a whole other slew of adventures. He wants nothing more than to get home to his familly, and is finally rescued by Santa Clause!
This is the Stable
This is probably my favorite book that tells the story of the first Christmas in the little stable. We love that the characters look Middle Eastern, instead of Caucasian. It is bright and colorful, with a gentle, rhyming story.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
This is the classic tale of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. I don't personally love it, but it is a classic and cute story!
How to Catch an Elf
I. Hate. This. Book. It's seriously so, so dumb and has pointless violence in it (like children trying to catch the elf with a BOMB?! SERIOUSLY?!)
I gave it to my mom as a suggestion to get my kids this year because I've seen it all over, and it has 4.5 stars. However, I should have read the reviews because several reviews mention this.
A Christmas for Bear
This is such a sweet Christmas tale about friendship and is one of our favorites! Bear is having a Christmas party for mouse, and is serving pickles and reciting a story. He insists there are no presents, but mouse still searches hi and low for a present anyways.
A Night of Great Joy
This book is wonderfully illustrated and tells the story of the first Christmas as children acting out a play.
It's a delightful read and easy for toddlers to follow along with.
The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving
The Berenstain Bears were a favorite of mine growing up! I purchased this book one November so that I could read it with my children to prepare them for the season of Christmas and receiving many presents.
While it is a great story, it is too old for my 3-year-old twins. It is better for the 4-8-year-old age range, but is a fantastic story with great lessons.
This story is short, simple, but still fun and always a favorite! As Moose prepare for Christmas, he thinks he is ready.... until he realizes he has to come up with another idea for a Christmas Tree!
The Jolly Christmas Postman
This is a gorgeously illustrated book that's full of actual letters and other surprises for children to pull out and look at. It tells the tale of the Jolly Postman delivering letters for Christmas, including notes from some beloved fairy tale and nursery rhyme characters.
Christmas Cookie Day
We don't own this board book, but it is all about the wonderful tradition of making Christmas cookies!
This has great reviews on Amazon as being a short, sweet book for toddlers!
The Snowy Day
This book is purely magical and the movie on Amazon prime video is just as wonderful. It truly captures the magic of Christmas through a child's eyes. It never ceases to be a favorite, year after year!
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies
If your kiddos like the If You Give a Mouse series, this Christmas version has better reviews than the other Mouse book. No experience with it, but I would certainly give it a try as children love the Mouse series!
Toot & Puddle: Let It Snow
Toot and Puddle are both trying so hard to find the perfect present for each other. I love the steps they go through trying to choose gifts for each other, and it's a very valuable lesson for little ones on choosing gifts based on what they think will make the other person happy.
We take the kids shopping every year to choose gifts for each other and mommy and daddy, and always ready this book before we go and discuss the different things everyone likes.
The Little Reindeer
This book is full of charm and has absolutely beautiful artwork. A little girl wakes up in the middle of the night to the sound of jingle bells and finds a lost reindeer in the woods. They set off on an adventure and it is a Christmas she will remember forever.
The Crayons' Christmas
This is an ADORABLE, interactive book, especially if you are familiar with the other Crayon books. It is full of surprises and even comes with a game board, recipe card, and paper dreidle. Seriously such a good book!
Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight
My children love this silly book that shows Santa Clause trying out several different animals to pull his sleigh. It's the kind of story that will have your kids shrieking in laughter and requesting it night after night.
Duck receives a Santa hat and is unsure what to do with it. When he meets Santa, he ends up getting to be Santa's helper! This book is full of humor and great for the preschool and up age range.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a classic tale of the mean old grinch learning about the true meaning of Christmas! We love all books by Dr. Seuss and this is no exception!
Little Blue Truck's Christmas is so adorable and probably our all-time favorite Christmas book! If you have young toddlers, this is the perfect Christmas story for them. Even though my kiddos are now 5 and 3, it is still a favorite book of theirs!
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