Christmas will be here soon and so it is time to start getting your holiday bookshelves ready! There are lots of great Christmas board books and picture books that introduce kids to all the great sights, sounds and traditions of the holiday season. Curl up with your kids under a cozy blanket and check out some of these awesome Christmas books together!
20 Best Christmas Board Books & Picture Books
Where Is Baby’s Christmas Present? is a fun lift-the-flap book written and illustrated by Karen Katz. Follow Baby while she searches the house for her Christmas present and finds lots of fun Christmas treats. Little ones will have fun opening each flap and helping Baby on her search.
Llama Llama Jingle Bells was written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney. Join Llama Llama while he and his friends take part in lots of fun Christmas traditions. The simple rhyming text and colorful illustrations make this a fun one to read aloud.
Don’t Push the Button! A Christmas Adventure was written and illustrated by Bill Cotter. This festive edition of the popular interactive book reunites readers with Larry, the adorable character with only one rule: don’t push the button! Kids will have fun interacting with him as he creates holiday havoc.
Duck & Goose, It’s Time for Christmas! was written and illustrated by Tad Hills. Join the adorable Duck and Goose as they participate in fun winter activities. But it’s not time for playing, it’s time for Christmas!
Fa La La was written and illustrated by Leslie Patricelli. Through simple text and bright illustrations, this book follows Baby, Mom and Dad as they participate in some fun Christmas traditions.
Olivia Helps with Christmas by Ian Falconer joins Olivia the popular piglet as she helps her family prepare for Christmas. This book introduces readers to a lot of the preparations that families make for Christmas through simple illustrations and easy text.
Merry Christmas, Daniel Tiger! is a lift the flap book written by Angela C. Santomero and illustrated by Jason Fruchter. Join Daniel Tiger as he prepares for Christmas along with is family and friends. Little ones will enjoy interacting with the flaps in the book, revealing fun treats along the way.
Dear Santa by Rod Campbell is a lift the flap book which follows Santa as he searches for the perfect gift for a special child. Young readers will enjoy lifting the flaps to find all of the gifts that Santa wraps up before changing his mind again.
The Itsy Bitsy Reindeer was written by Jeffrey Burton and illustrated by Sanja Rescek. This festive spin on the familiar “Itsy Bitsy Spider” rhyme tells the story of a little reindeer who helps in Santa’s shop. The rhyming pattern and bright illustrations will have kids singing along over and over again.
Eight Jolly Reindeer was written by Ilanit Oliver and illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers. This shaped board book uses fun rhymes and colorful illustrations of Santa’s reindeer to count down from eight to one.
Bear Stays Up for Christmas was written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Jane Chapman. Bear’s friends decide that they will help him stay up for Christmas this year, so they engage in all sorts of Christmas activities in an effort to help him stay awake. The pleasant rhyming text and cute characters make this a great read aloud to share.
Little Blue Truck’s Christmas was written by Alice Schertle and illustrated by Jill McElmurry. Everyone’s favorite blue truck is helping to spread holiday cheer by delivering Christmas trees. This fun counting book helps kids count from 1 to 5 with brightly colored illustrations and a peppy rhyming pattern.
Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg follows a young boy as he hops on a magical train on it’s way to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. This holiday classic is beautifully illustrated and encourages readers to hold on to the magic and wonder of the Christmas season.
How to Catch an Elf was written by Adam Wallace and illustrated by Andy Elkerton. This peppy rhyming story follows a little elf who is prepared to dodge any traps set by mischievous kids on Christmas Eve. Kids will laugh out loud and be encouraged to create their own elaborate elf traps.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss is a classic that reminds us of the power of the holiday season. The Grinch decides to ruin Christmas for all the Whos in Who-ville, but eventually learns that gifts and food aren’t what make the holiday special.
The Littlest Elf was written by Brandi Dougherty and illustrated by Kirsten Richards. This sweet story introduces readers to Oliver, the littlest elf at the North Pole. Oliver tries to help out for Christmas, but can’t seem to find his place. When he joins up with a little reindeer who also feels out of place, they find their own way to spread Christmas cheer.
Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry tells the story of a large Christmas tree that ends up bringing joy to lots of families. When Mr. Willowby’s tree is too tall for the parlor, he instructs the butler to cut the top of the tree off. The treetop ends up being passed from family to family, bringing holiday cheer to lots of creatures.
Snowmen at Christmas was written by Caralyn Buehner and illustrated by Mark Buehner. Did you ever wonder what happens to the snowmen in your yard after you are in bed? This vividly illustrated book shows how the neighborhood snowmen get together to have their own Christmas celebration after you go to sleep. The rhythmic rhyming pattern is complemented by fun illustrations showing all kinds of Christmas activities.
The Spirit of Christmas by Nancy Tillman showcases the beautiful decorations, traditions and symbols of Christmas, while reminding readers that the most important part of Christmas is love. With her beautiful illustrations and flowing rhymes, this book is one that kids and adults can both enjoy.
Here Comes Santa Cat was written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Claudia Rueda. This funny book follows Cat, a mischievous little cat who decides to take matters into his own hands when he thinks he won’t get any gifts from Santa. The story is told largely through the hilarious illustrations and simple bits of dialogue from the narrator. Kids will find the cat highly entertaining, and adults may find themselves chuckling too!