12 Children’s Books of Christmas
I hope everyone is getting into the holiday spirit! The month of December is such a wonderful and festive time. One of my favorite ways to get my little man into the Christmas spirit is watching holiday movies and reading books. I’m a massive bookworm; my dream is 24 hours of solitude with a good book, curled up in bed. I’d read all day if someone let me. I’m working hard to turn my son into a reader just like me.
We make it a point to read every night before he goes to bed so now we’re reading Christmas books every night. There are so many cute ones out these days! They have ones with their favorite show characters like Paw Patrol and Peppa Pig and some new twists on the classics that I grew up with. Since the 12 days of Christmas is a popular theme, I thought I’d share my 12 Children’s Books of Christmas with you. These are my little guy’s tried and true favorites and I’m sure the kiddos in your life will love them too!
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12 Great Christmas Books:
The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish– We love the Pout-Pout fish series and in this one, Mr. Pout-Pout is trying to find his Christmas cheer. The rhyme scheme in these books are so fun and playful!
A Pirate’s 12 Days of Christmas– My husband bought our son this book last year because he loves pirates and this book is awesome! So much fun pirate language and it’s to the tune of 12 days of Christmas. There is also a companion book, A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas, that I just ordered for us to try out this year.
Little Blue Truck’s Christmas– This book is still and probably will forever by my son’s favorites. If you’ve been reading my other kid’s books posts, then you know how obsessed my son is with Little Blue Truck. PSA: The new book comes out January 2nd! This Christmas one is so fun because at the end Little Blue’s tree lights up. I’ve had to replace the batteries on our because we read it every single day. This one is a must for us!
How to Catch an Elf– Has your little one ever asked you questions about elves? Do they want to learn how to catch one? This silly book tells of how Santa’s elves escape all of the traps children set every year to bring them all some Christmas cheer!
Olive, the Other Reindeer– Olive is one of Santa’s “reindogs” and uses all of his pup abilities like smelling and fetching to help guide Santa and his sleigh. My son loves dogs and this story is the cutest. This year my grandma gave him the matching advent calendar. Here is the Olive, the Other Reindeer Advent calendar that you can get to go along with the book! We are loving the 3D pop up house with the flaps that open and the people that can be moved around. The calendar is definitely worth getting! There’s also apparently a TV special, but we haven’t had the chance to check it out yet.
Merry Christmas, Curious George– George is also a big deal in our house and in this sweet story, George tries to help the children sick at the hospital have a good Christmas, in his own mischievous way. I like this one because it gives a great lesson about the meaning of Christmas but in a fun way.
The Polar Express– A classic that had to make it on my list. I love to watch the movie and read the book to my son in the same night. Both are so amazingly well done and convey the power of believing, friendship, and doing the right thing. This book is my Christmas favorite!
How Santa Got His Job– Such a cute book telling the tale of all of the jobs Santa tried before he finally became Santa Claus. Your kids will get a kick out of all of the different jobs Santa does.
Christmas in the Manger– A great way to tell the story of Jesus’s birth and explain why we celebrate Christmas. I recommend this one for any small kids that are just starting to learn what Christmas is all about.
How do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?– I love this book! The illustrations alone are a reason to buy it but the story line is so cute. The first half of the book is what naughty dinosaurs do before Christmas. It turns out the dinosaurs in this book are good and they do all the kind, wonderful Christmas things. It’s a sweet book for teaching good manners too!
Bear Stays Up for Christmas– Poor bear is so tired but he stays up for Christmas and helps make his cave festive and makes presents for all of his friends. This is a perfect bed time book. It’s short, sweet, and rhymes. Definitely one of my favorites!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas– The Dr. Seuss classic is one that I remember reading over and over growing up. It wouldn’t be a true Christmas season if we didn’t read this book at least once, or 50 times!
Happy Reading & Merry Christmas!