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45 Christmas Picture Books

The Christmas season finally here, and I am so excited! What better way to fill your December with Christmas cheer than by a stack of charming Christmas books!

Have you ever heard of the “12 books of Christmas” activity? Or “25 books of Christmas”? This activity is a fun and simple way of incorporating literature into your daily routine as you count down the days till Christmas.

To begin, you will need wrapping paper and 12-15 books (or however many Christmas books you can gather). Wrap each book and place them under the tree. Each day, your child can pick a new book to open for the family to read together!

I personally use this activity with my class each year. I pick a variety of Christmas books, wrap them, and place the books under my little tree in the reading corner. Each day, I pull a popsicle stick with a child’s name on it and that child gets to pick a book to open. Then we read the book together gathered around my virtual fireplace. My students LOVE this short brain break in our daily routine to stop and marvel at the Christmas season!

What to try this fun idea for yourself? Check out the list below for books ideas!

Little Red Sleigh

by Erin Guendelsberger

How to Catch an Elf

by Adam Wallace & Andy Elkerton

How to Catch a Gingerbread Man

by Adam Wallace & Andy Elkerton

How to Catch a Snowman

by Adam Wallace & Andy Elkerton

The Littlest Reindeer

by Brandi Dougherty

Bear Stays Up for Christmas

by Karma Wilson

The Polar Express

by Chris Van Allsburg

The Night Before Christmas

by Clement Moore


by Matt Tavares

Red & Lulu

by Matt Tavares

An Orange for Frankie

by Patricia Polacco

Christmas Farms

by Mary Lyn Ray

A Simple Christmas on the Farm

by Phyllis Alsdurf

The Christmas Owl

by Ellen Kalish

The Broken Ornament

by Tony DiTerlizzi

Pick a Pine Tree

by Patricia Toht

12 Days of Christmas

by Lara Hawthorne

The Silver Christmas Tree

by Robert Honor

Cookies for Santa

by Johanna Tarkela

Santa’s Story

by Will Hillenbrand

The Crayons’ Christmas

by Drew Daywalt

Merry Christmas, Anne

by Kallie George

The Toys’ Christmas

by Claire Clement

The Christmas Wish

by Lori Evert

Secret Santas: Twelve Days of Giving

by Courtney Petruzzelli


by Tad Hills

The Christmas Feast

by Nathalie Dargent

The Carpenter’s Gift

by David Rubel

Holly & Ivy

by Rumer Godden

Christmas in the Trenches

by John McCutcheon

Christmas Day in the Morning

by Pearl S. Buck

Weird But True!

by National Geographic Kids

When Santa Was a Baby

by Linda Bailey

Miracle on 34th Street

by Valentine Davies

I hope that this list has been helpful as you seek to incorporate literature into your holiday season! Check out the links for easy shopping or head to your local library to check out these books before their taken!

Merry Christmas!

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3 thoughts on “45 Christmas Picture Books”

  1. Thank you so much. I really like this list. This year we will unwrap a children’s book everyday of December before Christmas. Some of these books are wrapped up under the tree. Can’t wait to read them! #25DaysofChristmasBooks

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