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The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

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?! Check out 45 of the best Christmas picture books for kids!

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!

The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

Little Red Sleigh

by Erin Guendelsberger

The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

How to Catch an Elf

by Adam Wallace & Andy Elkerton

The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

How to Catch a Gingerbread Man

by Adam Wallace & Andy Elkerton

The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

How to Catch a Snowman

by Adam Wallace & Andy Elkerton

The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

The Littlest Reindeer

by Brandi Dougherty

The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

Bear Stays Up for Christmas

by Karma Wilson

The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

The Polar Express

by Chris Van Allsburg

The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

The Night Before Christmas

by Clement Moore

The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

Dasher

by Matt Tavares

The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

Red & Lulu

by Matt Tavares

The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

An Orange for Frankie

by Patricia Polacco

The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

Christmas Farms

by Mary Lyn Ray

The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

A Simple Christmas on the Farm

by Phyllis Alsdurf

The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

The Christmas Owl

by Ellen Kalish

The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

The Broken Ornament

by Tony DiTerlizzi

The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

Pick a Pine Tree

by Patricia Toht

The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

12 Days of Christmas

by Lara Hawthorne

The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

The Silver Christmas Tree

by Robert Honor

The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

Cookies for Santa

by Johanna Tarkela

The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

Santa’s Story

by Will Hillenbrand

The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

The Crayons’ Christmas

by Drew Daywalt

The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

Merry Christmas, Anne

by Kallie George

The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

The Toys’ Christmas

by Claire Clement

The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

The Christmas Wish

by Lori Evert

The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

Secret Santas: Twelve Days of Giving

by Courtney Petruzzelli

The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

Mistletoe

by Tad Hills

The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

The Christmas Feast

by Nathalie Dargent

The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

The Carpenter’s Gift

by David Rubel

The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

Holly & Ivy

by Rumer Godden

The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

Christmas in the Trenches

by John McCutcheon

The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

Christmas Day in the Morning

by Pearl S. Buck

The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

Weird But True!

by National Geographic Kids

The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

When Santa Was a Baby

by Linda Bailey

The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids

Miracle on 34th Street

by Valentine Davies

I hope that this list of the best Christmas picture books for kids 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 “The Best Christmas Picture Books for Kids”

  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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