Best Christmas Picture Books (Every child should have)

Christmas Picture books

Best Christmas Picture Books Ever

As December rolls in, the Christmas vibes get stronger and stronger with each passing day. With kids at home for holidays, it could get a bit difficult to keep them occupied and parents usually keep things planned out in case. Though there are a lot of things parents do with kids on a day to day basis, like going to the park, watching a movie and playing board games, we can definitely suggest a way that could be a perfect way to keep them occupied for an hour or so - looking at the picture books as you read them the story. It is also a good way to help them learn new words (& improve their reading skills if they are old enough).

Here is a list of some of the best Christmas picture books ever written:

Santa Claus the World’s Number One Toy Expert by Marla Frazee

This is the story of Santa testing every toy before the big day. It is a classic.

When Santa was a Baby by Linda Bailey, illustrated by‎ Geneviève Godbout

It is about Santa as a baby and how he grew up to be such a kind toy giver ever. 

The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale 

This traditional folktale focuses on Santa from birth to death and it is really gripping. It is written by by Angela Elwell Hunt and the beautiful illustrations it feature are by Tim Jonke.

Bunny Slopes by Claudia Rueda

This lovely story is about a bunny who takes up skiing and really interesting things happen. If you buy this, also buy Press Here. Two jolly books are better than one, right?

The Little Reindeer by Nicola Killen

What will you do if you find a little reindeer moving about in your backyard at night. Wouldn’t it be magical?

Walk this World at Christmastime illustrated by Debbie Powell

This flip and flap book is a great way to tell children how people in different parts of the world celebrate Xmas. 

Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Schertle, illustrated by Jill McElmurry

Blue Little Truck is quite a hit with kids, its Halloween and Christmas editions are as good. 

Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

This book is a great way to instill in your children the good habit of helping others. Christmas is not only about presents, it is also about being your kindest self. 

Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dwedney
This book helps in opening the dialogue about why everyone is so excited and why it is okay to be overwhelmed. It is a great way to discuss with your child how to deal with heightened emotions during the festive season.

A Little Christmas Tree by Anthony Merrill and Michael Bast, illustrated by‎ Dan Burr

It is a self published book and deserves to be a part of every child’s Xmas book collection. It is about a tree who wants to be someone’s Christmas tree, but on the way its branch breaks and his world crashes since now he might be part of the garbage instead. 

Maple and Willow’s Christmas Tree by Lori Nichols

It is a story of two sisters and revolves around a sister working out a solution when they find out that the sisters are allergic to the Christmas tree.

Samurai Santa: A Very Ninja Christmas by Rubin Pingk

This lovely tale involves Santa and ninjas. A very different combination and still relatable. 

Humphrey’s First Christmas by Carol Heyer

Funny and sweet, kids love this book. Who am I kidding, even adults like me love it!!

The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold by Maureen Fergus, illustrated by Cale Atkinson

It is a story about Harold (who doesn’t believe in Santa ) comes to know that even Santa doesn’t believe in him.

I Believe in Santa Claus by Diane G. Adamson.

This book talks about similarities between Jesus and Santa. 

The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup, illustrated by Matt Tavares.

It is a story about a gingerbread cookie who is not at all happy at the prospect that Santa might appear any minute and eat him.

The Twelve Days of Christmas by Alison Jay.

The perfect read for the weeks before Christmas, a great way to keep the children involved in the Xmas fun. 

Red and Lulu by Matt Tavares.

This is a story about two cardinal birds who live on a big tree in some family’s yard. When the Christmas season comes, their tree is taken away to be the Xmas tree for the Rockefeller Center, which results in their separation. Your kids will love the illustrations. 

Santa Rex by Molly Idle

It has been seen that children love Rex dinosaurs and if your children have read Tea Rex, they will love the Christmas version of the children’s book (even if they have not).

The 12 Sleighs of Christmas by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illustrated by‎ Jake Parker.
This is a book with a really interesting plot. In it Santa’s sleigh is in a really bad condition and in order to help Santa, all the elves come up with different kinds of sleighs. 

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, illustrated by‎ Sarah Massini.
This one is a classic. Definitely, a must have.

Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht, illustrated by Jarvis.

This book is 100% christmassy, you and your kids will love it from the illustrations to characters and the setting of the plot.