Saturday, November 24, 2012

Best Children's Christmas Books

If you have a pinterest, I can guarantee that you've seen the book countdown idea going around. The premise is, you get 25 books about Christmas, then wrap them. You let your child pick out one book every night until Christmas Day. Well, being the book nerd that I am, I loved this idea. But I may have gone slightly overboard. I ended up with 45 books.... whoops. I was able to whittle it down, and only wrapped 32. The rest are books that are anthologies or books that are just too advanced for a two year old.

I've seen really cute ideas of wrapping the books in green wrapping paper and then displaying them like a tree. There are tons of other ideas, but I just wrapped them in random wrapping papers and put them inside a Christmas box.

Since we had 32 books, we were able to start our countdown today. Yay! I was probably more excited than CJ was.

CJ ended up choosing the Golden Book version of A Christmas Story. I was glad that he chose a book about the actual Christmas story first as opposed to a book about Santa.

Since I went cray-cray finding Christmas stories, I'm making it easier for you by listing them all here by age. I've got a great mix of new books and old classics. I have them in order of age level. The board books are at the beginning and the longer books are at the end. Enjoy!

What Is Christmas? - Cute little board book that explains what Christmas means in a way that little ones can grasp.
Arthur Decks the Hall - CJ loves Arthur, and he'll love that this has little flaps for him to lift up.
Backyardigans' Jingle Bell Christmas - I think this will be one of CJ's favorites this year.
Snowman's Christmas Surprise & Santa's Christmas Surprise - Two different board books that I found really cheap somewhere. CJ will like them though.
Mouse's First Christmas - Really cute and really simple story. The pictures tell the story with very short sentences below.
The Mitten - Not really a Christmas story, but a great one by Jan Brett about giving and family.
The First Night - A beautifully illustrated telling of the birth of Christ.
Counting Christmas - CJ loves Karen Katz' books, he is going to love this one. He already saw it before I wrapped it and freaked about it.
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies - Another one that isn't really about Christmas, but the illustrations show that it takes place at Christmastime.
Little Critter's Merry Christmas Mom and Dad - Little Critter is another one of CJ's favorites, so this should be a hit.
The Twelve Days of Christmas - Another one illustrated by Jan Brett, this is just the classic song in book form.
Countdown To Christmas - CJ got this last year but was too little for it. It has a page to read every day with a little story, a bible verse, and a very simple craft. I love it.
The Berenstain Bears Meet Santa Bear - This will be CJ's first Berenstein Bear book.
My Penguin Osbert - This story is so cute. A little boy has to be very specific with what he tells Santa he wants because Santa always gets it wrong. So he asks for a penguin from the Arctic.
The Snowy Day - This is one of my favorite children's books of all time. Not technically a Christmas book, but I'm including it because I love it, and it is Winter-themed.
I Spy Christmas: A Book of Picture Riddles - CJ loves these look and find books, so I snatched this up for a dollar at a thrift store.
Mooseltoe - I can't find this on amazon, but it is the story of a moose trying to figure out the meaning of Christmas. It is apparently part of a whole series.
Storybook Treasury for Christmas (Storybook Treasuries) - Contains The Night Before the Night Before Christmas; Wee Three Pigs; All About Christmas; The Nutcracker; Corduroy's Christmas Surprise; and The Little Engine That Could and the Snowy, Blowy Christmas. I'm just going to read Wee Three Pigs and All About Christmas. 
The Night Before Christmas - We have a couple versions of this, so I am going to use the most toddler- friendly edition this year.
The Christmas Story - The Little Golden Book version of the story of the birth of Christ.
The Polar Express - This is one of the new classics. CJ loves trains, so he'll love this.
An Irish Night Before Christmas - I had to get this when I saw it on paperbackswap, and I'm so glad I did. It is so funny. We are going to read it as a family on Christmas Eve. The donkey's name is actually my mother-in-law's maiden name. So funny.
When Santa Lost His Ho! Ho! Ho! - I don't know much about this one, but the illustrations looked cute.
The Littlest Christmas Elf - This was one of my favorites when I was a kid. I actually bought it when I was pregnant because I saw it at a thrift store for really cheap.
Mickey's Christmas Carol - The Little Golden Book edition of Mickey's Christmas Carol.
Noel - A Christmas ornament learns the meaning of Christmas.
Olive, the Other Reindeer - After hearing the song Rudolph, Oliver realizes that she plays a very important part in Christmas.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! - This obviously had to be included.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - The Little Golden Book edition. 
Nutcracker - Another Little Golden Book edition.
Snowmen at Christmas - I don't know much about this one either, except that the illustrations look awesome.
Frosty the Snowman - Yet another Little Golden Book.
One Little Christmas Tree: A Children's Christmas Picture Book - Review coming soon.
A Christmas Treasury: The Children's Classic Edition - Contains songs and stories for kids, includes The Night Before Christmas, A Merry Christmas, The Little Blue Dishes, and the Biblical text of the very first Christmas.
The Littlest Christmas Tree: A Tale of Growing and Becoming - I left this one out because it is just too complex for a two year old, but the pictures are great.
The Littlest Angel - Another great one that CJ is too young for, but he'll enjoy it someday.
A Little House Christmas: Holiday Stories From the Little House Books - I love these stories, so I'll be reading them to myself, but CJ is still too little for the Little House books.

So remember how I said that I went a little overboard on getting Christmas books? Well I ended up with a couple of repeats, so you are in luck. I'm going to give a couple of the extras away. It is a surprise though, on which ones you will get! 
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  1. I love that you are using this season to stock up on books for your child--by making each one a gift he will end up thinking books are GOOD--thank you!!

  2. We do this every year as well! I love it!! Great selection, going to see what ones I can add to our stack.

  3. Love!! How totally fun!!
    (not commenting to win, my kids are teens)

  4. What a great list! There are some that are must haves on it that currently grace our shelves but many I have not heard of. I will have to check them out!

  5. The little one loves The Night Before Christmas. Already have been reading it to her this year.

  6. I love the A Little House Christmas: Holiday Stories From the Little House Book.
    I loved Little House on the Prairie when I was growing up and I guess I still like it now.

  7. What a great idea! I haven't heard about this on Pinterest. My little guy loves books so this would be a great idea for him.

  8. I love The Night Before Christmas! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway and happy holidays!

  9. Love these selections. And you posted them so early too! Have you heard of this new Children's book, The Donkey in the Living Room yet? It can be used with any manger scene to start 10 days of storytelling with your children at Christmas. Neat tradition!

  10. I love how the grinch stole Christmas!

  11. I love the Twas the Night before Christmas.
    brandy graham (name on rafflecopter)

  12. The Polar Express - the pictures are as amazing as the story.

    livinglifeinmotion at

  13. My favorite Christmas book is The Twelve Cats of Christmas.

  14. How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

  15. I love The Night Before Christmas! Thanks!

  16. The Night Before Christmas, of course. :)

  17. Christmas is my favorite time of year! This book idea is super cute. I have been looking for ways to try and teach the boys a bit about Christmas since this will be the first year they will kind of be able to understand it.

    1. My favorite book is How the Grinch Stole Christmas. We read it every year on Christmas Eve growing up, and I am doing the same with my boys now.

  18. Oh my gosh - what an amazing giveaway! We love the original Rudolph!

  19. My favorite book is The Polar Express.

    Desiree Dunbar

  20. how the grinch stole Christmas and the polar express

  21. "The Polar Express"!

  22. My favorite Christmas book is "what star is this"

  23. Here's the Winter/Christmas book list I just sent my friend for her kiddos:
    The Mitten
    Froggy Gets Dressed - kinda annoying but the kids love it
    How the Grinch Stole Christmas
    The Polar Express
    White Snow Bright Snow
    The Snowy Day

    Thanks for the recommendations and for the chance to win!
    sandralclark at

  24. My fave is Twas The Night Before Christmas :)

  25. Mine is Twas the Night Before Christmas

  26. my fave is always jan brett stories...esp night before xmas
    trixie420247 at yahoo dot com

  27. My favorite is Twas the Night Before Christmas

  28. My favorite Christmas book is The Grinch that stole Christmas.

  29. My favorite Christmas book is Twas The Night Before Christmas

  30. my favorite is the grinch by dr.seuess

  31. the night before christmas :)

  32. The Night Before Christmas or The Christmas Carol

  33. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (Corey Olomon)


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