Heartwarming stories about Christmas and Santa Claus can bring the family together. So take some time to relax and read some beautiful Christmas picture books with your children, which are entertaining, engaging, and educational. Here’s a list of the best Christmas picture books to celebrate the holiday season.
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13 Best Christmas Picture Books
The uplifting tale by Dr. Seuss about the benefits of the Christmas spirit can bring joy to you. The Grinch is a holiday staple, and his narrative can be the perfect present for young and old readers. Its vivid illustration and wholesome story about Christmas can be a suitable addition to your collection.
The unique picture book adaptation of a classic Christmas story doubles as a Hidden Pictures puzzle book, making it the ideal holiday gift for families. You can find more than 120 holiday-themed hidden objects and read this vibrant book with the whole family. It is written by Clement Clarke Moore and illustrated by Deborah Melmon.
Written by author Jimmy Fallon, 5 More Sleeps ’til Christmas features the stunning and lively artwork of Rich Deas. This 48-page book is suitable for kids aged from three to six to read. It is about the excitement and anticipation before Christmas, which everyone in the family can relate to.
Construction Site on Christmas Night is a holiday picture book that shows Excavator, Bulldozer, Crane, Dump Truck, and Cement Mixer building a new home for fire engines. It can be perfect for fans of Sherri Duskey Rinker’s storytelling and AG Ford’s art. Children will enjoy discovering the surprises awaiting each vehicle and rhyming along with the story.
With an interactive picture book of real letters to read aloud, this is a beautifully illustrated 32-page classic by Allan Ahlberg. On Christmas, Jolly Postman delivers numerous amazing letters, including greetings from the Big Bad Wolf and all of the King’s men. You can take out the letters from this book to see what letters your favorite characters would write to each other and reinvent classic stories together.
In this beautiful picture book from bestselling author Karma Wilson, Bear and his friends celebrate the holidays. Bear’s pals are determined to keep him awake for Christmas, and so they ask for his help finding a Christmas tree, baking cakes, hanging stockings, and singing Christmas songs. Bear manages to stay awake by realizing that giving is one of the best Christmas gifts.
A story about chasing your dreams, it is written by Matt Tavares and is suitable for children aged between four and eight years. Dasher is a daring, young reindeer who spends her days in a touring circus with her family in the scorching heat but yearns for a better existence with snow and the North Star.
Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree is authored by Robert Barry. As the treetop spreads delight among everybody, children will enjoy watching it move from home to home, while families will appreciate the lessons of conservation and recycling. This 32-page book is suitable for children aged between three and seven years.
Written by Mercer Mayer, this 24-page book is a good read for kids aged three to seven. Parents and children can relate to this classic story starring Little Critter, who prepares for the holidays by building wreaths, munching gingerbread cookies, and putting the star on the top of the tree.
The protagonist of this picture book, Olaf, embarks on a once-in-a-lifetime journey with a mystery man in red. Its audio narration by Josh Gad, the voice of Olaf, is included on the read-along CD. Olaf’s sweet and hilarious rendition of The Night Before Christmas will thrill fans of all generations.
The anniversary edition of the Christmas Miracle picture book contains a fresh note from the author Susan Wojciechowski and an audio narration by James Earl Jones. The story revolves around Jonathan Toomey, the valley’s best woodcarver, who is always alone and never smiles. However, a widow and her young son approach him one day, leading to a wonderful miracle.
12. Red and Lulu
Red and Lulu is a heartwarming story from author Matt Tavares that combines the joy of Christmas, the beautiful New York City, and the true meaning of the holiday season. Red and Lulu had built their home in a lovely evergreen tree, but the two birds got separated one day. The beautiful illustration and writing will take you along on their journey to find each other.
Erin Guendelsberger’s The Little Red Sleigh is about a young sleigh who wants to be Santa’s large red sleigh one day. However, she’s been told her whole life that she’s too small, young, can’t fly, and can’t possibly meet Santa. Celebrate the Christmas spirit as she takes on the challenge to fulfill her dreams.
Reading Christmas books can make the holiday feel special, especially the ones full of pictures and values. During Christmas week, the whole family can get together to read out these illustrated books suitable for children and adults. Choose from our list of the best Christmas picture books to add to your child’s or your collection.