Our Favorite Christmas Books: Part One

We have been reading and enjoying TONS of Christmas books for toddler and preschool aged kids this holiday season!  I thought it’d be nice to share our favorite Christmas books in case you are looking to start or add to your own collection.  These are a mix of religious and secular Christmas books in totally random order.

Our favorite Christmas books for toddlers and preschool

Our Favorite Christmas Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers

*Before reading any new book to your child, I highly recommend reading it first yourself to be sure it’s appropriate for your child’s maturity level and melds with your family’s beliefs.  For some books, I have added notes in italics for your consideration.

**At the time of compiling this list, Luke was 3 years, 8 months old and Lilah was 2 years, 4 months old.

Our Favorite Christmas books for toddlers and preschool

by Trinka Hakes Noble
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by Michelle Medlock Adams
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by Ezra Jack Keats
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by Karma Wilson
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by Pearl S. Buck
(Trigger warning — This book is told by an older man looking back at a Christmas when he was 15, and in the current time his father has passed away.  There is a brief mention of this at the beginning and again at the end.)
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by Mary Manz Simon
(a complete story using only 20 words; great for beginning readers)
favorite Christmas books
by Mary Manz Simon
(a complete story using only 17 words; great for beginning readers)
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by Joanne Bader
(a Bible Rhyme Story Time)
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by Eric Carle
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by Crystal Bowman
(ZonderKidz)
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by Dr. Seuss
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by Melissa Lagonegro and illustrated by the Disney Storybook Artists
(Step into Reading, level 1 for Disney Cars lovers and beginning readers)
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by Vivian Walsh and J. Otto Seibold
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illustrated by John Patience
(a Pop-Up Christmas Classic)
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by Norman Bridwell
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by David Small
(not technically a Christmas story, but there is a brief mention)
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by Martin Waddell
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by Cynthia Cotton
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by Susan Wojciechowski
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by Will Hillenbrand
(Personally, I’m not very fond of this one; I find it difficult to read and follow the storyline, but it is one of L&L’s most requested.)
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Check these favorite Christmas books out from the library, buy them for your kids, or even wrap them and make a book Advent calendar your child is sure to love.  The choice is yours, but get reading with your kids this Christmas!

Also check out Our Favorite Christmas Books: Part Two!!

20 of our favorite Christmas books for toddlers and preschool age kids! #advent #Christmas

Originally published Dec 6, 2011

Which are your favorite Christmas books?


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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

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