HO, ho, ho! ‘Tis the season for snowball fights, baking holiday-shaped cookies, Christmas movies, and cuddling up with your kid for a Christmas bedtime story. Whether you have a little bookworm running around or are looking to start a new new holiday tradition this season, we’ve found the best children’s Christmas books that are guaranteed to make your reading time merry and bright. Your child will learn Christmas words, the classic Christmas songs, engage with lift-the-flap board books, and even have a chance to play the role of Santa’s helper. Kick off the Christmas season with a new book or two, or three, maybe four—they’re all so festive and cute.

May your kiddo’s days be filled with magic, cheer, and books! Shop our Christmas book catalog ahead. 


1. An Elf’s Journey Home by Kristen Denzer

For those whose holiday season revolves around finding new hiding places for Elf on the Shelf, this heartwarming children’s picture book is about an elf’s love for his family and his desire to spend as much quality time with them as possible.


2. Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Schertle

Perfect for ages 1-3, this children’s board book chronicles Little Blue Truck’s fun holiday adventures as he delivers Christmas trees to all his animal friends. It’s the perfect way to start or end your own Christmas tree festivities!


3. It’s Christmas, David! By David Shannon

David is up to his funny and crazy shenanigans once again in It’s Christmas, David! But this time, he’ll have to be on his best behavior if he doesn’t want to wake up to a lump of coal in his stocking come Christmas morning.


4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss

A holiday classic, Dr. Seuss’s Christmas-inspired picture book and its animated movie adaptation make for the perfect winter night double feature.


5. Christmas Songs: Interactive Children's Sound Book by Holly Berry-Byrd

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear! In this interactive board book, your little one will learn and hear 10 popular Christmas songs like “Deck the Halls,” “Joy to the World,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” alongside its accompanying lyrics and colorful illustrations, all at the push of a button


6. Little Red Sleigh by Erin Guendelsberger

If your kid loves watching The Polar Express, then they’ll enjoy this magical story of one sleigh’s journey to becoming Santa’s Christmas Eve vessel, aka his big red sleigh!


7. The Littlest Reindeer by Brandi Dougherty

A great picture book to pair with Little Red Sleigh, The Littlest Reindeer follows a little reindeer named Dot whose dream is to help pull Santa’s sleigh one day. There’s just one problem, her flying skills aren’t up to par.


8. Dasher: How a Brave Little Doe Changed Christmas Forever by Matt Tavares

Born into a traveling circus family, Dasher has always been a performer; but she feels a calling to do something larger in life. When she accidentally runs into a jolly old man with a white beard, dressed in all red, she joins him in hopes of feeling the snow crush beneath her hooves and the crisp winter air in her antlers.


9. Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry

Follow along as one gigantic Christmas tree is passed from house to house in celebration of the yuletide season. Your kids will get a laugh out of all the cute little forest critters and animals who admire it from afar.


10. You’re My Little Christmas Cookie by Nicola Edwards

The Christmas cookie-themed board book is filled with hands-on features like cut-outs, raised elements, and text fun enough to rhyme outloud. Your child will love looking at the adorable snowmen, decorated gingerbread cookies, and beautiful snowflakes. After the book, treat yourself to a Christmas cookie!


11. Babies Love Christmas: Lift-a-Flap Board Book by Holly Berry-Byrd

Teach your baby or toddler all about Christmas words alongside pictures in this lively lift-a-flap board book dedicated to educating your child linguistically while also developing their fine motor skills.


12. The Berenstain Bears’ Night Before Christmas by Mike Berenstain

Join Mama, Papa, Sister, Brother, and Honey Bear as they celebrate one of the most anticipated days of the year, Christmas Eve. From wrapping presents to putting out cookies for Santa, this picture book will get you and your child right in the holiday spirit.


13. My First Christmas by Disney Baby Books

Introduce your baby to the thrills of Christmas with this baby’s first Christmas holiday board book, or gift it to a friend or relative who just welcomed their own new family member. It features Mickey Mouse, Pluto, and the whole Disney gang.


14. A Charlie Brown Christmas by Tina Gallo and Charles Schulz

The holidays are never complete without a visit from the Peanuts gang. The children’s picture storybook is a colorful retelling of the holiday special we’ve all come to know and love—stream it after!


15. Dear Santa: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Rod Campbell

Featuring touch and feel elements and lift-the-flaps, your kid will have fun playing Santa’s little helper as they help Santa find the perfect gift for someone on the nice list.