2016 Christmas Books for Kids
Ready, Set, Find Christmas by Zondervan
Seek and find different items in the illustrations showing the Christmas story in this chunky, tabbed board book. Can you find . . . a goat, the moon, a kitten, . . . and so forth? Love how interactive this one is.
The Christmas Story by Robert Sabuda
You won’t find a more beautiful Christmas book than this story with gorgeous white and gold pop-ups illustrating the story. It’s exquisite!! Each page is an incredible work of art! This book will be a new family favorite. (For older kids since little ones might not do so well with the delicate 3D art.)
Goodnight, Manger by Laura Sassi, illustrated by Jane Chapman
I like this sturdy Christian Christmas board book because it makes putting baby Jesus to bed relatable — like any other baby, squirmy and wiggly.(Only in his room there’s a braying donkey and sweet smelling hay.) When the singing angels get too loud, mama asks them to keep it down please. But there are visitors, too and it looks like baby Jesus will never get to sleep.
Babushka A Christmas Tale by Dawn Casey, illustrated by Amanda Hall
Warm illustrations showcase this Russian folktale. When the three wise men invite Babushka to join their journey, she declines so that she can finish all her chores. When she finishes, she can’t catch up so she finds needy children along the way and gives them gifts — a blanket, a shawl, and so forth. My kids were fascinated!
A Night of Great Joy by Mary Engelbreit
The Christmas is retold with children acting in a Nativity performance — which makes these Engelbreit illustrations even more adorable than usual. Lovely.
Walk This World at Christmastime by Big Picture Press, illustrated by Debbie Powell
Who doesn’t love a lift the flap book? This doesn’t just have flaps to lift with information underneath, it’s the coolest global book about how different places celebrate Christmas from Canada to Brazil, Holland, the Philippines, and more. The illustrations are busy but overall this is an interesting glimpse into other cultures’ celebrations.
Christmas Love Letters from God Bible Stories: A Lift the Flap Book by Glenys Nellist, illustrated by Rachel Clowes
This is a lovely, multi-dimensional Bible based picture book that includes the story of Jesus’ birth starting from Isaiah’s prophecy and concluding with the Wise Men. Each section tells part of the story, shares a Bible verse, and has a lift-the-flap letter from God to you, the reader.
North Pole Ninjas Mission: Christmas! by Tyler Knott Gregson and Sarah Linden, illustrated by Piper Thibodeau
The North Pole Ninjas led by Santa’s sensei do good deeds. And, in this sweet, warmly-illustrated book that comes with a plus sensei, the ninjas choose YOU to be on their team, too. You’re now a North Pole Ninja and your task is to be kind and do good! Love the message and the spirit of this book.
The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold by Maureen Fergus, illustrated by Cale Atkinson
HILARIOUS! Santa is very suspicious that Harold is not even REAL. Because, his friends told him and his handwriting is suspicious and the Harold who came to the mall this year looked different than last year . . . So Santa decides to wait on Christmas morning and see if Harold is really real. A new Christmas favorite around here!
The Biggest Smallest Christmas Present by Harriet Muncaster
Clementine is teeny-tiny. She sleeps in a matchbox and bathes in a teacup. But Santa keeps on bringing her big-sized gifts. How can she and her family let Santa know that Clementine is so small? Luckily, Santa gets the message and brings her the best gift ever — a dollhouse just her size.
The Twelve Days of Christmas: A Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup
As you count the days of Christmas, it’s fun to see the peek through pictures, each page adding more of the gifts from calling birds to piper’s piping. This beautiful book gives kids lots to discover and uncover.
Presents Through the Window: a Taro Gomi Christmas Book by Taro Gomi
Santa peeks through the window and figures out the creature and the best gift. But sometimes he doesn’t quite get it right. Not to worry. Sharing and happiness abound and all have a merry time.
Five Little Elves by Dan Yaccarino
Five bright green little elves prepare Santa’s sleigh in this cute board book.
Prissy & Pop Deck the Hall by Melissa Nicholson
The pigs’ cuteness sell the story because pigs dressed up and photographed are ADORABLE! But, this is a fun plot with for Christmas activities– decorate the house, make Santa cookies, cut snowflakes, watch holiday movies, sing carols, and more.
The Great Spruce by John Duvall, illustrated by Rebeca Gibbon
The Christmas Crocodile by Bonny Becker, illustrated by David Small
It looks like an old fashioned Christmas — all except for the gifted Crocodile who doesn’t mean to be bad but, it just happens. What will they do with him? He gets locked in the basement, that’s what. Until Alice Jayne is worried about him and sneaks down to give him half of her candy cane. Soon the rest of the family joins her. What a sweet moment, right? But when the family wake up in the morning, they discover the Crocodile has EATEN every single present. NO! Now what will they do? Very funny, you’ll love this one.
The Christmas Boot by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Jerry Pickney
Hannah is a poor woman who finds one boot while gathering wood. She’s so happy and wishes for the other boot to match. Not only does she get her wish but she learns that Santa Claus who is missing his boots. When she returns his boots, Santa gives her new boots, mittens, and a dog to keep her company. I’m a big fan of Pickney’s illustrations, how about you?
The Lost Gift A Christmas Story by Kallie George and Stephanie Graegin
When a gift tumbles out of Santa’s sleigh, these animal friends build a sleigh and journey to deliver the gift themselves. They’re so tired but happy to see the baby likes her gift. When they return home, Santa has left them the perfect gift, too. Sweet.
Mary Engelbreit’s Color Me Christmas Coloring Book by Mary Engelbreit
Filled with Christmas-themed Engelbreit’s classic stylized images for kids to color.
A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig (chapter book)
Despite being poor and lonely, Nikolas is a kind Finnish boy whose pursuit of his dad leads him to the North Pole. When he finally arrives at the Elf village, he’s imprisoned by mistrustful elves but Nikolas’ magic helps him escape. Not only does Nikolas save the kidnapped elf child and regains the elf’s trust, but he decides, after years of living there, to make Christmas very special for all children. Just how special? Well, I think you know! I couldn’t believe how much I loved this book. Well-written and quite charming. Almost fairy tale like.
The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book 15 Designs to Spread Holiday Cheer by Chris Mcveigh
Step-by-step picture directions skillfully show how to create these wonderful LEGO ornaments. Ornaments such as a poinsettia, wreath, gingerbread house, and lantern. My kids are so excited to make these projects.
Ultimate Sticker Collection: LEGO Winter Wonderland
Festive and Christmasy, this is a fun activity book for sticker and LEGO fans.
Laugh Out Loud Christmas Jokes for Kids by Rob Elliott
These are more like groan out loud jokes — but if that’s your thing, this book might be for you. (It wasn’t for me.) Example jokes:
Q: Why didn’t the rope get any presents?
A: Because it was knotty.
Q: Why did the snowman get a headache?
A: He had brain freeze.