How the Grinch Stole Christmas and ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas are two of the most popular Christmas books for kids but what other Christmas books will your kids love? Read my reviews of Christmas books from years past here and here as well as this newest Christmas book roundup from 2015. Merry Christmas!
Update: 2016 Christmas Books for Kids
2015 Christmas Books
Splat the Cat Christmas Countdown A Touch-and-Feel Book!
A simple but sweet board book shows Splat preparing for Christmas. Feel the rough Christmas tree, the smooth fur of Santa’s coat, and more.
The Santa Shimmy by Christianne Jones, illustrated by Emma Randall
Get moving with this too-cute rhyming board book! “Shake it fast. Shake it slow. March. March. March. With a ho, ho, ho.”
An Invisible Thread Christmas Story by Laura Schrod and Alex Tresniowski, illustrated by Barry Root
This is a powerful true story about a woman who befriends a young homeless boy. When he reveals that he’s never celebrated Christmas, she invites him to share Christmas with her. The message is powerful: acts of kindness can make a difference in someone’s life. Read more about their life-changing friendship in the book An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny.
The Night Before Christmas: A Brick Story by Clement C. Moore illustrated by Amanda Brack
If you adore LEGOs then you’ll enjoy the LEGO version of this familiar Christmas poem. LEGOS illustrate it all.
Little Elfie One by Pamela Jane, illustrated by Jane Manning
“Way up in the North . . . ” begins each page in this Christmas counting picture book. Each group (stars, mice, carolers) is one more starting with the one little elfie and ending with ten kittens. I love the repeating rhyme scheme and the illustrations!
Christmas to Color by Mary Tanana
Lovely, intricate (aka. challenging) black-and-white Christmas designs adorn each page just inviting you to color. Which one will you choose first? (And where are my reading glasses?)
The Smallest Gift of Christmas by Peter H. Reynolds (with photo-frame ornament)
Roland is excited for Christmas until he sees his gift. He wishes for something bigger and then bigger. It takes a trip to outer-space for Roland to realize that the best gift is the smallest – home and family.
How to Catch Santa by Jean Reagan, illustrated by Lee Wildish
A brother and sister share their best tips for catching Santa in this hilarious Christmas picture book.
Jingle Bells: A Magical Cut-Paper Edition by James Lord Pierpont, illustrated by Niroot Puttapipat
The simple black and white silhouettes with occasional pops of red and green highlight the Victorian winter wonderland. This is a gorgeous book but sadly quite short — only ten pages.
Casey’s Bright Red Christmas by Holly Dufek, illustrated by Paul E. Nunn
Casey, the farmer, has so much to do around the farm and to get ready for Christmas. But she’s feeling sick. The farm machines decide to help finish all the work so Casey can rest up for a Merry Christmas Day.
Merry Christmas Hello Kitty Sticker Activity Book
I included this full-color activity book today since my kids love these types of books for any occasion. Do yours?
The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Hanna
Gloomy Mr. Fish is worried that he won’t find gifts for his friends in time for Christmas. Like me, kids will love the familiar repeated stanza and help from the lovely Miss Shimmer who teaches Mr. Fish that the best gifts come from the heart.
When Santa Was a Baby by Linda Bailey, illustrated by Genevieve Godbout
Children will giggle with delight as they see the most unique little baby — Santa. He prefers red of course, and his first words are “ho, ho, ho” in the most booming non-baby voice. Fantastic vintage-style illustrations throughout!
Samurai Santa: A Very Ninja Christmas by Rubin Pingk
Ninja fans will enjoy this fun story about Yukio who tries to chase Santa away so his ninja friends will get into a snowball fight with him without worrying about getting on the naughty list. But, will Yukio ruin Christmas for everyone? Don’t worry — it turns out an epic snowball fight is just what Santa plans.
The Naughty List by Michael Fry and Bradley Jackson
I haven’t had a chance to read this book but it looks funny — from Amazon: “When Bobbie’s hilariously bumbling efforts to save her brother’s Christmas actually land him on Santa’s Naughty List, she must travel to the North Pole to make things right again and save Christmas. Bobbie suddenly finds herself on an epic holiday adventure complete with rogue elves, dysfunctional reindeer, a lazy Santa, and more.”
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