The Best Christmas Picture Books to Read This Holiday Season

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The BEST Christmas Picture Books for kids to read this holiday season! Stock up on delightful holiday reads to get you through the winter break and keep your kids entertained. Christmas books for kids about Santa and Christmas books for children about Jesus. Religious picture books for Christmas and funny Christmas picture books are all on this book list. Print off this book list and take it to the library or the bookstore. | batchofboks.com

One of my favorite parts of celebrating Christmas is reading all the Christmas picture books we have on our shelves. Of all the holiday books we own, Christmas holds the largest portion.

Whether we’re reading about the birth of the Savior or a silly holiday romp about Santa and his elves, these are some of the books we enjoy reading during the month of December.

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The Best Christmas Picture Books to Read This Holiday Season

The Little Reindeer by Nicola Kellen. Christmas picture books to read this holiday season. Best books for kids this Christmas. Picture books to read for Christmas. | batchofbooks.comThe Little Reindeer by Nicola Killen

If you love Christmas picture books with gorgeous illustrations and delightful adventures, you definitely need this on your list. The mostly black and white artwork draws your attention to the strategically placed red items in the pictures.

This is a charming book that puts a unique twist on the typical Christmas book.

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Pig the Elf (Pig the Pug) by Aaron Blabey. Picture books for Christmas. Christmas picture books to read to your kids this holiday season. Picture books about elves. Christmas books about dogs. Funny books for Christmas. Funny holiday books for kids. | batchofbooks.comPig the Elf (Pig the Pug) by Aaron Blabey

I don’t know if you’ve heard of this series yet, but it’s a blast. Pig the Pug is the world’s greediest pug—and it just so happens that he loves Christmas.

This little book is full of shenanigans and laugh out loud moments. Kids that enjoy funny Christmas picture books will be thrilled to get their hands on this gem.

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How to Catch Santa by Jean Reagan, illustrated by Lee Wildish. Christmas picture books for kids to read this holiday season. Best Christmas books for kids. Funny Christmas books for kids. | batchofbooks.comHow to Catch Santa by Jean Reagan, illustrated by Lee Wildish

This is one of the cutest Christmas picture books we have on our shelves!

If you want to catch Santa this Christmas, this is the book for you. It walks you through the process, from setting the trap to what questions to ask once you’ve got him. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone with kids that want to see the big guy himself on Christmas Eve.

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How to Catch an Elf by Adam Wallace, illustrated by Andy Elkerton. Christmas picture books for kids about elves. Books to read this Christmas for kids. Children's books about Santa. Picture books about elves. | batchofbooks.comHow to Catch an Elf by Adam Wallace, illustrated by Andy Elkerton

As long as we’re catching Santa, we may as well catch an elf or two as well. Or maybe you failed at catching the big guy, so you’ve set your sights on a smaller prize. Either way, you’ll need this book to get the job done properly.

This bestselling picture book is perfect for kids with Christmas fever and big imaginations. It’s a ton of fun to read, for both kids and their parents.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas by Britta Teckentrup. Christmas picture books for kids to read this holiday season. Classic Christmas song books for kids. Peek through picture books. Holiday classics for kids. Modern classics. | batchofbooks.comThe Twelve Days of Christmas: A Peek-Through Picture Book illustrated by Britta Teckentrup

My toddler is hooked on books you can sing to. I sang this song so many times I actually had to hide the book from her. Now that Christmas is getting closer, we’ll pull the book out again and sing it until our throats are sore. My kids love the cut-out pages, the cute illustrations, and of course, the classic Christmas song.

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The Legend of Old Befana by Tomie dePaola. Best Christmas picture books for kids to read this holiday season. Celebrate Christmas and the Christ child with this beautiful Italian story of Old Befana and her encounter with the three wise men. Beautiful Christmas stories from around the world for kids. | batchofbooks.comThe Legend of Old Befana: An Italian Christmas Story by Tomie dePaola

Children all think Old Befana is just a grumpy old woman. All she does is sweep—cleaning her home for when the Christ child will come to visit.

This is a classic Italian legend told at Christmas time. If you’re looking for Christmas picture books that explore cultures and stories from around the world, this is a good one to add to your list.

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Christmas Fox by Anik McGrory. Best Christmas picture books for kids to read this holiday season. Celebrate the birth of Christ with this beautiful picture book about a fox who learns that the gift of Jesus is for everyone. A beautiful, heartfelt story that's just right for remembering the reason for the season. | batchofbooks.comThe Christmas Fox by Anik McGrory

This is a genuine, sweet, and beautiful Christmas picture book that captures the spirit of the holiday perfectly. I love nativity stories and this one has some of the prettiest illustrations I’ve seen. It’s a simple story about feeling inadequate and learning that the gift of Jesus is for everyone, including those who think they have nothing to offer.

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The Lost Gift: A Christmas Story by Kallie George, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin. Picture books about Christmas for kids to read this holiday season. Christmas picture books about Santa. Beautiful Christmas books for kids. | batchofbooks.comThe Lost Gift: A Christmas Story by Kallie George, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin

This is another Christmas picture book my kids and I love to read. The illustrations are adorable and the story is as sweet as can be. It’s perfect for bedtime around the Christmas season.

Santa accidentally loses a gift over the edge of his sleigh one Christmas Eve. A group of kind-hearted animals decides to take the gift to its recipient. They struggle through the cold, snowy night in order to get the gift to a baby girl.

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The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. Classic Christmas picture books for kids. Best Christmas books of all time for kids. Beautiful picture books about Christmas. | batchofbooks.comThe Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Everyone needs this title on their bookshelf. It’s a modern Christmas picture book classic that my kids and I love to read every December.

If you’re interested in giving this to someone as a gift, pair it up with a copy of the movie and some delicious hot chocolate. You’ll be giving a Christmas tradition they’ll love for years to come.

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We Wish for a Monster Christmas by Sue Fliess, illustrated by Claudia Ranucci. Untraditional Christmas picture books for kids. Funny Christmas books for kids. Funny picture books about Christmas for kids to read. | batchofbooks.comWe Wish for a Monster Christmas by Sue Fliess, illustrated by Claudia Ranucci

When some kids wish for a monster for Christmas, their parents start to worry. When Santa agrees to give them a monster, the parents have a full-blown panic attack. Monsters are messy. They destroy things. But soon, the family figures out how to take care of their monster and save their sanity too.

My kids always love books about monsters, even when it’s not Halloween. So a monster Christmas book was right up their alley. This book is perfect if you’re looking for a non-traditional Christmas picture books to read during the holiday season.

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The Bear Who Didn't Want to Miss Christmas by Marie Tibi, illustrated by Fabien Ockto Lambert. Picture books about Christmas. Picture books that celebrate Christmas. Books for kids about Christmas. | batchofbooks.comThe Bear Who Didn’t Want to Miss Christmas by Marie Tibi, illustrated by Fabien Ockto Lambert

When all the forest animals are making plans for Christmas, Little Bear feels sad. He’ll be hibernating during the holidays and will miss Santa’s visit completely. His friends decide to throw him an early Christmas celebration.

This is a cute Christmas picture book about a group of animals going out of their way to spread Christmas cheer and help a friend experience the wonder of the holiday.

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The Christmas Train by Thomas S. Monson, illustrated by Dan Burr. Classic Christmas stories for kids to read this holiday season. Books about the spirit of Christmas. Religious books about Christmas for kids. LDS books for kids about Christmas. | batchofbooks.comThe Christmas Train by Thomas S. Monson, illustrated by Dan Burr

Looking for Christmas picture books that capture the true spirit of Christmas? You definitely need to read this one. Thomas S. Monson tells the story of a Christmas from his childhood when he asked for an electric train set—and got a life lesson he’d never forget.

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A World of Cookies for Santa by M.E. Furman, illustrated by Susan Gal. Books about Christmas for kids. Christmas picture books for kids to read this holiday season. Holiday picture books about Santa. International and world travel books about Christmas. Holiday traditions around the world. | batchofbooks.comA World of Cookies for Santa by M.E. Furman, illustrated by Susan Gal

Have you ever wondered what kinds of cookies Santa gets when he visits homes in the Philippines or Russia? This delightful Christmas picture book takes you around the world with the jolly old elf to discover the treats and sweets heaped on Santa during his nighttime dash around the globe.

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What are your favorite Christmas picture books? Let me know in the comments!

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Savannah Hendricks
    December 13, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    How to Catch Santa, was a great read

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      December 13, 2017 at 9:24 pm

      It’s super cute, isn’t it? My kids love that book. They get a good laugh out of it every time we read it.

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    Jean Reagan
    December 14, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Thanks for including my book, HOW TO CATCH SANTA, on this list. Your post put a smile on my face! 🙂 Jean Reagan (the author)

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      December 14, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      Thanks Jean! Your book puts a smile on my kids’ faces every time we read it. 🙂

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    Jess@Fairday's Blog
    December 14, 2017 at 10:07 am

    I love the Polar Express- but many of the other books are new to me. So many cute titles and covers. The Little Reindeer and We Wish for a Monster Christmas are high on my list. Thanks for sharing!

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      December 14, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      I think The Polar Express was the only title that isn’t “new”. I love the artwork in The Little Reindeer. Happy reading!

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    Karen Seward
    January 4, 2018 at 9:02 am

    Here are a few other titles to check out:
    Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Berry (sharing/not wasting)
    The After Christmas Tree by Linda Wagner Tyler (what to do with your live tree after the holiday)
    Here Comes SANTA Cat by Deborah Underwood (about sharing)
    Santa’s Stuck by Rhonda Gowler Greene
    Snowflake Kisses and Gingerbread Smiles by Toni Trent Parlor(rhyming)

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