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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.