December is here, and already we’re seeing beautiful holiday decorations and light displays around town! The air is getting colder and snow is in the forecast! After growing up in Southern California, I love knowing snow is a possibility here each winter!
We celebrate Christmas at our house, and we enjoyed decorating our tree last weekend and unpacking our other Christmas decorations and Christmas books. This year, we added some new buildings to the sweet Christmas village under our tree (including a library!), and displayed our nutcracker collection on a shelf overlooking our family room. We started a new Christmas puzzle on our coffee table, and are overall feeling pretty ready for the season.
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Christmas Read Alouds
Our read-alouds this time of year often center around Christmas books. In years past, we have read a different Christmas-themed picture book each night as a family. Some books we read together are favorites from my childhood and some are newer finds. I love this idea of wrapping up Christmas books and opening one each night in December leading up to Christmas! I wanted to do it this year, but didn’t quite have my act together. Maybe next year! Brightly also has tons of great ideas for bookish ways to celebrate the holidays this year with their Holiday Central page. I’m going to take careful notes and try to plan ahead for next year! There’s even a giveaway on their site to win a bookish bundle of prizes and lots of great gift ideas!
I know other families who read a longer Christmas-themed story as a read-aloud during the month of December. We are working on a different family read-aloud right now, but I would like to start reading A Christmas Carol together. We have seen an amazing production of the play and listened to it performed on the radio while driving on Christmas Eve, but we’ve never read the book. It’s considered a novella, so not as long as some of Dickens’ other books. Maybe we can pause our other read-aloud and start it tonight!? I’ll have to check with my kids and husband on this one, and see if they are interested…
Without further ado, here are 25 + Christmas Books to enjoy with your family this year!
Christmas Board Books For Babies/Toddlers
Most of these are available as a board book or a regular picture book. You can choose!
Christmas in the Manger, by Nola Buck
The Donkey’s Christmas Song, by Nancy Tafuri
The Gingerbread Baby, by Jan Brett
Gingerbread Friends, by Jan Brett
The Itsy Bitsy Snowman, by Jeffrey Burton
The Story of Christmas, by Patricia A. Pingry
Christmas Picture Books
There are so many amazing Christmas stories to choose from. It was hard to narrow it down!
The Twelve Days of Christmas, by Laurel Long
The Birds of Bethlehem, by Tomie dePaola
The Christmas Wish, by Lori Evert
Frosty the Snowman, by Jack Rollins
How the Grinch Stole Christmas, by Dr. Seuss
The Legend of St. Nicholas, by Dandi Daley Mackall
The Legend of the Poinsettia, by Tomie dePaola
The Little Drummer Boy, by Ezra Jack Keats
The Night Before Christmas, by Clement Moore and Mary Engelbreit
The Night Before Christmas, by Charles Santore
Olive the Other Reindeer, by Vivian Walsh
The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg
Red & Lulu, by Matt Tavares
Santa’s Toy Shop, by Al Dempster
The Story of Holly & Ivy, by Rumer Godden
The Wild Christmas Reindeer, by Jan Brett
The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree, by Gloria Houston
Have you seen the beautiful illustrations in Matt Tavares book, Red and Lulu? Wow!
Longer Christmas Read-Alouds
If you are considering a longer Christmas read-aloud this year with your family, think about one of these.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson (ages 7+)
The Family Under the Bridge, by Natalie Savage Carlson (ages 7+)
A Christmas Memory, by Truman Capote (ages 9+)
A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens (ages 9+)
The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry (ages 11+)
I am sure you’re familiar with many of these, but maybe a few are new to you books that you could purchase or check out from the library this year to share with your family? Which other Christmas books are you and your family’s favorites? Comment and let me know!
Christmas books are a great gift idea for babies and little ones. Your gift of a Christmas book (or other book) would be a wonderful addition to a child’s book collection. If you aren’t sure what to get someone on your list, consider a Christmas book or another bookish gift idea!
Enjoy this holiday season, hold your loved ones close and cherish this special time together. There will be more to come from Bookity Split in the new year!