Christmas is magical. Books are magical. Together, well, they are magic squared—like pie smells and twinkle lights and grandma hugs all mixed together. They are the biggest, coziest blanket on your feet and a steaming cup of cocoa in your hands. From your head to your toes, every bit of you is content.
The best Christmas board books for babies and toddlers stoke little happy fires in the hearts of even the most cynical adults. There’s just something special about starting them young on stories that feel so joyful and warm.
We all know the classics, like The Night Before Christmas. This list adds 19 more favorites to your family pile! They’re wonderful to keep wrapped and stacked under your tree or bring out each evening right before bedtime as a little Christmas countdown.
100 words about Christmas? Yes, please! Expand your baby’s holiday vocabulary (tree, star, snowflake, elf, chimney, cookies, merry, and many more) with this festive board book that features cute characters, bright colors, and playful scenes.
Holiday word association plus fun sounds! See the pictures, say the words, and poke the irresistible buttons on every page to hear satisfying “clicks” and “pops.”
Fa La La by Leslie Patricelli
Baby loves Christmas and cannot contain the excitement! Follow along as our favorite one-haired wonder decorates, makes creative gifts, visits Santa, sings carols, and prepares for the big day.
My Baby Loves Christmas by Jabari Asim
Celebrate all the Christmas-y things baby loves in this sweet, rhyming board book. It’s the perfect gift for even the freshest newborns and many toddlers will have it completely memorized by their second holiday season!
Where’s Santa Claus? by Nosy Crow
We love a felt flap, and so do babies! They’re easy to grip and lift in this beautifully illustrated, holiday-themed peek-a-boo book. With gold foil on the cover and a mirror on the final page, this is a perfect book to share with even your tiniest sugar plum.
Follow Me Santa by Roger Priddy
Go on a Christmas Eve journey with Santa in this colorful, festive finger maze book that puts baby in the sleigh driver’s seat. Collect presents and reindeer, and travel across the world delivering gifts. Littles will love exploring the paths with their fingertips to trace each maze while meeting festive friends along the way!
Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Schertle
If you love Little Blue Truck (who doesn’t?!), you’ll really love this Christmas follow-up that includes real twinkle lights! With the gentle rhythm and signature illustration style that made Little Blue Truck a household name, Blue’s snowy adventure is full of holiday joy that will make the whole family smile.
Christmas is Awesome! By Sabrina Moyle
From Hello!Lucky comes a whimsical holiday romp, where everyone’s getting in on the festive fun, including a grumpy (but adorable) lump of coal. Christmas + colorful illustrations + puns = our kind of holiday cheer!
Make & Play Nativity by Joey Chou
Bring the story of Christmas to life with this board book that does double duty as an easy-to-assemble nativity scene with press-out pieces. It’s the perfect gift for children who really want to engage with what they’re reading!
Olivia Helps with Christmas by ian Falconer
Join everyone’s favorite piglet as she makes the holiday season brighter! From setting up the tree to waiting for Santa and making Christmas dinner, Olivia learns that helping make Christmas full of cheer is endearingly exhausting.
S is for Santa by Greg Paprocki
Spanning the whole alphabet, this Christmas-themed alphabet board book features colorful Christmas-themed concepts that evoke a sense of wonderment for toddlers and nostalgia for parents. As you flip the pages, you’ll see things like Christmas carolers, kids playing in the snow, toys piled high under the tree, sparkling lights, flying reindeer, and of course jolly ol’ St. Nick and his elves!
The Story of Christmas by Helen Dardik
Teach your littles the meaning of Christmas in this beautifully-illustrated board book detailing the Nativity Story. This is a timeless classic you’ll revisit every year.
Don’t Shake the Present by Bill Cotter
Based on the USA Today-bestselling series, Don’t Push the Button!, this holiday novelty book follows Larry the lovable monster as he tries to resist the urge to figure out what’s inside his present. Can your kiddo help?
A Christmas Carol by Brooke Jorden
They’ll be running around the house saying Bah! Humbug! and giggling like crazy after reading this kid’s version of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas ghost story. Lit for Little Hands: A Christmas Carol tells the Scrooge story of human nature and second chances in simple, engaging prose.
Jingle Bells: A Musical Instrument Song Book by James Lord Pierpont
Start your family caroling tradition with this listen and sing book that features a merry band of musicians who go on a sleigh ride, playing their instruments along the way.
Llama Llama Jingle Bells by Anna Dewdney
Got Little Llama Llama fans in your house? Stuff their stockings with this sweet and simple rhyming board book! Little llama and his friends give gifts, sing songs, and decorate cookies, making for a very merry holiday, indeed.
This Little Reindeer by Aly Fronis
This Little Reindeer is a Christmas-themed remix of the classic nursery rhyme, This Little Piggy. Each little reindeer has a job to do: one goes to the market, one loads Santa’s sleigh, one stretches, one cooks some treats, and one plays in the snow. Now they’re all ready to deliver presents and wish your family a Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas, Little Pookie by Sandra Boynton
A super-sweet mommy and me tale, Merry Christmas, Little Pookie follows Mom and her little Pookie as they prepare for the merriest of holidays. They walk through the falling snow, bake Christmas cookies, sing with friends and family, and show through their charm and pizazz that the holiday is truly about family.
The Nutcracker by E. T. A. Hoffman
Designed as a one-minute version of the classic story, this beautifully-illustrated Christmas board book tells the tale of Clara, who is given a special gift from her Godfather—a beautiful nutcracker doll. Think you can get through the rest in 59 seconds? Timer starts…now!
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