8 Favourite Christmas Books for PreSchoolers
This month we have been enjoying reading a selection of Christmas & winter themed books to Sophie. The excitement builds as we get closer to the big day & I love how it means Sophie goes to bed talking about Santa & snowmen!
Picture books are a fabulous way of not just teaching children reading skills, but also bringing us together as we share the magic of each story. They also create conversations as we talk about the stories afterwards.
The stories below are some of our favourite Christmas books for preschoolers. Some we have bought, some are borrowed from the library & others are part of the Christmas selection I had when I was little & my mum has kept. I have read them time & time again & certainly help to get me in the Christmas spirit!
I’m so pleased Usborne Farmyard Tales are still being published as they were a childhood favourite of mine – I just loved spotting ‘duck’ on each page! This lovely seasonal story has over 30 flaps to lift & lots of festive cheer!
The Boot family are preparing for Christmas & Poppy and Sam wonder whether Santa will bring them what they asked for. A colourful & robust book, it has quickly become a Christmas favourite of Sophie’s – she especially likes the pictures of the different farmyard animals.
Who can resist a Percy the Park Keeper story? Well Sophie & I can’t! This story is not specifically about Christmas, but is a really sweet winter’s tale. It is a bitterly cold night as the snow is falling & Percy is snug in his wooden hut in the park. During the evening, several of his furry friends knock on his door, hoping to spend the night with him. As you can imagine, he has quite the job of fitting them all in. The picture of them all in bed together is still one of my favourites! Irresistible!
The Jolly Postman was an absolute favourite when I was a child & when the Jolly Christmas Postman was published I remember being so pleased. This story starts on Christmas Eve & the Jolly Postman is busy delivering letters to a variety of fairy tale characters. There’s a card for Baby Bear, a get well soon jigsaw for Humpty Dumpty & a game called ‘Beware!’ for Red Riding Hood. The best bit for me was finding all the different letters & cards tucked inside the envelopes on each page & completing the activities! A children’s modern classic.
Usborne do publish some lovely books for preschoolers & this is no exception. This gorgeous book is a simple retelling of the Christmas story with bright pictures & textures little ones to feel & touch! From a fluffy donkey, woolly sheep, a glittering angel to baby Jesus sleeping in his soft blanket this book introduces the Christmas story to preschoolers beautifully. This book could easily be explored with younger toddlers & babies.
Kipper – another favourite book character that has entertained children for quite some time! For Kipper, at last it is Christmas Eve – the most magical night of the year! This story sees him thinking:
‘Which is best? Christmas Day? Or Christmas Eve?
Presents? Or expecting presents?’
Kipper decides he’ll be happy with whatever present he gets. An adorably simple story full of festive merriment, friendship, anticipation & the joy of making others happy.
A classic Christmas story featuring everyone’s favourite familly cat! In this book, the lovable Mog gets rather flustered with all the different goings-on in her house as the family prepare for Christmas. Strange noises & unusual smells means Mog retreats to the roof & there she stays … until she returns with a bump! The Mog stories have been around for quite some time, but they have certainly lost none of their charm.
Classic Elmer at Christmas time. The young elephants are very excited as ‘Papa Red’ is due to visit on Christmas Eve – they choose a tree to decorate & prepare the presents. But this year, Elmer is organising a special treat for the other elephants…if they can keep quiet!
We use Sophie’s cuddly Elmer to help tell this & other Elmer stories. Sophie often makes lots of elephant trumpeting sounds & although not usually part of the stories it seems to add to her enjoyment!
Alfie & Annie Rose help with the preparations for Christmas including opening their advent calendars, decorating the tree, singing carols, making cards & presents & writing a letter to Father Christmas. Alfie can’t wait to see what presents he will actually get on the big day!
We love all of the Alfie books as the stories are always gentle & rather heartwarming. There’s bit of nostalgia for me too as mum kept my books & now Sophie enjoys listening to the stories just like I did.
These are just some of our favourite Christmas books for preschoolers. We haven’t forgotten the wonderful Raymond Briggs’ stories ‘Father Christmas‘ & ‘The Snowman‘ or Mick Inkpen’s ‘The Nativity Play ‘ & so many more…