8 Favourite Christmas Books for Toddlers
Below we’ve listed some of our favourite Christmas books for toddlers that are really popular with little ones. We have been reading these to Sophie over the past few weeks & her excitement builds as we get closer to the big day. It also means she goes to bed talking about Santa & snowmen!
These books are either a permanent part of our Christmas books box, which comes out each December, or we have borrowed from the library. Although we are recommending these books for toddlers, many are still definite favourites with older preschool children! You can see more of our book recommendations for preschool aged children here.
The stories of Spot are a children’s favourite – Sophie knew the story of ‘Where’s Spot?’ by heart when she was still quite little & still chooses to read it most days. This Christmas version has the ever popular flaps to lift – a guaranteed winner in Sophie’s world! In this cute story, Spot finds out about Christmas trees, carol-singers and presents from Father Christmas as he experiences his first Christmas. The board book is robust & just the right size for little hands.
This festive book is part of the ‘That’s Not My …’ Usborne series of which we have many. So many! Adding the ‘Elf’ book (& ‘That’s Not My Snowman…’) to the collection has been very popular with Sophie. It follows the same board book format of different textures & simple, bright pictures for little ones to enjoy. It also has the little mouse who Sophie adores & has to find on each page!
We borrowed the board book of this lovely story from the library & we are so glad we did. It is Christmas Eve & a farmer is wondering how Christmas can come without snow. When he wakes up, he finds it has indeed snowed &, Santa-like, braves the outside to give his animals presents. Not only this, but he also creates a special musical treat for children everywhere! The book has flaps to lift & the classic Eric Carle illustrations are shown as textured collages. Any book by the man who wrote ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar‘ is OK by us, but most importantly Sophie loved the story & returning it wasn’t popular!
A simple & warm re-telling of the Nativity story with bright, attractive illustrations from the renowned Rod Campbell of ‘Dear Zoo’ fame. The easy to follow sentences make it a good story to read out loud to little ones as an early introduction to the actual basis of the Christmas festival. It is one of our family favourites & will be shared for many Christmases to come.
Well Peppa never fails to be one of Sophie’s top characters & this story is a big hit. Follow the pig family’s Christmas preparations as they choose a Christmas tree, decorate the house and meet a surprise visitor. What else can one say?!
Another Rod Campbell book (yes, we are all big fans!). Rather like his other book, ‘My Presents’ – an all time favourite with Sophie – ‘Dear Santa’ has a different surprise on each page. A letter to Santa asking for a Christmas present starts off a chain of unwrapping & revealing a different gift when each flap is lifted. There is also a special surprise at the end… A toddler board book winner!
Part of the ‘Busy Books’ series, this book has lots of things on the double page illustrations for toddlers to easily turn, slide, push or pull – great fun! The story follows two children as they prepare for Christmas. The interactive elements mean toddlers can watch snowmen grow, sledges slide and trees being trimmed. At the end, they can push the tab to see what happens on Christmas Eve . . . have the children been good? Will Santa come? The text is in rhyme & is full of festive fun.
With illustrations by Axel Scheffler, illustrator of children’s classics such as ‘The Gruffalo‘ & ‘Room on the Broom‘, you can’t go far wrong with this book. Written by Ian Whybrow this rhyming tale tells the story of a bear who gets left behind in the workshop after Santa sets off to deliver the presents. How will he get to Tom’s house in time for Christmas? Follow his journey as he chases Santa’s sleigh through icy seas and snowy forests! There’s lots of fun detail & the ever popular flap to lift on every page of this small board book.
There are many more favourite books we could have listed. Some, like ‘The Snowman‘, we find Sophie prefers to look at when watching the film as well & who can blame her? Both are beautiful.
Looking for books for younger children? Take a look at our Christmas books for babies list.