The Best Christmas Picture Books to Read Together This Year

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is pulling out the holiday picture books to read together as a family. Our collection grows a little each year and then, at the end of the season, they get stowed away with seasonal decorations. There are so many great Christmas books out there and I wanted to share a few of the very best!

Best Religious Picture Book

‘The First Christmas Night’ is a simple introduction to the true story of Christmas. Written in uncomplicated language to the tune of ‘The Night Before Christmas’, it’s a classic book to add spirituality to the season.

Best Christmas Carol Book

I absolutely loved this rendition of ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ – such gorgeous, lavish illustrations counting down the twelve days before Christmas while a couple makes their way to a festive soiree.

Best Classic Picture Book (Tie!)

Everyone knows ‘The Polar Express’ – it’s pure Christmas magic for little ones. We love to watch the movie, but the book is just as fun. With vivid, dramatic illustrations, it’s interesting year after year.
Tied with The Polar Express is ‘The Night Before Christmas’. This melodic classic has many reiterations, but this is my favorite. Large text and vintage looking illustrations make it even more beloved.

Best Interactive Book

I’ve been on the hunt for a great Nutcracker book, and this one is just so fun. ‘The Storybook Orchestra: The Nutcracker’, is filled with playful illustrations and an abridged story of The Nutcracker. Most importantly, though, are the musical notes to press on each page that will play Tchaikovsky’s music.

Best Santa Book

We love the jolly book ‘Santa Claus: The World’s Number One Toy Expert’. Kids follow along with how Santa researches, selects, and matches each toy to each child for Christmas.

Best Book About Traditions

‘Pick a Pine Tree’ is a new favorite for us, about picking and decorating a Christmas tree – beautifully illustrated and written in catchy rhyming verse.

Best Whimsical Illustrated Book

I’m a sucker for a beautiful book (who isn’t?!) and ‘The Last Stop on the Reindeer Express’ is absolutely stunning. Colorful, magical, playful, with flaps to open and cut outs, this sweet book about missing a loved one on Christmas is fun to read over and over again.

Tell me, do you have a favorite Christmas book? I’m always on the lookout for new ones to add to our collection! If you’re looking for more children’s books, I have a giant list of my 100+ favorite works of children’s literature.

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