Last year we started a Christmas book advent with the boys and I loved everything about it. There was something about having that moment of peace in a very busy season that bought me so much joy. No matter how busy we were or what our day looked like we stopped each night for a whole month and snuggled in tight to read our nightly book by the tree. It was something both myself and my son looked forward to each day.
I’m starting to wrap our Christmas books and get things set up for our book advent this year and thought it might be fun to share some of our favorite Christmas books with you (Thank you Danielle for the post idea).
I’m going to give you a quick run down of why we love these books and include links where you can find them in case you would like to add a few to your stash.
My boys are 18 months and 3 years old. I have more baby friendly books in our stash (not shown here) for our little guy. Most of the books I’m sharing today would be great for children ages two to six years old (maybe even older).
I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas by John Rox Illustrated by Bruce Whatley-
A fun holiday song we all know and love but in book form. The illustrations are cute and it’s just plain silly. My son got a kick out of this one last year and loved the chorus that ran throughout the book as he was able to say it along with me as I read. I love when a book can be more than a read as I’m always trying to think of ways to use books as teaching tools. We hopped on YouTube and listened to the song goes along with the book. We colored a hippopotamus picture and talked about all the silly things we could ask for for Christmas.
The Night Before Christmas by Illustrated by Mary Engelbreit –
I’m a fan of Mary Engelbreit children’s books (we have 3 of her books in our book advent this year). She does such an amazing illustrating. Her work is jam packed with eye candy which is great for littles. This is of course the book we read on Christmas Eve.
The Twelve Days of Christmas Illustrated by Jade Fang–
You may start noticing a theme with the books I’m sharing. I love children’s books with stunning illustrations. This is another one that fits that category! Not only are the illustrations beautiful this book is a great teaching tool! The artist includes each day’s gift on every page. For example the first day’s gift is a partridge in a pear tree. The second day’s gift is two turtledove. On the second page the illustrator not only showed the turtle doves, the partridge and pear tree were worked into the illustration as well. As the days go on it’s harder to find the previous days gifts within the illustration which makes for a fun hunting game. My son loved looking for the previous day’s gifts on each page as well as counting how many were included within each gift. We hopped on YouTube and watched a kids version of The Twelve Days of Christmas and I printed coloring pages that go along with the 12 days. The have a little tracing section at the bottom that was a bonus. We worked on counting them items on each coloring sheet and placing them in order with what we read in the book then made our own book. There are so many lessons you can create around this book!
Our Little Deer & Santa Is Coming To Your House-
A sweet friend gifted the boys these books last year knowing that were were starting a book advent. They are PRECIOUS! As you can see they personalize the book and include photos of the child as well. Our Little Deer is perfect for for one to four years olds. Santa Is Coming is more appropriate for four and above as it’s more on the wordy side. Both are precious and I know we’ll cherish these for a long time!
What a sweet gift idea, right? My friend sent me an email asking for a couple photos of the boys. I had no idea what she was cooking up but ugh I just love how sweet and thoughtful this gift was! Book advent aside this would be such a great anytime gift for a little one as they have tons of other books, not just Christmas themed books.
Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas- We love this story and of course all the fun festive art work! It was one of the few books that Weston asked to read over and over during advent last year. We will be doing this craft to go along with the book. I’m not so sure I’ll be putting it on top of our tree but it sure will be fun for my little guys to create.
Pete The Cat Saves Christmas- This book started our love for Pete the Cat. It’s a cute book and fun story line but we enjoyed the song that accompanies the book. Weston was thrilled to visit the website and watch the video. We’ll be doing this craft to go along with our read this year.
Snowman At Christmas- This is a Christmas book collection must have! Another cute story line and fun to read to littles. We also love Snowmen at Night. We’ll be doing a version of this craft to go along with the book.
Bear Stays Up For Christmas- All of the Bear Stays Up books are precious. We own several so of course this was a must. If you’re familiar with the Bear Stays Up books this follows along with the others and has the same cute characters.
Santa- I feel kind of bad for including this one because I can’t find a link to share with you guys. I would have left it off but I couldn’t cut Little Blue Truck’s Christmas out and they were photographed together so I’ll have to taunt you with this one. The story is about Santa is getting ready to head out for Christmas Eve. He’s all ready to go but he can’t find his jacket. It’s a sweet simple story line and so fun to read to littles. If you happen to see this one at a Half Price Books or thrift store snag it!
Little Blue Trucks Christmas– This was another repeat read in our house last year. If you’re familiar with Little Blue Truck books this one has the same cute characters, fun story line, and wonderful illustrations! We’ll be doing this lesson and a version of this craft to go long with our read this year.
And there you have it! Hopefully you found this helpful and learned a few new to you books that you would like to pick up!
I jumped on Snap Chat (Kendra_Huie) yesterday and shared our favorite “baby” Christmas books which would be good for children eight months to two years. You’ll be able to view that until this afternoon before the Snap Chat magic makes it disappear. I’ll also be hoping onto Instragram today to share a couple new Christmas books I recently picked up to add to our collection.
There so many good ones I’ve missed and it would be oh so helpful if you share some of your favorite children’s Christmas books in your comment below!