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12 of the Best Christmas Books for Toddlers

The days and weeks leading up to the Christmas holiday can be super busy and stressful, but they can also be filled with special times and traditions. Christmas books shared with your preschool child is one of those traditions that you probably already do every year. If you are looking for the best Christmas books for toddlers, this list will help you find some new ones for your own household.

Quiet time together, snuggled up under a fuzzy blanket, sharing stories, and creating family memories. This is the perfect setting for reading the best Christmas books for toddlers and enjoying the cozy time together.

This list of Christmas picture books for preschool children includes books that many families have enjoyed over the years. You may want to order these books right away so you can read a new Christmas book or story every night leading up to Christmas.

This list includes books and stories about Jesus’ birth and the focus of sharing and giving to others. There are no books about Santa and flying reindeer on this list.

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Christmas Picture Books for Preschoolers

Reading to young children is one of the most important things you can do to encourage a love of reading and develop their pre-reading skills. Christmas-time is a wonderful time of year to spend extra quality time reading to your children.

This list of Christmas picture books for preschoolers will get you started on collecting quality books that will help your child learn about Jesus’ birth and the true meaning of Christmas. Giving and sharing with others.

There are also a couple of interactive books on this list that are perfect for preschoolers. Coloring, sticker books, and activity books help young children engage with the story while developing their fine-motor skills.

Coloring side by side with an older sibling or adult can encourage the preschoolers to learn how to color in the lines, develop their spatial awareness, and practice using and talking about colors while interacting with the pictures you are coloring.

The title of each book, as well as the picture, are both clickable links that will take you to Amazon if you want to order the book right now. Check out the following best Christmas books for toddlers.

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Christmas Story Coloring Book

Coloring books are an essential part of a toddler and preschool-aged child’s book collection. Coloring helps a child develop hand-eye coordination. If you spend time coloring alongside them, they will also learn and develop as they watch you color in the lines and use appropriate colors for each part of the picture.

Take the coloring book in the car with you for something to keep your child entertained and busy if you have to wait. Talk about the stories on the pages you are coloring with your child.

  • 52 pages.
  • Reading Level: Ages 3-10

The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving

This whimsical family of bears brings another faith lesson home. As they are excited and preparing to open their Christmas gifts, the bear cubs learn a valuable lesson at the Christmas pageant. This lesson provides insight into the joy of giving. Add these delightful bears and their family’s faithful lessons to your library!

  • Author: Jan & Mike Berenstain
  • Published 2010, 32 pages
  • Reading level: Ages 4-7

Beginner’s Bible – The Very First Christmas

Engaging, colorful artwork, and simple storylines, this book will be a favorite for your young child. You will probably read this one again and again throughout the year as you read about the birth of Jesus.

  • 32 Pages
  • Reading Level: Ages 0-4


Nativity Sticker Activity Book

This cute little sticker book is great to go along in your purse, diaper bag, backpack, or in the seat pocket in the car. The booklet contains 25 numbered stickers to place on the background pages to create the story of the birth of Jesus. Once the stickers have been placed in the book, children can tell the story over and over again.

  • 4 background pages
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8

God is With Us

The artwork is stunning and cozy, and the message throughout the book is that God is never far away from us. What a beautiful picture book for young children.

Written in rhyming verse, the book introduces young children to the characteristics of God.

  • Author: Amy Parker
  • 28 pages
  • Reading Level: Ages 0-3
Mother and little child reading one of the Christmas Books for Preschoolers

Creating holiday memories with your child and helping them learn to love the beautiful story of Jesus’ birth is the goal of finding the best Christmas books for toddlers and preschoolers. Children love to listen to you read and this creates a wonderful feeling of closeness. When you choose books that will teach, inspire, and intrigue your child’s mind, they are learning and exploring along with the story in the book.

Jesus Calling: The Story of Christmas

This beautiful picture book begins with the story of creation and shares that God has always been present and had a plan for Christmas. Each page contains Bible verses and devotions for young children.

  • Author: Sarah Young
  • 32 pages
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8

The Crippled Lamb

This story follows a little lamb with a crippled leg. He can’t play and run like the other lambs and feels lonely and left out. But God has a special plan for him just like He does for each of us. That plan is that we will feel loved, accepted, and healed by His love.

  • Author: Max Lucado
  • 32 pages
  • Reading Level: Ages 3-7

The Christmas Story: The Brick Bible for Kids

Celebrate the birth of Jesus through Legos. This fun way of experiencing the Christmas story will engage your children and you may find them trying to re-create the story with their own toys!

  • Author: Brendan Powell Smith
  • 32 Pages
  • Reading Level: Ages 3-7 But older children who love Legos will also enjoy this book!

Seek and Circle Christmas Stories

This fun interactive book will engage your child on each page. Use a dry-erase marker or just your memory and start looking for the hidden pictures in each scene. For older children, there are also two hidden images that represent different names of God.

  • 14 pages of fun
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8

Room for a Little One

This beautiful picture book about the animals in the barn will help your child understand sharing and giving. Each animal, in turn, makes room for another animal and then lastly for a baby in their barn. Soft, warm illustrations, and simple text.

  • Author: Martin Waddell
  • 26 Pages
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-7

Great Joy

It is just before Christmas in the 1940s when an organ grinder and his monkey come to Frances’ street. The sad eyes of the organ grinder stay with Frances as she tries to remember her lines at the Christmas pageant.

This is a story of kindness and compassion for others in spite of the circumstances. This story will provide lots of things to talk about with your child as you look at the pictures and read the story.

  • Author: Bagram Ibatoulline
  • 32 Pages
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8

The Little Fir Tree

This beautiful picture book is about a boy with a crippled leg and a father who brings Christmas to him. The story is written from the tree’s perspective (not a talking tree) which can help a child picture the story from the outside looking in.

The artwork is beautiful and the story shows the love surrounding the holidays and the people who make the holidays special.

  • Author: Margaret Wise Brown
  • 32 pages
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8

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This year, as you are teaching your preschool child about Christmas, Jesus’ birth, and the true meaning of Christmas – giving and sharing with others, that these Christmas pictures books for preschoolers will become a part of your family tradition. Add the books to your shopping cart and get them ordered so that you can plan for the cozy evenings with your kids!

Each one of these Christmas picture books for preschoolers can be read at any time of the year and not just at Christmas! If you want to add some of the best Christmas books for toddlers to your library, get busy shopping right now!

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9 thoughts on “12 of the Best Christmas Books for Toddlers”

  1. Karen, I love this list and so appreciate you keeping the focus on sharing the story of Christ with our children. My husband grew up with a very commercialized view of Christmas and told me that he wished he had understood the true meaning of God’s love for mankind.

    1. We are surrounded by the commercialized version of Christmas, so being intentional about focusing on Jesus and His gift has to something we plan or it doesn’t happen. Starting with Christmas picture books for our toddler, preschool, and older children helps them understand the true meaning.

  2. Wow what an amazing list of books! My toddler would love ALL of these! She is especially in to stickers and seek and find books right now, so it’s really cool that those options are available as Christmas books!!

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