7 Favorite Holiday Books for Baby & Toddler
This is a wonderful time of year for new and old traditions, and one of my favorite ways to get into the Christmas spirit is to read holiday books with the boys. Nothing says Christmas like getting curled up in a warm blanket with your little love to get lost in the world of a story you'll remember for years to come.
We have our long-time favorites, but it's fun to add one or two new ones into the mix each year and watch our holiday book collection grow. New books mean new memories!
Here's my list of 7 favorite books to read with your baby and toddler during the holidays:
The Story of Santa's Beard by Sharon Thayer
A new addition to our book collection, this super cute story has quickly become a favorite around here. While children around the world are being good, Santa's beard grows a tiny bit longer. His beard grows every time a child shares, plays fair, does their best, or tells the truth. I love it because it reinforces good behavior, without threatening the loss of presents from Santa.
You can buy The Story of Santa's Beard here or at your local Papyrus or Hallmark store.
On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman
This one isn't a holiday story per se, but it's a cozy, heartwarming winter favorite. "On the night you were born, you brought wonder and magic to the world." The kids really get into it because it feels personal to them.
Buy On the Night You Were Born here.
Goodnight Santa by Michelle Robinson
As big fans of Goodnight Digger (which encourages kiddo to say goodnight to all of their toys before going to bed) we had to have this holiday edition. It’s a sweet story of getting to bed before Santa comes on Christmas Eve and the easy rhyming makes it a great before bed story.
Buy Goodnight Santa on Amazon.
Llama Llama Jingle Bells by Anna Dewdney
If your toddler has been introduced to the Llama Llama series, you’ll love this short and sweet board book. (There’s also Llama Llama Holiday Drama, a longer read with a great moral for toddlers and pre-schoolers.)
Get your copy of Llama Llama Jingle Bells here.
Dream Snow by Eric Carle
If you know and love The Very Hungry Caterpillar, you'll feel at home with Dream Snow's simple story about a farmer (with five animals named One, Two, Three, Four and Five) who falls asleep wondering how Christmas can come when there is no snow outside. (Spoiler alert, the farmer wakes up to see that it snowed while he was sleeping, so it may not be the best story if it's not likely to snow where you live.)
Buy Dream Snow on Amazon.
God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Tawn Bergren
God Gave us Christmas was gifted to us by one of my best friend's last year and I love reading the sweet story to my boys. If teaching your children the true meaning of Christmas is important to you, you must add this book to your collection. The story helps explain how Christmas was invented by God, not Santa, without dissing the jolly one, of course. Santa and presents are so fun, but it's also fun discovering just how much God loves us and is all around us.
You can buy God Gave Us Christmas here.
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
If you haven't read it, this holiday classic is about a young boy questioning his belief in Santa Claus. He travels aboard the Polar Express to the North Pole and gets to choose the first Christmas gift of the year. He chooses a reindeer bell, which he finds the next morning under the tree. It warmly ends with the ringing bell as a sign of his belief in the Christmas spirit.
Get your copy of The Polar Express here.
What are your favorite holiday books for littles? Share in the comments, we're always looking for new books for our collection.