Every year since 2012, I’ve put together a list of Christmas picture books, but until this year, it never occurred to me to compile a list of our favorite Christmas board books.
This year, when I was unpacking our box of Christmas books (who am I kidding, we now have three boxes of Christmas books), I realized our Christmas board book collection has gotten fairly robust over the past couple of years.
If you are looking for Christmas books for babies, I hope you’ll find some titles on this list you love too!
11 Delightful Christmas Board Books
Dear Santa by Rod Campbell
You probably already know Dear Zoo, but I had no idea until this year that there was a Christmas board book version of this beloved lift-the-flap book. Because the only thing better than the zoo is Santa!
Room for a Little One by Martin Waddell and Jason Cockcroft
I LOVE this sweet Christmas book and it was Ella’s number one favorite when she was a toddler. When she was two, I counted one December morning and we read it 7 times in a row.
A Christmas Carol: A BabyLit Colors Primer by Jennifer Adams, illustrated by Alison Oliver
I’m a huge fan of the BabyLit books and of course I can’t resist the Christmas one based on A Christmas Carol.
I Spy Little Christmas by Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick
For slightly older toddlers, rather than babies, this is a really fun interactive book that has you search out Christmas items on every festive page. I promise, it’ll be one of the most popular Christmas board books in your collection!
Bob by Sandra Boynton
Bob is a reindeer. And he has a whole collection of Christmas stories to share with you. A Christmas board book as only Sandra Boynton could make – you won’t be disappointed.
Where’s Santa Claus? by Ingela P Arrhenius
I love this lift-the-flap book because the flaps are made out of felt and therefore nearly indestructible. I also love the vintage look of the illustrations, along with the bright colors.
Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Schertle, illustrated by Jill McElmurry
Little Blue Truck is always a hit at our house (and I know it’s not just our house!). This story is sweet and charming and, bonus, has twinkle lights. You cannot go wrong.
Olivia Helps with Christmas by Ian Falconer
I’m an Olivia fan through and through and the Christmas one just makes me laugh so much. Olivia is super busy as Christmas approaches – who else is going to wait endlessly for Santa, plus oversee all the preparations (her parents certainly couldn’t do it without her!)? It really is exhausting but Olivia is up to the challenge.
Carl’s Christmas by Alexandra Day
My mom always got a huge kick out of the Carl books and I love them too. In this one, Carl the dog is left alone to take care of the baby while the parents go to Grandma’s and then church (hello, CPS call). Of course, in their usual fashion, Carl and the baby head out, do some Christmas shopping, go caroling, and spy Santa, before returning home just in time.
Seeking a Santa by Angela DiTerlizzi, illustrated by Allie Smith
We had the Halloween version of this book (Seeking a Witch) and it was so popular we had to get the Christmas version too. The cheery illustrations and rhyming text are just so delightfully festive.
Cozy Classics: The Nutcracker by Jack & Holman Wang
Have you seen this series? They’re so incredible with detailed felted scenes photographed for each page and then a single word on each page that tells the story. It’s kind of amazing how well a literary classic can be told in twelve words and I LOVE this version of The Nutcracker.
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What are your favorite Christmas books for babies and toddlers? Leave your suggestions in the comments so everyone can benefit!
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Photos from Heather Mildenstein