This post was originally published in 2019. I love Christmas and dreamed of spending the holidays with a family of my own for as long as I can remember. Last Christmas was Margot’s first, but she was only 6 months old, so things are a lot different this year. It’s been so fun and so special to reach Christmas books to my daughter each night – to create these memories with her for the second time. Even though she’ll be 17 months this week and doesn’t really get it, she’s learning new things, loves lights, and I am thoroughly enjoying this season with her. Every night, we snuggle up in her chair and read holiday books together. Margot loves pointing out “hoho” (santa), “nut” (nutcracker), “o-ments” (ornaments), and “cookoos” (cookies). 

The Best Christmas Books for Kids from 1 to 92


Flash forward a few years. That baby girl is now 5 (almost 5 and-a-half!) and has a younger sister and baby brother. She loves some of the same books she loved as a toddler. Pick a Pine Tree is still our family’s favorite, with Tough cookie as a close second. The board books have been passed down to baby Jack who, at almost 8 months doesn’t seem to have any preferences. But it’s especially sweet to celebrate his first Christmas and start these traditions with him. Here are the best Christmas books for babies and toddlers. 


The Best Christmas Books for Toddlers

Pick a Pine Tree

If you buy one Christmas book this year, make it this one. Sweetest story ever. We love it!
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Tough Cookie

Our second favorite. This is the cutest story of a sugar cookie who isn't fast and tastes terrible.
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You're My Little Christmas Wish

Short and sweet, and the best kind of sappy. The first page will get ya.
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A Christmas Gift for Santa

A really touching story about Santa wondering if he was forgotten.
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The Little Reindeer

Probably better for a 4-5 year old but it's a cute story and the illustrations are beautiful.
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Walking in a Winter Wonderland

This book is (shocker) written to the lyrics of walking in a winter wonderland, and has the most darling illustrations.
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Llama Llama Jingle Bells

I don't get llama llama. It's poorly written and definitely not my favorite when it comes to children's books, but kids love it. And huge bonus - it's a short, simple, and in this case, festive read.
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Duck and Goose It's Time for Christmas

Another short and sweet book that isn't actually that great, but my daughter loves it. It's cute and simple, and has a handful of words on each page.
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S is for Santa

Another easy read that I'm not overly excited about, but my kids loved this one when they were really little.
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How the Grinch Stole Christmas

A classic. No explanation needed. And if you've watched The Grinch with Benedict Cumberbatch, this will be a favorite.
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Madeline's Christmas

Ok, so this isn't the most fun for toddlers but Madeline was my *other* favorite when I was a little girl. This one is purely for sentimental value. Sometimes you CAN judge a book by its cover.
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The Not Very Merry Pout Pout Fish

We love pout pout fish, and this story is about homemade gifts and being a good friend!
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