Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The 25 Best Christmas Picture Books

The 25 Best Christmas Picture Books.  These books are fantastic, funny, touching, classic, award winners, and so much more..  These reads are fun for kids of all ages, and parents, teachers, and librarians will enjoy  these read alouds.  Alohamora Open a Book http://alohamoraopenabook.blogspot.com/ lesson idea, toddlersl, preschool, kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

I love reading Christmas books (well I love all books), and I had a hard time only checking out 50 books from the library this month.  I really really wish they'd up the limit; I need to start a petition. 

I know some people like to read a book a day leading to Christmas.  I know others like to read a book for the 12 days of Christmas.  However, I am one of the others that like to read several Christmas books throughout the day.  We love reading.  

After reading a lot of books I narrowed down a list for the top 25 picture books.  These books are fantastic, and I hope you love them almost as much as we do.  

The 25 Best Christmas Books

Jan Brett always has great illustrations and some of the sweetest stories, but this Brett book is one of my favorites.  It isn’t too wordy for young kids, but it has a fun intriguing story nonetheless.
Best for Preschoolers through 3rd grade.

This book made my previous Christmas book list, but it is such a great read for kids and adults alike.  It’s a little long so unless your child has a long reading attention span you’ll want to wait until they are at least 1st grade.
Best for 1st through 3rd grade.

The Bear books are great fun with great rhythm and perfect for the younger kids.  Parents, teachers and librarians will enjoy reading this story as well.
Best for Toddlers through 1st grade.

This is a fun book b/c of the fancy pop-ups, but it can break easily if it is loved too much.  
Best for Toddlers through 1st grade..

We love the Click Clack books.  The original Click Clack Moo book is fantastic, and the Click Clack Boo book was a favorite.  Now this Christmas version is just as fun. 
Best for Toddlers through 2nd graders.

This Tim Burton like Christmas story is a fun read and definitely not your typical Holiday book.
Best for Preschoolers through 3rd grade.

A fun read for kids of all ages. 
Best for Toddlers through 3rd grade.

This is such a fun classic story, though a bit wordy and long, that everyone should read during the Holiday’s.  I like to read the story and then watch the story as a family.
Best for 3rd through 6th grade. 

This simple storyline seems awfully similar to how preschoolers behave. 
Best for Preschool to 2nd grade.

This is an absolutely fantastic Christmas story kids and adults will love.  It’s a sweet story with a great message that stays funny and light hearted. 
Best for Preschoolers through 3rd grade.

I love this classic Christmas story, and my kids do as well.   I’ve even choked up the last few times I’ve read it to my kids.
Best for Toddlers through 3rd grade.

Russell learns about Santa’s Magic and was also able to help Santa out so Christmas was “uncancelled.”.
Best for Kindergarten through 3rd grade.

Santa, Ninjas, and a great snowball fight makes this Christmas story a fun one for boys especially of all ages. 
Best for Toddlers through 2nd grade.

This story is just a fun combination of Christmas and the classic fairy tale.  The combination makes it fun to read when comparing stories.  Teachers could use it to teach Ideas of the 6 Writing Traits, and kids will love spotting the similarities.
Best for 1st through 4th grade.

Santa Duck learns that there are some things more fun than getting things for Christmas.
Best for Toddlers through 2nd grade.

Santa Duck again wants to help Santa, but much to Santa Duck’s desires his little brothers want to help too.
Best for Toddlers through 2nd grade.

These Snowmen books are so fun to read, and this Christmas book is as much fun as the others.
Best for Toddlers through 2nd grade.

We love Tacky the Penguin, and this Christmas version is a fun one.
Best for Toddlers through 3rd grade.

Turkey Trouble is such a fun Thanksgiving book, and Turkey Claus is a perfect Christmas sequel.  Fun read for boys and girls alike, and this read aloud is fun for parents, teachers, and librarians to read as well.
Best for Toddlers through 2nd grade.

This is a classic story/poem and so all of the words will be the same so it is important to find an illustrator you really like.   I think Henry Fisher's illustrations of this story are great.
Best for 1st through 5th grade. 

This creative book is especially fun for gadget loving kids, and parents/teachers/librarians will love how witty it is. 
Best for 1st grade through 4th grade.

The above statement goes for all of the Sabuda books.
Best for Preschoolers through 1st grade.

Fun rhythm with onomatopoeia as the animals search, and eventually help, Santa.
Best for Preschool through 3rd grade. 

Wombat just wants to help in the Nativity Play, but he has a hard time finding the perfect role to play.
Best for Toddlers through 3rd grade.

Do you have any Christmas Favorites?  

Happy Christmas Holiday Book Reading!

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