Thursday, December 1, 2016

My 25 Favorite Christmas Books for 2016 {Picture Book List}

Do you do the Christmas Book Advent? We don't wrap up 25 different books b/c I am lazy and to be honest we read too much.  I'm pretty sure it would torture my son to have to wait every single day.  

I have close to 40 Christmas books near our Christmas tree this year, but these are my 25 Favorite Christmas Books for 2016 and they are all being read almost daily by my son.    

Some of these books are new, some of them are old, but all of them are fantastic books.  You definitely need to check them out. 

In regards to Christmas Traditions we may not do the picture book advent, but every year we get a new Christmas book.  I wrap it up and the kids open it up on Christmas Eve.  

It's a pretty great tradition that I love as much as my kids love it.  All of our previous "Christmas Eve" books are on this list, b/c they are amazing. The Last Christmas Tree, The Polar Express, A Bad Kitty Christmas, Bear Stays Up, Tacky's Christmas, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, are our previous Christmas Eve books. This year we are getting The Gingerbread Man Loose at School.

I love adding great books to our personal collection, and I love this time of year.  

Do you have any book holiday traditions?  I  love hearing any others. 

Happy Reading and Happy Holidays!

My 25 Favorite Christmas Books for 2016

This story about a gingerbread and Santa is funny, refreshing, and done with the same rhythm and rhyme as ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
Best for Kindergarten to 3rd grade.

This book is simple and short, but it shares a valuable lesson about gifts given and the real meaning of Christmas.
Best for Toddlers to 3rd grade.

Another simple story, but a fun one especially geared to the cat lover.
Best for Toddlers to 2nd grade, and Cat Lovers of all ages.

If the author’s name sounds familiar it’s b/c she wrote the popular Goodnight Moon.  This story, is simple in text, and it tells the story of Jesus’s birth.  The best book I have read about the story of Jesus’s Birth for young children.
Best for Toddlers through 2nd grade.

We love The Pout Pout Fish in my family, and this Christmas story version is pretty darn cute as well.  The repetitious phrases are great for the young kiddos, and the rhythm is always on par with the Pout books.  Definitely check this one out.
Best for Toddlers through 3rd grade.

Have you read any of the Gingerbread Man books by MurrayThe stories are great, the illustrations are consistent and cute, and the text has great rhythm.  They are just fun.  We love all of them.  This Christmas one has a great message of letting others know you care and appreciate them.
Best for Preschoolers through 4th grade.

If you have not checked out the Maple and Willow books then you need to change that.  The story of two sisters is incredibly relatable for siblings, and they are all really cute stories.  This Christmas Tree story is no exception; it’s a good, cute, and sweet book.
Best for Preschoolers through 4th grade.

I always check out different versions of this classic story, and state that you should buy this book dependent on the illustrations.  The illustrations in Ercolini’s version is modern, funny, and refreshing cool. Definitely check them out.
Best for Kindergartners through 6th grade.

Many of Wheeler’s books are funny with great rhythm; Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum is still a family favorite.  This Christmas story by Wheeler is not really funny, but it is a cute unexpected story with a French twist (France + Christmas tradition + shoes).
Best for 1st through 5th grade.

Beautiful story that will tug at your heart strings and make you smile.
Best for Kindergarten through 4th grade.

This story is long, but it is beautiful as well.  Not as much Christmas but it is more so the birth of Jesus.
Best for 4th grade and up.

If you love the Click Clack Moo books then this one is right up your alley.
Best for Toddlers to 3rd grade.

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

This scanimation picture book is interactive and fun for many ages.
Best for Toddlers to Adults (I mean, I like it!)

It’s a Sabuda book so the pop-ups are amazing.  This book is simple in words and absolutely beautiful in illustrations.
Best for Toddlers to 2nd grade.

I really love many Palatini books, and the Moosetache books are just fun.  This story about a Moose with some serious hair LOVES Christmas and plans for a great one, but it doesn’t work out as smoothly as he’d like.
Best for Preschool 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 read it to my kids. I'm a crier though. ;)
Best for Toddlers 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

 Happy Christmas Book Reading!


  1. What a great list! And thank you for including The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish!

    Best Fishes,
    Debbie Diesen

    1. Thank you for writing the Pout-Pout Fish books! We love your books!