The Christmas season is full of wonder and delight, with exciting sights and sounds all around – especially for toddlers! Reading together from this fun collection of Christmas books for toddlers can certainly help your young child make sense of these holiday season wonders!
These books have been selected for their simple yet captivating story lines and beautiful illustrations, perfect for engaging toddlers and sure to deliver a big dose of Christmas cheer to your read aloud time.
Top 10 Christmas Books for Toddlers
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Llama Llama Jingle Bells by Anna Dewdney
Excite your toddler with this fun, simple, rhyming story. Llama wants to make Christmas a good one for his friends. He decides to make it special by singing songs for them and decorating cookies. The illustrations are sweet and the book is small, making it easy for toddlers to hold and read – a perfect little Christmas story for toddlers!
The Itsy Bitsy Reindeer by Jeffrey Burton
This book is part of the popular Itsy Bitsy series. The itsy bitsy reindeer spreads holiday cheer as he helps to get Santa’s Workshop ready for Christmas. Little readers will love this fresh holiday spin on the classic nursery rhyme, The Itsy Bitsy Spider!
The Story of Christmas by Patricia Pingry
The nativity story shared in such a fashion that toddlers will be able to understand how Christmas came to be and why it matters so much to Christians around the world. The brightly colored illustrations are interesting and engaging for toddlers.
Is it Christmas Yet? by Jane Chapman
Teddy can’t contain his excitement as Christmas approaches and is desperate to help prepare for the special day. But all Teddy’s helping does is create more work and make Big Bear cross! Will the bears manage to have everything ready in time for the holiday?
Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson
There is nothing the bear wants more than hibernating and lying low during the cold winter season. His friends are not about to let him do that though. They think that it would be a terrible thing if the bear missed Christmas. This is a beautiful story about friendship and caring for others during the Christmas holiday. Since bear can’t stay awake, they have to think of all manners of ways to keep him awake, including singing, dancing and doing other kinds of hilarious activities.
The Sweet Smell of Christmas by Patricia M. Scarry
Celebrate the wonderful sights and smells of Christmas with Little Bear as she prepares for Christmas in this awesome, interactive book. The scratch-and sniff feature is sure to surprise and delight your toddler.
RELATED: For more like this, check out our list of 21 Classic Christmas Picture Books for Kids.
Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Schertle
If your toddler is into cars and trucks, this is a book they will enjoy. The illustrations are very much on point with simple, repetitive and rhyming text that they will remember. The little blue truck is charged with delivering gifts during the Christmas holiday and it goes to great lengths to make sure that every kid gets the gift they deserve so that they can have a merry holiday. It must overcome adversities and a lot of challenges on its way to make sure that every gift has been delivered, and on time.
Mouse’s First Christmas by Lauren Thompson
It’s mouse’s first Christmas and everyone is excited. The text and illustrations are simple and easy for the toddlers to follow. Everyone in the mouse’s family must do whatever it takes to make sure that the mouse has a memorable first Christmas holiday. It’s a book full of interesting activities and joy that will make your toddler fall in love with Christmas. The little mouse is about to have a Christmas like no other and your toddler will relate to this cheer with their own first Christmas celebration.
Dear Santa by Rod Campbell
Toddler fans of Dear Zoo will love lifting the flaps to discover the gifts Santa is planning to gift this Christmas, finding the perfect present at the end!
The Littlest Elf by Brandi Dougherty
Oliver may just be the littlest elf in the North Pole but he has a big desire to discover his very own special job in Santa’s workshop! But after getting lost in the toy shop, making a mess at the book shop, and falling in the mixing machine at the bakery, Oliver wonders if he is just too little to help after all?
For more fun holiday titles, check out our Christmas Books for Preschoolers booklist.