So as you know, we love our Christmas books.
I started playing the music already…the books are probably coming out this weekend. And, of course, I’ve found more to add to our list. Since there are so many great ones out there, I’ve narrowed down this list to some of our favorite rhyming Christmas books. And — also since there are so many out there — I’ve teamed up with some other bloggers who have their own Christmas book lists. Be sure to click the link at the bottom of this post to get tons more ideas for Christmas books to reading with your kids!
Who is Coming to Our House? by Joseph Slate, illustrated by Ashley Wolff — I’ve been reading this book to the kids since my oldest was a baby. I think it’s one of the first Christmas books we bought. I still love it, and even though my kids are getting older, they still love the rhymes and illustrations. An especially great board book for babies and toddlers.
Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore, illustrated by Jan Brett — A classic, of course. But Jan Brett’s illustrations are, as always, lush and intricate and gorgeous. Even if you have another copy, it’s worth buying this one.
The Animals Christmas Eve by Gale Wiersum and Jim Robison — A counting book. A rhyming book. AND a beautiful account of the First Christmas by animals in the barn. Just lovely.
Christmas in the Barn by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Anna Dewdney — Another beautiful retelling of The Christmas Story, using rhymes and lyrics from familiar Christmas carols and Bible verses.
The Spirit of Christmas by Nancy Tillman — One to read while cuddling with kids, about the 12 Days of Christmas, but more importantly, about love.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss — Well, of course. A Christmas classic.
Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Schertle, illustrated by Jill McElmurry — We love the Little Blue Truck books for toddlers and preschoolers. In this one, the Little Blue Truck keeps busy delivering Christmas trees and kids can count along as he goes.
Madeline’s Christmas by Ludwig Bemelmans — When everyone in the old house in Paris (that was covered in vines) gets sick, Madeline finds a magical solution and, of course, an adventure.
Bear’s First Christmas by Robert Kinerk — A bear is woken from his winter sleep by mysterious sounds…and discovers his first Christmas. A sweet book with adorable illustrations kids will love.
And for more Christmas reading ideas, check out the Winter + Holiday Children Story Books series!
And for more fun Christmas ideas, try one of these: