I love finding great books. When I started looking for Christmas board books, I expected the biggest problem would be narrowing down my choices to my favorites. Surprisingly, despite the extensive selection of books I found, there were few that met with my criteria–colorful pictures to appeal to babies, a short, simple story to keep baby’s attention, and something I wouldn’t mind reading over and over and over again. I also wanted books that were readily available which eliminated some good ones that are hard to find. After looking at dozens of books, I found these six board books that I can wholeheartedly recommend as great Christmas books for babies. (Notice: This post contains affiliate links. By clicking on the links you help support this blog at no cost to yourself. And you make me happy.)
Christmas in the Manger is written by Nola Buck and illustrated by Felicia Bond who you may recognize as the illustrator for the “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” series. In this adorable book, various characters, including a donkey, an ox, wise men, and Mary each give a statement about their role in the Christmas story. Told in simple rhyming text, the story stays short and sweet and ends with a reminder that Jesus is the reason for our celebration.
Where is Baby’s Christmas Present? by Karen Katz follows the usual pattern of her well-loved lift-the-flap books. In this one, Baby finds candy canes, ornaments, Christmas cookies and more as he searches under and behind things for his present. Toddlers will love opening the flaps to find the surprises underneath!
Fa La La written by Leslie Patricelli follows an excited baby through a variety of Christmas activities which include decorating (more than the tree), visiting Santa (smile for the camera), making presents (homemade ones are the best), and finally opening LOTS of presents! Parents will appreciate the gentle humor found in the illustrations. Whether you’re already a Patricelli fan or not, this is one book worth checking out.
Little Llama Llama returns in Llama Llama Jingle Bells by Anna Dewdney. Short, rhythmic text and colorful illustrations introduce babies to the sights and sounds of the holiday as little llama prepares for Christmas. I particularly enjoy the natural flow of the text and the details in the illustrations–there’s even a Salvation Army llama ringing a bell!
That’s Not My Snowman is one in a series of Usborne touch-and-feel-books. Following the same storyline as the other “That’s not my. . . ” books, a little mouse looks for his snowman. He finds several that aren’t his for various reasons (“its hat is too soft”) before delightedly finding his own. This is a sturdy book that will hold up well to being handled (and chewed on). I am excited to see that this book is currently available on Amazon!
Oh what fun it is to read Jingle Bells, illustrated by Janet Samuel. In this book, the well-loved story of a sleigh ride through the snow is told both in the words of the traditional carol and through fun, colorful pictures sure to engage even the youngest readers. Or should I say singers, since it will probably be impossible not to burst into song when you open this book.
For now, these are my absolute favorite Christmas books for babies. I would still love to meet my original goal to have ten books on this list, so I’ll add more books as I find them. Some it’s just a matter of tracking down a copy at the library or the bookstore so I can check them out personally, but if I wait until I do that this list may still be in progress next Christmas! In the meantime, these six books are a wonderful place to start whether you are building baby’s book collection or choosing library books to read together during the Christmas season.
What is your favorite Christmas book for baby?