25 Storybooks of Christmas
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As I mentioned in the previous post Ditch the Elf on the Shelf, Alternative Christmas Countdowns and “Santa is Watching” Traditions we love the Christmas storybook tradition in my house. It fits right in with our daily routine of reading before bedtime. I have one big wrapping session a few days before the first of December and then the kids love having a book to unwrap each night leading up to Christmas. I even add numbers so I am the one in control of which book is opened when!
I compiled this list with all the Christmas stories in our house. I pack them away with the decorations each year. When its time for December first I make sure they are wrapped and under the tree for the kiddos to open one each night. As you may notice I have more that 25 here. That is because some are little baby board books, we are not ready to part with, so some wrap jobs have more than one book inside. I am going to do my best to include Amazon links for all the books if you click on their photo, as well as a little review of each. Some of these are OLD and/or I found in a thrift shop, so we shall see if they can even still be purchased. If there is not a photo link for the book that means Amazon didn’t have it.
1. Advent Storybook 24 Stories to Share Before Christmas
– by Antonie Schneider, illustrated by Maja Duskova
This book was given to us by my Aunt. Her kiddos received it from an Aunt and it has been a part of their tradition ever since. I am excited to start reading it each night with my kids this year! The book has a one page story for each night. It is our first book to open this year and we will be reading from this each night along with the new book. You could just use this for the story tradition if you don’t want to pack away 25 or more books each year.
2. The Christmas Story
3. Christmas in the Barn
4. What Star is This?
5. The Little Drummer Boy
6. This is the Star
7. Silent Night
8. Polar Express
– by Chris Van Allsburg
9. The Night Before Christmas
– by Clement C. Moore, illustrated by Douglas Gorsline
10. The 12 Days of Christmas
– by Laurel Long and Dial Books (Search and Find)
Everyone knows this poem or song. We have 2 different versions of this book. One is a beautifully illustrated search and find. Each of the previous lines are hidden in the next illustration.
11. The 12 Days of Christmas
– illustrated by Dori Santos (Puzzle Book)
A more condensed version with 4 puzzles included in the pages. I could not find this one on Amazon.
12. The Littlest Elf
13. The Bear Santa Claus Forgot
14. Christmas Cats
– by Jean Mazollo, illustrated by Hans Wilhelm
Just super cute cat fun. We all know a cat lover who would enjoy this story of cats preparing for Christmas.
15. When Santa Was a Kid
– by Janice Leotti Bachem, illustrated by Anthony Lewis
This story talks about Santa as a Kid and I used it when I taught first grade. The kids can practice sequencing the story, main idea, main characters, setting, and really any comprehension skill you can think of. I like that they see him as a kid who makes mistakes just like they do.
16. Five Busy Elves
17. Merry Christmas Splat
– by Rob Scolton
This is another cute cat Christmas story. He writes his Christmas list to Santa and has a hard time doing it honestly. He also tries to stay awake to see Santa but we know that never works for tired kids or cats.
18. The Berenstain Bears Meet Santa
19. Christmas Lift the Flap Shadow Book
20. A Christmas Carol
– retold by Gaby Goldslack, illustrated by Caroline Pedler
Totally a Christmas classic. This story can be very long, and my younger kiddo doesn’t have the patience to sit and listen to it yet. It gets put with one of the board books.
21. It’s Christmas David!
– by David Shannon (My son’s favorite)
22. The Polar Bear Who Saved Christmas
– by Marge Palatine, illustrated by Henry Cole
Silly story about a papa moose who is way into the season and all decorating traditions, but he forgets the tree! In the end they use his giant mustache and he stands in for the tree.
24. Christmastime is Here
– Fisher- Price Little People Book with over 50 liftable flaps
My kids LOVE this one. I always put it near the end because they want to reread it every night and it’s a lot. You could also use it as and advent calendar- it has one on the last page.
25. Merry Christmas Santa
– by Joanne Barkan, illustrated by Barbara Lanza
This one again is a little long but features Santa getting a Christmas gift from the elves. The gift gets switched with a little girl’s gift and one of the elves saves the day and switches it before she notices.
26. Jingle Bells
27. The Pokey Little Puppy’s First Christmas
28+29. That’s not my snowman and That’s not my reindeer
– Usborne Books (Linked you to my favorite Usborne Dealer!)
These are two of our board books. They have pages to touch and feel different textures. I almost handed them down to my nephew this year, but I know my 3-year-old will still love them!
30. Merry Sparkling Christmas
– by Elizabeth Spurr, illustrated by Colleen Madden
This is another board book. Very short with cute illustrations. I am quite sure this was my sons very first Christmas story of his own. Probably will keep this one forever even after it goes out of rotation.
31. The M+M’s Christmas Gift Book
– by Barbie McGrath and Peggy Tagel
Finally, this one is another board book and fun to read with a bag of M+M’s. The pages have little spaces to arrange the candy as you are reading.Please enjoy this big book list I have created for you. The library is a great place to check out books as well! With an extension you should be able to keep them for the month. I also recommend searching for Christmas books in thrift shops. And of course you can always follow my links here!