Christmas Picture Books for Kids

I seem to be doing a lot of book themed posts lately. Are they boring? Probably. But whatever.

I keep the holiday books in the closet 11 months out of the year, and bring them out about this time. I have to admit there is a big part of me that gets really excited for the appearance of the Christmas books.

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This book at the left is my vintage copy of Santa Claus A Fuzzy Wuzzy Picture Story Book. This is the copy I had as a kid. I remember loving this book, especially the flocked Santa Suit. Now when I read it I cringe a bit at some non-PC references. Some judicious editing when I read it is necessary.

Here are few of my favorite books I bring out this time of year:

Christmas in Noisy Village (Picture Puffins)The Tomten by Astrid Lindgren.  Only a curmudgeon wouldn’t love a little troll who looks after the farm animals on a snowy night.
The Tomten and the Fox (see above!)
Christmas in Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren. Possibly my all time favorite Christmas book for the memories it brings back and the Carl Larsson-esque imagery of Swedish Christmases.
A Norse Lullaby by M.L. Van Vorst. Such a soothing book, New Kid loves to hear it over and over.
The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson, of the Mouse’s First Series fame (Mouse’s First Christmas is wonderful, too).
Christmas Trolls by Jan Brett. More Scandinavian Christmas goodness.
Letters from Father Christmas by J. R. R. Tolkein. This is an amazing collection of letters that Tolkein wrote to his children from Father Christmas. We had this book as a child and I poured over it every year.
Christmas is Here by Lauren Castillo. If you want a book with the Biblical story, this is the one.
The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story by Lemony Snicket. Did you know? Hanukkah is actually not the Jewish Christmas. Hilarious.

Of course there are a million — a million — Christmas books. What is on your holiday bookshelf?

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  1. says

    I have not read any of these books. I have two of them on hold at the library though. I love book posts; not boring at all!

    I have to admit, I'm curious about the politically incorrect references!

    We have one chapter left of Pee Wee's Tale. It's a very cute book. Thanks. We are going to send it to Natalie when we finish it since she was the other person who entered the giveaway.

  2. says

    Thanks for joining WMCIR! Astrid Lindgren was very popular during my childhood, but mostly due to Karlson and Peppi stories. I was just looking at the books about Sweden on Amazon and saw her series about Noisy Village. Sounds interesting!

  3. says

    My 3 1/2 year old daughter LOVES The Chanukah Guest (old lady thinks a bear is the visiting rabbi), McDuff's Christmas (1 I wouldn't have chosen but it's cute), Jan Brett's Christmas Trolls & Gingerbread Baby, and every book that is a song. Or has a mermaid. Except I haven't found a holiday book yet that has a mermaid in it.

  4. says

    Thanks for your visit to my blog! I took some time to read some things on yours and I love your art blog. That is a great idea and I may do that sometime down the road. I also love your book list in this post, but also on the right side of your blog. I now have Mouse's First Christmas on hold at our library!

  5. says

    How could a book post ever be boring? Plus these are all interesting selections, most of them I haven't read. I would say our go-to Christmas book author this year is Jan Brett. My little boy just loves her books. Although we didn't read Christmas trolls, yet. I do like that one, used to use it with my first graders. Good for teaching that tr- blend.

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