One of my favorite childhood memories with the holiday season was when it was time to pull out the Christmas picture books. Through the month of December, I would enjoy my favorite Chirstmas stories with my mom. I have continued that tradition with my own children. The post includes some of my favorite Chirstmas picture books.
Christmas Picture Books for Your Holiday Story Time Tradition
Who Will Guide my Sleigh Tonight?
This is one of my favorite Chirstmas books from my collection. I love the pictures and the story is hilarious. Santa tries out a variety of animals for guiding his sleigh on Christmas Eve. He experiences a variety of fails before realizing that reindeer are best.
Santa’s Toy Shop
In this delightful story, Santa is so busy getting ready for Christmas that he doesn’t have time to play with toys before giving them away on Christmas Eve. Mrs. Claus gives him the idea of playing with the toys delivered at the last house each Christmas Eve.
Olive is a cute dog who gets confused by the song, “Rudolph, the Red-Nosted Reindeer.” When she hears the line, “…all of the other reindeer,” she thinks the words of the song are, “Olive, the other reindeer.” She then goes on a quest to find Santa and help him deliver presents Christmas Eve.
In this funny story, moose prepares carefully for Christmas. He decorates, wraps presents, and bakes to prepare. Late on Christmas Eve, the moose family realizes that Moose forgot to get the Christmas tree. Rather than disappoint his children, he becomes the tree.
Santa decides he needs a change. He goes shopping for new clothes, but no one recognizes him in the new suit he selected. Mrs. Claus gently helps Santa realize that his familiar style is best.
Santa is running late while trying to finish his Christmas Eve tasks. There is one gift left in the bag when Santa finishes delivering presents. He thinks he has forgotten someone, but the animals got together and gave him an alarm clock.
Santa’s Noisy Night
I think this book is a little on the silly side, but my children love it and find it hilarious. Santa is clumsy and makes a lot of noise all night long. A snowman and some animals have to remind Santa to be quiet so he doesn’t wake the children.
Bear Stays Up for Christmas
In this sweet story, Bear’s friends help him stay awake for Christmas. They get a tree, decorate, and bake treats. Once bear’s friends fall asleep on Christmas Eve, he prepares gifts and treats for them. At the end of the story, Bear gets his gift before falling asleep.
This sweet retelling of the Christmas story is from the perspective of the donkey. My 3 year old just received this book as a gift (December 2018) and I had to add it to my recommended book list.
This fun story has beautiful illustrations and shows how children set a variety of traps to try and catch Santa’s helper.
Classic Christmas Christmas Books to Add to Your Holiday Collection
The Night Before Christmas
In this classic rhyming story, the man awakens when Santa arrives to deliver presents. He watches Santa complete his tasks and fly away in the sleigh.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Rudolph looks different from the other reindeer. Instead of a black nose, he has a red nose that glows. His different features end up saving Christmas on a foggy night.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
In this Dr. Suess classic, the grinch tried to ruin Christmas for the people in Whoville by stealing the presents and Christmas food. His heart was softened when he realized that the people of Whoville still celebrated without the presents and food. He returned the stolen items, was forgiven, and joined the people of Whoville in celebrating Christmas.
Conclusion on Christmas Picture Books for Holiday Story Reading
I hope your family enjoys these books as much as my family does. Nightly story reading can also help children develop listening comprehension and fluency skills. CLICK HERE to read more about methods that can be used to improve reading fluency skills. CLICK HERE to read more about methods and strategies for improving reading comprehension skills.