Someone asked me the other day what my favorite Christmas tradition is. Without even blinking I said, “Reading Christmas pictures books in Christmas pajamas snuggled up to my kids.” What can I say, the heart knows what it loves!
Of course, we love a good Christmas date night (and have 50 Christmas date ideas if you love them too!), but it only comes close to that feeling we have with our whole family spending quality each night of December.
When I look back at my parenting experience (which I already see is flying by!) I know my sugar-coated memories will include those nights Christmas felt so magical to my little boys. And most of the magic comes from those Christmas picture books we love to pull out every year and read together.
Book Countdown to Christmas
I know so many people wrap their Christmas books and countdown to Christmas reading one a night. Many go for 24-25 Christmas books. Several less ambitious parents wrap about 10-12 and enjoy those the weeks before Christmas. And even more, parents love to just bring out a pile, and try to read a different book each night, with a few repeats thrown in.
As a parent pretty addicted to excellent
children’s literature, I’ve found there are books I love just as much as my children do! If you need some more holiday reading time this year, here are some titles to add to your cart or your next library run!
25 of the Best Christmas Picture Books
We adore Christmas Picture Books! It's my favorite tradition to gift a new book in our Christmas Boxes at the start of the season. We read several books a day together snuggled up at Christmas time.
We've read so many, and some are just commercialized while so many offer amazing stories and lessons. We've dug through the less stellar books to give you our pick of 25 Excellent Christmas books for kids!
The tale of the magic of choosing and decorating a tree. I love the rhyme, I love the illustrations. But, most of all I love that it captures the magic of the tree and that feeling you get when you see a decorated all lit up.
This gorgeous book pairs perfectly with The Night Before Christmas. It's the religious version that focuses on the reason for the season. We love spending Christmas Eve hearing the Christmas story to the same song-like rhyme scheme as the Santa version
We initially had this book come in a gift set and I wasn't braced for the laugh-out-loud quick read! It goes through the quiet moments of Christmas from the awe-inspiring moments (like when the tree lights) to the awkward quiet moments (like when someone tries to kiss you under the mistletoe).
It's just darling and made me laugh out loud several times.
I nearly teared up at the first read! It's the story of two friends who go through quite the ordeal to visit a friend who recently moved to bring her Christmas wish. It's a heartwarming tale to remind you of being with those you love and sharing time with friends and family is the most important thing and the best gift you can give.
We checked this out from the library two years ago and fell in love! So much in love that I ordered this ready to enjoy every holiday season for the rest of our life!
A librarian wrote the pirate version of The Night Before Christmas and it's about the most clever book in the world! Fun pictures, pirate lingo, and a book that made all of us laugh-out-loud that is a fun twist on the classic! We liked it so much we also bought...
This book just about melted my heart! Mr. Willowby buys a large Christmas tree and needs to lob off the top to fit it in his parlor. The top passes to other forest animals so everyone gets to enjoy the beauty of a tree. It's a good reminder about being resourceful and generous and the good a gift can do.
All the Little Blue Truck books are excellent, the rhyme scheme and plots are always a winner. We love the characters and quick read, but we really love the light-up Christmas tree on the last page. It's so fun for kids!
Goodnight Construction Site is one of my son's favorite books, so I knew we'd love this one too! The illustrations are beautiful. The language makes for a great read-a-loud. And any vehicle loving child will love the sweet quiet tale of Christmas on the construction site.
It's great to calm hyper children down before bedtime.
Pictures: Chrissy Blake
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