Looking for Christmas books for preschoolers? You’ll love this amazing collection of 35+ Christmas picture books that kids of all ages will enjoy.

Why should you read Christmas themed books with your kids?

Holidays bring opportunities to learn new words, explore different concepts, and even have cool sensory experiences. At our house, we love to find old favorites and new books to read together for each holiday.

Reading has so many benefits! Here are a few of them!

  • Kids build language and listening skills as they read books about Christmas.
  • They learn about new people and places and stimulate their imaginations as they read.
  • Children develop special bonds with their caregivers when they read together.
  • Reading together regularly helps kids cultivate a love of learning (and books!)
  • Kids increase their attention spans and self discipline listening to books read aloud.
  • Reading just makes life more fun!

RELATED: Christmas themed activities and crafts are awesome to do along with a book. Here are 60+ awesome and easy Christmas activities we love.

What are the best Christmas picture books for preschoolers?

Some books are more informational & educational while others are fun and goofy . I think it’s great to have a combination of both in your home. The books in this post are ones we love and have to read over and over again.

You don’t necessarily need 35+ books about Christmas in your home, but you can explore these titles by watching them read aloud on YouTube, swapping books with friends, and checking them out from your local library. There are a dozen other books I could add, but I kept this list focused on some of our top favorites that we read regularly.

Christmas Picture Books for Preschoolers & Toddlers

Click on the book titles below to access the books.

The books are broken up into categories based on themes, so you can scan and find the topic you are interested in.

  1. Gingerbread
  2. Trees
  3. Vehicles
  4. Santa/Elves/Reindeer
  5. Miscellaneous Christmas
  6. Board Books

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The Gingerbread Boy by Gail Yerrill

Tough Cookie by Edward Hemingway

The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett

Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett

Gingerbread Man on the Loose for Christmas by Laura Murray

Gingerbread Christmas by Jan Brett


Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry

Stick Man by Julia Donaldson

Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht

The Littlest Christmas Tree by R.A. Herman


Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Schertle

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Construction Site on Christmas Night by Sherry Dusky Rinker


How to Catch an Elf by Adam Wallace

Pig the Elf by Aaron Blabey

What Santa Can’t Do by Douglas Wood

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

Where Oh Where, is Santa Claus? by Lisa Wheeler

Santa Claus is Coming to Town by J. Fred Coots & Haven Gillespie

Miscellaneous Christmas

All the Colors of Christmas by Matthew Turner

Mortimer’s Christmas Manager by Karma Wilson

Maisy’s Christmas Party by Lucy Cousins

Maisy’s Christmas Presents by Lucy Cousins

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by James Dean

Moosletoe by Margie Palatini

Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney

Merry Christmas Mouse by Laura Numeroff

Pete the Cat 12 Groovy Days of Christmas by James Dean

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by James Dean

Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson

If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff

It’s Christmas, David! by David Shannon

Clifford’s First Christmas by Norman Bridwell

Christmas at the Top of the World by Tim Coffey

Madeline’s Christmas by Ludwig Bemelmans

The Sweet Smell of Christmas by Patricia M. Scarry

The Broken Ornament by Tony DiTerlizzi

Charlotte and the Nutcracker by Charlotte Nebres (Pre-order now, available Dec 21, 2021)

Christmas Board Books for Preschoolers & Toddler

Board books are hard covered and have hard pages! This makes these books more sturdy and durable for toddlers, babies, and young preschoolers who might be learning how to explore books.

These Christmas board books are fun for a variety of ages! You don’t have to be a toddler or baby to enjoy board books.

Click on the book titles below to access the books.

That’s Not My Reindeer by Fiona Watt

Counting Christmas by Karen Katz

I Spy Little Christmas by Jean Marzollo

Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner

The Spirit of Christmas by Nancy Tillman

Dream Snow by Eric Carle

Do you have any other favorite Christmas books we should add to our list? Tell us about them in the comments!