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This holiday season, fill your bookshelves with an amazing collection of Christmas books for preschoolers. These engaging picture books are a great place to start!
As you begin to plan your Christmas activities for preschoolers, be sure to share a wide variety of Christmas picture books.
I keep a basket of Christmas books by the fireplace so we can snuggle up and read a new book at least once a day.
Whether you’re looking to share a classic from your childhood or you’re looking for something new, this collection of picture books is a great place to begin your book basket.
Your kids will love reading about the Grinch or Santa along with some of their favorite characters such as Llama Llama or Little Critter.
Christmas Books for Preschoolers
Below, I’ve featured just a handful of preschool Christmas books that will help your little ones celebrate the holidays.
You should be able to find them at your local library or bookstore. If you can’t find them locally, you can click each image cover to purchase them on Amazon.
The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving – In The Berenstain Bears and The Joy of Giving Brother and Sister Bear can’t wait for Christmas and all the presents they’ll open. But during the Christmas Eve pageant, something special happens! The Bear cubs learn a very valuable lesson about the joy of giving to others.
Llama Llama Jingle Bells – Little llama and his friends give gifts, sing songs, and decorate cookies. It’s a very merry holiday indeed!
Merry Christmas Stinky Face – Stinky Face loves Christmastime…but he still has plenty of questions. What if a big, wintry wind blows his Christmas tree away? What if one of the reindeer gets his antlers stuck in the branches that hang over the roof? Luckily, his imaginative Mama knows how to reassure him that Christmas will be magical!
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey – Jonathan Toomey is the best woodcarver in the valley, but he is always alone and never smiles. No one knows about the mementos of his lost wife and child that he keeps in an unopened drawer. But one early winter’s day, a widow and her young son approach him with a gentle request that leads to a joyful miracle.
Merry Christmas Mom and Dad – Little Critter is getting ready for Christmas. Whether he’s making wreaths, eating gingerbread cookies, or putting the star on the top of the tree, both parents and children alike will relate to this beloved story.
Christmas in the Manger – Pat the donkey’s soft gray fur, touch the ram’s wooly coat, and peek at the wise men’s sparkly jewels as the story of the first Christmas unfolds from the point of view of each participant.
The Polar Express – A young boy, lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical trip to the North Pole . . .
Bear Stays Up for Christmas – Bear’s friends are determined to keep Bear awake for Christmas! So they wake Bear up and have him help them find a Christmas tree, bake cakes, hang up stockings, and sing Christmas songs. Bear stays up—by discovering that giving is one of the best Christmas presents of all!
Snowmen at Christmas – It’s Christmas Eve and people are snug in their beds, but something is stirring outside. The snowmen are preparing to celebrate! Under the glow of moonlight, all the snow families are slipping away to gather in the town square for a night of caroling, dancing, and an exciting visit from the snowman Santa Claus.
The Night Before Christmas – Here is the wonderful new version of the classic poem every family should own.
Olive, the Other Reindeer – Olive is merrily preparing for Christmas when suddenly she realizes “Olive… the other Reindeer… I thought I was a dog. Hmmm, I must be a Reindeer!” So she quickly hops aboard the polar express and heads to the North Pole.
The Christmas Wish – Long ago, a brave little girl named Anja wanted to be one of Santa’s elves. So she leaves a note for her family and helps her elderly neighbor prepare for the holiday, then she straps on her skis, and heads out into the snowy landscape.
Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree – Christmas is here and Mr. Willowby’s tree has arrived. There’s just one big problem: The tree is too tall for his parlor. He cuts off the top so it will fit, and soon the top of that tree is passed along again and again to bring holiday cheer to all the animals in the forest.
Pete the Cat Saves Christmas – Spend the holidays with your favorite blue cat! In this rockin’ spin on the traditional tale The Night Before Christmas, Pete the Cat proves that giving your all in the spirit of Christmas is the totally groovy thing to do.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! – This heartwarming story about the effects of the Christmas spirit will grow even the coldest and smallest of hearts. Like mistletoe, candy canes, and caroling, the Grinch is a mainstay of the holidays, and his story is the perfect gift for young and old.
Which of these books with a Christmas theme will you read first?
Dear Santa Letters
As you begin to think about your upcoming Christmas activities, be sure to provide your preschoolers with a chance to write a letter to Santa! These “Dear Santa” letter templates are perfect for kids of all ages.
There are six templates to choose from. Some have drawing space while others are fill-in-the-blank. All are sure to spark excitement for an upcoming visit from Santa!
Click the image below, add your email address, and then check your inbox for the download link.
Round Out Your Preschool Christmas Activities
Who knew a bowl of Skittles and a pair of dice could bring so much fun? This quick and easy kids’ Christmas game is the perfect addition to any class party or family night.
This Christmas countdown tree ornament set includes a magnetic wooden tree, 24 magnetic ornaments, and 1 shining star for the top of the tree. An attached wooden ornament box helps to keep all the pieces together.
I love this collection of fun and frugal Christmas traditions to start with your kids this year.
I have such fond memories of making ornaments with my kids when they were younger. This clothespin Christmas tree ornament will look lovely hanging on yours!
Cut and paste Christmas worksheets give students an opportunity to strengthen scissor skills while practice counting, beginning sounds, and more.