Children are often beside themselves by the time December comes around. They are waiting in line to see Santa, figuring out which toy they want the most, begging the parents to throw up lights and decorations as fast as possible, and picking up anything with Christmas scenery on it. Since Christmas sparks an interest in young children, there is no better season to start reading and teaching children the joys of reading than the Christmas season.
Christmas Books For Toddlers and Preschoolers
Christmas books for all ages are not in short supply. There are hundreds to choose from, and children will learn tales of Christmas that are both funny and heart felt. Some great stories for these groups include:
- Clifford’s Christmas by Norman Birdwell
- The Bear’s Christmas by Stan and Jan Berenstein
- It’s Almost Christmas, Rudolph! by Alan Benjamin
- A Charlie Brown Christmas By Charles M. Schultz
- The Christmas Story with Ruth J, Moorehead’s Holly Babes by Random House
- The Christmas Story by Patricia A. Pingry
- Away In A Manger by Public Domain and Thomas Kinkade
- Mooseltoe by Margie Palatini
- Llama, Llama, Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney
- The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
- The Tall Book of Christmas
This list may seem long, but this is not even a handful of the number of books available for these age groups at Christmas. Even so, these are wonderful stories that children will love to hear every year.
Christmas Books Featuring Favorite Characters
Clifford’s Christmas is a great book for toddlers and preschoolers because it features a favorite red dog named, Clifford. In this book, Clifford enjoys a Christmas parade and other events of the Christmas season. On Christmas eve he helps Santa into the house, and wakes up to a little surprise of his own. For those who love this “big red dog,” other Christmas stories include: Clifford’s Christmas Presents, Clifford’s First Christmas, and Clifford’s Angel (Clifford’s Puppy Days).
A great family to introduce young children to is, The Berenstain Bear family. This family has been delighting children for over 25 years. The Berenstain Bears Christmas is a rhyming book, and even though Papa Bear wants to show Brother Bear how to use his new gifts, he ends up having some trouble himself. Even so, in true Berenstain Bear fashion, the family just have fun together as they enjoy the winter weather. Other great Berenstain Bear books to read for Christmas are, The Berenstain Bears Meet Santa Bear, The Berenstain Bears Trim the Tree, The Berenstain Bear’s Christmas Tree, and The Berenstain Bears and the Joys of Giving.
Another famous character, toddlers and preschoolers will love to read about, is Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. Rudolph is a holiday classic, and children will love reading Random House and Linda Karl’s tale of Rudolph and the misfit toys. Alan Benjamin’s, It’s Almost Christmas, Rudolph! is short, and makes a great introduction book for toddler’s to learn about this beloved Reindeer. Other “Rudolph” books with a larger story include, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer by Little Golden Books and Rudolph to the Rescue by Robert L. May. To add some fun to the story, grab the DVD of “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.” Read the story to the children, and then let them see the story of Rudolph and the misfit toys come to life.
Of course, every child’s favorite Christmas character is Santa. There is no better story to read about this “jolly old elf,” than The Night Before Christmas” by Clement Clarke Moore. This is the tale of how Santa brings toys to all on Christmas eve. On this night, a father happens to hear and see Santa, but Santa does not mind. He simply completes his work, and wishes all “a merry Christmas” and “a good night!”
For those who are Christmas enthusiast, and enjoy introducing children to personal holiday faorite characters, try reading How The Grinch Stole Christmas and A Charlie Brown Christmas. These are two classic tales that everyone enjoys each holiday season.
Funny Christmas Books For Children
For any parent who has tried to get everything right and ready for the holidays, Mooseltoe is a must read. This delightful tale is about a moose father who wants to create the “perfectly perfect” Christmas. He wraps the presents, does the shopping, bakes the food, decorates the house, but on Christmas eve the family is in shock to find that dad forgot the Christmas tree! Moose sets out to find the family tree, but has no luck. However, moose decides to brighten the mood and do what he must, and he creates his own tree to make his family happy. It is a cute, funny story, and children will enjoy it.
A new book out for the holiday season is, Llama, Llama, Holiday Drama. This little Llama is constantly causing drama, and the holidays are no different. Little llama is very anxious for Christmas to come, and waiting is proving not to be his thing. He becomes even more excited as he goes with his mama to do all the holiday running and chores, and finally mama has to tell him what Christmas is really about. It is sure to be a holiday hit for any family, and a must have this holiday season.
The Christmas Story for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Christmas is a time of giving, and no greater gift was given than the “Son of God.” There are numerous books that will introduce the story of Christmas to little ones in a fun and joyful way. The Christmas Story by Patricia A. Pingry, has wonderful illustrations, is easy to read, and tells the story of the birth of Christ in an easy to read and understand format. The Christmas Story featuring Ruth J. Moorehead’s Holly Babes’, is a cute story about the birth of Christ featuring the Holly Babes’ as they put on a Christmas play. Other great books to read include, Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale by Martin Waddell and Jason Cockcroft and The Stable Where Jesus Was Born by Rhonda Gowler Greene.
Away in A Manger by Public Domain and Thomas Kinkade, is a masterpiece. The book is nothing more than the simple song, Away In A Manger, and the drawings are elaborate and breath taking. The story is truly awesome, and Thomas Kinkade’s paintings bring the song to life for young readers. Silent Night by Susan Jeffers, is an elegantly illustrated book that brings the song to life, and will be enjoyed by readers young and old.
Children will love reading Christmas stories that have been Christmas classics for years. In the 1954 book, The Tall Book of Christmas, classic Christmas tales (including the original story of Christ’s birth taken from the Book of Matthew and Luke), are introduced to young readers. There is a new version that has been published in 2006. The book has Christmas poems and carols throughout, and features stories about an orphan boy who wants a dog for Christmas, the “First Christmas Tree,” “Granny Smiths” edible mittens, and much more. The last story in the book is, The Night Before Christmas. This book will become a Christmas read annually.
Other great Christmas classics include, The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg, and The Nutcracker by Susan Jeffers. All these books have become holiday classics, and these stories are loved by children and adults around the world.
Make this Christmas season special by introducing children to the magic of the season through reading. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.