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35 Cheerful Christmas Books for Toddlers

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What Christmas books are perfect for toddlers?

Here comes another holiday, so this time I’m rounding up my favorite Christmas books for toddlers.

We have so many toddler books that our book bin is starting to overflow, but that doesn’t stop me from getting even more. Reading to your toddler makes it more likely he’ll read later on in life, and it will expand his vocabulary. So I guess I’ll just have to buy a larger bin.

I’ve gathered up some of the best alphabet books, counting books, lift-the-flap books, and cheerful stories about Christmas; all that your toddler will love to explore.

You can gift Christmas books for toddlers on Christmas morning, in a Christmas Eve box, or as a 25 days of Christmas gift. And the smaller books make great stocking stuffers for toddlers.

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First Christmas Books for Toddlers

Baby’s First Christmas by Holly Berry-Byrd

This is the perfect book for Baby’s First Christmas. It’s a wonderful way to introduce your little one to all the exciting things going on this time of year. It also offers a place for a special message from the sender and is a gift to be treasured year after year.

Clifford’s First Christmas by Norman Bridwell

Join Clifford as he experiences Christmas Eve for the very first time and even meets Santa in Clifford’s First Christmas adventure.

Disney: My First Christmas by Disney Books

Disney: My First Christmas is a cute way to introduce your little one to all the excitement of Christmas while offering touch and feel options on each page.

Alphabet Christmas Books for Toddlers

The ABC’s of Christmas by Jill Howarth

The ABC’s of Christmas has colorful pictures of each of the letters associated with this festive holiday.

Christmas ABC by Nosy Crow

Christmas ABC offers a Christmas themed photo for each letter of the alphabet.

C is for Christmas by Disney Books

C is for Christmas is delightful way for your toddler to learn the Christmas alphabet. With letter tracing, flaps to lift, and Disney characters, this is a Christmas story that is sure to educate and delight.

Counting Christmas Books for Toddlers

Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Schertle

Your toddler will love counting from one to five as the Little Blue Truck delivers Christmas trees to all his friends in Little Blue Truck’s Christmas. This is another warm-hearted story in the Little Blue Truck series.

Elmo’s 12 Days of Christmas by Sarah Albee

Get an updated story on the timeless song in Elmo’s 12 Days of Christmas. Join the whole Sesame Street gang as they count their way to Christmas.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Christmas 123 by Eric Carle

Join the Very Hungry Caterpillar on his Christmas counting journey in The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Christmas 123. If your toddler is already a fan of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, why not make this delightful Christmas book a wonderful addition to your set.

10 Trim-the-Tree’ers by Janet Schulman

Count down to Christmas as 10 neighbors decorate their building’s Christmas tree in 10 Trim-the-Tree’ers. From the creators of 10 Trick-or-Treaters and 10 Easter Egg Hunters, this book is sure to add some holiday joy to your collection.

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Merry Christmas, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff

Join Mouse, from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, as he counts his way through all the excitement of Christmas. Merry Christmas, Mouse! will give your toddler the opportunity to count along as Mouse decorates his tree.

Christmas Counting by Parragon Books

With flaps to lift and a finger trail to trace, your toddler will enjoy all the excitement of the holiday in Christmas Counting.

Touch and Feel Christmas Books for Toddlers

Baby Touch and Feel Merry Christmas by DK

Baby Touch and Feel Merry Christmas is the perfect way to let your toddler experience all the textures of the season, without any damage to your decorations.

Biscuit’s Pet & Play Christmas by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

If your toddler is a fan of the Biscuit series and all his fun hijinks, he’ll love Biscuit’s Pet & Play Christmas. Let your toddler enjoy touching all the elements of Christmas even before you’ve put up your tree.

Curious George: Curious About Christmas by H. A. Rey

Follow along as a Baby Curious George learns all about Christmas. With a sweet rhyming verse and plenty of touch and feel elements, Curious George: Curious About Christmas should be at the top of your list for Christmas books for toddlers.

Mickey & Friends: Mickey’s Snowy Christmas by Disney Book Group

Mickey spends all of Christmas Eve waiting for snow. Will it come in time for Christmas? Find out in Mickey’s Snowy Christmas.

Lift the Flap Christmas Books for Toddlers

Babies Love Christmas by Holly Berry-Byrd

Babies Love Christmas is a chunky lift-the-flap book that offers special Christmas treats on each page. Lift-the-flap books are a great way to develop those fine motor skills.

Santa’s Workshop: Christmas Lift-a-Flap by Holly Berry-Byrd

It’s time for your toddler to explore all the North Pole has to offer. With flaps sturdy enough for those little fingers to open, it’s going to be a fun trip to Santa’s Workshop.

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Open Santa’s Door by Christopher Santoro

Your toddler will be delighted by all the wonders of Christmas when you Open Santa’s Door. From all the yummy treats to special helpers, this book introduces fun new Christmas words to enhance your toddler’s vocabulary.

Dear Santa by Rod Campbell

Dear Santa is a lift-the-flap book that follows Santa’s journey to find the perfect present for a special child. If you’re already fan of the classic Dear Zoo, then this book is a perfect Christmas addition for your collection.

Ho Ho Ho: Peek-a-Flap by Holly Berry-Byrd

Take a journey to discover all the Christmas traditions in Ho Ho Ho: Peek-a-Flap. This Christmas book for toddlers offers a number of flaps with holes to peek through.

Merry Christmas, Daniel Tiger! by Angela C Santomero

Come along with Daniel Tiger and friends as they get the Neighborhood of Make Believe ready for Christmas. Merry Christmas, Daniel Tiger! is a lift-the-flap book that is full of joyous surprises.

Religious Christmas Books for Toddlers

The First Christmas by Holly Berry-Byrd

The First Christmas is a lift-a-pop book that follows Mary and Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem. Your little one will be able to follow along easily with this traditional retelling of the Christmas story.

God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Tawn Bergren

From the God Gave Us series, comes God Gave Us Christmas. Follow Mama Bear and her Little Cub as she answers questions about who invented Christmas and why it is important. This is a great way to introduce your toddler to the true meaning of Christmas.

M is for Manger by Crystal Bowman

M is for Manger is a Christmas alphabet book that takes your child on the journey of the birth of Jesus. The book uses sweet rhymes for each letter while detailing the events in chronological order.

Christmas in the Manger by Nola Buck

With wonderful rhyming text, Christmas in the Manger introduces the birth of Jesus with ease and understanding.

Cheerful Christmas Books for Toddlers

Merry Christmas, Little Pookie by Sandra Boynton

Follow Pookie and his mother on their Christmas Eve journey in Merry Christmas, Little Pookie. From the author of The Going to Bed Book and Moo, Baa, La La La!, the story is sure to be a hit this Christmas and for many more to come.

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Biscuit Gives a Gift by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

In Biscuit Gives a Gift, follow Biscuit as he searches for the perfect gift for everyone on his list. If you’re new to the Biscuit series, check out the first book, Good Night Biscuit.

Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown! by Charles M. Schulz

Follow Charlie Brown as he searches for the perfect tree in Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown! The whole Peanuts gang is there to celebrate Christmas in their own unique way.

Llama Llama Jingle Bells by Anna Dewdney

Join Llama Llama as he experiences all the fun of the Christmas season: decorating, giving gifts, and playing in the snow. Llama Llama Jingle Bells is just one of many in the beautiful Llama Llama series.

Santa’s Big Day by Holly Berry-Byrd

Santa’s Big Day is a finger puppet book that offers an interactive story for your toddler, all while Santa prepares for Christmas Eve.

Disney Mickey: Clubhouse Christmas by Editors of Studio Fun International

Join Mickey and the gang while they get the Clubhouse ready for Christmas, with the help of Toddles, of course. If your toddler is a fan of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, then Clubhouse Christmas is the perfect book to put everyone in the Christmas spirit.

Is It Christmas Yet? by Jane Chapman

Teddy is ready for Christmas and is so excited to help Big Bear get ready. Get this book later in the season cause your toddler will be asking Is It Christmas Yet? right along with Teddy.

You’re My Little Christmas Wish by Nicola Edwards

You’re My Little Christmas Wish is a cute Christmas story using cutouts and raised elements to keep your toddler engaged and entertained.

Winter Things by Dr. Seuss

Although Winter Things isn’t technically about Christmas, I can’t offer a book list without including the mischievous activities of Thing One and Thing Two. The rhymes are too cute to miss each season.


There you have it: my favorite Christmas books for toddlers to get them ready for all the joys that Christmas brings. And don’t forget to check out the Amazon Book Box to get all your holiday favorites!

Did any of your favorite Christmas books for toddlers make the list or did you find a new favorite for this year? Let us know in the comments.

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