28 Best Christmas Books For Preschoolers
Looking for the best Christmas books for your little ones? The festive season is a magical time for preschoolers, filled with excitement about Santa, presents, decorations and spending time with family. But finding age-appropriate Christmas books can be tricky. In this blog post, I’ll recommend the top 28 best Christmas books for preschoolers.
From all-time classics to newer releases, these festive tales are ideal for 3-5-year-olds. Written to capture young children’s imagination and attention, these beautifully illustrated books will get your kids into the Christmas spirit. They also gently touch on themes of kindness, generosity and family togetherness. So curl up with your preschooler and dive into these top Christmas picks created especially for young children. You might also want to check out this list of the best picture books about Christmas for more ideas.
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28 Best Christmas Books For Preschoolers
Christmas is a magical time full of wonder and joy for little kids. Below you’ll find a list of the 28 best Christmas books that capture the imagination and excitement of the season for preschoolers ages 3-5.
- The Jolly Christmas Postman by Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg
This interactive children’s book features letters for various fairy tale characters delivered by the Jolly Christmas Postman. As kids read the book, they get to open entertaining envelopes and read funny messages, jokes and poems. With engaging content, imaginative illustrations and activities, it cleverly combines reading with interactive play.
- The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher
When William loses his beloved stuffed dinosaur toy, he writes a letter asking Father Christmas to help find it. Amazingly, William meets and befriends a real-live dinosaur named the Christmasaurus! Together, they embark on a magical adventure to the North Pole that neither will ever forget.
- The Christmas Bear by Ian Whybrow
When a teddy bear named Bear is left behind after Christmas, he dreams of going on an amazing adventure as he waits patiently in the toy department. His wishes come true when a young girl named Emily chooses him and takes him to her home to be her new Christmas present.
- The Christmas Story by DK
This board book uses simple language and bright illustrations to tell the nativity story. All the classic elements are covered – Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, the wise men and animals in the stable on that very first Christmas night.
- What the Ladybird Heard at Christmas by Julia Donaldson
Those clever farm animals Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh try to steal the fancy prizes from the Christmas Fancy Dress Competition. But the tiniest creature, the ladybird, has a plan to stop their mischief so that everyone can enjoy Christmas.
- There’s an Elf in Your Book by Tom Fletcher
This fun, interactive book talks directly to the reader to involve them in the story. With clever holes in certain pages for the elf to peek through, this book is perfect for getting preschoolers excited about Christmas magic coming soon!
- Greg the Sausage Roll: Santa’s Little Helper by Mark and Roxanne Hoyle
All Greg wants for Christmas is arms and legs so he can help Santa deliver presents. When his wish amazingly comes true, Greg joyfully travels with Santa only to learn that being an elf isn’t quite so easy after all!
- A Very Noisy Christmas by Tim Thornborough
It’s Christmas Eve and Little Mouse tries to stay awake for Santa’s arrival. But with noisy neighbours, talkative grandparents and chaotic carolers, will there ever be a quiet moment so she can rest her eyes?
- The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
A beloved classic, this wordless picture book tells the magical tale of a boy who builds a snowman that comes to life at midnight. They embark on a wondrous adventure together flying high in the sky above dazzling snowy landscapes.
- Granny Got a Sprout Stuck Up Her Sneezer by Becci Murray
It’s Christmas dinner and granny accidentally gets a sprout stuck up her nose! The family tries everything to help dislodge it leading to a very silly and messy – yet tasty – feast in the end.
- The Night Before the Night Before Christmas by Kes Gray
It’s two days before Christmas and Santa is coming down with a cold and sore throat! Will his animal friends at the North Pole be able to make an emergency home remedy so he can deliver presents in time?
- Father Christmas Needs a Wee by Nicholas Allan
As Father Christmas delivers presents, he gets caught short and needs a wee! Landing on various roofs, he looks high and low for a toilet to use before an accident happens. Can he get the job done without wetting his red suit?
- The Christmas Surprise by Steph Williams
Rosie leaves a special Christmas wish outside her house involving helping someone else. But little does she know that her wish will come true through the kindness of her own family as a wonderful surprise!
- Dasher by Matt Tavares
A gentle little doe with a big heart named Dasher dreams of pulling Santa’s sleigh one Christmas Eve. Through hard work and determination, Dasher overcomes obstacles and makes her wish come true in a magical way.
- Dear Father Christmas by Alan Durant
A girl writes a letter filled with questions to Father Christmas asking how he manages to make Christmas happen every year. She soon learns his secrets as they exchange heartwarming letters in the days leading up to the holiday!
- The Christmas Eve Tree by Delia Huddy
Two homeless children gather ornaments on Christmas Eve to decorate a simple pine tree. As neighbours stop and spread cheer, the little tree brings the gift of friendship to them when they need it most.
- Christmas Begins With Christ by Gina Kirkland
In a busy town full of Christmas hustle and bustle, a little boy stops to ponder why we celebrate this holiday at all. His mom gently explains the nativity story and the birth of baby Jesus so he learns the true meaning.
- Construction Site on Christmas Night by Sherri Duskey Rinker
Trucks and construction vehicles deck their cabs with colourful lights to celebrate Christmas in their own way. After building a giant tree, they give each other the best gifts of all – friendship and community.
- Rudey’s Windy Christmas by Helen Baugh
Rudey the reindeer lets loose his stinky gas on the sleigh ride, leading his elf friends to fly off and leave him behind. But when Santa gets lost in a storm, can Rudey put his windy woes to good use and save Christmas Eve?
- Rudolph’s Missing Antlers by Thomas Clayson
Rudolph has lost his antlers! He can’t fly without them and it’s almost Christmas Eve! Join Rudolph and his friends as he searches high and low to see where they fell off and see if they can save Christmas.
- Is It Christmas Yet? by Jane Chapman
Mole is bursting with excitement about Christmas coming as he decorates and bakes goodies. But friendly Hedgehog reminds him everyday things are also important. Finally, Christmas Eve arrives – along with a certain special visitor!
- The Christmas Baby by Marion Dane Bauer
The animals in the barnyard manger try to keep baby Jesus warm and protected on the magical night he is born. Told in gentle rhyme, this is the story behind the very first Christmas from the animals’ perspective.
- Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson
Curious Bear’s friends tell him he needs to go to sleep early on Christmas so Santa will come. But Bear strives to keep his eyes open, only to have a comical encounter with a certain reindeer outside!
- The Christmas Promise Storybook by Alison Mitchell and Catalina Echeverri
This heartwarming story for young children teaches the importance of kindness, generosity and keeping your promises. When a little boy promises his mother he’ll help those in need, he discovers the true meaning of Christmas.
- Moo, Baa, Fa La La La La! by Sandra Boynton
Silly farm animals like cows, pigs and chickens all want to add their unique animal sounds to Christmas caroling songs. The result is a cacophony of chaotic carols that will make kids laugh out loud!
- A Silly Milly Christmas by Sheri Wall and Erin Riddle
Excitable puppy Milly can’t contain her joy and excitement on Christmas. But she gets so distracted trying to help that she ends up making a big, messy mistake! Luckily the Christmas spirit is all about love.
- How to Catch an Elf by Adam Wallace
This step-by-step guide teaches kids sly tricks for catching one of Santa’s sneaky elves during the Christmas season. Filled with humour and holiday mischief, the story shows it takes speed, skill and some sweet treats!
- Mouse’s Night Before Christmas by Tracey Corderoy
Eager Mouse leaves treats for Santa on Christmas Eve, but hilarious obstacles – like skating penguins, bouncing rabbits, and lost presents – get in the way. Will Mouse stay awake long enough to meet Santa Claus at last?
There’s a beautiful selection of Christmas books to delight your preschoolers and spark their festive spirit. From festive tales to interactive adventures these best Christmas books for preschoolers have been carefully chosen for young children ages 3-5. Cuddle up with some cocoa and enjoy exploring these Christmas stories together.
Let us know in the comments below your child’s favourite book from our list! Which stories capture your kid’s imagination the most? Please share so other parents can discover new gems their little ones will love reading this Christmas and beyond! We wish you a season full of the magical joy that only the best Christmas books for preschoolers can bring.