I LOVE Christmas!
Every. Single. Part.
I also love to read so it only makes sense to get the most out of all the Christmas stories out there! A couple years ago I started doing a book a day unwrapping with my daycare kiddos, and everyone loved it. I wrap up 24 books, and then each day after lunch someone gets to pick a package to unwrap. Somedays we do activities that match the story, other days it’s just a fun Christmas book.
Here is my 2017 book list!
Frosty the Snowman – Diane Muldrow
This one is new this year. I don’t know how we had made it two years without a Frosty book, but you can’t beat a Little Golden holiday classic. This is a must for the list.
If you take a Mouse to the Movies – Laura Numeroff
Taking a mouse to the movies doesn’t scream Christmas, but it’s a good one to read at the beginning when all the decorating and prep is going on. Plus it’s a good one to pair with hot chocolate with marshmallows.
Corduroy’s Christmas Surprise – Don Freeman
Corduroy is super excited for all things Christmas just like every little one, and then he finds what the best part of the holiday is…. spending it with his friends!
The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever – Steven Kroll
There is a Biggest book for all seasons and holidays I think. This is a great one to read before picking out your own Christmas tree. This year we had to find the biggest. one. ever! – according to my 4 year old.
Merry Christmas Mom and Dad – Mercer Mayer
Little Critter does Christmas his own way, but as usual when he tries to help things don’t always go right. We love how relatable Little Critter is and helping him solve the problems.
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – Robert L. May
Rudolph is another must have for your Christmas book basket. This one has beautiful illustrations that help tell the story. This one is an instant classic for your collection.
Clifford’s Christmas – Norman Bridwell
When I picture Christmas books from my childhood, this is one that pops into my head right away. Of course Santa visits Clifford on Christmas Eve!
A Very McStuffins Christmas – Sheila Sweeny Higginson
My girls love it when some of their favorite Disney characters pop into the holidays! This is a great one to pair with this episode of Doc. I love how one little girl can always make such a difference for toys, even at the North Pole.
Santa is coming to Iowa – Steve Smallman
Make it personal! Santa is coming to your own state. I think there are even some city versions of this story. It’s fun to hear the local towns mixed into a holiday story as Santa flies right over our neighborhood.
Rudolph Shines Again – Robert L. May
This is another must add if you have the original Rudolph. Such a good story with this one about helping others and how much each of us can offer the rest of the world. Again, the illustrations are beautiful.
Berenstain Bears’ Night Before Christmas – Mike Berenstain
If you have read any of my other book lists, you already know that I love me some Berenstain Bears! Christmas is no exception to that. Read this one for the Bear family twist on the a holiday classic.
Berenstain Bears Meet Santa Bear – Stan & Jan Berenstain
Another Bear Family favorite. Brother and Sister Bear learn that Christmas is more than just your wish list for Santa in this story.
Charlie and the Christmas Kitty – Res Drummond
This book was found by complete accident at a garage sale and my girls instantly fell in love with it. We had to go find more books about Charlie at the library, and they were all adorable.
A Charlie Brown Christmas – Charles Schulz
Charlie Brown and the gang are ready to celebrate Christmas and along the way they find the true meaning. Another classic that is fun to pair with the show. Warning that this one is a little long for the real little ones to sit through, but we always give it a shot.
The Polar Express – Chris Van Allsburg
Of course, you can’t have a Christmas book list without the Polar Express! I love everything about this book from the story itself, the meaning behind it and the beautiful illustrations. There are tons of cute activities to make a full day out of with this story!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Dr. Seuss
Another fun one to make a full day of is the Grinch. It is such a fun one to read aloud and pair up with crafts and snacks. We’ve already seen the cartoon on tv this year so I’m excited to read this one.
Bad Kitty Christmas – Nick Bruel
I’m not real sure how we stumbled upon Bad Kitty at the library, but my girls love this series. Bad Kitty is always up to something and mixes in a little alphabet lesson in each story.
Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! – Doreen Cronin
My three year old loves cows so she fell in love with Cows That Type. That prompted a library search of all the Click, Clack series. This one is a cute Christmas on the farm.
Mickey Saves Santa – Disney Book Group
Again, the girls love it when the Disney gang, especially Mickey, pop up in the holidays. Mickey really saves the day, and Santa, in this one. Check your tv schedule, or youtube the same episode for a fun pairing.
The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold – Maureen Fergus
I really loved this one! Santa suddenly has all kinds of questions about the truth about Harold as Christmas approaches. This book would be perfect for the older kiddos who are starting to questions the big man in red.
Snowmen at Christmas – Caralyn Buehner
The Snowmen series is a new one for us. It’s perfect for any child who has ever wondered what their snowman is up to when they aren’t around. The illustrations in this book are beautiful too.
Bear Stays up for Christmas – Karma Wilson
Bear has been on my list before too. In this one, his friends want to make sure Bear doesn’t miss out on Christmas when he is sleeping so they keep him up to celebrate. As always, Bear’s friends are the real gift.
How to Catch an Elf – Adam Wallace
I can’t believe I’ve never read any of the How to Catch series! These books are so cute with great rhymes for reading aloud. The illustrations are adorable too. These will make appearances on other lists in the future I’m sure.
The Night Before Christmas – Clement C. Moore
Of course, we save this one for last. The Night Before Christmas is my all time favorite. I had the entire poem memorized when I was a kid. It is a must for Christmas Eve!
I hope you love these suggestions as much as we do. This is a great tradition to start as a fun countdown to the big day. We always pick one before nap time or bedtime. It’s a great opportunity to slow down with the little ones, snuggle in a chair and read a great holiday story. If 24 books are too many, you can always do 12 days, or even just the last week leading up to Christmas. However many you choose, have fun making those memories with your family!