Since our first has a February birthday, she already LOVED books by the time that her first Christmas was approaching. I had seen others do a 25 Days of Christmas Books on Facebook and Pinterest prekids and had always thought that it was a really cute idea. So once we had our own little book lover, it was settled that we were also going to do a 25 Days of Christmas Books.
That first Christmas season, I spent a lot of time scouring book shelves and the internet looking for good Christmas books at good deals. I probably spent way too much money and not enough time picking out the best books. Going back, I probably wouldn’t have done the full 25 books that first Christmas and just started our collection growing between what we loved and what we were gifted. Even so, it was so much fun to have our little almost one year old ripping open her daily Christmas book and getting excited to read it together!
Our collection is now a mixture of what I bought that first year, gifts from family and friends, and other books I’ve added in the past couple years. We have over 25 Christmas books now, so I just pick out our favorites to wrap and bring out the others throughout the season. I’m sticking to board books this year (since we already have them!), and I’ll probably start looking at picture books to add to the mix next Christmas when we have an almost four year old!
So What Exactly is 25 Days of Christmas Books?
It’s exactly that- you choose 25 Christmas/Winter books to share with your children throughout the season of Advent, leading up to Christmas. I see it as an Advent calendar that promotes a love of reading and books. I have chosen to wrap them in the past (maybe because I’m a bit extra?), but that’s definitely not necessary! Just collect your books, and choose one to open each day as you prepare for Christmas. Pro-Tip: Find some place to put your books that doesn’t tempt your children to find them and open a bunch before you can stop them- ask me how I know.
If you’re looking to start a Christmas books collection, or to do your own 25 Days of Christmas books, I’ve compiled our list of books that I’m wrapping up this year for my almost three year old and one year old for you to peruse. As I said before, it can get expensive to buy all 25 Christmas books at once. One tip I have for building up your collection on a budget is to check out the used books option on Amazon- many are available at a much lower price and still in good condition! There are also many used book websites such as Better World Books and Thriftbooks that have good deals as well. Some families even check Christmas books out from the library and open them soon after they check them out so that they can get them back in time. There are so many ways to make this tradition work for your family and for your budget.
I’ve broken our books for this year down into Religious Christmas Books, Santa Books, and General Christmas Books so that you can peruse based on your own Christmas traditions. It has been so fun to share the Christmas spirit with Nora through these 25 Days of Christmas books the last couple years, and I’m excited to get Charlie involved this year too! I hope that you’ll find a few new Christmas books to add to your collection too!
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Religious Christmas Books
I tried to find a good amount of religious Christmas books in order to have an emphasis on the “reason for the season.” We’re Catholic, and it’s important that we share Jesus and our faith with our kids. Books have been a really helpful tool with this. The “problem” with Religious Christmas books is that so many of them are focused on the Nativity story- which is great!- but I’ve been trying to find other Christmas books that incorporate Jesus and God and aren’t all the Nativity story. That being said, at least four of these books reference or talk about the Nativity and all have their own perspective on them, making them worth all having in our collection!
1) The Story of Christmas – Patricia A. Pingry
2) What Is Christmas? – Michelle Medlock Adams
3) Nativity Flap Book – Usborne Books
4) The Story of Christmas – Hayley Down
5) A Very Merry Christmas Prayer – Bonnie Rickner Jensen
6) God Bless Our Christmas-Hannah C.Hall
7) Christmas in the Manger – Nola Buck
8) The Story of Christmas – Fiona Boon
9) The ABCs of Christmas – Jill Howarth
10) One Christmas Bear – Anne Vittur Kennedy
We have chosen to have a Santa tradition in our family (though this is probably the first year that it matters for our oldest, and we’re figuring out what that looks like!). Given this, we have quite a few books that at least reference Santa. These books are all super cute and share the holiday spirit in such a fun way. Between rhymes, flaps, and touchy feely pads, there’s not much that can go wrong!
12) Llama Llama Jingle Bells – Anna Dewdney
13) Here Comes Christmas! – Caroline Jayne Church
14) My Christmas Star – Lucy Fleming
15) Biscuit’s Pet & Play Christmas: A Touch & Feel Book – Alyssa Satin Capucilli
16) Bizzy Bear: Christmas Helper – Benji Davies
17) The Night Before Christmas – Clement C. Moore
18) Babies Love Christmas: Lift-a-Flap Board Book – Stacy Peterson
19) A Christmas Wish for Corduroy – Don Freeman
20) Fa La La – Leslie Patricelli
General Christmas Books
I’m rounding out my list of our 25 Books of Christmas with our books that don’t have a religious aspect and don’t mention Santa. These are all so sweet- and the last is one of my favorites!
21) Merry Christmas, Little One! – Sandra Magsamen
22) A Very Merry Christmas – Maudie Powell-Tuck
23) Where Is Baby’s Christmas Present?: A Lift-the-Flap Book – Karen Katz
24) Bear Stays Up for Christmas – Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman
25) Llama Llama Holiday Drama – Anna Dewdney
So there you have it! Our 25 Books of Christmas for this year. I’ve got to get wrapping these as we’ll be gone for the week of Thanksgiving and then December is already upon us! If you have Christmas books that you love that you don’t see on this list, let me know- I’m always looking to add a good book to the pile! As I shared, I’ll be looking especially for picture books to add for my oldest next Christmas, so send me your favorites 🙂