A couple of years ago, I shared one of my kids’ favorite things to do at Christmas: getting Christmas picture books from the library, wrapping them, and opening one every day. It’s like getting a gift every day – but you don’t have to pay anything for it, and it has to be returned to the library so it doesn’t take up space for very long.
Jeremy and I have five kids, so one child gets to pick out a book each weekday. They all love it, from my 13-year-old all the way down to the six-year-old! This year, I think we’re just going to do it for a couple of weeks (I always feel bad hogging Christmas books for very long when I know other people want to read them right now, too!) and we’ll fill in with some of our own picture books that I’ve been collecting over the past few years.
Anyway, if you want some great Christmas picture books, be sure to check out the ones in this post as some of our all-time favorites are there, and I’ve added a few new ones. And now is the time to either get yourself to the library or put them on hold – they’ll be checked out very soon.
Tips on selecting Christmas picture books
- If you want to just go and browse, I highly recommend going to the East Library as they have a huge selection of holiday books to choose from (really, this library has more books by far than any other branch, I think, so if you want to browse anything, this is the branch).
- If you want to put books on hold, I love using Amazon to look at the “related” books to get ideas of new titles.
- When searching the library’s catalog, don’t forget to search for books with “winter” and “snow” in the title as there are quite a few books in the main children’s section (not the holiday section) that are fun to read at Christmas.
- For older kids, sometimes it’s also fun to put out Christmas chapter books – I don’t have a huge list of those, but the American Girls series has lots of Christmas options, and we have some compilations of the Christmas chapters from Little House or the Anne books that are fun to read. Oh, and don’t forget The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!
- Be careful that you don’t wrap up any books that are super long, or it’s a surefire guarantee that your child will pick that one on the night you feel least like reading. Ha! (Holly and Ivy was a sweet book with lovely illustrations, but it’s long so we’ll be putting that in our regular book basket to read when we have time.)
However you choose to do it, I hope you find some great books that you enjoy reading with your kids this Christmas! You might even whip up some super-easy hot chocolate to drink while you read.