Top Ten Christmas Picture Books for Kids
With the kids out of school for a long winter break, it’s a great time to snuggle up with a good picture book. Reading with and to your kids fosters a lifelong love of books. Here’s a Top Ten List of wonderful picture books for kids. (Sorry, I couldn’t rank them – they’re all #1!) Try my picks, but don’t take my word for it. Add your own choices in the comments!
Wenceslas: The Eternal Christmas Story
The story is adapted from the well know Christmas song. It teaches warmth, compassion and Yuletide spirit. Christian Birmingham’s illustrations are created with pastels in gorgeous blues, and purples, yellows and oranges. Parents and children will page through it over and over.
The Polar Express
This modern classic Christmas story was made even more popular by the major motion picture starring the voice of Tom Hanks. Kids and adults will be enchanted by story and subtle, gorgeous artwork.
Eric Carle’s book of magic and mystery will delight parents as they read. Kids absolutely love the transparent page that blankets the landscape in snowflakes. The best part is the musical button at the end that plays an enchanting little tune! (We press it many, many times per read!)
Maurice Sendak's Christmas Mystery
No picture book list is complete without a selection from Maurice Sendak. The Christmas Mystery comes box set features a charming picture book and jigsaw puzzle with 50 jumbo pieces. Kids put the puzzle together to discover the surprise solution to Sendak's merry Christmas mystery.
The Night Before Christmas
Jan Brett’s version of the classic tale is a must for any family who likes to recite the Night Before Christmas. Children who are familiar with Brett’s work will beg to flip through the pictures again and again.
Christmas in the Manger Board Book
This is the perfect first picture book about the first Christmas. The board book style is great for the youngest ‘readers’. The simple text and radiant artwork introduces young children to the wonder of the Nativity.
Not Enough Beds: A Christmas Alphabet Book
There are 26 members of the family expected for Christmas. This rhymed story recounts their arrivals with whimsy and rich detail. Of course, there are not enough beds for everyone! The illustrations are bright and cartoon-ish.
Humphrey's First Christmas
The art work is amazing in this touching story about Humphrey, cranky but lovable camel who ends up giving his most prized possession away to the baby Jesus. This beautiful story of giving serves as a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas.
Merry Christmas Mom and Dad
Mercer Mayer's quirky, comical style is always a hit with kids. In Merry Christmas Mom and Dad, Little Critter wants to be a good helper. For every mistake he makes there is always a good explanation. All his foibles add up to a sweet and funny Christmas tale.
The family is getting ready for Granny’s Christmas visit. Things get crazy while shopping for presents, baking goodies, and decorating the tree, Doing Christmas reminds us that Christmas doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.