christmas booksWhen it comes to Christmas, there’s no shortage of books perfect for kids.  Every year new ones get added to our ever-growing collection, and as our boys get older, their “favorite” books change.  Here are some of our current favorites:

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss

We’re finally getting to an age where our oldest (almost three) enjoys Dr. Seuss and his silly rhymes, so I’m thrilled to share this favorite of mine with him.  He prefers the animated movie to the book, but hey, occasionally I can win him over with my re-telling.

– Little Critter’s The Night Before Christmas by Mercer Mayer

Little Critter is huge in our house.  HUGE.  So when I saw this version of the quintessential Christmas story starring our favorite furry friend, I knew we had to have a copy in our house.  Our big guy requests this book multiple times a day.  (Merry Christmas, Mom and Dad! another Little Critter Christmas tale is also a favorite).

– The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Another classic we’re excited to share with our kids, The Polar Express is popular this year with our oldest.  While some of the language used is still a little over his head, he’s a fan of the train and loves to study the beautiful illustrations.

The Elf on the Shelf, a Christmas Tradition by Chanda A. Bell and Carol V. Aebersold

Ah yes, love it or hate it it seems like the Elf on the Shelf is here to stay.  Our kids love hearing the story behind the elves regularly.

Nutcracker Twinkle Toes by Karen Katz

Perfect for our one year old, this great book by the awesome Karen Katz features plenty of things to touch and lots of bright, fun illustrations.

– The Nutcracker  by Alison Jay

Our older son likes this version of the Nutcracker, with its whimsical – and detailed – illustrations.

– A Star So Bright: A Christmas Tale by M. Christina Butler

A sweet story starring animals and a shining star with a surprise at the end.

– Christmas Peek-A-Boo and Pop-Up Peekaboo: Christmas! By DK

Always popular with young kids – books with texture and pictures that pop up (or flaps to lift).  These books have been favorites in our house for years!

– Guess Who’s Coming to Santa’s for Dinner? by Tomie dePaola

I love Tomie dePaola and add his books to our library whenever I find them.  This funny story, about Santa’s Christmas dinner with his crazy family, definitely gets a few giggles out of our boys regularly.

– The Twelve Days of Christmas by Accord Publishing

A neat re-telling of the classic Christmas carol, featuring pictures that move and lots to look for on each page, is a big hit with our oldest this year.

The Berenstain Bears Meet Santa Bear by Stan and Jan Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears are still wildly popular in our house, so it’s fitting that their Christmas story would be requested often.

– You Are My Miracle by Maryann Cusimano Love

This board book is more for parents than kids, but the illustrations are gorgeous – I dare you to get through reading it without crying.