Christmas books for babies: 24 ideas whether you’re looking for a Christmas Eve box, Book Advent Calendar or simply to enjoy a cuddle & read.

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Christmas Books For Babies - 24 Ideas

Whether you’re looking to add a book to a Christmas Eve Box, create a Book Advent Calendar or simply want to snuggle and read something festive with your little one, we’ve got a whole host of Christmas books for babies ready for you to enjoy.

There are so many wonderful Christmas book options available now for little ones and it’s hard to pick just a few.  But we’ve rounded up some of our favourites to get you started.

Let the cuddles begin!

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We hasten to add that the age range for these books is merely a guide.  There will be plenty of older children who love the books below and indeed plenty of little ones this age ready to enjoy older books too.  We’ll leave it to you to find the right balance for your little one but hopefully the ideas below will give you a good starting point.

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Baby's Very First Touchy-Feely Christmas Book

Another fabulous tale from Acorn Wood, courtesy of the wonderful Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.  Follow along with this lift-the-flaps rhyming adventure as squirrel builds a snowman friend.

Squirrel’s Snowman by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

Dear Santa

A timeless classic from the author of ‘Dear Zoo’.  A Lift The Flap board book as we watch Santa decide on the best present to bring the reader.

Dear Santa by Rod Campbell

The Snowman

A great introduction to the classic story.  Naturally limited in words making it ideal for a young audience, this version includes a pop-up scene on the last page.

The Snowman Pop-Up Book

Jolly Jingle Christmas

A lovely book exploring Christmas adventures from the North Pole complete with 10 festive sounds from jingle bells to children laughing and reindeer pattering.

Jolly Jingles Christmas by Parragon Books

Jane Foster's Christmas

Another beautiful board book introducing the icons of the season from textile designer Jane Foster.  With clear strong illustrations to grab attention, this is a great way to talk with your baby about the key elements of Christmas.

Jane Foster’s Christmas

Duggee's Christmas

With its cute little ryhming tale, bright illustrations and plenty of things to push, pull and turn, My Magical Snowman board book makes a fabulous read with your tiny tot.

My Magical Snowman by Campbell Books

Neve Touch A Polar Bear

Okay, we know, it’s not strictly a Christmas book.  But it’s so full of snow it could easily blend in!  This brilliant sensory rhyming tale shares words of caution for the reader should they encounter a knitting polar bear, skating penguin or selection of other Arctic animals.

Never Touch A Polar Bear! By Make Believe Ideas

Usborne Baby's Very First Slide and See Christmas

Robustly built for little fingers, this push pull slide book from Usborne is perfect for the tinies as it shares various aspects of the Christmas festivities on a first venture in the Christmas season.

Usborne Baby’s Very First Slide and See Christmas

A Tiny Little Story Christmas

This gorgeous cloth book, complete with bold illustrations and Velcro buggy hook, follows Baby Boo as he enjoys his first Christmas.

Baby’s First Cloth Book by Nosy Crow

Spot's First Christmas

Another classic from the Spot the Dog series as we join Spot and his family preparing for Christmas.  A Lift The Flap book, perfect for a baby’s first Christmas too!

Spot’s First Christmas by Eric Hill

Merry Christmas Little Pookie

With five cheerful sounds to discover as you read and beautiful eye-catching illustrations, this would make a fabulous first Christmas gift for a little one.

Usborne Baby’s Very First Noisy Book Christmas

Busy London At Christmas

An interactive board book full of vibrant imagery of this capital city at Christmas time and plenty to keep little hands busy with push, pull & slide features.

Busy London at Christmas by Campbell Books

First 100 Christmas

Not a story per se but a beautiful introduction to Christmas themed words, providing lots of scope to talk with little ones about festive experiences and activities.

First 100 Christmas (Words) by Priddy Baby

Usborne Very First Christmas Carols

A great way to introduce your little one to classic Christmas carols as you snuggle and sing whilst your baby can look at the great imagery too.  With nine carols included from ‘Away In a Manger’ to ‘We Three Kings’ and of course ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas’.

Usborne Very First Christmas Carols

Pip and Posy The Christmas Tree

Wonderful tale of friends Pip and Posy decorating the Christmas tree.  But where are all the tasty ornaments disappearing to?!  Such a sweet story with opportunities for very simple counting & a reminder of the risks of telling lies.

Pip and Posy: The Christmas Tree by Axel Scheffler

Santa's Big Day

With a finger puppet Santa ready to bring the story to life, this cute rhyming tale of Santa’s deliveries is sure to tickle your baby’s fancy (and tummy perhaps too!)

Santa’s Big Day! by Cottage Door Press

The Snowdog Shaped Board Book

A rather unique design from Jo & Nic’s Crinkly Cloth Books.  This gorgeous newspaper cloth book really does crinkle like the real thing making for a fabulously sensory read!

Jo & Nic’s Crinkly Newspaper: My First Christmas

The Itsy Bitsy Reindeer

Classic nursery rhyme Itsy Bitsy Spider gets a Christmassy makeover.  Incredibly popular with the tinies, the fabulous new seasonal lyrics guarantee you’ll be humming the tune all day long!!

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You're My Little Christmas Wish

New for 2023, this cute slider board book culinates in a little look in the mirror for baby.  Always a winner!  The clear vibrant graphics throughout the book are sure to keep attention of the littlies too.

Peekaboo Santa by Nosy Crow

That's Not My Snowman

This fabulous series by Usborne offers a range of sensory books for tinies from Reindeer & Elves to Santas & Christmas Fairies.  We love this fluffy snowman one.

Usborne That’s Not My Snowman…

Peter Rabbit - A Christmas Wish

Welcoming back everyone’s favourite mischievous bunny for the festive season, Beatrix Potter weaves her usual magic with a tale of over-excited children trying to sleep on Christmas Eve!

A Christmas Wish (A Peter Rabbit Tale)

Where's Santa Claus?

Absolutely gorgeous little Lift The Flap book introducing a whole cast of Christmas characters as we search for Father Christmas.  The story finishes with a mirror behind the final flap to say hello to baby too!

Where’s Santa Claus? by Nosy Crow

Pop-Up Peekaboo! Penguin

A lovely little adventure in snowy climes as we play hide-and-seek with Polly penguin and pals.  A cheerful rhyming narrative runs alongside bright fun imagery.

DK Pop-UP Peekaboo! Pengiun

The Night Before Christmas

But of course!! This is a traditional edition of the traditional poem, a perfect heirloom to live in your Christmas Eve Box and be enjoyed year upon year!  Oh how special to read it to your little one for the very first time!

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

Simple christmas Eve Box

Ideas for filling a DIY Christmas Eve Box – perfect for last-minute panics or when you don’t want to splurge.

More Christmas Book Inspiration

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Which other Christmas books for babies do you enjoy reading with your little one? Do let us know in the comments below!  We also love discovering new Christmas books!

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