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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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Our Top Picks For Christmas Books For Babies

Baby's Very First Touchy-Feely Christmas Book

Wonderful little sensory book of first Christmas experiences. With high-contrast illustrations for little eyes, this is a perfect introduction to eight of the season’s most iconic images.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Duggee's Christmas

CBeebies favourite Duggee calls in the squirrels to help him get ready for the big day.  An easy winner for any Hey Duggee fans.

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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.   

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Merry Christmas Little Pookie

In this gorgeous little rhyming story, we follow Pookie and Pookie’s Mum as they get ready for Christmas with a walk in the snow and preparations indoors before hanging the stockings and going to bed.

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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.

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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. 

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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’.

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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.

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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!)

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The Snowdog Shaped Board Book

Another early introduction to the Raymond Briggs’ classics, this time we join the Snowdog in his furry adventures through this beautiful snowdog-shaped board book.

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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

Just the sweetest little uplifting rhythmic story full of reassuring positive messages for your baby to let them know how much they are loved.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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. 

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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!

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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 books 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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