Your holiday season will be filled with quality time with this book list of our favorite Christmas books for preschoolers. Reading together is so much fun and these interactive books with Christmas themes will engage and delight your 3-5 year old child. Let’s read a Christmas book!
Best Christmas Books for Preschoolers
While most preschoolers aren’t reading yet on their own, they love to spend time with older siblings and adults exploring the pages of a good book. Reading out loud has been proven to encourage pre-reading skills and language development and create a love of reading in your child. These Christmas books were chosen for their bright colors, engaging stories and Christmas surprises that will keep your child turning the pages.
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We love these well-made books that will stand up to your family or classroom reading them over and over! Let’s make reading a Christmas tradition.
Don’t Tickle the Reindeer! Or maybe you’d better not tickle the reindeer, because it might just snort if you do! Preschoolers will love touching the soft patches to hear the animal sounds in this irresistible novelty book. At the end, all the animals make their noises at the same time while a bouncy tune plays – guaranteed to get everyone dancing!
It’s Christmas, and the little yellow duck is hiding in all the cozy scenes in this magical board book called Find the Duck at Christmas. Preschoolers will love finding the duck and looking at the bright, simple illustrations, and the sturdy pages are ideal for little hands to hold.
Preschoolers will love this sturdy fold-out book with bright and colorful pages that folds out to create a learning scene and also stands upright.
Lights and Sounds at Christmas Book tells a Christmas story! Each time you press a button in this unique novelty book, the festive lights sparkle and the carols start to play. With a heartwarming story of animal friends getting ready for the big day, this is a perfect way to get little children excited about the magic of Christmas.
Are You There Little Reindeer Peek-Through Book is a beautifully illustrated hide-and-seek book, toddlers can “spot” the reindeer through a hole on each page… but when they turn the page it isn’t the reindeer at all! Preschoolers will love searching for the elusive reindeer, and all the charming details and other animals they discover along the way.
Dance with the Elves Sound Book will have little children bouncing around to the Christmas music in this irresistible sound book. As well as dancing elves, there are reindeer and Christmas fairies having a boogie – and even Santa himself gets his dancing boots on! With one very simple “move” to copy on each page and toe-tapping disco arrangements of well-loved festive tunes, this is a perfect way to hop, twirl, and waggle yourself into the Christmas spirit.
Peek Inside Christmas Book tells the story of the elves in Santa’s workshop on Christmas Eve. Lift flaps and peek through holes to explore this magical winter wonderland. Preschoolers with meet all the reindeer and Mrs. Christmas working on the sleigh, see Santa flying through the sky, and fill the stockings full of presents. Then peek into Santa’s house on Christmas morning to see how he celebrates – with a snooze in his armchair and lots of elf games. This little interactive book is a perfect way to enjoy the excitement of Christmas with little children.
Polar Bear at the Christmas Fair Book is for beginner readers: phonics-based text is cleverly blended with a funny story. Includes phonics guide for parents.
Pop-Up Christmas Book reveals pop-up snowflakes, a snowman that Santa’s elves have built, the elves’ workshop, Santa on his sleigh flying over a town and a magnificent pop-up tree resplendent with presents on Christmas morning. Illustrations are brought to life in a burst of color and detail as your preschooler turns each page.
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Pop-Up Book is the classic Christmas poem brought wonderfully to life with gorgeous artwork and stunning pops. Peek inside a cozy house, all ready for Christmas, marvel at Santa and his reindeer, flying across the sky and revel in the magic of Christmas. This heirloom quality book will be a favorite for a generation.
Hey Jack! The Lost Reindeer Chapter Book that preschoolers will love to hear read to them over and over is about Jack and Billie going to Carols by Candlelight! They can’t wait to hear their favorite singer… but what will happen when Jack gets lost?
Peek Inside a Fairy Tale: The Nutcracker Book tells the fairy tale of one magical Christmas night and how a little girl’s Nutcracker doll come to life! Peek through the pages to follow their adventures in this enchanting book.
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What is your favorite preschool Christmas book to read together?
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