This year, my daughter Isabelle and I - now ten months old - have been busy reading all sorts of Christmas books together. I've always loved holiday picture books and it has been so much fun re-reading some of the classics and finding new authors to enjoy. Isabelle loves to be on the move and doesn't have a very long attention span, so we have been reading a lot of board books. Board books have been great for us - they are a lot sturdier then traditional picture books, usually have short phrases or words and lots of bring pictures, and they are the perfect size for her to hold and help turn the pages.
There are so many great books to choose from, but here are some of our favorite Christmas board books that we have read this year:
#5 Fa La La by Leslie Patricelli
A cute and simple book about baby's first Christmas. The story follows baby as he gets ready for all the fun of Christmas including decorating the Christmas tree, making presents, and singing carols. The book uses simple words and phrases and is full of holiday spirit.
#4 A Christmas Carol: A BabyLit Colors Primer by Jennifer Adams & Alison Oliver (illustrator)
I loved the BabyLit Primers series because it introduces classic literature in board book format - and also teaches basic concepts like colors, shapes, and numbers. This one focuses on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and is filled with bright colors.
#3 Christmas in the Manger by Nola Buck & Felicia Bond (illustrator)
This is the perfect book to introduce little ones to the story of Jesus's birth and the first Christmas. The book uses simple rhymes to show how each of the animals - and a few important people as well! - were part of the first Christmas.
#2 Llama Llama Jingle Bells by Anna Dewdney
Ever since reading Llama Llama Red Pajama, we have loved reading the Llama books! They have short and simple text that has a wonderful rhythm and the board book versions are perfect for little ones. Plus there is always a subtle lesson to be learned! We also read the Llama Christmas picture book Llama Llama Holiday Drama.
#1 Where is Baby's Christmas Present?: A Life-the-Flap Book by Karen Katz
There books are perfect for babies and toddlers and includes sturdy flaps on each page! In this one, baby is looking for his Christmas present and finds all sorts of holiday surprises along the way. Other holiday board books by Karen Katz include Baby Loves Snow and Counting Christmas.