Add one or all of these books to your shopping list this holiday season. These are great books that introduce Christmas to young children either through hands-on interaction or simply great old-fashioned storytelling.
What child doesn’t get excited about trimming the tree? In Janet Schulman’s holiday counting book, 10 Trim-the-Tree’ers, 10 little neighbors are also just as excited to help trim the Christmas tree in their building lobby. From the little angels to the candy canes, mom, dad and the kids will have fun counting all of the decorations the trim-the-tree’ers place on the tree, and the presents they place under it.
Each page is chock full of so many colorful images that children will not get bored gazing at the pictures. It’s a very memorable and enjoyable read for young children.
Published by Alfred A. Knopf (2010)
The First Christmas: An Angel Came to Nazareth
If you’re looking for a children’s Christmas book that will remain a family tradition for many years to come, The First Christmas: An Angel Came to Nazareth by Anthony Knott may just be the book for you. It’s the story of the very first Christmas and four travelers making their way to Bethlehem by way of four animals: a camel, donkey, horse and ox. But only one animal chooses to carry the greatest traveler of all.
The book is beautifully illustrated in lots of bold colors and embossed pictures children will love. Its compact size makes it a great little stocking stuffer for the entire family and friends.
Published by Chronicle Books (2005)
Baby Touch and Feel Christmas
Parents know that one of the first ways babies discover the world in which they live is through touch. The Baby Touch and Feel Christmas book is a a great way for very young children to start to discover all of the things that make up this holiday. From the sparkly red balls on the Christmas tree to the cotton ball on the end of the teddy bear’s Christmas hat, babies will enjoy exploring the different textures on each page. They will also love staring at the bright shiny objects on each page such as the present, the snowflake and stocking.
Published by DK Publishing (2010)
Ages: Infants and toddlers
Christmas is Coming
Christmas is Coming by Andrea Pinnington is a wonderful, hands-on activity book that really teaches children about Christmas traditions by giving them fun projects to do before Santa slips down the chimney.
Because Santa’s elves are so busy this year, they need your child’s help in getting everything done in time. In the book, children help the elves by doing tasks such as writing a letter, choosing a stamp and then making a magic mailbox with the cardboard cut so their letter can be mailed right away! Little readers will also learn how to write Christmas cards and get great ideas on presents they can make for family and friends. They will also get to decorate their very own Christmas tree and if they finish all of the tasks on Santa’s to-do list they earn a special little Santa’s helper certificate at the end.
Published by DK Publishing (2006)
Ages: 3 and up
It’s Christmas, David!
For every child that loves Christmas so much they just can’t stand to peek at the presents, play with the ornaments and eat the Christmas cookies even after being told “no”, David Shannon’s very funny It’s Christmas, David! is for him or her.
Little David tries to be a good boy, but he is so excited about the holiday and there are just so many holiday temptations that he just can’t stay out of trouble. He learns that all of his mischievous lands him on Santa’s naughty list and he finds the only gift Santa left him under the tree – a lump of coal. But wait! Could it have been all a dream! Will he really wake up to lots of presents under the tree? Yes David! It’s Christmas!
Published by The Blue Sky Press (2010)