8 Christmas Books for Babies & Toddlers

Hand picked by our team of self-confessed bibliophile parents, here are the 8 best holiday books for kids.

Toddlers reading Christmas books for kids

One of the most special memories you can make during the holidays is reading with your child. Books, like good friends, can stay with you throughout your life and offer a sense of familiarity wherever you may go. They also enable your imagination to run wild! Reading books about the holidays often turns into a memorable Hanukkah ritual or favorite Christmas tradition. These books can also teach your kids the meaning and history behind Christmas and Hanukkah. With so many incredible books available, we made it our mission to narrow down our list to the top 8 heartwarming books we love reading with our kiddos.

From classics like A Christmas Carol that teach kids the importance of generosity, love and respect to the beloved and award-winning The Polar Express, these books have all been written with the same goal in mind: evoke feelings of excitement, wonder, faith and gratitude. Throughout each story, special characters are there to help guide children and parents on a magical holiday season journey they’ll remember forever.

Hanukkah and Christmas Books for Kids


Here are our choices for the Top 8 books that are full of holiday spirit. 

  1. The Polar Express
  2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  3. D is for Dreidel
  4. The Nutcracker
  5. A Christmas Carol
  6. The Night Before Christmas
  7. S is for Santa
  8. Christmas is Here

8 Books for The Holidays

Whether it’s baby’s first Christmas, or you’re celebrating the holidays with a toddler, pull up a chair and settle in for a night of snuggling and reading our favorite festive books. Here’s a closer look at these holiday books for kids.

The Polar Express

The Polar Express Book 

Late one Christmas Eve, a boy boards the Polar Express, a mysterious train bound for the North Pole. When he arrives, Santa Claus offers to give him any gift he desires. The boy modestly asks for one bell from the reindeer’s harness. It turns out to be a very special gift, for only believers in Santa can hear it ring. This book is sure to become a favorite Christmas tale.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas 

This Dr. Seuss classic is filled with hilarious rhymes and beautiful illustrations that teach readers the true meaning of Christmas. The Grinch’s zany adventures span from buying presents to stealing Christmas trees to bringing everyone together to celebrate a special time of year.

D is for Dreidel

D is for Dreidel 

Introduce your little one to the Festival of Lights with this fun collection of 26 illustrations featuring Hanukkah-themed concepts, such as latkes, gelt, the menorah, and of course dreidels! Reading this picture book with your kids can become a favorite holiday season tradition.

The Nutcracker


The Nutcracker 

With this colorfully illustrated board book version of the classic Christmas-time ballet, Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver present a new holiday favorite, The Nutcracker: A BabyLit® Dancing Primer. This board book features soldiers marching, mice prancing, snowflakes swirling, dolls bending, and buffoons skipping as a way to introduce basic movement terms to babies and toddlers.

A Christmas Carol

Tiny Bee Gift A Christmas Carol Book 

Take a walk with the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come in Little Master Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: A BabyLit® Colors Primer. See old Jacob Marley shaking silver chains, gold stars shining around the Ghost of Christmas Past, and a red scarf keeping Tiny Tim warm. This bright retelling of a classic Christmas story will scare any “bah, humbug” feelings away. 

The Night Before Christmas

Tiny Bee Gift Co. The Night Before Christmas

As St. Nick and eight tiny reindeer descend through a brilliant night sky onto the roof of a Victorian house in a snowy New England village, the famous Christmas poem begins. The father of the family narrates the words just as Clement Moore wrote them, while the illustrator captures the spirit in brilliant pictures that reflect this memorable night.

S is for Santa

Tiny Bee Gift Co S is for Santa Book

S is for Santa is a wonderful alphabet board book that captures the spirit of Christmas. It features 26  illustrations of Christmas-themed concepts sure to evoke a sense of wonderment for toddlers and nostalgia for parents. Illustrations include Christmas carolers, kids playing in the snow, snowmen, toys piled high under the tree, sparkling decorations and lights, flying sleigh and reindeer, the gift of giving, more toys, and of course jolly ol’ St. Nick and his elves.

Christmas is Here

Tiny Bee Gift Co Christmas Is Here

Christmas is Here is a touching tribute to an ancient text that reminds kids to focus on family and our fellow man instead of on gifts and indulgences. Accompanying the timeless text is sweet, nostalgic artwork from acclaimed illustrator Lauren Castillo. This book truly embraces today’s ever-changing definition of family.

We hope you enjoy reading these Hanukkah and Christmas stories with your little ones. Check out our gift guides if you’re looking for help with finding holiday gifts for children. 

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Holidays from The Tot!