Christmas picture books

Christmas Books You Will Enjoy Reading Over and Over

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Christmas Picture Books

Reading Christmas books, and having them out in a basket near the tree, is one of the traditions we have as a family. Each year, I purchase two or three that tell a great story or have beautiful pictures; we keep those and pull them out year after year.

But at the same time, we get Christmas books from the library that we can return once done. Sometimes we find a favorite that I end up purchasing later, but it’s a great way to read a lot of books without paying a fortune. Here is our latest group to come home from the library with us this past week. I’ve also made a Facebook Live video and linked it down below; it goes over each of the books I’ve listed here. Sometimes it helps to see the inside of the book, you know?

I love this book because it follows a family who owns a Christmas Tree Farm. I mean really, I don’t know anybody in real life that does that, so it’s neat to learn about. It includes how they have to take care of the farm all year, not just in Decembers.


I love anything that Max Lucado writes and this is no exception. He wrote this book with his three daughters, and it follows the story or a crippled lamb named Joseph. While he wishes he could be out in the fields with the shepherds and other sheep, he is blessed because he gets to be in the stable when Baby Jesus is born!

If your child loves cowboys, they’ll love this book. It follows a group of cowboys on a roundup as they get ready for Christmas. A Cactus Christmas Tree? Yes, please!

Jingle Paws is written by Margaret Wise Brown of “Goodnight Moon”. This story follows Jingle Paws, the dog Santa, as he delivers toys and gifts to the household pets. This is a very sweet story with cute pictures.


This book is perfect if you have Hispanic heritage or want to know a little more about it. Written mainly in English, this rhyming story throws in a lot of Spanish words as they tell about traditional foods and customs. Don’t worry, there is a dictionary in the back for any words you may not know!


This story follows the same format as “This is the house that Jack built” meaning that there is a base line that gets built upon it. It’s a cute story touching on all the main points of the Christmas story.


You can actually sing this book to your kids, since it follows the rhyme and meter of the traditional “Deck the Halls.” I love this book because it shows a family getting ready and enjoying Christmas lunch together. You’ve got cousins, aunts and uncles (who are boring) and grandparents. Then the kids all go out to play while the grownups clean up. I feel that it showcases most people’s houses at a family gathering, which I love.


If you have heard of or read The Jesus Storybook Bible, you’ll love this book. It’s written by the same author and has the same descriptive language that she’s known for. She doesn’t focus too much on the actual birth of Baby Jesus, but on the before, on how the earth and the animals knew something was happening. “He’s coming, he’s coming!” they all told each other.

If your child has ever wondered about Santa, or where he came from, this book explains it all so well. Starting from when he’s a baby and going through childhood until he’s a young adult,, your children will love the rosy cheeks of this youngster (youngster? How old am I?) They’ll be able to tell the traditional aspects of Santa long before he becomes THE Santa.

This book is NOT a picture book; it’s a 300 page chapter book on a reading level of about 4th through 8th grade. This book is an adventure book that tells a different version of house Santa came to be. I got it for my bigs in the hopes that they’ll read it. I really think they’d enjoy it, but sometimes they don’t like to read what I suggest merely because I suggest it. Anyone else?


I’m going to throw this one in there as a bonus; I don’t talk about it in the video below. If I had to pick my all time favorite Christmas book, I think this one is it. We actually own this book (an older version with a different cover, I don’t like this new cover!) I love to read this aloud to my kids each December. There is a reading level of 4th through 8th grade on this book, although it’s pretty short and easy to read. It makes an amazing read aloud, though; I can’t read it without getting choked up a time or two, while also laughing out loud. Every. Single. Year.

Family Christmas Traditions eBook
I hope you have chance to either buy one of these books or pick them up at your library. Read them out loud to your kids, even if they think they are old enough to read the book to themselves. It’s a Christmas memory you’ll both treasure forever.


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Tomorrow, we’re going to be talking about Ugly Christmas Sweaters. You aren’t going to want to miss that!


Keep up with us this Blogmas by checking out our other posts! You don’t want to miss anything!

Our Blogmas Schedule

  1. All About Blogmas
  2. Christmas Picture Books (plus two chapter books!)
  3. Ugly Sweaters for Christmas Parties
  4. Gifts for Sports Fans
  5. Christmas Movies
  6. Christmas Tree Display
  7. Gifts for Crafters
  8. When You Just Aren’t Feeling the Christmas Spirit
  9. Christmas Wreaths
  10. Letters to Santa
  11. Gifts for Tweens
  12. Family Group Gifts
  13. Gift Ideas for Grandparents
  14. Christmas Goodies
  15. Christmas Stockings (including ours!)
  16. Surviving a Christmas Road Trip
  17. Flying over the Holidays
  18. Christmas Quotes and Sayings
  19. My Christmas Salt and Pepper Shakers (You know you want to see them!)
  20. Last Minute Christmas GIfts
  21. Christmas Menu (ours is unique!)
  22. Christmas Youtube Videos
  23. Christmas Playlists
  24. Christmas Eve Traditions
  25. Merry Christmas!


Christmas picture books


  • Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms December 2, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    This is a great list! I will have to get some of these!!

  • jehava December 3, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Great suggestions! I’m always looking for new ideas! Thanks!

  • Lauren December 3, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Great list! We’re starting to build our collection:)

  • Kate December 3, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    There’s a few here I haven’t seen before and definitely need to check out. The one about Santa as a baby definitely caught my eye, that one is first on my list.

  • Millason @SimplyNaturalMama December 5, 2016 at 12:47 am

    The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is my all-time favorite Christmas book! So glad it made the list!

    • Rebekah @ My Circus My Monkeys December 5, 2016 at 6:17 am

      Yes! I love this one!

  • Meredith December 10, 2016 at 9:19 am

    This is a great list! Most of the books you featured I’d never heard of before. Makes me wish we could be in America for Christmas and beat down the doors of a good library 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • Stephanie December 10, 2016 at 9:46 am

    I love this list!! I’m always looking for new books to have and Christmas books are my favourite!

  • Sarah December 10, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    There are a lot of books on here I haven’t read! I love your blogmas idea. I’ll have to keep this bookmarked!!❤️

  • Livi December 11, 2016 at 1:53 am

    Oh I love books and so does my daughter and this is a great list!

  • Leigh | Millennial Mommy Blog December 11, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Great List! My little one is a bit too little for picture books but I will share this with my brother in law!!!

  • The How-to Guru December 12, 2016 at 6:38 am

    Fabulous list of books. Your kids are blessed. Love how you added video too.

    • Rebekah @ My Circus My Monkeys December 13, 2016 at 5:14 pm

      Thanks! I wasn’t sure about the video…but I’m glad you liked it!

  • Sharon Chen December 12, 2016 at 10:41 am

    This selection is great 🙂 even adults can enjoy these

  • Rebekah December 13, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    The Crippled Lamb was my husbands favorite Christmas book as a boy. He found it at his mom’s last year and mentioned how much he loved it. 🙂 I haven’t heard of any of these others…there are SOOO many books out there!


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