Best Christmas Books 2016. These titles are sure to get you in the spirit of Christmas!!
Elf on the Shelf.
Now a global phemomenon – what a great idea!
Ages: 2-8 years
The Elf on the Shelf® is a special scout elf sent from the North Pole to help Santa Claus manage his naughty and nice lists. When a family adopts an elf and gives it a name, the elf receives its Xmas magic and can fly to the North Pole each night to tell Santa Claus about all of the day’s adventures. Each morning, the elf returns to its family and perches in a different place to watch the fun. Children love to wake up and race around the house looking for their elf each morning
Pop-up Peekaboo: Christmas! Board book
Author: DK books
Ages: 0-2 years
This one is a hit for younger children.
This Xmas book features big, bold pop-ups that jump from the pages when babies and toddlers lift the flaps. As young children explore the spreads, they’ll learn to recognize, name, and describe different objects, providing a perfect early learning opportunity and fun way to build book-handling skills.
What will pop out of the Christmas stocking? Who will come out of the chimney? What’s hiding behind the Christmas tree? Babies and toddlers will delight in the surprises in this Christmas-themed pop-up book.
Author: By Mem Fox, Kerry Argent (Illustrator)
Ages: 3-5 years
There isn’t a Mem Fox book that I don’t love! Also appropriate with children performing in school or pre-school Christmas plays. This is one of our favorite Xmas books.
Wombat loved Christmas. He loved the carols and the candles, the presents and the pudding, but most of all he loved the Nativity Play. Wombat loves the Nativity Play so much that he tries out for every part, but he doesn’t seem to be right for any of them. Luckily, wise Emu knows the perfect role for a sleepy wombat, and it’s the best Nativity Play ever.
The Jolly Christmas Postman
Author: Janet Ahlberg and Allan Ahlberg
Ages: 3-5 years
Children will just love opening the little envelopes on each page of the Ahlberg’s picture books.
Celebrate Janet and Allan Ahlberg’s award-winning, seasonal children’s picture book “The Jolly Christmas Postman!”. Children can take each colourful gift out of its envelope and discover for themselves what well-known fairy-tale characters are sending to one another for Christmas! It’s Christmas Eve and the Jolly Postman is delivering greetings to various fairy-tale characters – there’s a card for Baby Bear, a game appropriately called ‘Beware’ for Red Riding Hood from Mr Wolf, a get-well jigsaw for hospitalised Humpty Dumpty and three more surprise envelopes. Allan Ahlberg has published over 100 children’s books and with his late wife Janet, created many award-winning children’s picture books, including “It Was a Dark and Stormy Night”, “Funnybones”, “Each Peach Pear Plum” and “Peepo!” “The Jolly Christmas Postman” is the seasonal sequel of, the Kate Greenaway Medal winning, “The Jolly Postman” which has sold over five million copies worldwide and remains one of the most innovative and interactive children’s books available.
The Australian Twelve Days of Christmas
Author: Heath McKenzie
Ages: 3-5 years
This is an adaptation of the old favourite “The Twelve Days of Christmas” with a particular Aussie slant.
It’s December in Australia and the days are getting warmer. When a young woman receives a kookaburra up a gum tree from her true love, it’s a sign that Christmas is on the way…
The Night Before Christmas (Sterling Illustrated Classics)
Author: Clement C. Moore (Author), Robert Ingpen (Author)
Ages 3-8 years
This was a favourite of mine as a child so I had to add this. I’m sure you all remember the poem. My parents read it to me before bed on Christmas Eve.
With Robert Ingpen’s familiar illustrations its sure to be one of your child’s favourites too.
Let the holiday magic begin!
“Stockings hung by the chimney with care. Visions of sugarplums dancing. And that jolly old elf, St. Nick, with his eight tiny reindeer. That can mean only one thing: it’s The Night Before Christmas!”
From popular children’s illustrator Robert Ingpen comes a beautiful new interpretation of the classic holiday poem. Ingpen’s stunning pictures capture all the warmth, wonder, and humor of Clement C. Moore’s beloved verse.
It’s perfect for the family to share and a magical start to every Christmas eve.
Letters from Father Christmas
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Ages: 5 and over
This story is perfect for older children to read alone.
A captivating read by J.R.R. Tolkien. The book is made up of letters from Father Christmas, describing the activities at the North Pole and the lives of all who dwell there.
The Little Drummer Boy
Author: Ezra Jack Keats
Ages: 3-5 years
Remember the classic stop motion from the 60‘s? It’s long been required viewing each Xmas on our TV. This book takes you back to Bethlehem and shares the well-known fable of the Little Drummer Boy and its simple message of what Christmas is truly about.
A procession travels to Bethlehem, bringing gifts for the newborn baby Jesus. The little drummer boy comes along, although he is too poor to bring a present fit for a king. Instead, he plays a song on his drum for the Christ Child. Within the little drummer boy’s seemingly simple gift lies the true spirit of Christmas. Ezra Jack Keats’ vivid, jewel-toned artwork perfectly illustrates this classic holiday carol. Music for the song appears at the back of the book.
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Author: Jane Ray
Ages: 3-5 years
This Christmas book is based on the well-known carol and in this Christmas favorite Jane Ray has outdone herself with her beautiful whimsical illustrations.
There is an abundance of humour in each detailed drawing, I especially enjoyed the exasperated look on the sweetheart’s face as her house fills with all her true love’s gifts and the way Ray has managed to fill the pages to the brim with birds, maids, lords and other menagerie.
Queen Victoria’s Christmas
Author: Jackie French and Bruce Whatley
Ages: 2-4 years
This title is a little unique…
I like the history behind the story, with Prince Albert starting the tradition of decorating an evergreen tree as one of their Christmas rituals in the 1800’s.
The book is written from a dog’s perspective, and the story take will take you back to the simple pleasures of your own childhood. The spectacular angel atop the tree, opening up delicately wrapped gifts, the sounds of preparations behind closed doors and the feast that we shared together as a family.
Jackie French and Bruce Whatley (of “Pete the Sheep” fame) have worked their magic again with this one and I think it would be a lovely addition to your Christmas collection.
We hope you enjoy our list of Xmas books for kids – we think they are the best kids books for Christmas this year. We wish you and your family a very Happy Xmas and New Year!!!
See our complete Christmas Books for kids booklist