It’s officially December so today I’m sharing 24 festive Christmas picture books to get you through the season!

Whether you’re looking for a classic and traditional read or a new and modern book, you’re sure to find something on this list. It’s perfect for teachers looking for great read-aloud books or for your gift giving needs too!

I hope this list of Christmas picture books helps to fill your holiday season with some fun!

24 Festive Picture Books for Christmas

1. A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz: This is such a cute book and a classic, must-read at Christmas! If you’re anything like me and want a special edition, definitely take a look at this one. The end papers include gorgeous sheet music!

2. A Cookie for Santa by Stephanie Shaw, illustrated by Bruno Robert: I adore this sweet, sweet Christmas book. Loosely based on The Night Before Christmas, it follows a gingerbread cookie who hopes to fulfill his Christmas duty!

3. A Mustache Baby Christmas by Bridget Heos, illustrated by Joy Ang: A lot of the classrooms I’ve worked in love the Mustache Baby series. In this book, Billy’s bearded friend Javier becomes Santa Baby when his beard turns white! This one is sure to make you laugh throughout the holiday season!

4. Dasher by Matt Tavares: I love finding great new reads, and Dasher does not disappoint. It follows a beautiful doe, Dasher, who meets Santa and changes Christmas. The illustrations in this book are to die for!

5. Elf in the House by Ammi-Joan Paquette, illustrated by Adam Record: Everyone loves the Elf on the Shelf, so why not read about an Elf trapped in a house? This book is absolutely adorable and is sure to keep kids invested the whole way through!

6. Frosty the Snowman by Diane Muldrow: Is it really Christmas if I don’t recommend Frosty? I still love this story and I’ve owned the exact same copy since I was 2. I love introducing younger children to this wonderful, classic story!

7. Ho Ho Homework by Mylisa Larsen, illustrated by Taia Morley: Another brand new Christmas book! This one follows a substitute teacher who looks an awful lot like Santa. It’s sure to be a hit in the classroom and I think all kids will LOVE this one!

8. Home Alone: The Classic Illustrated Storybook by Jason Rekulak, illustrated by Kim Smith: Home Alone is one of my favourite Christmas movies to watch. This illustrated edition is beautiful and it’s a perfect way to introduce kids to the story. And seriously, these illustrations are fantastic!

9. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss: Another classic Christmas story that I need to recommend. I love this story so much and it’s a hit in every classroom I’ve worked in. It’s a must read at Christmas!

10. How to Catch an Elf by Adam Wallace, illustrated by Andy Elkerton: This series is absolutely fantastic – all of the books are great. But this one is super adorable. Kids are going to love the adventure of trying to catch an elf!

11. How to Catch Santa by Jean Reagan, illustrated by Lee Wildish: This is the perfect book if you’re looking to gift a Christmas book this season. If your students or children love this series, they’ll love this one too! But be careful, they may try to catch Santa too!

12. Olive the Other Reindeer by J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh: This book is a new favourite of mine. I can’t believe it took this long to discover it. Olive is a dog who mistakes the lyrics to a Christmas song and believes she’s actually a reindeer. My heart explodes with how cute this book is!

13. Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht, illustrated by Jarvis: Getting a real Christmas tree is a family tradition for me. This book shows the special magic that comes along with picking a tree and decorating it. It’s sure to be a new Christmas favourite!

14. Santa Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins: The Bruce series is one of my all time favourites. It’s the sweetest story and each book is better and better. This Christmas version is just as good and I highly recommend it for your homes or classroom!

15. Santa Claus the World’s Number One Toy Expert by Marla Frazee: This lovely story follows Santa, who is clearly the best toy expert in the world. It’s a perfect holiday read that explores how Santa makes the toys and has fun doing it!

16. Silent Night by Laura Hawthorne: If you’re looking for something more traditional and religious, I highly recommend this beautiful book. It takes the lyrics of Silent Night and matches it with the Nativity Story. It’s an inclusive story and represents diversity all throughout the illustrations!

17. Sounds Like Christmas by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko: I will never pass up the opportunity to read a Robert Munsch book. This is a brand new Christmas story this year and it’s adorable. It’s sure to become a favourite!

18. The Last Stop on the Reindeer Express by Maudie Powell-Tuck, illustrated by Karl James Mountford: This one is a bit more serious as it follows a young girl who misses her Grandfather. A magical adventure happens and it’s adorable. It’s got lifts and flaps so young hands are going to love playing around while reading this story!

19. The Little Reindeer by Nicola Killen: I adore this lovely book. It follows a little girl and a reindeer who become friends. It’s a magical story about love and friendship, with gorgeous illustrations!

20. The Littlest Elf by Brandi Dougherty, illustrated by Kirsten Richards: Here’s another elf story to add to your collection! This is a cute story about a little elf who has an important job to do! I’m sure you’ll love this Christmas story.

21. The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore: Another classic story I can’t help but include! I love this one and I feel like it’s a must read at Christmas. There are so many gorgeous editions to choose from so it makes the perfect Christmas gift!

22. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg: I love the Polar Express. It’s a classic story that I love to read, or watch, during the holiday season. I highly recommend this one for read-alouds and gifts. It’s the perfect book to make into a Christmas reading tradition!

23. The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden and Barbara Cooney: This story is a sweet, loving story about a young orphan who wants a home for Christmas. She finds a doll named Holly, who wishes for a child to bring her to life. It’s an adorable story for the holiday season.

24. When Santa Was a Baby by Linda Bailey, illustrated by Genevieve Godbout: Genevieve Godbout is my all time favourite illustrator. I’ll read any book she illustrates! This one is the cutest story about Santa as a baby, and everyone is going to love this sweet and funny story!

I truly hope you all find a new Christmas picture book to read, bring into your classroom or gift to someone!

If you have any favourite Christmas picture books, please let me know in the comments. I’m always on the lookout for more options.

Happy December!

Christmas picture book covers against a neutral background

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Avid reader and tea drinker. I read and review young adult books on my blog, The Contented Reader!

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