My two-year-old daughter loves looking at picture books and being read to! I will often ask her to come to the table for lunch or dinner, only to hear the response, “I can’t mommy, I’m reading to my baby.” I’m so thrilled for her love of books and want to encourage it in any way that I can.
With that being said, there are so many fun Christmas books out there that are designed for toddlers like herself. Here are some of the books I plan on reading to her during this Christmas season.
Christmas in the Manger
Christmas in the Manger by Nola Buck does an amazing job of explaining the true story of Christmas in a way that is easy for young children to comprehend. It it full of colors, cartoon-style drawings and lyrical rhymes. It is a quick read that’s the perfect addition to anyone’s Christmas collection.
God Gave Us Christmas
God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Tawn Bergren is a sweet book that explains the Christmas story from a unique perspective. It is about a mama bear answering a sweet baby bear’s questions about Christmas and how it relates to God and his son, Jesus Christ. The story was written in a conversational format and is accompanied by beautiful illustrations.
The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving
I loved the Berenstain Bears series when I was a child and now I enjoy reading many of their stories to my own daughter. Their books are well written, filled will bright and detailed pictures, and they always have a positive message; The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving by Mike Berenstain is no different. This story focuses on how meaningful giving gifts during the Christmas season can be.
How to Catch an Elf
How to Catch an Elf by Adam Wallace is a secular Christmas book that puts you in the shoes of Santa’s most trusted helper: an elf! This book will bring a smile to your children’s face, as there is humor on every page. It is also a rhyming book, so it flows nicely as you read it. I recommend saving this one for Christmas eve!
The Gingerbread Man
The Gingerbread Man by Gail Yerrill is a classic. It is full of humor, mischief and Christmas magic. It will make your children laugh and get them in the Christmas spirit. After reading this story, I suggest baking gingerbread cookies together. Or, if you prefer, you can buy gingerbread boy and girl Christmas cut outs already made and simply decorate them together. Either way, it’s bound to be a wonderful time!
I hope you enjoyed my list of recommendations for Christmas stories to read to your toddler! Make reading fun this holiday season by snuggling up in a cozy blanket, making some hot cocoa and reading these fun stories to your little ones for as long as they’ll let you.
Do you have any Christmas stories that you read to your children every Christmas? Feel free to share some ideas with us in the comments below.
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