Our Top 50 Christmas Picture Books

We’re half way through November already, which means there’s not much time left to get your Christmas picture books in order if you want to have them ready for the 1st December. I don’t know about you, but I like to pack our Christmas books away for the rest of the year, it makes them all the more special when it’s time to get them out, and I love how excited the boys get when they discover them all over again. I also like to add a couple of new ones each year, though considering we probably own more Christmas picture books now than our local library we should maybe stop, haha. Anyway, if you are looking for some new Christmas picture book recommendations, whether to buy or to borrow, look no further – I present to you our Top 50 Christmas Picture Books!

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List of books:

  1. The Jolly Christmas Postman, by Janet & Allan Ahlberg
  2. A Letter for Bear, by David Lucas
  3. Sssh! by Julie Sykes (author) & Jim Warnes (illustrator)
  4. Alien’s Crazy Christmas, by Amy Sparkes (author) & Jamie Smith (illustrator)
  5. Aliens Love Panta Claus, by Claire Freedman (author) & Ben Cort (illustrator)
  6. What’s a Christmas? by Make Believe Ideas
  7. Russell’s Christmas Magic, by Rob Scotton
  8. Sammy Claws the Christmas Cat, by Lucy Rowland (author) & Paula Bowles (illustrator)
  9. How the Grinch Stole Christmas, by Dr Seuss
  10. The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold, by Maureen Fergus (author) & Cale Atkinson (illustrator)
  11. Harvey Slumfenberger’s Christmas Present, by John Burningham
  12. Father Christmas/ Father Christmas Goes on Holiday, by Raymond Briggs
  13. The Littlest Elf, by Brandi Dougherty (author) & Kirsten Richards (illustrator)
  14. Mog’s Christmas, by Judith Kerr
  15. Maisie’s Merry Christmas, by Aileen Paterson
  16. Olivia Helps With Christmas, by Ian Falconer
  17. Elmer’s Christmas, by David McKee
  18. Pick a Pine Tree, by Patricia Toht (author) & Jarvis (illustrator)
  19. How Many Sleeps Till Christmas? by Mark Sperring (author) & Sebastien Braun (illustrator)
  20. Bear Stays Up for Christmas, by Karma Wilson (author) & Jane Chapman (illustrator)
  21. Merry Christmas, Little Witch, by Lieve Baeten
  22. Oliver Elephant, by Lou Peacock (author) & Helen Stephens (illustrator)
  23. Christmas Eve at the Mellops’, by Tomu Ungerer
  24. Mr Willowby’s Christmas Tree, by Robert Barry
  25. Christmas in Exeter Street, by Diana Hendry (author) & John Lawrence (illustrator)
  26. The Empty Stocking, by Richard Curtis & Rebecca Cobb
  27. The Best Christmas Present Ever, by Ben Mantle
  28. Findus at Christmas, by Sven Nordquist
  29. Christmas for Greta and Gracie, by Yasmeen Ismail
  30. A Christmas for Bear, by Bonny Becker (author) & Kady MadDonald Denton (illustrator)
  31. A Homemade Together Christmas, by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
  32. The Church Mice at Christmas, by Graham Oakley
  33. Christmas in Noisy Village, by Astrid Lindgren
  34. Tales from Christmas Wood, by Suzy Senior (author) & James Newman Gray
  35. Christmas Farm, by Mary Lyn Ray (author) & Barry Root
  36. Grandpa Christmas, by Michael Morpurgo (author) & Jim Field (illustrator)
  37. The Christmas Eve Tree, by Delia Huddy (author) & Emily Sutton (illustrator)
  38. Tom’s Christmas Fish, by Rita Tornqvist-Verschuur (author) & Marit Tornqvist
  39. The Best Christmas Present in the World, by Michael Morpurgo (author) & Michael Foreman (illustrator)
  40. Oskar and the Eight Blessings, by Tanya Simon and Richard Simon (authors) & Mark Siegel (illustrator)
  41. Red & Lulu, by Matt Tavares
  42. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, by Susan Wojciechowski (author) & P. J. Lynch (illustrator)
  43. The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg
  44. Ollie’s Christmas Reindeer, by Nicola Killen
  45. Last Stop on the Reindeer Express, by Maudie Powell-Tuck (author) & Karl James Mountford (illustrator)
  46. One Christmas Wish, by Katherine Rundell (author) & Emily Sutton (illustrator)
  47. The Twelve Days of Christmas, by Jane Ray
  48. Babushka, by Dawn Casey (author) & Amanda Hall (illustrator) [Note: This is a different Babushka book from the one shown in the video!]
  49. The Nativity – The Story of Baby Jesus, by May Eliot (author) & Richard Johnson (illustrator)
  50. The Night Before Christmas, by Clement C. Moore (author) & Eric Puybaret (illustrator)

What are your favourite Christmas picture books? Please feel free to share in the comments below!

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Comments: 12

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    19 November 2018

    Awww great choices, you can’t beat a lovely picture book. Thanks for creating this and choosing such wonderful books.

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    19 November 2018

    What a beautiful list of Christmas books – I love this time of year for snuggling up and reading a book with my children :)

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    19 November 2018

    Great stuff to get a feel for each of the books. We liked Russels Christmas Magic but loved hearing about the more “thought provoking” and heartwarming ones you recommended.

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    Laura: Adventures with J

    19 November 2018

    What a great list! I have only heard of a few of them so will have plenty to check out for inspiration – thanks! My mum has bought the Jolly Christmas Postman for J for Christmas.

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    19 November 2018

    Mog’s Christmas is definitely our favourite. We also have lots of personalised Christmas books which the kids love.

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    19 November 2018

    The Jolly Christmas Postman is our favourite book too, it is such a lovely read and so interactive. Will have to check out some of the others as I haven’t heard of that many x

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    20 November 2018

    I love some of these books. I’m doing Evie a Christmas book advent calendar this year and I don’t have enough Christmas books for it yet so I’m definitely going to be getting some of these! x

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    20 November 2018

    well done for listing them all , i did not expect there are so many dedicated Christmas books ! and as we love Christmas in this home i be checking them one by one as it be so lovely to get one a day as a count down to Christmas

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    20 November 2018

    This could not come at a better time. I am looking to buy books for my friends little one, so this list is perfect xx

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    20 November 2018

    Wow what an amazing list! Lots of our faves included here actually I was just sorting through our Christmas stuff and found all our Christmas picture books which made me very excited!

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