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Best New Christmas 2023 Picture Books for Kids

Each year there seem to be so many new Christmas books released that it can be daunting to find ones that will stand the test of time and become family treasures. Although books themed on your kids’ favourite characters from TV and movies are great you may want to consider books that can be passed down and read time and time again. So we’ve put together a list of picture books for Christmas that you and your kids will love to read for years to come.

Dad and daughter reading a book underneath the Christmas tree. The daughter has a set of antlers on her head.

Christmas Picture Books

I can tell you even as a teen on Christmas eve we would sit with my grandmother and she would open our much loved ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas book and read aloud the story to us before we headed up to bed.

It was a tradition that we started with my kids and now they are tweens it’s something that they have continued with. As well as that classic book we had added extra picture books that they have loved to our collection and whereas some books we have passed on to friends and family others have stayed as favourites to enjoy time and time again.

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Each year, new books are released and this year we have put together our list of the extra special books that we think you and your kids will love and that we have pre-ordered to add to our own Christmas books for our family and friends.

Why not pick your favourite and add it to your Christmas Eve box this year to share with your little ones.

If you have older kids too why not check out our pick of the Best New Christmas Chapter Books this year for kids.

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Best New Christmas Picture and Board Books for Young Kids

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This selection of books is ideal for older toddlers, preschoolers and young primary kids although of course you may find that your older kids will love them too.

How to Catch Santa Claus

We’ve loved the How to Catch series over the years and this year the new addition for Christmas is How to Catch Santa Claus. It’s funny and silly and a great holiday read for your little ones.

How to Catch Santa Claus
  • Hardcover Book
  • Walstead, Alice (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages – 09/05/2023 (Publication Date) – Sourcebooks Wonderland (Publisher)

Peek Inside Christmas Book

If you are looking for a Christmas book for a new baby or a young toddler this year then Peek Inside Christmas from Usborne books is perfect. Lifting flaps and exploring what happens at Christmas is ideal for the littlest members of the family.

peek inside Christmas
  • Anna Milbourne (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 14 Pages – 01/01/2021 (Publication Date) – Usborne Books and More (Publisher)

Dasher Can’t Wait for Christmas

A wonderful and beautifully illustrated book Dasher Can’t Wait for Christmas is the sequel to Dasher by Matt Tavares. Telling the story of Dasher who unfortunately gets lost of Christmas Eve, it’s a lovely story with kindness and a happy ending. Perfect for snuggling up with the kids this Christmas.

Dasher Can’t Wait for Christmas
  • Hardcover Book
  • Tavares, Matt (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages – 09/05/2023 (Publication Date) – Candlewick (Publisher)
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‘Twas the Night

If you are looking for a Christ centred Christmas book to add to your collection this year then ‘Twas the Night is perfect. It tells the story of the first Christmas in the style of It was the Night before Christmas with wonderful pictures throughout.

‘Twas the Night
  • Hardcover Book
  • Dean, William (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 09/05/2023 (Publication Date) – Tyndale Kids (Publisher)

Snow! Snow! Snow! A Christmastime Song

If your kids love Sandra Boynton books then this new picture book from her is ideal to add as a gift this Christmas. Snow! Snow! Snow! A Christmastime Song is a silly and funny board book. The animals are excited as they see snow and realise that Christmas must be around the corner. Have fun making up your own tune to this delightful book.

Snow, Snow, Snow!: A Christmastime Song (Boynton on Board)
  • Boynton, Sandra (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 24 Pages – 09/12/2023 (Publication Date) – Boynton Bookworks (Publisher)

Ten Little Reindeer

We love counting books and this Christmas counting storybook of Ten Little Reindeer is great to read along with your little one and support them as they learn to count.

Ten Little Reindeer: A Magical Counting Storybook (Magical Counting Storybooks)
  • Sobotka, Amanda (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 24 Pages – 10/24/2023 (Publication Date) – Applesauce Press (Publisher)
Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.

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