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Board Books for Baby’s First Christmas

Christmas is the perfect time for storytelling, as the holiday lights twinkle and Carols fill the air snuggle up with your baby and a board book. Our handpicked selection of Christmas board books is designed especially for tiny fingers and inquisitive minds, making them the perfect introduction to the joy and wonder of this special time of year. From colourful illustrations that dance off the pages to heartwarming tales of Christmas cheer, these books are not just a gateway to early learning but also a way to create those precious, snuggly moments with your baby. Let’s turn the page and discover the enchanting world of Christmas, one board book at a time!

Cute baby dressed in a santa costumer underneath the Christmas Tree.

Christmas Board Books for Babies and Young Toddlers

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Board Books are great to read with your baby or young toddler they generally have either an abridged version of the story or are written specifically to read for the age range. We have shared our selection of Black and White Board Books previously and these would make great gifts but if you and they want to read some fun Christmas stories then look below.

Spot’s First Christmas

Spot’s First Christmas board book
  • Hill, Eric (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 12 Pages – 09/22/2003 (Publication Date) – Putnam Juvenile (Publisher)

One of my kids favourite books, when they were little, was Spot’s First Christmas by Eric Hill. The version that we had was a lift the flap book and we loved discovering what was inside each of the presents that Spot found around the house.

Dear Santa

Dear Santa: A Lift-the-Flap Book
  • Campbell, Rod (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 16 Pages – 09/20/2016 (Publication Date) – Little Simon (Publisher)

Dear Santa by Rod Campbell was another favourite. With lift the flaps again they loved the surprise of finding out what was in the presents and some of the ideas were fun and silly. Both of these two books are great to read together but I did place them out of reach as we discovered that my little ones would rip the flaps off if left alone with the books.

Baby with Christmas Teddy Bear a gift to treasure for Baby's First Christmas

Sensory Board Books for Baby’s First Christmas

Sensory books are fantastic for little ones, you engage them with reading and enjoying the books whilst talking about the different sensory experiences they have.

Sensory board books, those that involve touching, feeling, smell or sounds are a great way to extend the experience further than reading. We’ve selected our 3 favourites above click on the images or on the links in the list below.

Baby Touch and Feel DK Christmas

Christmas Songs

Merry Christmas Bright Baby Touch and Feel

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Character and Classic Christmas Board Books for Babies and Young Toddlers

Characters and classics are always popular for Christmas Books. One of the first we bought for our baby was a Nativity Book. I really wanted them to understand why we celebrated Christmas. Yes it’s a holiday and it’s fun but there is a historical reason and religious reason we do.

Christmas in the Manger Board Book
  • Hardcover Book
  • English (Publication Language)
  • XIAOMR (Publisher)

Christmas in the Manger by Nola Buck is a simple retelling of the story. It features the animals from the Nativity Story as well as the main characters and is a simple and rhymes perfect for reading together.

Llama Llama Jingle Bells
  • Dewdney, Anna (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 14 Pages – 10/21/2014 (Publication Date) – Viking Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

We love reading about Llama Llama by Anna Dewdney and the board book Llama Llama Jingle Bells features the loveable character. Although we read this with the kids when they were babies it was the giggles when they were toddlers and preschoolers that I loved the most.

Merry Christmas, Mouse!: A Christmas Holiday Book for Kids (If You Give…)
  • Numeroff, Laura (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 24 Pages – 09/17/2019 (Publication Date) – HarperFestival (Publisher)

Laura Numeroff is another favourite author of ours and we love Merry Christmas Mouse! featuring the cute little mouse it features lots of activities that we do as a family over Christmas. Again this is one that came into its own as my baby grew into a toddler but it is perfect to get your baby this first Christmas and save and re-read in the following years.

More Christmas Books for Babies

Carefully chosen Christmas Books ideal to share with toddlers and preschoolers at home or in your setting, from classic tales to popular characters.

Although board books are great to read with your babies and toddlers, you will find that you only spend a couple of years reading them and need to move on. I think we had the top 2 books and then borrowed others from the library but we did start to collect other Christmas Books that even now we have tweens we still enjoy reading together. Check out our selection of Christmas Books for Toddlers for some ideas that you and they will enjoy together in the coming years.

Pick up these black and white board books and spend some time reading together with your newborn and young babies. The high contrast images are ideal as they will be able to see the images and hearing your voice read the words will help language development and create memories you will look back on fondly.

Got a newborn then add some of these fantastic Black and White Board Books that are ideal to help your little one develop their eyesight.

A baby in a santa hat pointing at objects in a board book on the floor.
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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