Sharing stories is a great way to connect with your kids over the festive season, we host an annual Storybook Adventsharing 4 classic Christmas stories and creating activities, crafts and recipes that the whole family can enjoy around these themes.
But another idea that I have seen is sharing a book a day together as a family as you countdown to Christmas with your Toddlers and Preschoolers. Finding books that are a great length and fun for your little ones and you to enjoy together can be hard work so I’m taking some of the guesswork out of it for you and sharing our favourite Christmas Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers that you and they can read together in the lead up to Christmas Day.
Another Favourite Christmas Book for us to share each Christmas is The Nutcracker. We have a couple of version one that is aimed at older children that I have kept aside till mine were slightly older and the other The Story of the Nutcracker Ballet which we have shared since my children were little.
Another classic The Polar Express is read and watched every Christmas in our house. The book is much loved and we replaced it with the 30th Anniversary edition last year and have our own copy of the movie which we bring out year after year to watch with the children on our Christmas Movie Night.
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When life gets hectic in the lead up to Christmas wouldn’t it be great to be able to spend a little time with the family creating gifts for others, food to enjoy together and traditions that make magical Christmas Memories?
But what actually happens is you spend hours searching through Pinterest looking for ideas and realise halfway through saying you are going to start that you have only 1 thing on the materials list!
On Christmas Eve we sit down and open up my husband copy of this Classic Christmas Tale and share it as a family just before leaving out our plate for Santa and his Reindeer to enjoy and go and dream of Sugar Plums and Christmas Day. His copy was a 1970’s pop-up version which you can’t seem to get any longer, however, this version of The Night Before Christmas is beautifully illustrated and stays true to the story.
Another classic that we read and watch together every Christmas is The Snowman. This was one book that I remember from my childhood and sitting down on Christmas Eve afternoon to watch the movie with my parents and grandparents. This is a tradition that I have continued sharing with my children even with the hustle and bustle of preparing for our Christmas meals ahead of time.
There are lots of different versions of this classic Christmas tale Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and some are included below, however, I love the illustrations in this version they are less cartoony and will stand the test of time becoming a much-loved addition to your Christmas Book Sharing with your children.
Another to watch and read together is How the Grinch Stole Christmas. This class Dr Seuss book is one that you can start to read when the children are toddlers and as they get older they can read back to you. The movie is also perfect to sit down together as a family and enjoy in the lead up to Christmas or in that time between Christmas and New Year if you are together as a family.
This last of our favourite is probably lesser known in the USA than in the UK but is a wonderful tale to share at Christmas time with your toddlers and preschoolers. The Jolly Postman series is always a good read and the Christmas version – The Jolly Christmas Postman is no different. A classic from my own childhood that I remember sitting and sharing at preschool and playgroups.
Even more Books to Countdown to Christmas with Toddlers and Preschoolers
Above are our favourites, ones that we have focused on for Storybook Advent in the past, however, there are many more that we love and have loaned from the library over the years to share together. The list below is by no means all Christmas books – but those that hold a special place in my heart for the joy that we had sharing them together when my children were toddlers and preschoolers.
Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.