We are going on to the third year of our Christmas Advent book countdown. This year Auntie is spoiling the kids with a Lego City Advent Calendar for my son and the Little People Advent Calendar for my daughter, but I still love the annual tradition of opening a nightly Christmas book to read.
Each year I add a few new Christmas books to our collection to update it and switch out some of the books the kids may have outgrown. I wasn’t intending to buy any this year, but I came across a few books I knew the kids would absolutely love and would make a nice addition to our collection. Plus, I think it will be a nice little surprise to unwrap something new and exciting as we count down to Christmas.
Home Alone: The Classic Illustrated Storybook
I first came across this illustrated version of the Classic Christmas movie at Walmart and loved the quirky imagery. 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of this fun holiday tale and I couldn’t help but buy the book out of nostalgia. I still remember seeing the movie in theater and look forward to sharing it and the book with my 5 year old this Christmas.
How To Catch Santa
My son and his neighbourhood friends spent a good portion of the summer sneaking around and pretending to be part of a spy team so I know he’s going to get a kick out of this quirky book focused on trapping Santa Claus. I love the “how to” format of this book which makes it something fun and different from the other traditional stories in our collection.
Olaf’s Night Before Christmas
Who doesn’t love Olaf? This book features the lovable snowman in his own special version of The Night Before Christmas. While I love Clement C. Moore’s original version, I know my Frozen fan is going to go crazy over this new and updated version. As a bonus, the book also comes with a read-along CD.
Sophia’s First Christmas
This charming tale features Disney’s charming and lovable Princess Sophia the First. Having only celebrated Wassailia before, she is excited to learn about Christmas and share in its traditions with her friends. I love the rich illustrations in this beautiful hardcover book and, as always, there’s a lesson to be taught as Sophia does her best to help others.
Charlie and the Christmas Kitty
The adorable basset hound on the cover of this book suckered me in, and then when I saw it was by one of my favorite bloggers and chef’s – Ree Drummond – I knew we had to have it for our collection! This sweet holiday tale is written from Charlie the ranch dog’s perspective and has him questioning familiar Christmas traditions such as the tree in the house and the stacks of boxes under it. As Charlie gets in the Christmas spirit, we see him finding all the good in the season – even the gift of a new Christmas Kitty in the house!
Lego City Save This Christmas!
We have a small collection of the Lego City books and my son really enjoys the series. They are a fun and easy read, with some silly humour thrown in for the kids. This is not a holiday classic by any means, but it is a great addition if you have a little Lego enthusiast. Read along for the crooks failed attempts to steal away Christmas and find out how the Lego police outsmart them in the end.
Paw Patrol The Pups Save Christmas
Both my kids have recently become obsessed with Paw Patrol so I know they’ll be excited to receive the book version of the Christmas themed episode. All your kids favorite pups are here as they help Santa find the missing Christmas star to get his sleigh back in the air. We have several Little Golden books in our library and I am always happy to add more to our collection.
Little Critter Merry Christmas Mom and Dad
I added Merry Christmas, Little Critter! to our collection last year, but couldn’t help but get Merry Christmas Mom and Dad for my own nostalgia. As soon as I saw the cover with a tape covered Critter on the cover, it instantly brought back fond memories of owning and reading it as a child. My mom kindly passed down our extensive collection of Little Critter books from my childhood, but for some reason this one seemed to be missing. My kids have loved all the Critter books so I am happy to buy this classic one about Little Critter’s failed attempts to help get ready for Christmas.
And if you’re still looking for more great Christmas book ideas, click below to check out my 12 Kids Holiday Book Favorites post from last year.