This Christmas roundup of board books is just right for youngsters who are starting to understand what all the excitement, the songs, the decorations and the endless toy commercials are all about. Take some quiet time with your young readers and enjoy a few of these gentle stories.
My First Christmas written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
Grosset & Dunlap, 2008, 14 pages (Age 3+)
Whether it's really baby's first Christmas or simply the first time your young reader is really attuned to Christmas, this is a fun book that covers all the usual holiday activities. From the welcoming wreath on the front door, to the Nativity scene (the reason for the season) on the mantel, and the stockings to be filled, to the candy and cookies to be enjoyed, kids will enjoy reading and exploring the simple watercolor illustrations in this book as they await the arrival of Santa Claus.
Spot's Christmas written and illustrated by Eric Hill
Penguin Books, 2015, 14 pages (Age 3+)
It's Christmas and Spot is very busy getting ready for the big day. He sings carols with his friends, helps his dad decorate the Christmas tree, makes some Christmas cards to give out, and even helps his mom bake some yummy Christmas cookies. Before he knows it, it's Christmas morning, and Spot may not have seen Santa, but he knows he was there - his Christmas stocking is brimful full of treats. Young readers will enjoy reading about Spot's Christmas even as they get ready for their own big day.
Can You See What I See? Christmas
written and illustrated by Walter Wick
written and illustrated by Walter Wick
Cartwheel Books, 2015, 24 pages (Age 3+)
This is a nice search and find board book for preschoolers. Young readers will have fun finding all the Christmas trinkets and toys located in each photograph. One side of each two page spread has words and picture prompts for kids on one side to find on the page facing opposite it. Wick uses the photographic images from his Can You See What I See? Night Before Christmas picture book.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Christmas 1 2 3
written and illustrated by Eric Carle
Grosset & Dunlap, 2015, 18 pages (Age 3+)
Young fans of The Very Hungry Caterpillar board book will have lots of Christmas fun learning how to count from 1 to 10 as they find the hungry caterpillar making its way over all kinds of holiday images. All the images are done in Eric Carle's signature collage style using paint and tissue paper and kids will have fun from 1 Santa to 5 snowflakes to 10 presents. But can they find the hungry caterpillar among all those presents?
Dream Snow written and illustrated by Eric Carle
Philomel Books, 2015, 22 pages (Age 3+)
Younger readers can finally have their own copy of this fun story now that it is a board book. Learn to count to five along with a farmer who looks very much like Santa and who only has five animals - named one, two, three, four, five. One night the farmer falls asleep, dreams about snow covering everything in white blanket (lift the snowy flap to see what's underneath). He wakes up, realizes it is Christmas, pulls on his red coat, packs a big bag full of stuff and a wrapped box and can you guess what he does next? Eric Carle's story is delightful and his paint and tissue paper collage illustrations add to the fun.
Christmas at Last! by Sam Hearn, illustrated by Penny Dann
Cartwheel Books, 2015, 16 pages (Age 3+)
It's finally Christmas and everyone in the Bear family has found just what they needed in their Christmas stocking - hat, scarf, mittens, buttons - except Baby Bear, who found a carrot. What can he do with that? Well, Daddy Bear has just the right festive idea. Can you guess it? This colorfully illustrated glittery book has pages shaped like Christmas stockings and is told in a rhyme bearing a striking similarity to The Night Before Christmas.