Festive Christmas Stories for Toddlers

2 Dec 2017

For Willow's very first Christmas in 2016, I introduced Christmas stories into her little library and started reading them to her in December, to give her an idea of Christmas and Santa. I really enjoyed reading the Christmas stories with her and I decided to do it again this year, adding some lovely new books to Willow's collection.

As Willow is so young, at just 22 months, fun and colourful Christmas stories are a great way to help her understand Christmas more and it's so lovely seeing her get more and more excited for 'Santa coming!'. If you have a toddler or any young bookworms, one of these might make a lovely new Christmas book to read together.

A review of Busy Books Children's Board Books

We love big sturdy board books and I am becoming quite the fan of the Busy Books range and I adore their festive options! The Nutcracker (£3.74 at Amazon) and Busy Santa (£3.74 at Amazon) will both be going into Willow's Christmas Eve box, and I am super tempted to order the Busy Christmas and Busy Nativity ones too. I love Busy Books because they're really bright and colourful with fun and very lovely pictures, whilst also having an interactive aspect with mechanisms which allow little ones to change the scene, make the words of the story become real and I find with Willow, a fab way to get her more engaged in the story itself.

Busy Books are available at Amazon, with the huge range of children's board books starting at just £2.58.

I mentioned some of the next few books in my recent Toddler Book Haul feature, where I raved about The Works 10 Books for £10 offer, an online-only offer that they put on several times a year. That offer is still on now, so it's a great chance to snap up any books for your little one to find under the Christmas tree, without spending too much. There's also a fab Christmas Shop full of everything from gifts to wrapping! 

Santa's Little Helpers (£2.99) is a short but sweet board book, a colourful festive story about a busy Santa and everyone coming together to help make Christmas perfect. Willow is really enjoying this one and being a board book, it's a good one for popping in the changing bag for entertainment when out and about.  

A review of Christmas Books for Toddlers

A review of Christmas Books for Toddlers
Some Christmas Eve themed books, which are all quite individual in their illustrations and each on stories we already know and love at Christmas time, would be great for popping in a Christmas Eve box, snuggled up on Christmas Eve reading stories about Santa and Christmas with your Christmas tree lights twinkling and a treat hot chocolate (with marshmallows and cream, please!), is there anything more perfect the night before Christmas? 

We Three Kings (£2) is a lovely Christmas story about three Kings who lose their gifts before realising the best gifts come from the heart. I like that the three Kings are animals as Willow is certainly one that seems to enjoy any story featuring an animal in with avid interest. A nice take on a Christmas classic.

The Polar Bear Who Saved Christmas (£2.99)
Talking of animals, this is a really fun story about a young polar bear who is awake on Christmas Eve and ends up saving the day by helping Santa and his reindeer, who need an extra hand to get Santa's sleigh going, delivering presents ready for Christmas morning.

The Sugar Plum Fairy's Wand (£2)
Last Christmas I picked up The Nutcracker from the same author and illustrator, so when I spotted The Sugar Plum Fairy version, I had to have it! I lovely read for Christmas Eve in particular but one we are already enjoying - I think I need to find a Sugar Plum Fairy Christmas tree decoration to go with the Nutcrackers we already have!

Santa's 12 Days of Christmas (£2) 
A lovely one for a Christmas day gift, this one is all about what Santa gets up to after Christmas Eve, with gorgeous illustrations retelling the story of the 12 Days of Christmas, as Santa goes on holiday. It's quite a fun read and this is one I'll be leaving for Willow to open on Christmas Day.

We Three Kings, The Sugar Plum Fairy and Santa's 12 Days of Christmas are all available at The Works online, with free delivery on orders over £20 and free collection at your local store. The Polar Bear Who Saved Christmas is available online at Amazon.

A review of The Christmas Bear Board Book

A review of Christmas Activity Packs for Toddlers
The Christmas Bear (£5.99) is actually one I bought last year, but I put it away in January so as to prevent it getting ripped or torn, bringing it out again to enjoy in the run-up to Christmas. With illustrations from Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo series, each page has a lift the flap part for little ones to get involved as The Christmas Bear makes it to the right tree on a busy Christmas Eve! Available at Waterstones online and in-store.

As an alternative to books for Christmas Eve books or Christmas activities in December, you could try sticker books and activity books. I've been buying a few of these throughout the year and find Wilko's has a really good selection as do The Works (honestly, they have the best stuff when it comes to kids!) and all usually around £1 - £2, so definitely worth checking out your local store or checking out the deals online.

Do you have any favourite Christmas stories that you like to read to your little one?