Baby's first Christmas: The very best Christmas books for babies

Just Right For Christmas

They're never too young to join in the fun and get into the festive swing of things... Whether you have a baby or a young toddler, aged 0-2, these books are fun, cosy and perfect for a Christmas present or a little snuggle on the sofa.

  • Christmas: A Tiny Little Story

    Author: Lisa Jones & Edward Underwood
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 0-2

    A colourful and clear cloth book with thick, crinkly pages and a sturdy buggy handle to keep the book with little ones on the go, Christmas: A Tiny Little Story is a lovely present for a baby’s first or second festive season.

  • Fancy Dress Christmas

    Author: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Alison Green Books
    Interest age: 1+
    Reading age: 5+

    Today is the Christmas Party, and all the animals have come in fancy dress!

  • Five Christmas Friends

    Author: Danielle McLean Illustrator: Rosalind Maroney
    Publisher: Little Tiger
    Interest age: 0-2

    A Christmas "count-and-slide" board book, this story is a clever way to help little ones learn to count while also introducing lots of festive favourites: from snowmen to elves and wintry robins and even Santa Claus himself.

  • Merry Little Christmas: A finger wiggle book

    Author: Sally Symes Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Walker
    Interest age: 2-3

    Have a giggle as you wiggle your fingers with the Christmas characters. A fun interactive baby book.

  • If It’s Christmas and You Know It...

    Author: Katrina Charman Illustrator: Angie Rozelaar
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 2-3

    Bright, inviting illustrations and catchy, rhyming text make this a super festive, super fun book to share with babies and toddlers. With sliders to push and pull! 

  • Santa’s Christmas Countdown

    Author: Kathryn Jewitt Illustrator: Sebastien Braun
    Publisher: Townhouse Publishing Ltd
    Interest age: 2-3

    Santa’s lost his to-do list! Will he remember everything before Christmas? A fun touch-and-feel book starring a Black Santa.

  • My First Elmer Christmas

    Author: David McKee
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 2-3

    It is Christmas time and Elmer takes the young elephants to select a tree. The elephants would love to spot Papa Red if he visits them that night, but will the excitable youngsters stay hidden? A charming tale, which captures the excitement of Christmas for a young audience.

  • Is it Christmas Yet?

    Author: Jane Chapman
    Publisher: Little Tiger
    Interest age: 2-5

    Christmas is coming, and Ted is so excited, he's ready to pop! A gentle story about preparing for Christmas with bright, lively illustrations.

  • Just Right For Christmas

    Author: Birdie Black Illustrator: Rosalind Beardshaw
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 5+

    This gentle, feel-good story about the joy of giving is complimented by sweet illustrations and is the perfect book for Christmas time

  • Nibbles Christmas

    Author: Emma Yarlett
    Publisher: Little Tiger
    Interest age: 0-2

    Emma Yarlett's lovable book-munching monster strikes again, this time in a Christmas-themed board book that counts down the days until Christmas. Young children, who act on impulse just like Nibbles, will root for him from the outset and delight in the joy and silliness. 

  • Pip and Posy: The Christmas Tree

    Author: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 2-4

    Pip and Posy are putting up the Christmas tree. Mysteriously, when Posy goes to get some candy, she returns to find that one of the biscuits has gone. What happened? And why does Pip suddenly feel sick? A lovely picture book with a gentle moral. 

  • Sing Along With Me: We Wish You A Merry Christmas

    Author: Yu-hsuan Huang
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 1+
    Reading age: 2+

    It is time to learn the most famous Christmas song ever: 'We wish you a merry Christmas'. Turn the pages and follow the animals on their snowy adventure, while singing along to this festive tune.

  • Where's My Santa?

    Author: Kate McLelland
    Publisher: Little Tiger
    Interest age: 0-2

    Children will love finding Santa and revelling in Christmas in this board book that is full of interesting textures to explore, from glittery snowprints to a snowman's felt hat and, finally, the thick white beard of Father Christmas. 

  • Where’s Santa Claus?

    Author: Ingela P Arrhenius
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 0-3

    This charming series of Nosy Crow’s baby board book takes a seasonal turn with Where’s Santa Claus? It's sure to delight tiny bookworms even on their very first Chrismas and is perfect for practising turning pages and a very first game of peek-a-boo!