Skip to Content

24 Holiday Picture Books to Countdown to Christmas

Countdown to Christmas with this collection of picture books that the whole family will love. From beloved classics to new favorites, our list celebrates the best of the holiday season.

Holiday books have been a part of my holiday celebration since I was a little girl. Our annual tradition was to read The Night Before Christmas. Every Christmas Eve, my family would settle in around the tree each year to hear the classic poem by Clement C. Moore. Our copy was a small Tell a Tale Book that my mom probably picked up at the grocery store. By the time I was 10 I had the whole story memorized, which was a good thing because the book was starting to show its age. Nonetheless, it didn’t matter how old we were, we still pulled out the same book every year for our traditional retelling.

24 Holiday Picture Books to Countdown to Christmas

This was the copy of The Night Before Christmas we read every year.

Now that I have children of my own, I’ve kept the tradition of reading during the holidays alive and well. While we have added more stories to our yearly repertoire, you can be sure that The Night Before Christmas always makes an appearance each Christmas Eve.

This year we’re taking the tradition one step further. In my opinion, the holidays are the perfect occasion for spending time together as a family. As we countdown to Christmas, we plan on reading one picture book a day as a family. It will be a fun way to get into the holiday spirit while spending time together. You’re invited to join us too! Below is the list of 24 Holiday Picture Books we plan on reading. Whether you choose to read all of them or some of them, including reading into your holiday traditions is something that can last for years to come.

Each picture is a clickable link for purchasing each book.

Holiday Picture Book Countdown

24. The Elf on the Shelf

Read more about our Elf on the Shelf tradition here.

23. How to Catch an Elf

22. The Sweet Smell of Christmas

21. The Snowman

20. Humphrey’s First Christmas

19. Snowmen at Christmas

18. The Legend of the Candy Cane

17. Mickey’s Christmas Carol

16. Nutcracker

15. The Christmas Wish

14. The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree

13. The Joy of Giving

12. Bear Stays Up for Christmas

11. Dream Snow

There is also a Dream Snow pop-up advent calendar

10. Olive the Other Reindeer

9. Welcome Comfort

8. Silver Packages

7. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

6. A Charlie Brown Christmas

5. Gingerbread Baby

4. The Polar Express

3. How Santa Got His Job

2. Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale

1. The Night Before Christmas

Did we miss any books? What’s your favorite Christmas book? Let us know in the comments.


Pin it

Countdown to Christmas with a collection of 24 picture books that are fun for the whole family.

Sharing is caring!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.