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Christmas Books for Babies and Toddlers

If you are looking for Christmas books for the very young, babies and toddlers, you have a delightful choice of board and cloth books, including a super taggie book. A Christmas book is ideal as a baby's first Christmas present, useful and practical, at the same time as being magical, and a great introduction to books.

That's Not My Books – Fiona Watt

The 'that's not my' books are delightful tactile chunky books and are loved by many small children. For this festive time of year there are a few with a Christmas theme, including santa, angel and snowman. These are always a firm favourite with children, the simple, bold pictures with different textures seems to captivate children, who will look at them time and time again.

If you want some other Christmas baby books by the same author, Fiona Watt, these are good too. The first is sparkly, with lots to touch and feel. Also Touchy feely Nativity is a very simple, basic first nativity for young children, and Hide and Seek Christmas has the added bonus of flaps for little hands to explore.

Baby's First Christmas book by Fiona Watt

This is a specific book for baby's first Christmas, which comes with a CD of Christmas music and is very beautifully done. This is a great gift for baby's first Christmas if you're not quite sure what to buy. This will still be enjoyed for Christmases after too, into the toddler years.

Baby's Christmas by Felicity Brooks

Another great book for baby's first Christmas, a bright, colourful board book. This has the added feature of a board baby that is attached to the front with a ribbon and you move him through the book.

Cloth books are always a firm favourite with babies and parents, young babies can explore them, with lots of different textures and colour and it doesn't matter if they end up in the mouth, nothing can be broken. If you want some festive cloth books for babies, here are a couple of ideas for you.

My First Taggies Jingle Bells Book – Kaori Watanabe

If your baby loves taggies, or you know a baby that does, what could be better than a festive cloth book with taggies? Everything a baby ever wanted for Christmas!

My First Night Before Christmas by Clement C Moore

This is the classic 'twas the night before Christmas' poem that everybody knows and loves presented as a board book just for young children. Designed for little hands with things to touch and feel, and complete with added sparkle. If you are after something more classic at Christmas time, but that's still great for a baby this is the book for you.

If you are looking for ideas for slightly older children, have a look at our Christmas picture books