21 Baby & Toddler Books About Santa claus

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Seeking a Santa book
Seeking a Santa
Written by Angela DiTerlizzi and illustrated by Allie Smith
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

From bestselling author Angela DiTerlizzi comes a lighthearted and sweet Christmas board book perfect for little elves and Santa fans everywhere! I’m seeking a Santa And everyone knows… Your eyes must be bright With red cheeks and red nose Should have a fur hat Wear a warm, woolen suit Bring a big bag For all of the loot The search for Santa is on at the North Pole as elves, reindeer, and more share their Christmas spirit before finding the perfect St. Nick.

Santa Duck book
Santa Duck
Written and illustrated by David Milgram
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Nicholas Duck loves Christmas, and he is happy to try on the new Santa hat that's mysteriously delivered to his house. But when his friends see him and immediately launch into their Christmas lists, he doesn't know what to do . . . until he runs into Santa himself.

Dear Santa book
Dear Santa
Written and illustrated by Rod Campbell
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

From Rod Campbell, the bestselling creator of the beloved classic Dear Zoo, Dear Santa is a lift-the-flap novelty book being reissued in time for Christmas! In this delightful tale, Santa is looking for the perfect present to send to a special child. Lift the flaps to reveal a big kite, a bouncy ball, and a mask! But nothing seems quite right...until Christmas Eve, when Santa finds the perfect gift to leave under the tree. With lift-the-flaps throughout and a touch and feel element on the last page, this holiday tale is perfect for parents to read with their little ones.

Everything Goes: Santa Goes Everywhere! book
Everything Goes: Santa Goes Everywhere!
Written and illustrated by Brian Biggs
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Everything Goes: Santa Goes Everywhere! is a delightful Christmas-themed board-book addition to the Everything Goes series of picture books, board books, and I Can Reads. It's Christmas Eve, and Santa's doing something a little different this year. Instead of by sleigh, he and a reindeer pal travel by boat, plane, truck, train, and more, delivering presents to children around the world. Young fans of vehicles will adore the bright, bold, and charmingly detailed illustrations.

The Itsy Bitsy Reindeer book
The Itsy Bitsy Reindeer
Written by Jeffrey Burton and illustrated by Sanja Rescek
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

A merry Christmas twist on the favorite nursery rhyme “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”! The itsy bitsy reindeer worked up in Santa’s shop, helping the elves to do their Christmas job. Building the toys and singing songs of joy, as they wrapped all of the presents for every girl and boy. The itsy bitsy reindeer spreads holiday cheer as he helps Santa’s Workshop get ready for Christmas. Little ones will love this fresh holiday spin on the classic nursery rhyme, “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”!

The Night Before Christmas Oversized Padded Board Book book
The Night Before Christmas Oversized Padded Board Book
Written by and illustrated by Charles Santore
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

The world’s most famous Christmas poem is now available in a beautiful oversized board book format featuring original Charles Santore illustrations. Since the poem’s inception in 1823, The Night Before Christmas has been a yearly staple of the holiday season told in countless households. Perfectly capturing the memorable charm of Clement C. Moore’s iconic poem, Charles Santore lends his artwork of fantastical splendor to tell the tale of Saint Nick’s visit, this time in a durable oversized board book that captures the same magical detail and charm as editions beforehand. Children will love this book built especially for them!

Jane Foster's Christmas book
Jane Foster's Christmas
Written and illustrated by Jane Foster
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Introduce little ones to the wonder of Christmas in this bold and graphic board book by illustrator and textile designer Jane Foster. In this beautiful and sophisticated board book, children will be introduced to bold images of Christmas and winter, such as Santa, hot chocolate, snowmen, sleds, gingerbread houses, and more! Praise for Jane Foster's ABC and Jane Foster's 123: "Both titles are stunningly simple, but Foster is able to create some truly arresting images here, making both books pleasurable repeat reads. A fetching and effective introduction to the world of numbers." -starred review, Kirkus Reviews "It's a book that style-minded parents and kids can appreciate equally." -starred review, Publishers Weekly "This unusually attractive counting board book from the British illustrator and textile designer Jane Foster shows off her style in a way that will catch-and hold-the eye of grown-ups and younger children alike." -New York Times Children's Board Book roundup review

This Little Reindeer book
This Little Reindeer
Written by Aly Fronis and illustrated by Luke Flowers
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A fun, Christmas-themed twist on the classic nursery rhyme “This Little Piggy”! This little reindeer went to market. This little reindeer loaded the sleigh. This little reindeer did some stretching. And this little reindeer mapped the way. These little reindeer have a lot of work to do to prepare for Chistmas! One goes to the market, one loads Santa's sleigh, one stretches, one cooks some treats, and one plays in the snow. Now they're all ready to deliver presents and wish you a Merry Christmas!

Santa's Little Helpers book
Santa's Little Helpers
Written by Courtney Acampora and illustrated by Kevin Payne
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

See Santa's busy elves at work and play in this fun Christmas adventure! Peek inside Santa's workshop in this fun winter adventure! Sturdy shaped pages reveal busy elves and flying reindeer, and the sweet rhyming story gives readers a glimpse into the tinsel-hanging, present-making, snowman-building preparations for a fun Christmas season! So what are Santa's Little Helpers up to? Come inside and see!

Maze Book: Follow Me Santa book
Maze Book: Follow Me Santa
Written and illustrated by Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

Follow Santa through colorful, festive scenes on hisChristmas Eve journey as he collects the presents, then his reindeer, and travels across the world delivering gifts.Children will love exploring the paths with their fingertips to trace each maze from hole to hole, and meet festive friends along the way! From gifts, to penguins and decorated trees, there is lots to search for and find. The tracing element is great for developing fine motor skills and the search-and-find activity throughout will help with special awareness.A great book for little hands to explore and a perfect gift forChristmas.

All Aboard! the Christmas Train book
All Aboard! the Christmas Train
Written and illustrated by Andrew Kolb
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Folding out car by car, this accordion-style book takes readers on a tour of Santa's Christmas train. Each car has lots to see--elves making toys, penguins playing, reindeer preparing for the big day--as Santa searches for his missing boot. With a running landscape dotted with objects for children to find and count on the back of the book, All Aboard! The Christmas Train is a fun, interactive ride from beginning to end.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer book
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Written by Robert L May and illustrated by Antonio Javier Caparo
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Celebrate Christmas with this Classic Board Book edition of Robert L. May’s famous Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Every year at Christmastime, everyone—young and old alike—has one catchy, joy-inspiring song stuck in their heads: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!” Now fans of the most famous reindeer of all-time will fall in love with the original story, written by Robert L. May in 1939. Rudolph, a youthful reindeer buck who possesses an unusual luminous red nose, is teased and excluded by his peers because of this trait. One particularly stormy Christmas Eve, Rudolph manages to prove himself after Santa Claus catches sight of his nose and asks him to lead his sleigh for the evening. Rudolph agrees, saving Christmas, and is finally treated the way he deserves by his fellow reindeer!

Don't Push the Button! book
Don't Push the Button!
Written and illustrated by Bill Cotter
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A holiday companion to Don't Push the Button! It's almost Christmas and Santa is coming, so whatever you do—DON'T PUSH THE BUTTON!! Well, maybe just once can't hurt...uh oh!

A Surprise for Santa: A spot-the-difference Christmas adventure! book
A Surprise for Santa: A spot-the-difference Christmas adventure!
Written by Kate Jackson and illustrated by Mattia Cerato
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Help Santa save Christmas in this spot-the-difference board book adventure! Santa needs your help! It's almost Christmas and Santa's workshop is topsy-turvy thanks to one very naughty elf! Can you help Santa find all of the messes his elf has made before it's too late?

Little Santa's Christmas book
Little Santa's Christmas
Written and illustrated by Algy Craig Hall
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

Join Little Santa in delivering Christmas gifts to every good boy and girl! Who's that wriggling down the chimney, and rustling behind the Christmas tree? It's LITTLE SANTA, flying on her sled with a sack full of surprises--like drums, choo-choo trains, and a bouncy ball. And when Little Santa finishes her busy Christmas ride there's something special waiting for her at home: cookies, milk, and a BIG hug! This sweet and simple holiday story will delight small children.

Santa's Workshop book
Santa's Workshop
Written by Holly Berry-Byrd and illustrated by Francesco Zito
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-5

Lift the flaps to explore Santa's workshop with a penguin tour guide.

Santa Street Chunky Set book
Santa Street Chunky Set
Written and illustrated by Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Santa Street is a set of three festive mini-books that lets kids create a mini North Pole on their bookshelf! Children will love to open each book to explore inside the miniature houses. They can visit the ice-skating penguins in Snowflake House; join the elves making toys in Santa's Workshop; and find some tasty holiday treats in Gingerbread House. With bright illustrations and magical surprises to find, Santa Street is sure to make an attractive, festive addition to any child's stocking.

Santa! book
Written and illustrated by Rufus Butler Seder
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Santa Claus is going to town! Marrying the magic of Scanimation with the universally beloved figure of Santa Claus, Santa! is a holiday book unlike any other. It presents a Santa that readers have never seen before—acrobatic, playful, a little mischievous, filled with joyful energy. Here’s Santa hula-hooping. Santa juggling. Santa doing cartwheels and Santa on a unicycle. Children, as they did with Gallop!, will want to imitate Santa’s irresistibly happy motions. The grown-ups will be unable to stop smiling—it’s hard to imagine a cooler character than this jolly St. Nick as he runs, spins, gyrates, backflips, and blows big bubbles. Scanimation is the technology behind the instant New York Times best-selling series that started with Gallop!, to most recently The Wizard of Oz. Author and inventor Rufus Butler Seder continues to refine the Scanimations, with ever more smooth-flowing and detailed moving images—perfectly applied, in this case, to the irresistible figure of Santa Claus.

The Christmas Elf Countdown! book
The Christmas Elf Countdown!
Written by Random House and illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A busy team of elves help the other residents of the North Pole prepare for Christmas in this board book with flaps to lift.

Merry Christmas, Santa Claus! book
Merry Christmas, Santa Claus!
Written and illustrated by J. L. Coppage
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

It's Christmas Eve, and Santa's team has been busy--but even the folks at the North Pole need to celebrate! While Santa is away, everyone around the workshop pitches in to bring together a holiday celebration just in time for Santa's return. This cute, fun board book features tabs so readers can flip right to their favorite character. With bright, fun illustrations and bouncy, rhyming text, Merry Christmas, Santa Claus! is the perfect way to introduce the younger readers to the holiday spirit of the season!

Spot's Christmas book
Spot's Christmas
Written and illustrated by Eric Hill
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

The Christmas season is a very busy time, and Spot knows that as well as anyone else. Everyone in Spot’s house has something to do: there’s the tree to put up and decorate, presents to make and wrap, and Mom needs Spot’s help in the kitchen. Spot is so excited, keeping a sharp eye out for any flying reindeer, he almost forgets to leave milk and cookies for Santa!

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