Are your children fascinated by the idea of keeping a tree INSIDE the house during the month of December? Several years ago, I remember my 15-month-old frantically signing TREE every time we passed a Christmas tree — whether we were at our house, someone else’s, church, or the shopping mall. It’s kind of a strange concept for our toddlers and preschoolers to understand.

First, we put a tree in the living room, then decorate it with lights and pretty objects. Then, we tell our young children to stay away and not touch it.  😂

Now that our girls are a bit older, they understand that I need them to ask before touching anything on or near our tree. (Several of our ornaments have buttons for music or lines from favorite movies.) I just don’t want the tree coming down on top of them or one of our more fragile ornaments being broken accidentally.

I often find them sitting next to the Christmas tree or lying underneath it with a book. So I got up early this morning, and tucked a few library books about Christmas trees under our tree. For some reason, my girls are drawn to small piles of books here and there around the house.

9 Christmas tree books for kids

Here are a few of our favorite Christmas tree books:

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Little Blue Truck’s Christmas
by Alice Schertle

The Beautiful Christmas Tree
by Charlotte Zolotow

A Christmas Tree in the White House
by Gary Hines

A City Christmas Tree
by Rebecca Bond

Christmas Tree!
by Wendell and Florence Minor

Christmas Trees
by Kathryn Stevens

Maple and Willow’s Christmas Tree
by Lori Nichols

O Christmas Tree
by Vashanti Rahaman

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story
by Gloria Houston

BONUS: Because sometimes you find a book that is SO GOOD you have to add it to the list!

Night Tree
by Eve Bunting

“By moonlight in the quiet forest, a young boy and his family decorate their favorite tree with popcorn, apples, tangerines, and sunflower-seed balls as a gift for the animals of the woods.”

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