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what is 12 books of christmas?

Let’s address the elephant in the room – yes, I am promoting Christmas two months early. Why? Because Usborne’s Christmas books sell quickly and I’d hate for you to miss out!

I am a person who celebrates the seasons / holidays in the order that they come. However, I am also a person of business, and my business sells out of their Christmas books weeks before Thanksgiving. So if anyone wants one of Usborne Books & More’s Christmas books, I have to share these goodies early.

Ultimately, I would hate for my friends and family to miss out on these incredible books just because I thought it was too early to post about Christmas. So yes, for a time, I am “out of order” and posting about Christmas.

Okay, now that we have gotten that out of the way, let’s talk about Usborne Books & More’s Christmas books + 12 Books of Christmas 😀

For starters, let’s take a look at some of the different books.


[please note that there are many more Christmas titles available and this is just a sample of the books we offer. For more books, please check out my website! Also, inventory goes quickly so don’t bet on these titles being available at the end of November.]



Have fun with these creative activities to do! The activity books will keep your kids happy long after you have to dive back into your to-do list. They can have some festive fun while you finish baking, shopping or getting your house ready for guests! Sometimes kids just need a little redirection and fun suggestions to help them calm down and be good.


books shown: Fingerprint Activities Christmas || 1001 Things to Spot at Christmas || Wipe-Clean Christmas Activities || Pull-Back Busy Santa Books


Fingerprint Activities Christmas || Recommended for children 6 years old and up, this finger-printing book includes simple, step-by-step instructions for lots of pictures and scenes to create using only fingerprints, and a multi-colored ink pad is attached to the side of the book, so no extra materials are required.

1001 Things to Spot at Christmas || Encouraged for 6 years old and up, this jolly puzzle-book is stuffed full of Christmas things to find and count. Join Santa Claus and his busy team during the most magical holiday of the year.

Wipe-Clean Christmas Activities || Kids 4 years old and older need plenty of practice when it comes to pen-control – an essential skill which they need to learn before they can write. This book encourages children to solve mazes, join the dots, and trace the dotted lines using the special pen provided, then wipe clean and repeat; all the activities are themed around the Christmas season!

Pull-Back Busy Santa Books || Perfect for kiddos 3 years old and up, this is a fabulous new storybook with four embedded tracks and a pull-back Santa in a sleigh. Little children will enjoy sending Santa on his jolly way again and again.



Perfect for curling up on the couch and reading together, these titles are perfect for getting your family in the Christmas / Winter mood.


books shown: The Nutcracker || Are You There Little Reindeer?


The Nutcracker || Written for children 3 years old and older, one magical Christmas night, a little girl’s Nutcracker doll come to life! Peek through the pages to follow their adventures in this enchanting book.

Are You There Little Reindeer? || Designed for children as young as 6 months old, children can “spot” the reindeer through a hole on each page… but when they turn the page it isn’t the reindeer at all! Very young children will love searching for the elusive reindeer, and all the charming details and other animals they discover along the way.

bible collage

books shown: Illustrated Bible Stories || Book of Bible Stories || The Story of Baby Jesus


I love that Usborne Books & More offers stories about the Reason for the Season ❤ These Biblical books are beautifully illustrated and are a great way for you to share the birth story of Jesus with your family!


Illustrated Bible Stories || Written for kids 8 years and older, this book is a fully illustrated collection of stories from the Bible, retold for young readers. Including Joseph and the Dreams, The Story of Baby Jesus, The Easter Story, Jonah and the Whale, Noah’s Ark and more. A beautiful gift book that children will love to receive on any special occasion.

Book of Bible Stories || Perfect for kiddos 2 and older, this engaging collection of Bible stories has been written, with the help of a language expert, for young children who are just starting to read. Each story is told word for word, with delightful sound effects, on the CD included with this book. By following the words across the page as they hear them, beginner readers will gain confidence and soon be able to achieve the pleasure and satisfaction of reading a whole story by themselves.

The Story of Baby Jesus || Made for children 3 years and older, this is a delightful retelling of the story of the birth of Jesus. Follow Mary and Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem and celebrate the magic of the very first Christmas.



books shown: Usborne’s Very First Words Christmas


Usborne’s Very First Words Christmas || Babies 9 months old and older will love learning their first Christmas words as they examine each delightful festive scene. Scenes include decorating the tree, getting ready for Santa, Santa on the roof and opening presents. This is a great book that will help children identify some of the things they’re seeing during this season.


Lift the Flap


books shown: Nativity Flap Book


Nativity Flap Book || Discover the magic of the very first Christmas by lifting the big flaps in this simple story of the Nativity with your 3 year old (or older).


Pop Up


books shown: Pop-Up Christmas || Twas the Night Before Christmas


Pop-Up Christmas || Best for children 3 years and older, in Pop-up Christmas you’ll find pop-up snowflakes, a snowman that Santa’s elves have built, the elves’ workshop, Santa on his sleigh flying over a town and a magnificent pop-up tree with presents on Christmas morning

Twas the Night Before Christmas || With kids 3 years and older in mind, this classic Christmas poem is brought wonderfully to life with gorgeous artwork and stunning pops. Peek inside a cozy house, all ready for Christmas, marvel at Santa and his reindeer, flying across the sky and revel in the magic of Christmas



Touchy-Feely books are so fun, but they are also crucial to children’s sensory development. These Christmas/Winter titles are amazing ways to encourage a love for reading, learning AND celebrate the season.



books shown: That’s Not My Polar Bear || That’s Not My Penguin || That’s Not My Snowman || That’s Not My Angel || That’s Not My Reindeer || That’s Not My Elf || Baby’s Very First Touchy-Feely Christmas Book


That’s Not My series || Perfect for children as young as 9 months old, these delightful touchy-feely book with simple, repetitive text, bright, colorful illustrations, and textures to touch and feel on every page.

Baby’s Very First Touchy-Feely Christmas Book || With young babies in mind, a delightful Christmas board book with high contrast illustrations and touchy-feely patches perfect for sharing with the very young. Each festive picture has a simple description beneath to help babies learn to associate words and pictures. Young children will love feeling the different materials in every picture again and again. The last two pages show a montage of all the pictures in the book with new descriptions to help children learn their first colors.



books shown: The Nativity


The Nativity || Ideal for 9 month olds and older, this is a gorgeous Christmas addition to the popular Usborne Touchy-Feely series! Charming illustrations accompany a delightful, tactile retelling of the Christmas story, complete with fluffy donkeys, woolly sheep, a glittering angel and, of course, the baby Jesus, sleeping in his soft blanket. This appealing large-format book makes the perfect present for young children experiencing Christmas for the very first time.




So what is 12 Books of Christmas?

The goal of the 12 Books of Christmas tradition is to help your family slow down with your children every day as you lead up to Christmas Day. In a season that can be very busy and extravagant, a simple choice to snuggle up on the couch by the tree and read together will help create calm and magical family moments. I love that this is a realistic Christmas tradition too. You don’t have to go over the top with anything – it feels doable!


So now that you’ve seen some of the Christmas books and hear my heart behind gifting your family a book every day leading up to Christmas, are you ready to jump on board?

What are you next steps? Keep scrolling 😉


  • Pick Your Books

I’m happy to help with this if you want recommendations. Just give me the gender, age and interests of the child you are shopping for and I can help create a great list of books. Do you want them all to be Christmas / Winter themed or some non-seasonal as well? Do you want just 12 or more? Just want 4? That’s great. I’d love to help you with the whole process!

  • Ship

When you get to checkout, you can either ship the books to your home or (for an addition cost), you can ship them to my house and I’ll wrap each book individually. If you’re local to me, we can meet and I’ll give you your books. Otherwise, I will ship them at the end of November.

  • Read

Now comes the fun part – cuddling on the couch and reading each book together as a family! 😀




If you have any questions, are interested in creating your own customized package or want to host a Christmas themed online party, please reach out to me and we can begin the process! 😀

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