We have all seen the pictures of babies and toddlers meeting Santa for the first time and falling into a mild state of panic. With my daughters, I thought it was cute and funny. I see it as a right of passage. However, I know that some parents want those pristine pictures with crisp dresses and smiling faces. Here is a list of interactive, brightly colored and comforting books to help little ones meet Santa on their own terms. Hopefully, these books will help children have a more positive first interaction with Jolly Old Saint Nick.
Baby’s Very First Slide and See Christmas by Usborne – A tactile book with engaging moving parts and bright colors. This book is about the Christmas Holiday with a special appearance by Santa.
Dear Santa by Rod Campbell – Santa tries to find the perfect gift. A lift-a-flap book.
Santa Flap Book by Usborne – Santa’s Christmas Eve journey from the North Pole to your house.
Santa’s Christmas Train by Helen Foster James – Take the Christmas train to the North Pole to meet Santa.
Santa’s Workshop by Holly Berry-Byrd – Meet Santa and his team of helpers in this colorful lift-a-flap book.
Santa’s Workshop by Roger Priddy – Santa and his helpers are busy getting ready for the big day. Lots of flaps to keep little hands busy.
Usborne Sparkly Touchy-Feely Santa Claus – Santa’s journey to deliver the world’s presents with smooth sparkling stars and soft white Santa beard.
Where’s Santa Claus by Nosy Crow – A flip-the-flap tour of the North Pole.
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