Christmas Reading Gifts for Kids 4 and Under - Unique Gifter

Christmas Reading Gifts for Kids 4 and Under

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These books are wonderful for getting the youngest Christmas celebrants ready for the holidays or learning during story time. We didn’t just include Christmas books, either; it’s no fun when you only get books for Christmas that can’t be read all year. Instead these are some of the best educational reading gifts to buy kids aged 4 and under this Christmas.

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Educational Christmas Reading Gifts for Kids 4 and Under

A new set of stories is such a wonderful treat for a young one who loves reading. One of the few times you can captivate the attention of a group of 20 young preschoolers and command real silence (mostly) that they actually want to give is when you’re reading to them. It’s especially nice for them to come back from the holiday break with a stack of new to them books to share with their peers and learn the gift of sharing along with reading.

The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving: The True Meaning of Christmas

The Berenstain’s The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving

Brother Bear and Sister Bear are looking forward to the excitement of opening presents on Christmas morning. Their Christmas Eve pageant reveals that there is joy to be found in giving as well.

Merry Christmas Mom and Dad (A Golden Look-Look Book)

Mercer Mayer’s Merry Christmas Mom and Dad

Join Little Critter in his preparations for Christmas. This book is a classic and gives us a few small ideas for making traditions of our own.

The Name Jar

Yangsook Choi’s The Name Jar

It’s tough enough being a new kid but it gets harder when you come with a name that other kids can’t easily pronounce. Unhei tries to overcome this by planning to choose a new Americanized name but a classmate helps her embrace her Korean name and heritage.

Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage To Be Who You Are

Maria Dismondy’s Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun

Children are often admonished to “do unto others”, but the corresponding lesson of teaching people how to treat them back can be overlooked, leaving kids unequipped to deal with meanness and bullying. This story encourages kids to stay true to themselves instead of responding with like meanness.

Whoever You Are (Reading Rainbow Books)

Mem Fox’s Whoever You Are

It’s always important to teach kids to have empathy for others. The first way to do that is to share how similar we are, even if we look or speak different from each other. The core of our humanity, love and laughter, are shared across cultures, races, and creeds.

Dim Sum for Everyone!

Grace Lin’s Dim Sum for Everyone!

This book makes me hungry. If you’ve never had dim sum, this delightful board book shares the unique dining experience complete with the small dishes wheeled out on trolleys with a huge variety of tasty treats.

Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush's Incredible Journey

Doug Kuntz and Amy Shrodes’s Lost and Found Cat

Kunkush the cat is part of the family so when this Iraqi family must flee, they secretly take him to Greece. In the confusion, he runs away and it takes months to reunite him with his family.

Big Red Lollipop

Rukhsana Khan’s Big Red Lollipop

Sibling shenanigans are in full force when Rubina is forced to bring her terribly behaved younger sister to a birthday party. Sana’s behaviors are so bad, Rubina isn’t invited to another party for a long while. When it’s Sana’s turn to bring baby Maryam to a birthday party, Rubina generously intercedes and saves her from repeating history.

Penguin and Pinecone A friendship story

Salina Yoon’s Penguin and Pinecone

Penguin makes a new friend with a lost Pinecone, taking it on one adventure after another, until Pinecone catches cold! He goes on a long journey to return Pinecone to a milder climate and they both learn a special lesson about friendship and love.

The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!

Carmen Agra Deedy’s The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!

Bossy Don Pepe is the new major of the happy village, La Paz, who outlaws all singing. There’s one rooster who won’t let that stop him doing what he’s born to do, though.

Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah

Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah

Emmanuel was dismissed by everyone because of his deformed leg, except his mother. She encouraged him to keep pressing forward and he goes on to exceed everyone’s imaginations.

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music

Margarita Engle’s Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music

Inspired by the real life story of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl, this beautiful picture book takes you to a time and place when only boys were allowed to play the drums. Her persistent practice in secret made her the first Cuban female drummer and broke the Cuban taboo against female drummers.

Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin

Chieri Uegaki’s Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin

Hana’s brothers try to dissuade her from playing in the upcoming school talent show because she’s only had three lessons, but she remembers that their grandfather played wonderfully and she practices faithfully. By the time the show comes around, despite her nerves, she surprises everyone in attendance.

A Book of Sleep

Il Sung Na’s A Book of Sleep

This lovely picture book helps kids wind down to get ready for bed along with all the animals that are getting ready to go to sleep. It’s the perfect segue to say good night to all of the animals and then to the reading adult before the lights are turned off.

Arriba, Abajo y Alrededor (Spanish Edition)

Katherine Ayres’s Arriba, Abajo y Alrededor

This fun Spanish language book teaches Spanish and animal and botanical life to young ones with all kinds of familiar things like butterflies and ant.

Library Lion

Michelle Knudsen’s Library Lion

There are strict rules in the library that everyone knows. But what does a lion know about library rules? It turns out this lion seems to understand how to get along in a library, until there’s an accident one day.

Goodnight, Numbers (McKellar Math)

Danica McKellar’s Goodnight, Numbers

This bedtime book gently teaches young children about numbers in the world around them and gets them ready for peaceful sleep all at once.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Classic Seuss)

Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

This story about Whoville and the Grinch who stole Christmas is a classic and gave rise to the Grinchmas holiday tradition of teaching readers to grow their own hearts three sizes.

The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish (A Pout-Pout Fish Adventure)

Deborah Diesen’s The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish

The Pout-Pout fish has a hard time with the true meaning of giving gifts at Christmas but this Christmas, Mr. Fish will learn what’s most important of all.

Clifford's Christmas (Classic Storybook)

Norman Bridwell ‘s Clifford’s Christmas

Clifford the Big Red Dog is another classic that all kids should get a chance to read. Clifford’s a well-meaning oversized dog who just tries to help people with mixed results.

Hopefully you found some new additions to your library with these Christmas reading gifts for kids 4 and under! If you still need more ideas, check out these 20 Christmas Books for 5-8 Year Old Kids too.

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