Santa Picture Books for Elementary Teachers in 2024

December is a great time to discuss and explore Santa. This post shares Santa picture books that you can use for this purpose. All of the picture books on this list lend themselves to this topic really well. Take a peek below to learn more about these Santa picture books!

4 Santa Picture Books

Below is a list of some of our favorite Santa picture books to share with elementary students. They are part of our Santa Book Companion Bundle. Check them out!

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1. Santa Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins

Santa Bruce is the hilarious story about a bear with a mistaken identity. Bruce the bear, does not like winter or the holidays. He wants to stay inside and sleep but his family wants to celebrate Christmas. When Bruce is outside with his long underwear and hat, a raccoon mistakes him for Santa! Within no time, all the critters in the forest are at Bruce’s house wanting to sit on Santa’s lap. The mice in Bruce’s house even promise that Bruce will deliver presents to everyone. Despite all his protests, Bruce is stuck acting as Santa and must give out presents all around town.

Students will laugh out loud during this fun Christmas read aloud about a bear that doesn’t like Christmas. Check out these Santa Bruce teaching resources and activities to help you plan and deliver highly engaging read aloud lessons!

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2. The Animals’ Santa by Jan Brett

It is Christmas Eve and all the forest animals are talking about the animals’ Santa. However, Little Snow does not believe he is real because no one has ever seen him. Despite his brother trying to convince him, Little Snow gets mad and breaks the ice. That night, Big Snowshoe thinks about the broken ice and decides to make a chime. When everyone is sleeping, the chime sounds and the animals come out of their homes. All of a sudden, clover lands at the rabbits’ feet and each animal gets a present! The animals wonder if it could be the animals’ Santa. When a snowy owl flies through the sky and wishes everyone a Merry Christmas, Little Snow truly believes!

Check out these The Animals’ Santa teaching resources and activities to help you plan and deliver highly engaging read aloud lessons!

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3. Stick Man by Julia Donaldson

Stick Man lived in a tree with his wife and children. One day, he went for a jog, but quickly was taken by a dog! This humorous tale passes Stick Man along for different purposes, but he really just wants to get home to his family. Eventually, he is thrown in a fire, until he helps Santa down the chimney! Santa brings Stick Man back to his family and they have a wonderful holiday together.

Check out these Stick Man teaching resources and activities to help you plan and deliver highly engaging read aloud lessons!

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4. How Santa Got His Job by Stephen Krensky

When Santa was a young man looking for a job, he never seemed to find the perfect fit. He started as a chimney sweep, but did not get dirty enough, followed by working at the post office but he hated traffic. Santa then tried working at a late-night diner, but he became too plump. He was a zookeeper, then in the circus, but nothing seemed quite right. That is, until he met the elves who introduced him to the toys in their workshop. Together with his past experiences, readers learn how Santa became the phenomenon he is today!

Check out these How Santa Got His Job teaching resources and activities to help you plan and deliver highly engaging read aloud lessons!

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In closing, we hope you found this list of Santa picture books helpful! They are all part of our Starts With a Story collection. If you want to get more book ideas to read aloud to your elementary students, then grab this reading freebie. It includes read aloud books lists, reading logs, and reading challenges for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classroom teachers. It will have you covered for the entire school year, as well as the summer months! Grab this free elementary reading packet now!

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