Dog’s First Christmas

A Board Book

About the Book

In this follow-up to the beloved board book Dog’s First Baby, Dog and Baby explore the delightful and puzzling ways their family prepares for Christmas.

See these branches? They’re not for tugging.
See this ball? It’s not for fetching.

It’s the holiday season, and Dog smells a change in the air. With his new friend Baby by his side, Dog investigates the many strange occurrences in their home—like a tree in the living room, fragile balls that are not for fetching, and friends new and old—as he gets into the Christmas spirit with his family.

This next book in the beloved Dog and Cat’s First series will inspire canines and humans alike to cuddle up and celebrate the season together.

Celebrate new experiences any time of the year with Dog’s First Baby and Cat’s First Baby.


Praise for Dog’s First Baby

“A playful and funny romp that will appeal to dog-owning tots.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Darling, bold collages and minimal text present the arrival of a new baby from the family dog’s perspective, with enough wry humor to make even adult readers smile.”—School Library Journal

“Children will delight at seeing the baby from the point of view of a dog, especially those who live with four-legged friends. Those who don’t have puppies around will be sure to beg for one after reading this board book treasure.”—New York Journal of Books

“Original, playful and heartwarming.”—Midwest Book Review

“The perfect books for families with pets and a new baby.”—Youth Services Book Reviews


Praise for Cat’s First Baby

“For the cat people in your lives, this book is purr-fect.”—Good Housekeeping

“This sweet board book by Natalie Nelson captures the wonder and humor of welcoming a new family member.”—Catster

“Cat parents or people who just love cats will definitely enjoy this book.”—Book Riot

“Very funny, and actually very sweet.”—Dad Suggests

“A cute and adorable picture board book about a cat’s view of a new human baby in the household. The charming illustrations will open your child’s heart to the love and appreciation of living things that share our space.”—Pet Radio Show

About the Author

Natalie Nelson

Natalie Nelson is an illustrator, picture book maker, and collage artist. Her previous titles include Dog’s First Baby, Cat’s First Baby, and Holiday!. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her family, and you can visit her online at

Product Details

  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781683694465
  • e-Book ISBN: 9781683694472
  • Page Count: 28
  • Release Date: October 1, 2024