Encourage a love of reading by giving one of these Christmas books for kids. It is the perfect holiday tradition and great for family time.
Christmas books for kids
Since Christmas is right around the corner, we thought we’d give you a list of some of The Best Christmas Books for Kids. We love reading to our kids and they love it too.
The holiday season can be busy and we often forget to just slow down. These books have beautiful illustrations and everyone will want to read aloud these books.
Several on this list are my family’s personal favorites.
Check out the Best Christmas Books for kids:
1. The Night Before the Night Before Christmas
It’s December 23, and Christmas is just around the corner. But one family is having trouble getting its act together. Once again, Natasha Wing follows the rhythms and meter of the classic Christmas poem, yet gives it her own entirely original twist, while paying homage to The Night Before Christmas.
2. The Polar Express
A young boy, lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical trip to the North Pole . . .
Through dark forests, over tall mountains, and across a desert of ice, the Polar Express makes its way to the city atop the world, where the boy will make his Christmas wish.
3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Grow your heart three sizes and get in on all of the Grinch-mas cheer with this Christmas classic--the ultimate Dr. Seuss holiday book that no collection is complete without! It is a classic Christmas tale.
4. Merry Christmas, Stinky Face
A Christmas favorite, now in board book. “What if Santa’s lips get chapped?” Stinky Face asks. “What if the sack of toys starts to rip?
“As always, Mama lovingly addresses each and every one of her child’s concerns. Of course, Stinky Face leaves Santa lip balm and duct tape . . . just in case.
5. A Bad Kitty Christmas
A hilarious holiday picture book about everyone’s favorite naughty feline, Nick Bruel’s Bad Kitty!
“Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the city, not a creature was stirring…Except for BAD KITTY.”
6. The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book
Adapted from the original bestselling novel, The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book is the story of a young boy who finds the true meaning of Christmas in the most unlikely of places.
7. Snowmen at Christmas
Snowmen at Night shared with us the magical, slip-sliding adventures of snowmen after dark . . . but have you ever wondered what snowmen do for Christmas? The snowmen are back, and this time they’re celebrating Christmas—the snowman way!
8. God Gave Us Christmas
“Who invented Christmas?”
Mama’s answer only leads to more questions like “Is God more important than Santa?” So she and Little Cub head off on a polar expedition to find God and to see how he gave them Christmas. Along the way, they find signs that God is at work all around them. Through Mama’s gentle guidance, Little Cub learns about the very first Christmas and discovers that Jesus is the best present of all.
9. The Christmas Story
10. Santa’s Favorite Story: Santa Tells the Story of the First Christmas
Discover the true meaning of the holidays as Santa Claus retells the story of the first Christmas in this sweet picture book from Hisako Aoki and Ivan Gantschev.
11. A Christmas Carol
Enjoy this classic Christmas book in this Charles Dickens novel. Everyone will enjoy reading the original Christmas Carol.
12. Christmas in Camelot (Magic Tree House, No. 29)
Christmas in Camelot is a very special Magic Tree House book. The result is magical: a fast-paced but detailed, easy-to-read story.
13. The Christmas Owl
A Barred owl becomes injured and must ask others for help. He promises to give back to those who have a generous heart and he is true to his word.
14. Light of Christmas
Every year Alexander and his mother walk the long distance to Noel to watch the lighting of the village Christmas tree. This year Alexander learns that the Keeper of the Flame will choose the person who has given the truest gift of Christmas to light the flame.
15. How Santa Got His Job
When Santa was young and needed a job, no one was looking for a man in a red suit to deliver gifts on Christmas. So Santa tried just about everything to get a job. It wasn’t until he met a group of elves who helped him use all his special talents, that Santa was able to find his dream job.
16. Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story
Song of the Stars, written by bestselling author Sally Lloyd-Jones, enhances Advent traditions and adds depth to Christmas Eve readings of the Christmas story.
17. The Littlest Elf
Oliver may be the littlest elf in the North Pole, but he has a big desire to discover his very special job in Santa’s workshop! But after getting lost in the toy shop, making a mess at the book shop, and falling in the mixing machine at the bakery, is the littlest elf just too little?
18. The Wild Christmas Reindeer
Little Teeka thought she had to be firm with the reindeer to get them ready for Santa’s important flight, but when her bossy yelling only got their antlers tangled up, she knew she had to try something different. Wild Christmas Reindeer sounds so cute.
19. Christmas in the Manger
The gentle beauty of the story of the first Christmas is now available as a board book. With a simple, lyrical text and radiant artwork, this book is perfect for the youngest child to be a part of the wonder of the Nativity.
20. One Little Christmas Tree: A Children’s Christmas Picture Book
Alfred is a young tree at Carl’s Christmas Tree Farm in beautiful Spruce Creek, North Carolina. As all trees do, Alfred starts out with big hopes about being picked each Christmas to be a wonderfully decorated tree for the family he ‘inherits.’
21. Christmas Tapestry
When a leak ruins the sacristy wall in his father’s church, Jonathan Jefferson Weeks thinks Christmas Eve service will be ruined. Luckily he and his father find a beautiful tapestry, perfect for covering the damaged wall and giving the church a festive look.
22. Jingle bells
Join children on a Christmas sleigh ride around the world as they discover traditions from Mexico, Sweden, the Philippines, Poland, Italy, Kenya, and the United States. Jingle Bells is a fun book to learn about other countries.
23. Stick Man
Stick Man lives in the family tree with his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three. But one day, Stick Man is carried off by a mischievous dog who wants to play fetch! Things go from bad to worse as Stick Man is carried farther and farther away from home.
24. The Christmas Wish
Celebrate the season with this New York Times bestselling wintry tale that will have readers of all ages believing in the magic of Christmas. The Christmas Wish is one to pull out every year and savor all winter long.
25. Christmas in the Trenches
After Christmas dinner, Grandpa tells Thomas and Nora about his unforgettable Christmas Eve as a young soldier back in 1914, when German and Allied soldiers stopped fighting and came together to celebrate the holiday.
26. The Legend of the Candy Cane
One dark November night a stranger rides into a small prairie town. Who is he? Why has he come?
Then a young girl named Lucy befriends the newcomer. When he reveals his identity and shares with her the legend of the candy cane, she discovers fulfillment of her wishes and the answer to her town’s dreams.
27. The Nativity
The biblical story of the Nativity is one about faith, love–and a miracle. With illustrations that are enchanting and unexpected, Julie Vivas reveals the human side to Mary’s story and at last the deliverance of the baby Jesus.
28. The Nutcracker Ballet: A Book, Theater, and Paper Doll Fold-out Play Set
The classic story of The Nutcracker comes to life with this book, theater, and paper doll play set. Read along in the storybook as your paper doll characters dance their way through three stages.
29. Who’s That Knocking on Christmas Eve?
Every year, trolls knock down Kyri’s door and gobble up her Christmas feast. But this year, the trolls are in for a surprise: a boy and his pet ice bear on their way to Oslo have come in from the cold. And once the ice bear is finished with the trolls, you can bet they won’t come knocking next Christmas Eve!
30. The Crayons’ Christmas
‘Tis the season for all of us to write our holiday wishlists. But everyone–even the crayons–know the best presents are the ones that you give. The Crayons’ Christmas is a must read.
31. A Charlie Brown Christmas
Celebrate Christmas with Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang in this gorgeous retelling of the beloved Christmas special!
32. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Laughs abound in this bestselling Christmas classic by Barbara Robinson! The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or “the worst kids in the history of the world.”
33. The Biggest, Most Beautiful Christmas Tree
Residents of a great fir tree in a thick forest make their home noticeable in hopes that Santa will come for his first visit to them.
34. Pete the Cat Saves Christmas
Spend the holidays with your favorite blue cat! In this rockin’ spin on the traditional tale The Night Before Christmas, Pete the Cat proves that giving your all in the spirit of Christmas is the totally groovy thing to do.
35. Llama Llama Holiday Drama
If there’s one thing Llama Llama doesn’t like, it’s waiting. He and Mama Llama rush around, shopping for presents, baking cookies, decorating the tree . . . but how long is it until Christmas? Will it ever come?
36. Olive, the Other Reindeer
Olive is merrily preparing for Christmas when suddenly she realizes “Olive… the other Reindeer… I thought I was a dog. Hmmm, I must be a Reindeer!” So she quickly hops aboard the polar express and heads to the North Pole.
37. The Small One
A boy searching for a suitable buyer for his old donkey chooses a man named Joseph who plans to travel to Bethlehem with his wife Mary. The Small One sounds like a great book.
In your opinion, what are the Best Christmas Books for Kids?
Does your family have favorite Christmas books to read? Do you have favorites you’ve always read to your kids (or even ones that were read to you)? Share your favorite holiday read along in the comments below.
My kids like watching Christmas movies and reading the coordinating book.
Need a fun idea for these Christmas books?
- Buy several and wrap them. Then have the children unwrap a different one each night and you will never know what book they are reading that night. I love this.
- Invite friends over for a Christmas book exchange. Everyone leaves with a fun Christmas book.