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Top 15 Favorite Christmas Books for Kids

Updated: Nov 17, 2022

For Christmas Eve each year, I put together a Christmas Eve box with Christmas gifts for my children to open before bed. In this box, I include some of my favorite holiday items for my children to wear, read, watch, and enjoy on Christmas Eve night.

It's my favorite holiday tradition in our home and something we hope to continue for years to come.


If you want to create your own Christmas Eve Box for your children, check out my Christmas Eve Box Ideas post here!


One of my favorite items to include is Christmas Books!



There are so many different types of great Christmas books to choose from, which includes board books, picture books, chapter books, and more.


Kids of all ages can enjoy some of the best books during Christmas time to get into the holiday spirit.


There are so many awesome Christmas books to read to your children about the holiday season.


After Thanksgiving, we try to read different Christmas books every night. This just means our Christmas book list needs to grow even more.


I have compiled a list of the best Christmas Books for Children that we read during the month of December that I thought I would share.


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Where can I get books?


- Public Library


One of the best ways to read an assortment of classic Christmas books is by going to the public library.


My daughter got her very own library card at our public local library. She can go in and pick out as many books as she’d like from the children’s section.


Our public library is quite large, so the child’s section has a lot to choose from.


One of our favorite things about our public library is the activities. They hold daily activities all year long, which include story time, crafts, and movie afternoon. These activities are in a separate area of our library so the kids can make noise without disturbing anyone.



- Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library


My children have been signed up for Dolly Parton’s Imagination library since they were babies. They may not be exactly what you’re looking for, but it’s a great way to expand your child’s collection.


Dolly Parton started Imagination Library to help get books into the hands of all children no matter what their family's income was. It's so important for all young readers to have access to books and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a great way to do that.


If you are interested in signing your child up for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, you can check for availability and Sign-up Here.



- School Library


Your child can choose their own holiday books from the school library.


My daughter loves library day at school and is always coming home with some great books we can read together as a family.


If your child is interested in reading Christmas Children's books, they can pick out some Christmas themed books to bring home.



What are some Christmas Children's Books?


1. The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore


This Christmas Classic tells the story of Santa Claus visiting on Christmas Eve night. I love the way the author describes the details of Father Christmas and the whole story really brings out the magic of Christmas for the whole family.


2. The Christmas Pig by JK Rowling


While this is a longer book written for an older grade school audience, this new book is definitely one to add to your collection. Rowling does a great job telling the story of a young boy, his toys, and the adventure they go on to be reunited.


3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss


Dr Seuss books are a fan favorite in our household. We have a large Dr Seuss collection, which includes How the Grinch Stole Christmas. My daughter loves The Grinch Movie as well, which you can find on Amazon. This sweet story is about a little girl who meets a cranky Grinch who hates Christmas and how she helps him learn about the true meaning of Christmas. Our favorite part is when the Grinch’s heart grows 3 sizes that day and he spread some Christmas cheer.


4. Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg


The Polar Express is an award winning, classic story about a young boy who rides a magical train to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. This story has also been made into an animated film. If you want to watch The Polar Express Movie, you can find it on Amazon.


5. Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by James Dean


We love Pete the Cat books. Pete helped my daughter get prepared for her First day of Preschool. In this adorable book, Santa falls ill and calls Pete the Cat to save Christmas. Pete is excited to do some good deeds and make sure all the little kids get their Christmas present to open on Christmas morning.


6. Pete the Cat's 12 Groovy Days of Christmas by James Dean


We’ve found another awesome Pete the Cat Christmas book. Help Pete the Cat count down the 12 days of Christmas in a silly way. Sing along with the main character, Pete, to the tune of one of our favorite Christmas carols, 12 Days of Christmas. We love the whimsical illustrations in this story and the song makes this book a special gift.


7. A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz


This beautiful book was adapted for the 50th anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas TV Special. If you love the original TV Special, you will love reading this beloved classic with your children. Help Charlie Brown learn about the real meaning of Christmas with the beautiful illustrations and his tiny pine tree.



8. The Nutcracker by Jan Brett


The illustrations of this book are beautiful and truly help you enjoy the magic in this story. This children’s book can help tell your children the story of The Nutcracker if you’re not able to make it to the Theatre this season.


9. The Christmas Story by Jane Werner Watson


This Little Golden Book tells the story of Christmas when Baby Jesus was born in Bethlehem on that silent night. Learn about the true spirit of Christmas in a way that young children can understand.


10. I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas by John Rox


The silly song by John Rox has been made into an adorable book, which many children can relate to. If your children asked for a pet this Christmas season, you may want to get them this cute book instead.


11. Merry Christmas, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt


Part of the Stinky Face book collection, this Christmas story asks all the silly Christmas questions your kids may be wondering. What better way to answer the questions than to grab this good book to read along with them.


12. The Littlest Reindeer by Brandi Dougherty


This cute book tells the story of a little young girl reindeer who just wants to help pull Santa’s sleigh, but is she just too little? This story is helpful for younger children that are not yet big enough to do everything they want to do. By the end of the story, you can see why this is one of the beloved Christmas books.


13. The Littlest Christmas Tree by R.A. Herman


This sweet tale is about the littlest tree that just wants a home for Christmas so it can be decorated and enjoy the holidays with a family. A very cute book to add to your collection with colorful illustrations and a great lesson for kids to have patience.


14. The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel by Mike Berenstain


I grew up reading the Berenstain Bears so I enjoy getting to enjoy these stories with my children too. This beautiful story teaches kids how angels were a part of the Christmas story and the true meaning of Christmas.


15. Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by Robert Barry


Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree is too big for his house, so he cuts off the top of the tree and shares it with a forest of critters who each get to enjoy parts of the tree as well. This story is a great way to teach children recycling and how some items can be reused by others.



There are so many magical Christmas books to choose from for kids of all ages.


Some of the best children’s Christmas books can make this special holiday even better by teaching about the true meaning of Christmas and showing children there is more to Christmas than getting the best gifts.




Have you read any of these Christmas children’s books?


What are some of your favorite Christmas books to read over the holiday season?



Feel free to share in the comments below.



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