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Top 15 Favorite Children’s Christmas Books

Updated: Nov 18

For Christmas Eve each year, I put together a Christmas Eve box 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.


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 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 our 20 favorite Children’s Christmas books that we read during the month of December that I thought I would share.


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1. The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore


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


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. Our favorite part is when the Grinch’s heart grows 3 sizes.


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.


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.


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 story with your children.


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 Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem and the true meaning of Christmas.


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 holiday 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. Grab this book to read along with them.


12. The Littlest Reindeer by Brandi Dougherty


This cute book tells the story of a little reindeer who just wants to help pull Santa’s sleigh, but is she just too little?


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.


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 apart 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 amazing Children’s Christmas books to choose from.


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


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