We love kids Christmas books for kids that we can enjoy reading more than once. This list is a great blend of simple Christmas books for younger kids and longer books for grade school kids. Check out some of the best Christmas books for kids below.
Below I’ve gathered some of the Christmas books that kids love! We have already been reading our way through the last couple of weeks and we have many Christmas picture book favorites. Hopefully, these festive Christmas books that kids love will help you read your way through the season.
It’s such a magical time of year. Everyone is excited to decorate their treas and homes with twinkly lights and bows. We love to make memories with special traditions this time of year. There are Christmas movies, Christmas games, and one of my personal favorites is cuddling up with a Christmas book with my kids.
The books are filled with beautiful illustrations, sweet stories, and even some funny ones too. These stories are helping us get in the holiday spirit. Babies and toddlers will enjoy some of the hard back picture books, while those learning to read can practice with favorite books such as the Night Before Christmas or The Polar Express. I bet you will find some on this list that are new titles to your family but there are many of the classics as well.
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Christmas Books for Kids
We have read all of these Christmas books for kids and more this holiday season! We will keep reading holiday titles through the end of December. There are really so many to enjoy! My boys have some favorites that they want to read again and again. We also love reading some of the Christmas stories with our favorite characters from other books we have read throughout the year.
Below are some of our favorite Christmas stories for kids! We hope your family will enjoy them as well.
Merry Christmas, Strega Nona, by Tomie dePaola
Strega Nona, Big Anthony, and the butcher’s daughter Bambolona get Strega Nona’s home ready for her large Christmas feast, but she refuses to use her magic to help get the job done. When the preparation goes wrong, will a Christmas miracle save the day, or will the feast be canceled this year?
Bear Stays Up for Christmas, by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman
The beloved character Bear is back for a sweet holiday adventure. Because he’s a particularly sleepy animal, Bear’s friends are determined to keep him awake to enjoy the holiday. Can he keep his eyes open long enough to find a tree, bake cakes, and sing with his friends?
The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg
While the snow falls on Christmas Eve, a mysterious train heads from door to door to bring children to see Santa, so that they may tell him their Christmas wishes. This classic picture book, published in 1985, inspired the 2004 movie of the same name and is read to millions of children each holiday.
The Little Fir Tree
Once there was a tree that stood in a field away from the other trees. It longed to be part of the forest—or part of anything at all. After many lonely years, its dream came true. And the little fir tree’s life changed forever!They put golden tinsel on his branchesAnd golden bellsAnd green icicles…
Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree
Mr. Willowby’s Christmas tree Came by special delivery. Full and fresh and glistening green–The biggest tree he’d ever seen.That was the trouble. The tree was so tall, it couldn’t stand up straight in his parlor. Mr. Willowby asked his butler to chop off the top of the tree. What happens to the tre…
Jan Brett’s beloved character the Gingerbread Baby returns in a fun-filled Christmas caper! Gingerbread Baby and his friend, Matti, take his gingerbread band to the Christmas Festival where they are a hit until the aroma of gingerbread reaches the children, signaling that it is time to run away.
The Legend of the Poinsettia
In Mexico, the poinsettia is called flor de la Nochebuenao flower of the Holy Night. At Christmastime, the flower blooms and flourishes, the quite exquisite red stars lighting up the countryside.A Mexican legend tells how the poinsettia came to be, through a little girl’s unselfish gift to the Chri…
Santa Claus and the Three Bears
Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear weren’t expecting any company when they went for a walk on Christmas Eve, but that’s exactly what they got! Debut author Maria Modugno teams up with award-winning artists Jane and Brooke Dyer to deliver a festive twist on Goldilocks and the Three Bears, with Santa.
Christmas in the Barn
From the bestselling author of classics like Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny comes a Christmas story sure to delight readers for generations.
With gentle, lyrical text from Margaret Wise Brown and heartwarming illustrations from Caldecott Honor-winning artist Diane Goode, Christmas in the Barn introduces young readers to the story of the first Christmas.
Dasher: How a Brave Little Doe Changed Christmas Forever
From the celebrated creator of Red and Lulu comes the story of a brave little doe who meets Santa and changes Christmas forever.Dasher is an adventurous young reindeer with a wish in her heart. She spends her days with her family under the hot sun in a traveling circus, but she longs for a different life — one where there is snow beneath her hooves and the North Star above her head.
A Baby Born in Bethlehem
This beautiful retelling of the traditional Nativity story captures all the drama and joy, beginning with the angel’s amazing announcement to Mary..
Arthur’s Perfect Christmas
Even without snow, turkey dinner and a perfect tree, Arthur and his family and friends have a wonderful Christmas–and Hanukkah–celebration.
5 More Sleeps ‘til Christmas
Everyone who grew up celebrating Christmas remembers the excitement that built up to the most magical day of the year. But why not make the last week until Christmas more fun by counting how many sleeps until the arrival of Santa and his reindeer?
Pig the Elf
My boys have asked to read this every night since it arrived! No one loves Christmas more than Pig. And the world’s greediest pug will stay up all night to get his presents! When Pig yips at Santa and finds himself joining in on the flying sleigh ride, things quickly get out of hand in a way that is pure Pig pandemonium.
The Twelve Days of Christmas: A Peek-Through Picture Book
Turn page after page of this innovative picture book based on the classic carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” and watch as twelve days of gifts appear through clever peek-through holes on each page! Young children will especially love anticipating all the presents and seeing them arrive as if by magic. This interactive and lively book is sure to be a family favorite at Christmastime year after year.
A Mustache Baby Christmas
Mustache Baby is headed straight for the naughty list until he figures out it is much more fun to give than to receive in this hilarious holiday gift book.
Little Mole’s Christmas Gift
It was going to be the best Christmas ever because Little Mole had found the perfect gift for Mama: the biggest, most beautiful mushroom he had ever seen. But on his way home, Little Mole encounters other woodland friends in need. Though it pains him to do so, Little Mole shares pieces of his mushroom with each friend he meets until there’s not much left. Disappointed and anxious about what this means for Christmas, Little Mole wraps what’s left of the mushroom. He fears Christmas is ruined, but ultimately, Little Mole discovers that his gift was bigger than he ever imagined.
Ming’s Christmas Wishes
Ming’s Christmas Wishes is a multicultural children’s book that illustrates the difficulties of a young Chinese immigrant and her desire to assimilate with American culture.
As a daughter of immigrants in 1930s California, Ming is often treated differently than other children at school. She’s not invited to sing in the Christmas choir. At home, when Ming lobbies her parents for a Christmas tree, her mother scolds her for trying to be American. Ming doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere: she’s not quite American enough at school, not quite Chinese enough at home. Seeing his daughter’s unhappiness, Pop takes her into the mountains to visit a wise old friend. Always happy for an adventure with her kind father, Ming hopes to persuade Pop to bring home a mountain pine to be their Christmas tree. But he has something else in mind, something that will help Ming draw strength from nature, from their Chinese heritage, and form deep and enduring family ties.
The Christmas Crumb
A truly Christmassy story, which has an important message about how although something may seem small to you, it might mean everything to someone else. A magical story, written in rhyme by prolific author, Lou Treleaven and illustrated by award-winning illustrator, Alex Willmore.
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas on the Farm
A fresh and heartwarming retelling of the beloved holiday classic now on the farm. The perfect Christmas gift for children this year!
Whether you choose a classic Christmas tale or a new holiday adventure, I hope you get a chance to curl up with your little ones and some hot cocoa as you read some of these favorite Christmas books for kids. And don’t worry, you can keep reading Christmas book even after the holiday passes. We will continue reading our favorites through the end of the month.
Looking for more Christmas ideas with kids
CHIC AND SIMPLE HOT CHOCOLATE BAR – A DIY hot chocolate bar is the biggest party hit for kids and adults alike!
CHRISTMAS SENSORY BOARD – This Christmas sensory board is a fun Christmas activity for toddlers and preschoolers. This sensory play activity is fun and it’s great for fine motor development.
HOLIDAY MAGNETS – To prepare for Christmas, this magnet activity is the perfect activity for preschoolers. This is so simple and the holiday magnets can help young ones create a story or use their fine-motor skills.
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