25 Christmas books your child will love. Here you will find 25 of my family’s favorite Christmas books, organized by category and summarized to help you find a new favorite! The books are organized into four categories: Classic Christmas Books, Christmas Books with a Christian Message, Funny Christmas books, and Christmas Books with Popular Characters. This post contains affiliate links (which means if you purchase from one of these links, your cost is the same, but I may receive a commission), however I only recommend things that I love! Please check out my disclosure policy for more details.
My daughter was 10 months old when we celebrated her first Christmas. I wanted it to be perfect, and began to search for traditions that we could start and carry on throughout her childhood. I saw a sweet idea on Pinterest of having your child open one package on Christmas Eve, with the package containing a new pair of pajamas and a Christmas book. This sounded perfect! I love books and I love footie pajama-ed babies, so a tradition was born! Or so I thought…
Christmas Eve, on most years, is spent out of town with family. We play with cousins, open presents, eat yummy food, and DO NOT NAP. By the time we get home, it is past bed time, and the kids are TIRED. The new Christmas Eve tradition on year number one resulted in a crying baby more interested in the wrapping paper than the present. This was the result of year number two… At least we managed to get a picture this go round!
We did not give up over the years, but tactics have changed. No more late night Christmas Eve presents. Partly because of the whole tired and cranky thing, but also because I can’t wait to see my babies in those adorable Christmas pajamas! I started giving them their pajamas at the beginning of December so we get to enjoy the cuteness even sooner. Check out this sweetness!
I found another cute Christmas idea on Pinterest a couple of years ago, and have adapted it a bit. You may have seen the idea — individually wrap 25 Christmas books in colorful Christmas wrapping paper, then let your child select one book each evening to open and read before bedtime. Very cute idea, but there were two problems…
- Where do I get that many Christmas books without spending a fortune?
- Where do I get the time to wrap 25 extra gifts?!
To solve the first problem, I began searching the children’s book section at Goodwill. I was able to purchase several hardback children’s books in like-new condition for between $1 and $3 each. (*Goodwill is my favorite place to buy Children’s books! Once I discovered their book section, I’ve been telling everyone about it!) I also joined a local Buy and Sell Children’s Books Facebook group and was able to buy a large lot of Christmas books. I kept the ones I wanted and resold the others!) So over the last several years, between buying used books and the books that we have received as gifts, we now have a large collection Christmas books!
I have listed below (categorized and summarized!) 25 of our favorite Christmas books. And if you are wondering how I solved problem number two (the time factor for wrapping 25 books), I just don’t wrap them! I throw them all in a large basket and let the kids dig through them at will. We read a couple of Christmas books each night before bed, plus whatever we end up reading during the day. This does mean that we frequently re-read books, but what kid doesn’t like to read the same book over… and over… and over….
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25 Christmas Books your Children will LOVE
I have organized these children’s Christmas books into four categories: Classic Christmas Books, Books with a Christian Message, Funny Christmas Books, and Christmas Books with Popular Characters.
Classic Christmas Books
- The Night Before Christmas – Clement C. Moore. This classic poem published in 1823 is illustrated beautifully by Charles Santore. With the winking Santa on the cover, your kids may pick this book to read first! (But it MUST be read on Christmas Eve!)
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Dr. Seuss. We love Dr. Seuss books, and this was one of the first Christmas books we purchased! Classic Dr. Seuss rhymes and story moral. We also have to catch this on TV every year!
- The Nutcracker – Susan Jeffers. As you would guess by the name, this book is based on the ballet “The Nutcracker”, and is retold and beautifully illustrated by Susan Jeffers. My daughter loves this story – and why not? Fairies, a handsome prince… I have never actually seen the ballet, but I’m thinking that my daughter is old enough now that she may be able to sit through it!
- A Charlie Brown Christmas – Charles M. Schulz. This book was adapted from the TV special. I love that the true meaning of Christmas is proclaimed on national television when Linus quotes Luke chapter 2, describing the angels’ announcement of Jesus’ birth to the shepherds. If your kids love the Christmas special, they will enjoy this book!
Christmas Books with a Christian Message
- The Sparkle Box: A Gift with the Power to Change Christmas – Jill Hardie. In this story, Sam’s parents place a sparkly box on their mantle, and insert slips of paper inside it throughout the Christmas season. On Christmas day, Sam is allowed to open the box and discovers that the slips of paper record the good deeds that the family has done for others, which are presented as a gift for Jesus. A sparkle box is included with the book so your family can start this tradition!
- Tiny Baby Jesus – Dandi Daley Mackall. I love this book. Beautifully written and illustrated, the book transitions back and forth between Jesus as a baby and an adult, reminding us of WHY he was born.
- This is the Stable – Cynthia Cotten. I love the rhythm of the verse in this book and the gorgeous illustrations in this retelling of the Nativity story.
- God Gave Us Christmas – Lisa Tawn Bergren. This book is one in a series of books that stars a very curious “Little Cub.” In this book, Little Cub first questions who invented Christmas, then if God is more important than Santa. Her mother takes her on a trip to find God, showing her evidence of his presence in nature, and ending in front of a nativity set outside of a church.
- The Legend of St. Nicholas: A Story of Christmas Giving – Dandi Daley Mackall. In this story, a young boy named Nick learns the story of St. Nicholas, who gives to others who are less fortunate in honor of God’s gift of his son Jesus. This story inspires Nick to be a cheerful giver.
- A Gift from St. Nicholas – Christine Bolley. This book is written as a letter from St. Nicholas telling of his life story, his love of Jesus, and encouragement to give to others.
- The Three Gifts of Christmas – Jennie Bishop. A spoiled princess is given three gifts at Christmas, and through these gifts and what she does with them, she discovers the true meaning of Christmas.
- Alabaster’s Song: Christmas Through the Eyes of an Angel – Max Lucado. A young boy learns the story of Jesus’ birth from Alabaster, the angel topping his Christmas tree. (Alabaster is a young angel (with a lisp!), so the story is told from a child’s point of view.)
- Away in a Manger – illustrated by Mike Jaroszko. This book beautifully illustrates the song, “Away in a Manger.” We sing the song as we look through the pictures.
- Where’s the Baby King? – Karen King. (This is a lift-the-flap book. My younger ones love these!) A young shepherd boy searches for Jesus and finally discovers him in the manger. Your children lift the flaps in search of Him.
Funny Christmas Books
- Mooseltoe – Margie Palatini. Moose is very organized and loves Christmas, so his list helps him prepare for a “perfectly perfect” Christmas. However, he forgets the tree! Being unable to find one on Christmas Eve, he and his children twist, glue, and decorate his mustache, so that he becomes the stand-in Christmas tree!
- A New Improved Santa – Patricia Rae Wolff. My kids think this book is hilarious. Santa goes through a midlife crisis trying to make himself “hip”. Mrs. Claus smiles and supports him throughout the year, and helps him get back to himself before Christmas.
- Sneezy the Snowman – Maureen Wright. Sneezy the Snowman is cold, but all of his attempts to warm up cause him to melt into a puddle. The children rebuild him each time, adding more clothing until he is too hot! They then talk him into keeping the clothes and cooling off with a bit of ice cream!
- The Gingerbread Baby – Jan Brett. This story is funny, and the illustrations are beautiful in typical Jan Brett style. The Gingerbread Baby is similar to the traditional Gingerbread Man story, but instead of being eaten, the Gingerbread Baby is finally caught by the boy, Matti, who made him. Matti lures him into a gingerbread house, where he lives happily ever after!
- Snow Happy to Be Here! The Slightly Silly Story of the Snowblatt Family – Cheryl Hawkinson. In this book, the Snowblatt parents are explaining to their children how snow people are made, and what brings them to life.
Christmas Books with Popular Characters
- Snowmen at Night – Caralyn Buehner. A story of what snowmen must do at night, to make them look the way they do in the morning! This book is more of a Winter book than a Christmas book, but we love it so much I had to include it. Not only is it a fun story, there are hidden pictures within the pages that are not easy to find. We spend much more time looking for the hidden objects than reading the book. (There are an entire series of Snowmen books, including Snowmen at Christmas. We haven’t read that one, but hope to find it soon!)
- Bear Stays up for Christmas – Karma Wilson. I love the books in this series. They are all sweet, friendly stories. In this book, Bear’s friends come over on Christmas Eve to help him stay awake for Christmas, but they fall asleep themselves. As they are sleeping, Bear makes goodies and gifts to celebrate Christmas with them.
- Llama Llama Holiday Drama – Anna Dewdney. Llama llama books are geared toward preschoolers, and feature concepts such as sharing, being scared of the dark, etc. In this book, Llama llama has a hard time patiently waiting for Christmas.
- Merry Christmas, Curious George – H.A. Rey. George and the Man with the Yellow Hat are searching for the perfect Christmas tree at the tree farm. George ends up being accidentally hauled off with the tree and taken to a children’s hospital. In typical George fashion, he gets into trouble (decorating the tree with trimmings he finds throughout the hospital), but comes through to save the day (bringing Christmas cheer to the children).
- Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas – Jane O’Connor. Fancy Nancy has bought a very fancy tree topper than spins and flashes, but ends up breaking it while playing with her dog. Her grandfather saves the day, by working with her to create a new one out of craft supplies, and creating heirloom memories.
- Dream Snow – Eric Carle. Little ones will enjoy this lift the flap book. A farmer names his animals “One” through “Five” and dreams of snow covering them. Your child lifts the flap to see which animal belongs to the number names. At the end of the book, the farmer wakes up and runs outside to place presents for his animals under the tree.
I wanted to mention one more book for any Okies that are reading this – Check out the book The Twelve Days of Christmas in Oklahoma by Tammie Sauer. It is a series of letters written back home from a girl who is visiting her cousin in Oklahoma. The letters detail the places her cousin’s family have taken her each day, and the book contains so much interesting information on places to go and things to see in Oklahoma! (Including trying the cheese fries at Eskimo Joe’s and seeing the Blue Whale in Catoosa!)
**I discovered that this is one in a series of books, called The Twelve Days of Christmas in America. Click here to see if your state is represented!**
I hope this list helps you discover some new Christmas books to add to your collection! If your favorite book isn’t on the list, please share! I’m on the lookout for new books to add to our collection!
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