Our Favorite Christmas Books for Kids

Well, it’s been long-awaited, and just like that, the holiday season is upon us. If you celebrate Christmas, you probably have been not-so-patiently waiting to share this time with your kids. All of the magic and wonder and celebration that surrounds Christmas is beautiful, and books are the perfect way to explore all of those special parts of the season.

It can be hard for young kids to understand the abstract parts of the holidays. Most of what we celebrate can’t be held or seen. Books allow us a bridge between the realistic and fantastical and let kids understand things that otherwise are sight unseen.

We hope this variety of books suits every family – whether you focus on the imaginative, whimsical parts of the holiday or choose to stay away from Santa and his crew, there are plenty of options that are accessible to a wide range of kids. Through the characters in these books, your holiday lessons will be just that much easier to impart: I’m partial to the Grinch whose heart grows three times its size, and my kids love how Llama Llama learns to manage the holiday drama, as the chaos of the season can be truly overwhelming to kids (and parents!).

Let us know the favorites in your family, and have fun spreading the holiday cheer!

 

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

Jonathan Toomey is the best woodcarver in the valley, but he is always alone and never smiles. No one knows about the mementos of his lost wife and child that he keeps in an unopened drawer. But one early winter’s day, a widow and her young son approach him with a gentle request that leads to a joyful miracle.

The Jolly Christmas Postman

This gorgeously illustrated, full-color classic celebrates a time before email with an interactive picture book full of real letters to read aloud. The Jolly Postman brings a batch of wonderful letters for Christmas, including notes from the Big Bad Wolf and all the King's men. Open this book, take out the letters, and discover what favorite characters would write to each other--and reimagine best-loved tales together.

Pick a Pine Tree

Picking out the Christmas tree is one of the most important and exciting parts of the season! But which tree will be picked this year?

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

The Vanderbeekers have always lived in the brownstone on 141st Street. It's practically another member of the family. So when their reclusive, curmudgeonly landlord decides not to renew their lease, the five siblings have eleven days to do whatever it takes to stay in their beloved home and convince the dreaded Beiderman just how wonderful they are. And all is fair in love and war when it comes to keeping their home.

Red and Lulu

Red and Lulu make their nest in a particularly beautiful evergreen tree. It shades them in the hot months and keeps them cozy in the cold months, and once a year the people who live nearby string lights on their tree and sing a special song: O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree. But one day, something unthinkable happens, and Red and Lulu are separated. It will take a miracle for them to find each other again. Luckily, it’s just the season for miracles...

Maple and Willow's Christmas Tree

Maple and Willow love trees—and now they are getting their first real Christmas tree. It is going to be the best Christmas ever! After a snowy expedition to pick out the perfect tree, it’s time to decorate. But whenever Maple gets near the tree, she starts sniffling and sneezing. Could she really be allergic to the perfect Christmas tree? And if so, how will the girls find a way to make this the best Christmas after all?

The Family Under the Bridge

Armand, an old Parisian living on the streets of Paris, relished his solitary life. He begged and did odd jobs for money to keep himself warm and fed, and he liked his carefree life.

Then one day just before Christmas, a struggling mother and her three children walked into his life. Though he tried to ignore their troubles, Armand soon found himself caring for the family and sharing his unusual home under the bridge with them. It did not take Armand very long to realize that he had gotten himself ready-made family; one that he loved with all his heart, and one for whom he would have to find a better home than the bridge.

The Story of Holly and Ivy

Ivy, Holly, and Mr. and Mrs. Jones all have one Christmas wish. Ivy, an orphan, wishes for a real home and sets out in search of the grandmother she's sure she can find. Holly, a doll, wishes for a child to bring her to life. And the Joneses wish more than anything for a son or daughter to share their holiday. Can all three wishes come true?

The Christmas Eve Tree

An adorable pop-up book about Christmas cheer and last-minute surprises.

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.
This Mexican legend tells how the poinsettia came to be, through a little girl's unselfish gift to the Christ Child.

The Little Reindeer

An enchanting Christmas story about a magical yet unlikely friendship between a little girl and a lost reindeer sure to be a Christmas classic lovingly told and illustrated with red foil highlights and interactive die cuts.

When a jingling sound wakes her from her sleep, a little girl’s dreams come true when she meets a lost reindeer in the forest. They set off on a magical adventure and it becomes a Christmas never to forget. Nicola Killen’s evocative illustrations are sure to enchant in this beautiful book with die cut pages, foil, and flashes of festive red.

The Nutcracker in Harlem

A beautiful, jazz-inspired reimagining of the Nutcracker during the height of the Harlem Renaissance, teaching kids about the magic of the holidays, of art and music, and of themselves.

Little Blue Truck's Christmas

Little Blue Truck has made himself a household name, and he's back for Christmas time to deliver trees to his friends and teach your kiddos about counting.

Tree of Cranes

As a young Japanese boy recovers from a bad chill, his mother busily folds origami paper into delicate silver cranes in preparation for the boy's very first Christmas.

Merry Christmas, Mouse!

An adorable holiday counting adventure with everyone's favorite mouse from the If You Give A... series.

The Snowman

While there are no words to this story, the tale of a boy and his love for the snow and creating is so evident. On a snowy day, a boy builds a snowman that then comes to life in his dreams.

A Piñata in a Pine Tree

This book puts a new spin on a Christmas tradition with these Latino 12 days of Christmas. A handy way to teach your kids some easy Spanish vocabulary and wow them with the colorful celebration Christmas can be.

The Polar Express

I might be biased here, but this is one of the most magical books of all time. A boy lying awake on Christmas Eve night is surprised to board the Polar Express, a train that takes children through some gorgeous and scenes up to the the North Pole to meet the one and only Santa Claus. There he makes his Christmas wish and we'll always remember that those who truly believe will always find magic in Christmas time.

An Angel Just Like Me

Tyler and his family are decorating his Christmas tree when he voices a serious concern – why are all the angels blonde, blue-eyed girls, and none of them look like him, a Black boy? He asks everyone he can and scours shops for the perfect angel that looks just like him.

Bear Stays Up for Christmas

Bear's friends are determined to keep Bear awake for Christmas! So they wake Bear up and have him help them find a Christmas tree, bake cakes, hang up stockings, and sing Christmas songs. Bear stays up--by discovering that giving is one of the best Christmas presents!

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree

Beautifully illustrated, this book inspires courage and the power of family.

The Christmas Magic

There are two kinds of magic, I think – the kind that is bright colors and wonder, and the kind that is silent and small. This story is the second kind. Follow along with a simple, loving Santa as he gets ready to share joy with the world by preparing gifts and his reindeer. It's quite a beautiful tale.

Stick Man

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. Lonely and lost, Stick Man wants nothing more than to be home with his family for Christmas. And when he helps Santa Claus out of a bind, he finds the perfect ticket home!

Silent Night

Just the lyrics to "Silent Night," one of the most beautiful Christmas hymns, illustrated by Thomas Kinkade, one of the most beautiful painters. It's a match made in Christmas heaven.

A Christmas Carol: BabyLit Edition

We love the BabyLit books here are the Everymom, and this kid-friendly retelling of a Christmas classic will show your kids that kindness and warmth are the real magic of the season.

Lllama Llama Holiday Drama

Boy does Llama Llama not like waiting...and waiting for Christmas is the hardest thing he's ever done!! If it seems like your kids have done nothing but beg to open presents already, this is the read for them.

Christmas Around the World

Christmas celebrations vary around the world, and this book is a great way to show your kids how other people use their versions of what is special and magical to celebrate love this season.

Merry Christmas Ollie

A cute reader for the new reader in your family, this book follows our farm animal friends as they spread Christmas cheer and get ready for the big night!

Welcome Comfort

Christmas isn't magical for us all, especially as we grown-ups know that the magic is manufactured, made for some and not all. Welcome Comfort is a foster child who has never experienced the Christmas treats and toys that his peers have, but this Christmas, when he meets Mr. Hemp, someone who is willing to show him just the slightest bit of love.

 

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