25 Must Read Children’s Christmas Books

25 Must-Read Children's Christmas Books - some of these would be great for a Christmas Book Advent calendar!

The Christmas season is finally in full swing! I can finally listen to Christmas music without Forrest scowling at me, and there’s just so much joy in the air. While I definitely try and emphasis Christ during this time of  year (since He IS the reason for the season!), I can’t help but enjoy all the other fun parts of the Christmas season.

One thing I really enjoy doing is reading Christmas-themed books. We’ve been slowly building up our collection since we got married, and I can’t help but buy at least one new Christmas book each year. One idea I heard awhile back was doing a Christmas Book Advent Calendar. Basically, you wrap up 25 books and put them under the Christmas tree. Each day leading up to Christmas, you open one of the books and read it with your family. I think it’s a great way to read all of your Christmas books and countdown to Christmas.

Here are 25 children’s Christmas books that I think would be a great addition to anyone’s Christmas book collection. Even if they are mainly for children, I think anyone can enjoy them! What is your favorite Christmas book?

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

The Spirit of Christmas by Nancy Tillman

The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Corduroy’s Christmas by Don Freeman

Olive, the Other Reindeer by Drew Barrymore

Clifford’s First Christmas by Norman Bridwell

The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (illustrated)

Christmas Oranges by Linda Bethers

The Christmas Train by Thomas S. Monson

The Happy Christmas Tree by Clarence W. Sickles

Stars, Stockings, and Shepherds: Discover the Meaning of Christmas Symbols by Shersta Chabot

Christmas Tree Farm by Ann Purmell

Why Christmas Trees Aren’t Perfect by Richard H. Schneider

Christmas in the Manger by Nola Buck

Sam’s Christmas Wish by George D. Durrant

The Berenstain Bears’ Night Before Christmas by Mark Berenstain

The Christmas Sweater (a picture book) by Glenn Beck

Snowmen at Christmas by Carol Buehner

The Christmas Owl by Angela Muse

Christmas Wish by Lori Everett

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Rick Bunsen

Santa’s Favorite Story by Hisako Aoki

Then on Christmas Day, the last book you could unwrap is the Bible, or a child’s Nativity book, and read that so you can emphasize the true meaning of Christmas!


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  • Another book you should try is called "The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey". It is one my family and I treasure. It is written by Susan Wojciechowski (!) and Illustrated by P.J. Lynch. It is wonderful for adults and children alike.

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