The Best Christmas Books For Kids (You Should Read This Year)

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Christmas is one of my favorite holidays. As a teacher, I get a couple of extra days to relax and refresh before the new year. One of my favorite things about the holidays is all of the Christmas books for kids. 

My niece is obsessed with going to school and looking at books. So this Christmas break, I am planning on reading my favorite Christmas stories to her. 

Here are the best Christmas books for kids that you should consider reading or purchasing as a gift for your child this year. You can find all of these books here on Amazon

#1 Turkey Claus by Wendi Silvano and Lee Harper 

Turkey Claus is one of my absolute favorite Christmas books. In the book, Turkey has made it through Thanksgiving break without being eaten. However, he is trying his best not to be eaten before Christmas. 

He goes through several disguises to make sure he is not on the table for Christmas dinner. I love using this book in the classroom because the kids love Turkey’s disguises and determination not to get eaten in the book. 

#2 The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg 

The Polar Express is a classic Christmas book about a boy struggling to believe in Christmas and that Santa was real. The boy gets invited one night to go on a train ride and experiences the spirit of Christmas like no year before. 

This is one of my favorite books about Christmas. The illustrations are amazing, and the movie is a great Christmas film for children. 

#3 How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

This book follows the story of the Grinch, who was heartbroken one year and has come to hate Christmas. So he decides to try and steal Christmas by taking everyone’s decorations and presents. 

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By the end of the story, he changes his heart through a series of events. This book is a staple Christmas story because it shows the power of the Christmas spirit. There are several movies based on this beautiful story that you can add to your holiday movie tradition.  

#4 The Night Before Christmas By Clement Moore and Charles Santore

The Night Before Christmas is a classic Christmas story. This story shows a father who has an unexpected experience with St. Nicholas himself. He fills the house with wonder and joy, all in this beautiful poem.

#5 The Christmas Quiet Book By Deborah Underwood

With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, this Christmas book shows the calming side of the holiday season. It isn’t really a story but more of a list of quiet moments in an otherwise hectic time. 

There are a few funny moments, but the overall vibe is peaceful and relaxing. It would be an excellent book for a child with anxiety that needs help calming down. 

#6 Fritz the Farting Reindeer: A Story About a Reindeer Who Farts By Humor Heals Us

This holiday story is a North Pole adventure with a fun twist that children of all ages will enjoy. Fritz is a cute little reindeer, except for one minor issue: he has gas. 

Santa must pick his Christmas crew long before the big day arrives. Will Fritz be chosen for the squad? Your kids will be laughing until the end.

#7 Little Red Sleigh By Erin Guendelsberger

This book is like Little Engine That Could meet The Polar Express. I love this book because it teaches children about hard work, perseverance, and being your own unique self.

The little red sleigh yearns to be Santa’s sleigh, but he is told he is too little. So despite others telling him that he won’t make it to the North Pole, he sets out on a journey anyway.

#8 Bear Stays Up for Christmas

Bear’s friends won’t give up until they keep Bear awake for Christmas! They wake him and urge him to join them in searching for the perfect Christmas tree, baking cakes, hanging stockings, and singing Christmas songs. Bear discovers that giving is the best Christmas present of all.

It is a story that focuses on friendship and doing for others. It is a joy to read, and sends a great message about kindness and Christmas cheer.

#9 The Christmas Owl: Based on the True Story of a Little Owl Named Rockefeller by Gideon Sterer and Ellen Kalish

This book was featured on the Today Show and is a New York Times best seller. It is based on a true story of an owl found inside the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.

This is a story of friendship, compassion, and the true meaning of Christmas. It is beautifully illustrated with such a great message of how we should be kind and mindful of everything around us.

#10 Santa’s Lost Reindeer: A Christmas Book That Will Keep You Laughing by Rachel Hilz

This book was written by a mom of two special needs children. She actually wrote it with her autistic children in mind.

My nonverbal son recognizes himself in the book and laughs out loud at the bright illustrations. I couldn’t ask for any better reward. — Rachel Hilz

It is a funny story about Santa’s search for his missing reindeer. Young or old you will fall in love with this book!

#11 Best Christmas Joke’s Ever! Christmas Joke Book Gift for Kids 7 – 12 Years Old By Dalila Delic

Do your kids feel they are too old for you to read them Christmas stories? Then you should definitely check out this book. Young or old kids can’t get enough of jokes.

This joke book is packed with goofs and giggles that are suitable for all ages, and sure to bring joy to families everywhere. Whether you’re at home or on the go, these jokes will be a hit with kids of all ages!

What Are Your Child’s Favorite Christmas Books? 

Each of these Christmas books is a wonderful story that shows the holiday spirit and joy that children and adults experience each year in December. You can find these Best Christmas books for kids easily in this list on Amazon or possibly at your local library. 

As an educator, I love reading books. Books about Christmas are some of my favorites and always put me in a good mood over the holiday break. So this Christmas, make sure you take the time as a family to enjoy a good holiday book together. 

What are your child’s favorite Christmas books? Please share them in the comments below. 


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Beautiful illustrations, simple stories, and characters that’ll make them laugh, these are the best Christmas books for kids this year!

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