Reading aloud with your children can promote literacy skills even after they have become independent readers. The Christmas season seems to bring about more opportunities to be together as a family so why not take advantage of the time and read a few books with your kids? Whether your elf brings a new book each day in December, or your family follows the rule of 4 gifts (want need wear read), these books are perfect for kids of all ages. Enjoy this list of 25 Christmas books for kids. Pick a few or buy all of them and wrap them, opening one each night in December for a fun, new tradition.
1. Pete the Cat’s 12 Groovy Days of Christmas – Who wants Five Golden Rings when you can have Five Onion Rings instead? Pete the Cat and his gang are up to their usual crazy antics in this fun take on a traditional Christmas carol.
2. The Polar Express – One of our favorite Christmas books for kids – Join a young boy as he travels to the North Pole aboard a train one magical Christmas Eve. The boy learns about the spirit of Christmas and the magic that comes with believing.
3. Llama Llama Holiday Drama – Llama Llama cannot wait for Christmas. All of the excitement of the season has gotten to be too much. When it seems like Christmas will never arrive, Mama Llama cuddles up to remind him that, “Gifts are nice, but there’s another: The true gift is, we have each other.”
4. Merry UnChristmas – When Noelle wakes up every morning, she must put her new pony in the backyard with all of her other ponies and her new bike in the garage with all of her other bikes. It is another normal day in Christmas City, where every day is Christmas except for one–the much anticipated but highly uncelebrated Un–Christmas Day.
5. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Christmas (Board Book) – Mickey, Minnie and all of your favorite characters are decorating the clubhouse for Christmas. The Clubhouse pals and Toodles need to make sure that each tree is trimmed, each sprig of mistletoe is hung, each twinkling light is just right before the big day arrives.
6. Little Blue Truck’s Christmas – Beep, beep! Little Blue Truck has a special Christmas delivery to do! This fun book teaches rhyming, counting and has a fun lighted surprise at the end.
7. Pick a Pine Tree – Explore all of the fun Christmas traditions like hanging stockings. decorating with lights, and of course, picking a Christmas tree. The pictures are beautiful and the words are rhythmic and fun.
8. If You Take a Mouse to the Movies – Mouse is getting ready for Christmas by making ornaments and decorating the tree. This book from the beloved children’s series series is always a favorite!
9. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! – A classic Christmas book for kids, and one of my favorites for 30+ years! Head to Who-ville and learn about the true meaning of Christmas. Your heart may even grow three sizes as you read this classic Dr. Seuss book!
10. Snowmen at Christmas – The snowmen from this best selling book series are celebrating Christmas just as snowmen would. Find out what snowmen do as they go slip-sliding about on Christmas eve.
11. Santa’s Underwear – Underwear books are always a hit! Santa has special underwear for every occasion but as he gets ready to head out on Christmas Eve he can’t find his Christmas undies. He’s just about to give up when the Reindeer give him a surprise.
12. Bear Stays Up for Christmas – Kids have a hard time falling asleep on Christmas but a hibernating bear has a hard time staying awake. The forest friends want him to experience Christmas and plan all kinds of activities to help keep him awake.
13. Santa’s Workshop – Babies and toddlers will love lifting the flaps as they explore the North Pole, Santa’s workshop, and even Mrs. Claus’s kitchen.
14. The Best Christmas Pagent Ever – One of my personal favorites since third grade, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or “the worst kids in the history of the world.” Older kids will love this paperback about Christmas on their own or read it together as a family. Get your tissues, because the end is heart-warming!
15. Christmas Cookie Day! – celebrates the beloved tradition of making Christmas treats with this board book that includes a fun cookie recipe you can make with your children.
16. 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.
17. Mrs. Claus Takes the Reins – What happens when Santa is sick? Will Christmas be canceled? Not if Mrs. Claus can help it! Mrs. Claus assembles the crew and heads out into the night delivering toys to children all over the world.
18. The Christmas Wish – This nordic tale tells the story of a little girl who wants to be an elf. The story tells how she leaves her family to help neighbors and encounters many winter animals on her way to meet Santa.
19. Construction Site on Christmas Night – The crew has been hard at work building something special for the community. Any construction vehicle loving kid will enjoy watching all the machines on the construction site open their Christmas gifts.
20. Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas – Nancy wants Christmas to be fancy with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles. But what happens when things don’t go right?
21. A Silly Milly Christmas – Laugh out loud as you read about Milly, a loveable Great Dane, and her antics as she tries to spread some Christmas cheer.
22. My Teacher is an Elf – Mrs. Holly wears pointy shoes, is always singing and has a jingle when she walks. Her students begin to wonder if she may really be an elf!
23. A Christmas Gift for Santa – Did you ever wonder what happens after all the presents have been delivered? Does Santa have a gift waiting for him when he returns to the North Pole? Enjoy this fun and unique Christmas bedtime story with your children.
24. The Broken Ornament – What happens when your child breaks a beloved Christmas ornament? Jack doesn’t understand why his mother is so upset when he accidentally breaks an old ornament. But the accident helps Jack to learn a bit about the magic and true meaning of Christmas.
25. The Night Before Christmas – Before you tuck the kids into bed, gather around and enjoy this classic Christmas poem written by Clement C. Moore. Enjoy the fun and colorful artwork of Henry Fisher and send the kids to bed with visions of sugarplums dancing through their heads.
Which of these Christmas books for kids is your favorite? Does your family have a different book I should add to the list (and our library) for next year? Drop a comment below and let me know!
Pin for later, then check out my list of non-toy gifts for kids!