20 Magical Christmas Books For Kids ( includes picture books & read alouds)

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Best Christmas Books for Kids

As  Christmas is around the corner, it’s time to get together and celebrate the wonderful time of the year. 

Sitting by a cozy fire with hot chocolate and marshmallow and watching your favorite Christmas movie. Decorating the Christmas tree, dancing to the Christmas carols and getting tons of gifts from Santa, there are so many delightful ways to get into the Christmas spirit. 

For children of all ages, Christmas is the time to celebrate the tradition through kids’ Christmas books. Curling up with their parents or grandparents and reading the beautifully illustrated Christmas stories is an amazing way to honor the family Christmas tradition. Reading best Christmas picture books for babies and toddlers can help them get into reading. 

If you’re not sure what the best Christmas books for kids are, here is a list of 20 books. This delightful Christmas book list  includes toddler picture Christmas books and other Christmas books that children of all ages will enjoy. 

Santa Stops at Disneyland by Ethan Reed 

This new Christmas book from Little Golden Book features Santa Claus’ visit to Disneyland. As we all know that every year Santa flies around the world and delivers packages to kids, but what many don’t know is that along the way Santa makes a stop at Disneyland to entertain residents there. This joyful Christmas book for kids is great for children between 2-5 year old. 


A Very Mercy Christmas by Kate DiCamillo 

In this cheerful list of best kids Christmas books next is a beautiful festive book for the fans of Mercy Watson. Kate DiCamillo, the author of Mercy Watson and Deckawoo Drive series is back with a Christmas story about young Stella who is quite excited to go carolling, but as everyone seems busy with their things, she almost has to go alone, until she meets the fun companions. Get this gorgeous Christmas picture book for kids to read during the festive season. 


All the Colors of Christmas by Matthew Paul Turner 

This gorgeous picture book is all about colours. The book describes all the traditional holiday colours of reds and green that are associated with Christmas. Then it goes on to explain the white and gold which represent the snow and Christmas tree ornaments. Then there is brown, the skin of baby Jesus and the colour of reindeers. Which also represents the colour of people. This wonderfully illustrated Christmas book is one of the best kids’ Christmas books. 


The Littlest Reindeer by Brandi Dougherty 

Brandi Dougherty’s little book is about a little reindeer with a big heart, named Dot. This adorable reindeer from the North Pole wants to help Santa to pull his sleigh. But there is a problem, he can’t fly. All his effort to run and leap doesn’t seem to work. If you’re looking for the best Christmas picture books for toddlers and preschoolers, get The Littlest Reindeer. 


5 More Sleeps ‘til Christmas by Jimmy Fallon 

The Tonight Show and New York Times-bestselling author Jimmy Fallon is back with another delightful Christmas picture book for kids. As children are excited to welcome the most magical day of the year, Fallon invites them to count the number of sleeps until the arrival of Santa and his reindeer. With the beautiful and expressive illustrations and rhyming text , 5 More Sleeps ‘til Christmas narrates a cute little story of a boy and his eagerness to welcome Christmas. This is a perfect Christmas read aloud for kindergarteners. 


Olaf’s Night Before Christmas by Disney Book Group 

Disney Book Group  has created a  fun Christmas book for kids featuring beloved Olaf from The Frozen. The night before Christmas Olaf has been woken up by a mysterious noise.  Then he encounters a peculiar stranger in red. Will Olaf be able to find more about this stranger? The stunning picture book comes with a read-along CD featuring Josh Gad, the voice actor himself. Disney’s Christmas book is a beautiful holiday tale for both parents and kids. 

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Little Red Sleigh by Erin Guendelsberger 

The Little Red Sleigh has one big dream, become Santa’s big red sleigh. But she has always been told that she is too young or too small to become one. Some even tell her that she can’t fly.  Because of all this Little Sleigh can’t even meet Santa. However, for this Christmas she is going to do the impossible. Because deep down she knows she will be able to become Santa’s sleigh. She is going to travel to The North Pole determined to meet Santa. During the journey she makes friends who support her and advise her to keep going. A Christmas book for kids with beautiful illustrations which is also perfect for fans of The Polar Express.  


God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Tawn Bergren

This is about a little polar expedition of a mother and her little cub to find GOD.  Little Cub and her family prepare to celebrate the most special day of the year, the curious young polar bear begins to wonder about God & Christmas .  A perfect children’s Christmas book to help kids celebrate the true meaning of Christmas!


Room for a Little One by Martin Waddell

As the Kind Ox is preparing to sleep and Old Dog comes in asking for a shelter. Once the Old Dog settles in next comes Cat and followed by a mouse. As they all make room for others, Joseph and Mary arrive, asking “Where will our child be born?”. Room for a Little One is the best toddler Christmas book to share with the little ones. This book will also make a great Christmas book for preschoolers


Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson 

Asking a bear to stay up for Christmas? In winter? From finding a Christmas tree to baking cakes and singing Christmas songs. Bear’s friends have come to his house, determined to never let him sleep. Will they succeed? There are lots of meaningful themes discussed in the story. Things like the importance of having friends, Bear having trouble staying awake and Christmas traditions to celebrate. This precious little picture book is a perfect Christmas story book for kids .


Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

A beautiful and enchanting story that we will never get tired of reading. The story is about a little boy who boards a magical train on Christmas Eve and travels to the North Pole.  A great read to bring back childhood memories and undoubtedly a treasured holiday tradition!  Polar Express is a classic children’s Christmas book.


 How Santa Got His Job by Stephen Krensky

This cute little book narrates Santa’s story. What was his life before becoming Santa? First we see Santa has the job of cleaning chimneys. But he got fired because people thought he was not doing his job.  Next, he gets into delivery packages but he delivers them only on weekends. After losing that job, he works at a zoo. So as he changes one job after the other, he finally ends up in the North Pole. How Santa Got His Job is a great Christmas book for kids in the age group of 6-8 years.


A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree by Colleen Monroe

A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree tells the story of a Pine tree who wants to be a Christmas tree. He realises that his time to be a Christmas tree has passed. But the dwellers of the forest come together to console him. They show him how much the tree meant for them. With stunning illustrations, this book delivers a clear and valuable life lesson. Surely,  one of the best Christmas picture books for your little ones.

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Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert E. Barry

A timeless Christmas story for celebrating the joy of a Christmas tree. This splendid story is about a Christmas tree which is too big for Mr. Willowby’s parlor. So instead of cutting off the trunk, he decides to snip off the top. Later, the part of the tree is passed on to his maid and to the gardener and so on. So many families get to have some part of the Christmas tree. Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree is a meaningful children’s Christmas story book that every parent must read to their kids.


Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Schertle

Celebrate this Christmas with the Little Blue Truck who spreads holiday joy. This unique kids Christmas book follows a Blue Truck that delivers Christmas trees to friends. Not only is this a fun holiday-themed book but also it’s for learning activities like counting, animals and sounds. There is also an exciting surprise at the end. Let your toddler join Little Blue Truck in his Christmas adventure. 


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I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Holly Hobbie

When Toot goes to a family reunion he promises his best friend Puddle that he will be back just before Christmas. But then he gets stuck because of a huge snowstorm. Now back in Woodcock Pocket, Puddle is eagerly waiting for his best friend’s arrival to celebrate Christmas. So will Toot be able to make it just in time for Christmas? This adorable Christmas story of two piglets will be a lovable Christmas story to read aloud.


Jingle Bells by Izra Trapani

Time to read a little adventure story on Christmas eve. From the traditional “jingle bell” song to fun things children do in wintertime around the world. You will get to know a lot more about Christmas. A great Christmas book for preschoolers  and kindergarteners.


Santa Mouse by Michael Brown

This is the story of a tiny Santa mouse who leads a lonely life. This book tells how this tiny mouse became Santa’s best helper. Beautiful holiday story that will make a wonderful Christmas picture book for toddlers.


How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss’ classic Christmas tale is a must-read book for the holiday season. The story follows Grinch, who hates Christmas but is forced to be a part of the celebration by folks from the valley. But then this year he decides to put an end to it. So he plans to steal all the presents and decorations from the valley. So will the people be able to figure out his plan? Your kids will love this fun Christmas story book about Grinch.


The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck’s The Christmas Sweater is a holiday read that narrates all about boyhood memories, life lessons and the true meaning of gifting others. Twelve year old Eddie always dreamed of getting a new bike as Christmas present. Although he knew that his mother wouldn’t be able to afford to it, somehow he thought she would find a way. But then instead of a new bike,Eddie gets a handmade sweater as the present. The Christmas Sweater is a heartwarming Christmas book for teens and young adults.


There you’ve the list of best Christmas books for Kids

 Did any of these books bring back your childhood memories? Which one did you enjoy the most?  Would love to know your favorite, let me know in the comments.

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Stephy George
Stephy George

Hi I am Stephy ! I became a bookworm in my late twenties. So I created this little corner of books online to share my love of reading with YOU! I want to help you find the best books to read so you won’t ever have to worry about your next read!

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