Share the Holiday Magic: 20 Children’s Books About Christmas

Christmas is a joyful, magical time when families and friends gather together to share traditions, rejoice, and celebrate this beloved season.

Classics like How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Polar Express are always at the top of most reading lists, and there are many more to read and enjoy together. Take a look at family-friendly, must-read books that are always Christmas page-turners for both the young and the young at heart will enjoy.

1 | The Night Before Christmas

The timeless classic kid’s book by Clement Clarke Moore is a poem that paints a vibrant picture of Santa Claus and the reindeer’s visit on Christmas Eve. This gem is the perfect read to inspire little ones’ imagination.

2 | A Charlie Brown Christmas

This Charles Schulz award-winning animated classic is one of the best children’s books about Christmas and features good old Charlie Brown, a beloved character who is constantly misunderstood and always enjoyable. This heartwarming holiday-themed story is all about his search for the true meaning of Christmas.

3 | How to Catch an Elf

This silly and humorous read-along by Adam Wallace sets the stage for a fun and whimsical interactive reading experience.

An elf shares all the ways he steered clear from the traps that were set to catch him.

4 | You’re My Little Christmas Cookie

This is one of the sweetest children’s books about Christmas by Nicola Edwards and celebrates the warmth and love shared during the holiday season. The endearing and adorable board book features catchy rhymes and colorful characters and is designed to read along with your little one.

5 | Bear Stays Up for Christmas

Bear Stays Up for Christmas is about a celebration of friendship and a gentle reminder to share this special season with loved ones. Bear’s best friends will do anything to keep him awake to enjoy the fun, including finding a Christmas tree, baking cakes, hanging stockings, and singing Christmas carols.

6 | Merry Christmas, Peppa!

Adapted by Melanie McFadyen, Merry Christmas, Peppa Pig is a timeless season favorite. The gang’s all here with Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig, and a fun cast of friends as they celebrate Christmas. This adorable storybook is packed full of family time, presents, and some twists that will keep you guessing.

7 | Moo, Baa, Fa La La La La!

This is one of the most amusing and delightful children’s books for Christmas by Sandra Boynton and magically introduces children to the sounds animals make. The fun-filled story and colorful illustrations are sure to generate giggles and joy as sheep and pigs sing and cows dance along as they celebrate with a very merry familiar tune.

8 | Construction Site on Christmas Night

Author Sherri Duskey Rinker tells a special story about a construction crew who works very hard to build an extra special new home for the fire trucks. This is a good kids’ book to add to your library and features vibrant illustrations and clever rhymes that share how teamwork and dedication make all the difference.

9 | Christmas Parade

Bursting with vibrant colors and joyful scenes, this delightful visual treat for kids features the irresistible rhythm of a marching band made up of the cutest animals with their instruments. Enjoy chickens with bassoons, mice with piccolos, and a tiny little feathered friend with a very big tuba.

10 | How to Catch a Reindeer

This playful guide by Alice Walstead is one of the most delightful Christmas children’s books about catching Comet, a very clever reindeer. This picture book ignites creativity and imaginative play with silly rhymes and colorful illustrations that include tons of fun, a bit of chaos, and a lot of laughter.

11 | The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

This hilarious best-selling book by Barbara Robinson is a heartwarming tale about six misfit siblings who take over the annual Christmas pageant. It seems Ralph, Imogene, Gladys, Claude, Ollie, and Leroy are up to no good and shock everyone, but in the end, they remind us of the true spirit of the season.

12 | Little Blue Truck’s Christmas

Count along with Little Blue Truck in this special story by author Alice Schertle. He spreads loads of cheer by delivering Christmas trees to all his animal friends. This story encourages little readers to count while enjoying spending time with each other. “Don’t forget to save one for Blue! Beep, Beep!”

13 | The Jolly Christmas Postman

Journey with the jolly postman as he delivers a batch of Christmas letters from a host of fairytale characters, including The Big Bad Wolf. This interactive delight written by Allan Ahlberg is sure to captivate your children’s attention

14 | Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas tree is too tall, so he cuts off the top and shares it, creating a ripple effect of holiday generosity in the forest. This is a beautifully illustrated book written by Robert Barry that tells a heartwarming tale that encourages sharing and kindness.

15 | Happy Narwhalidays

Dive underwater for a whimsical holiday celebration with Narwhal and Jelly by Ben Clanton. Narwhal is excited about the arrival of the Merry Mermicorn because she’s part mermaid, part unicorn, and so magical! Filled with humor, friendship, and warm waffle pudding, this is one of the most creative children’s books about Christmas.

16 | Llama Llama Jingle Bells

Join Llama Llama as he celebrates Christmas with gifts, cookies, and lots of love. This board book, written by Anna Dewdney, has everyone enjoying short, memorable rhymes as Llama and friends sing songs and spread holiday cheer.

17 | Cooking with the Grinch

The Grinch and friends whip up festive treats in Whoville. Clever rhymes that are fun for both you and the kids to recite include, “The Grinch and Cindy-Lou Who both like to bake, but who will eat the treat they make?” This one is perfect for the youngest readers.

18 | Madeline’s Christmas

Everyone gets sick and goes to bed on Christmas Eve, but our brave heroine, Madeline, handles all the holiday preparations. This is an incredible children’s Christmas books about the power of resilience, and no matter your size, it’s your heart that matters.

19 | The Christmas Owl: Based on the True Story of a Little Owl Named Rockefeller

Relive the true tale of a little owl found in the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. A story written by Gideon Sterer will surprise and delight as Owl discovers compassion and the real meaning of the season.

20 | The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving: The True Meaning of Christmas

The beloved Berenstain bear cubs explore the value of generosity and gratitude while learning the true meaning of Christmas and the joy of giving. Beautifully hand-drawn, this is one of the best children’s Christmas books with lasting lessons.

Find New Books to Read with Your Family

Christmas is the perfect season to enhance your children’s love of reading with delightful books for kids filled with tales that will light up their eyes and tickle their imaginations. Classic children’s books about Christmas like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and other book-to-movie adaptations fill our hearts with hope and holiday cheer like the twenty we’ve shared here. 

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