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Best Children's Books - Christmas Edition [2024]

Warning: This list of children's books about Christmas contains one book that might just make Christmas your child's favorite holiday! 🎃🎅

25 Awesome Kids' Books About Christmas Everyone Should Read!

Best Children's Books - Christmas Edition [2024]

Christmas is a magical time filled with twinkling lights, joyful carols, and the sweet smell of holiday cookies. Reading festive stories makes it even better! That's why we're sharing our favorite children's Christmas stories with you.

One special book on our list blends the spooky surprises of Halloween with the cozy warmth of Christmas. It's like when you see Halloween costumes and Christmas decorations together in stores! This tale is perfect for kids who love both holidays. It's a new twist in holiday children's books, showing us that two awesome holidays can become one great story.

With this book and many others, we're taking a fun journey through the best Christmas tales for kids. So, get ready to dive into a world where holidays mix and magic is everywhere within the Best Children's Books Christmas Edition [2024].

Must-Read Children's Books about Christmas: Classics and Hidden Gems

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Best Children's Books - Christmas Edition [2024 Top 25]

By James Emery Lovitt Jr.

"When Halloween Took Over Christmas". In a delightful twist, discover what happens when the eerie charm of Halloween spills over into Christmas. This fusion creates an adventure that no child will ever forget. Imagine a Christmas where Santa gets into a bit of trouble and needs to be saved! Enter "Santa Pumpkin Head," the hero with a pumpkin for a head. With the help of friendly zombies, mummies, and vampires, he sets off on a thrilling Christmas adventure.

As the North Pole elves team up with werewolves, bats, and black cats, it's a race against time to rescue Santa and ensure all kids around the world, gets their Christmas gifts. This isn't just another Christmas book; it's a tale filled with Halloween spooky fun and Christmas festive cheer that has both kids and adults wanting to read more!

By Chris Van Allsburg

"The Polar Express". Children's books about Christmas often evoke a sense of wonder, and this tale is no exception. Join a young boy's mesmerizing train journey to the North Pole, emphasizing the enduring magic of belief and the festive spirit. This beautiful hardcover edition of The Polar Express is the perfect gift for all those—of any age—who believe, come Christmas Eve, that they too will hear the sweet sound of a reindeer’s silver bell. This edition includes a keepsake ornament.

By Dr. Seuss

"How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" Dr. Seuss masterfully captures the essence of the festive season, teaching readers that Christmas isn't about materialistic gains but about togetherness and love. Grow your heart three sizes—and dazzle your eyes—with this FULL COLOR edition of the beloved holiday classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas!—the perfect gift for under the tree and for Dr. Seuss fans and collectors any time of year!

By Raymond Briggs

"The Snowman". A wordless narrative that beautifully illustrates the adventures of a boy and his snowman. As snow blankets the ground, the magic of friendship and imagination takes flight. Based on the much-loved film, fly away on a magical journey to the enchanting land of the Snowman - now celebrating its 40th anniversary! After the snow settles on a cold winter's day, a little boy builds a Snowman. Later that night, under the glittering stars, the Snowman comes to life!

By Rachel Hilz

"The Candy Cane Fiasco". In this whimsical tale, the candy canes, a favorite Christmas treat, mysteriously go missing. As the town gets ready for the holidays, they soon realize that their beloved candy canes aren't hanging on their trees or stuffed in their stockings! Dive into this adventure as kids band together to solve the mystery of the missing candy canes. With every twist and turn, this book keeps young readers hooked, eager to uncover the sweet secret behind the fiasco.

By Clement C. Moore

"The Night Before Christmas". A timeless classic that many children's books about Christmas draw inspiration from. Dive into the enchanting scenes of Christmas Eve with this age-old poem that captures the spirit of anticipation. The original tale of The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore is now accompanied by enchanting illustrations from Antonio Caparo in this festive holiday picture book.

By Karma Wilson

"Bear Stays Up for Christmas". Celebrate the holidays with Bear and his friends in this sweet picture book from bestselling author Karma Wilson!

Bear’s friends are determined to keep Bear awake for Christmas! So they wake Bear up and have him help them find a Christmas tree, bake cakes, hang up stockings, and sing Christmas songs. Bear stays up—by discovering that giving is one of the best Christmas presents of all! Witness the heartwarming efforts of Bear's friends as they ensure he stays awake to experience the joy of Christmas. A testament to the power of friendship during festive times.

By Vivian Walsh and J. Otto Seibold

"Olive, the Other Reindeer". Misunderstandings can sometimes lead to the most memorable adventures, as Olive proves when she believes she's the 'other' reindeer Santa needs. A quirky addition to the collection of children's books about Christmas. Olive is merrily preparing for Christmas when suddenly she realizes "Olive... the other Reindeer... I thought I was a dog. Hmmm, I must be a Reindeer!" So she quickly hops aboard the polar express and heads to the North Pole. And while Santa and the other reindeer are a bit surprised that a dog wants to join the their team, in the end Olive and her unusual reindeer skills are just what Santa and his veteran reindeer team need.

By Lori Evert

"The Christmas Wish". In a tale where determination meets magic, Anja's desire to be one of Santa's elves brings forth a journey filled with snowy landscapes and festive creatures. Celebrate the season with this New York Times bestselling wintry tale that will have readers of all ages believing in the magic of Christmas. This is one to pull out every year and savor all winter long!

In the merry tradition of classics like The Polar Express, this special picture book captures the holiday spirit. This is a timeless classic one to reread every year and savor all winter long!

By Tomie dePaola

"The Legend of the Poinsettia". Mexican folklore and the spirit of giving combine in this tale, illustrating how even the simplest gifts can become Christmas miracles when given with love. This Mexican legend tells how the poinsettia came to be, through a little girl's unselfish gift to the Christ Child. Beloved Newbery honor-winning author and Caldecott honor-winning illustrator Tomie dePaola has embraced the legend using his own special feeling for Christmas. His glorious paintings capture not only the brilliant colors of Mexico and its art, but also the excitement of the children preparing for Christmas and the hope of Lucida, who comes to see what makes a gift truly beautiful.

By Gloria Houston

"The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree". Set in the Appalachian Mountains, this story emphasizes family, faith, and the sacrifices made to ensure joy during the festive season. This unforgettable tale, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Barbara Cooney, has become a seasonal classic-a touching and joyful story about courage and the power of family.

By Mary Pope Osborne

"Christmas in Camelot". Join Jack and Annie as they embark on a magical Christmas mission in Camelot, proving that children's books about Christmas can be both adventurous and heartwarming. The #1 bestselling chapter book series of all time celebrates 25 years with new covers and a new, easy-to-use numbering system!

When Jack and Annie receive an invitation to spend Christmas Eve in Camelot—a magical place that exists only in myth and fantasy—they know they are in for their biggest adventure yet. What they don't know is that the invitation will send them on a quest to save Camelot. Can they succeed even though Camelot's greatest knights have failed?

By Robert Barry

"Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree". Mr. Willowby's tree is too tall! Discover the ripple effect of his solution as the top of the tree finds its way into various homes, spreading joy throughout the town. Give the gift of holiday spirit with this classic picture book that celebrates how one Christmas tree brings joy to a whole forest of critters!

Christmas is here and Mr. Willowby's tree has arrived. There's just one big problem: The tree is too tall for his parlor!

By Jan Brett

"The Wild Christmas Reindeer". Teeka learns the importance of kindness and patience as she prepares the reindeer for Santa's annual journey. A tale that glows with detailed illustrations and heartfelt lessons. Rambunctious reindeer have a lot to learn before Santa's big night!

Teeka has an important job training the reindeer in time for their Christmas Eve ride. The animals are spirited and mischievous, but kindness wins the day just in time.

By Michelle Robinson

"Goodnight Santa" is a heartwarming bedtime story that captures the magical moment when a child says goodnight to Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. With the twinkling stars overhead and the sound of reindeer hooves on rooftops, the Author paints a picture of a peaceful and enchanting Christmas night. It's the perfect book to snuggle up with, ensuring dreams filled with festive wonder. Readers young and old will cherish this tale as a holiday tradition.

By Susan Wojciechowski

"The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey". Dive into this touching story of a gloomy woodcarver who finds the spirit of Christmas again through a widow and her son's request. A tale of healing, hope, and the magic of the holiday season. “The tale is unfolded with such mastery, humor, and emotional force that we are entirely within its power.” —The New York Times Book Review.

By Max Lucado

"The Crippled Lamb". In a barn on a starry night, Joshua, a lamb with a crippled leg, feels left out until he realizes he's part of a greater plan. A poignant reminder that everyone has a special place in the Christmas story. The Crippled Lamb feels left out because he can't run and play like the other lambs. But God has a special plan for Joshua's life, as He does for all who feel alone. Readers will feel a gentle tug on their hearts as the little lamb's prayers are answered in an amazing way on Christmas Day.

By Eric Carle

"Dream Snow". From the creator of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" comes a Christmas tale where a farmer dreams of snow blanketing his animals. Awaking to find real snowfall, a surprise awaits. This book, like many of the best children's books about Christmas, beautifully captures the anticipation and joy of the first snow. Now the Farmer remembers something! Putting on his red suit, he goes outside, puts some gifts under the tree for his animals, and presses a button near a Christmas tree, creating a most surprising musical treat for children everywhere!

By Karma Wilson

"Mortimer's Christmas Manger". Mortimer, a small mouse, discovers a new resting place inside a nativity scene, only to learn the true meaning of its setting. A delightful tale of understanding and gratitude. A holiday story to be cherished by families everywhere.

By Patricia Polacco

"Christmas Tapestry". When a father and son try to fix a water-damaged wall in their church, they end up weaving together past and present in a miraculous way. A story that highlights unexpected blessings. Luckily he and his father find a beautiful tapestry, perfect for covering the damaged wall and giving the church a festive look! But then, an old Jewish woman recognizes the beautiful cloth. Her discovery leads to a real miracle on Christmas Eve.

By Elise Primavera

"Auntie Claus". Sophie Kringle's aunt is no ordinary relative; she's Auntie Claus, Santa's sister! Dive into a delightful adventure filled with the North Pole's secrets and the importance of believing. A deluxe gift edition of the modern Christmas classic, featuring an access code to a printable Christmas party kit, plus downloadable audio read by Academy Award-winning actress Ellen Burstyn!

By Barbara Robinson

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever". When the notorious Herdman siblings — known as the worst kids in town — decide to take part in the town's Christmas pageant, everyone expects a disaster. But what unfolds is a heartwarming tale of misunderstanding, redemption, and the true meaning of Christmas. This beloved classic reminds readers that sometimes, the most unexpected people can teach us the most valuable lessons.

By Brandi Dougherty

"The Littlest Elf". Oliver might be the littlest elf in the North Pole, but his big heart leads him on a quest to find the perfect job in Santa's workshop. A tale of perseverance and finding one's place. Is the littlest elf just too little to help out in Santa’s workshop? Find out in this sweet and lovable story from the bestselling Littlest series ― now a board book!

24. "Stick Man"

By Julia Donaldson

"Stick Man". Stick Man's journey back to his family tree becomes perilous as he faces various challenges. But Christmas morning brings an unexpected helper. A captivating story of family, adventure, and festive rescues.

Stick Man lives in the family tree

With his Stick Lady Love

and their stick children three...

By Bobbie Hinman

"I Saw Santa's Underpants". A delightful tale highlighting the adventures of owls who witness the magical wonders of Christmas for the first time. A gentle reminder to cherish the beauty around us. When Santa has an unfortunate mishap, a young boy and his dog are shocked by what they see. He will need ingenuity to figure out how to help Santa out of this embarrassing situation.

A laugh-out-loud funny children's picture book that:

Demonstrates problem solving at its best

Provides opportunities for family bonding

Utilizes fun rhymes to help children develop reading skills

Grab yours now and start a new Christmas tradition.

Out of all the children's books about Christmas, "When Halloween Took Over Christmas" offers a twist that's unparalleled. It gives readers a taste of both Halloween's spookiness and Christmas's festive spirit.

Children's books about Christmas transport young readers to the most wonderful time of the year. With "When Halloween Took Over Christmas," they get a captivating blend of two beloved holidays!

A Christmas Conclusion:

We've ventured through 25 captivating children's books about Christmas that promise to light up the holiday season. Each offers its own flavor of festive cheer, but "When Halloween Took Over Christmas" delivers a magical experience like no other. Dive into these tales and make every Christmas reading session a gift for your young ones! 📚🎄


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