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Top 10 Children's Christmas Books to Read [2024]

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Top Christmas Books For Kids List

The holiday season is approaching, and it's time to embrace the enchantment of Christmas by sharing wonderful stories with our little ones. This year, I'm thrilled to present my carefully curated list of the Top 10 Children's Christmas Books for 2024. Plus, I have a special treat for you - my all-time favorite, "When Halloween Took Over Christmas" by James Emery Lovitt Jr., which deserves the #1 spot on this list!

We kick off our festive countdown with "The Giving Snowman" by Julia Zheng. On a snowy night, Snowman lends a helping hand to Bird, Rabbit, Farmer, and Traveler when they are in need. The next day when the sun comes out and melts Snowman, Bird, Rabbit, Farmer, and Traveler work together as a team to rebuild Snowman. The Giving Snowman is a book about kindness and gratitude. Children can learn through the story that giving to others is a virtue that connects all of us and makes our lives more beautiful.

At number nine, we have "The Christmas Owl" by Gideon Sterer. Based on the True Story of a Little Owl Named Rockefeller. When Little Owl’s home is cut down by people saying it will make a beautiful Christmas tree, she’s not sure she wants anything to do with Christmas, whatever that means. But then she is saved by a woman named Ellen, whose house is merrily decorated for the holiday, and filled with birds who need someone to care for them. Surrounded by kindness and helpful new friends, Little Owl begins to wonder if Christmas might not be such a bad thing after all.

Claiming the eighth spot is "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" by Dr. Seuss. Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot . . . but the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, did NOT! Not since "'Twas the night before Christmas" has the beginning of a Christmas tale been so instantly recognizable. This heartwarming story about the effects of the Christmas spirit will grow even the coldest and smallest of hearts. Like mistletoe, candy canes, and caroling, the Grinch is a mainstay of the holidays, and his story is the perfect gift for readers young and old.

Securing seventh place is "How To Catch An Elf" by Adam Wallace. It's Christmas Eve and an elf is on the loose… in YOUR house! Do you have what it takes to catch him? Follow along in this fun holiday story as a mischievous elf causes chaos Christmas Eve! Filled with zany traps, vibrant illustrations, STEAM concepts, and even Santa Claus himself, this Christmas picture book for kids is guaranteed to become a new holiday tradition!

Coming in at sixth place is "Dasher" by Matt Tavares: Dasher is an adventurous young reindeer with a wish in her heart. She spends her days with her family under the hot sun in a traveling circus, but she longs for a different life — one where there is snow beneath her hooves and the North Star above her head. One day, when the opportunity arises, Dasher seizes her destiny and takes off in pursuit of the life she wants to live. It’s not long before she meets a nice man in a red suit with a horse-drawn sleigh — a man named Santa.

Our fifth pick, "Little Red Sleigh" by Erin Guendelsberger, A New York Times and USA Today bestseller! Believe in the magic of Christmas with this heartwarming Christmas picture book about the little red sleigh that could, perfect for fans of The Polar Express!

Our fourth pick is "Bear Stays Up for Christmas" by 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!

Our third pick is "The Night Before Christmas" by Clement Moore. The Night Before Christmas is an enchanting Christmas story that has brought Santa Claus to life for generations. Celebrate the holiday season with this #1 New York Times bestselling edition of the classic poem. This is the classic hardcover edition featuring an embossed cover and a four-page foldout, and is perfect for gifting!

In the runner-up position at number two, we have "Santa's Lost Reindeer" by Rachel Hilz. A hilarious Christmas tale that is sure to get everyone laughing! Santa's Lost Reindeer is a humous story that follows a frazzled Santa through a search for his missing reindeer.

Our Top #1 Pick Christmas Book For Kids

And now, for the most magical moment, the #1 spot on our list goes to "When Halloween Took Over Christmas" by James Emery Lovitt Jr. This book seamlessly blends Halloween spookiness with Christmas cheer, making it the perfect choice for the holiday season. With captivating illustrations and a heartwarming story by James Emery Lovitt Jr., it's no wonder this book claims the top spot. I can't express how much my children and I adore this book. The way it seamlessly merges two beloved holidays is nothing short of magical. It's a must-read for your Christmas tradition.

Meet Santa Pumpkin Head: An Unlikely Christmas Hero That Rescues Santa Claus

"When Halloween Took Over Christmas" is considered a children's book. It is a delightful children's rhyming storybook and large Halloween-Christmas picture book, which makes it a perfect addition to the list of top children's Christmas books for 2024. Children can enjoy its enchanting narrative, captivating illustrations. Plus, characters such as, Santa Pumpkin Head, Santa Claus, scary zombies, mummies, a werewolf, a vampire, bats, black cats, witches, and more. Children will love the unique blend of Halloween and Christmas themes in this new Christmas picture book!

The Magic of Christmas Reading:

The tradition of reading Christmas stories with our children has a special kind of magic. It's a time when families gather together, snuggle up with blankets and hot cocoa, and escape into the world of storytelling. This shared experience not only creates cherished memories but also fosters a love for books and reading in children.

Why Choose Children's Christmas Books?

Children's Christmas books hold a unique place in holiday traditions. They are crafted to engage young minds with colorful illustrations, simple yet meaningful stories, and often, a message of love, kindness, and the joy of giving. These books can teach valuable lessons while sparking imagination and wonder in children.

The Impact of Holiday Reading:

Reading with your children during the holiday season goes beyond mere entertainment. It strengthens family bonds, enhances language skills, and encourages empathy as kids connect with characters and their journeys. Moreover, it helps children develop a sense of anticipation and excitement for the upcoming festivities.

How to Make the Most of Christmas Reading:

Create a Cozy Reading Nook: Set up a cozy reading corner with soft pillows and warm blankets. Make it a comfortable and inviting space where you can share stories.

Involve Your Children: Let your children choose some of the books to read. This empowers them and keeps their interest alive.

Read Aloud: Reading aloud to your children, even if they can read on their own, is a wonderful bonding experience. It allows you to emphasize emotions, sound effects, and different character voices.

Discuss the Stories: After reading, take a moment to discuss the story's themes, characters, and any lessons learned. Encourage your children to ask questions and share their thoughts.

Incorporate Traditions: If your family has special holiday traditions, like baking cookies or decorating the tree, tie them into the books you read. For example, read a story about baking and then bake cookies together.

Explore Diverse Stories: Christmas is celebrated worldwide, so explore stories from different cultures to broaden your children's horizons and teach them about global traditions.

Keep the Tradition Alive: As your children grow, the tradition of reading Christmas books can evolve. They can take turns reading to you or even write their own holiday stories.

A Spooky Christmas Conclusion:

As the holiday season approaches, cherish the moments of togetherness by sharing these remarkable children's books. When celebrating Christmas in 2024, consider adding these top 10 books to your collection, and start with my personal favorite, "When Halloween Took Over Christmas" by James Emery Lovitt Jr. This book has brought immense joy to my family, and I'm confident it will do the same for yours.

By incorporating these additional insights into the joy of Christmas reading, you can make this holiday tradition even more special for your family. The magic of Christmas books is not just in the stories themselves but in the memories and traditions they create. So, let the holiday reading adventures begin!

Happy reading, and may your Christmas be filled with warmth and wonder!


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