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What Books Should Every Child Read? 25 Must-Read Christmas Edition

Wondering 'What Books Should Every Child Read?' Our top 25 picks in the Christmas Edition will answer your question and fill the holiday season with wonder and joy! 🎄📚

What Books Should Every Child Read This Christmas?

Are you prepared to begin an enchanting voyage through the world of Christmas literature? Santa's elves have been working tirelessly to curate a list that's better than finding a shiny new toy under the tree. Whether you've been naughty or nice, we've got you covered with our "Top 25 Christmas Books Every Kid Should Read."

But first, let's answer the age-old question: "What Books Should Every Child Read?" We believe that reading opens up a world of imagination and wonder, and during the most magical time of the year, so diving into these Christmas-themed tales is an absolute must! 🎅📚

What Books Should Every Child Read?
What Books Should Every Child Read?

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25 Books Every Kid Should Read

Presenting Our Curated Collection: What Books Should Every Child Read? 25 Must-Read Christmas Edition

(Listed in Random Order for Your Discovery and Enjoyment. Click the LEFT ARROW to View Each Book Cover and Details in Full.)

25 of the Best Children's Christmas Books 2023

When Halloween Took Over Christmas: The Night of Halloween-Christmas

Author: James Emery Lovitt Jr. (Reading age: 4-12 years, from customers)

'When Halloween Took Over Christmas: The Night of Halloween-Christmas'

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Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Sleigh!

Author: Mo Willems (Reading age: 3-5 years, from customers)

'Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Sleigh!'

Embark on a joyful journey filled with the Pigeon's uproarious escapades in this fresh holiday gem. Will the Pigeon's whimsical dream of sleigh-driving delight take flight, or will he find himself fluttering in the frosty air? Dive into the merriment and festivity of the season with the Pigeon's newest escapade, offering a bounty of laughter and amusement for readers of all ages!

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Little Blue Truck's Christmas

Author: Alice Schertle (Reading age: 1-3 years, from customers)

'Little Blue Truck's Christmas'

Get ready to embark on a heartwarming holiday adventure with Little Blue Truck! In this delightful light-up book, Little Blue Truck spreads joy and delivers jolly trees to friends, creating a magical Christmas experience. Count along from one to five with each merry delivery, keeping the festive spirit aglow. With its rhythmic storytelling and twinkling lights, this enchanting addition to the Little Blue Truck series will make the holidays truly magical for young readers. Beep! Beep! Don't miss your chance to add this charming book to your Christmas tradition. Grab your copy now and let the holiday spirit shine!

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Little Red Sleigh

Author: Erin Guendelsberger (Reading age: 4-8 years, from customers)

'Little Red Sleigh'

Set your holiday season aglow with this heartwarming tale of a spirited sleigh and the enchantment of Christmas, an ideal choice for those who cherish timeless winter classics. Prepare to be whisked away on a magical adventure as a determined little sleigh beats the odds to follow her dreams. This top-rated Christmas picture book is poised to become a beloved tradition in every household, sparking a belief in the extraordinary. Share the gift of joy and wonder this season, and let the mystery under the wrapping unfold in the hearts of your loved ones. Don't miss out—add this enchanting book to your collection today!

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How to Catch Santa Claus

Author: Alice Walstead (Reading age: 4-10 years, from customers)

'How to Catch Santa Claus'

Prepare for a holiday adventure that mixes merriment with a hint of mischievous delight! Dive headfirst into the festive festivities as you embark on a quest to outsmart the legendary purveyor of Christmas joy. This chart-topping picture book is a whirlwind of clever rhymes, contagious laughter, and enriching STEAM concepts, making it an essential addition to your holiday reading lineup. Gather your loved ones and see if you can outwit Santa's enchantment, ensuring this Christmas becomes a legendary tale for the ages! Secure your copy now and make this holiday season one to remember!

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The Wonderful Once: A Christmas Story

Author: J R Buchta (Reading age: 3-18 years, from customers)

'The Wonderful Once: A Christmas Story'

Prepare to set sail on a remarkable Christmas expedition, where a simple act of kindness ignites an unforgettable journey. This touching narrative paints a vivid picture of stardust and snowflakes, inviting you and your young readers on an adventure that embraces the essence of the season and the enchantment of a unique moment. Adorned with breathtaking illustrations and a timeless message, this book is destined to take its place as a beloved cornerstone of your family's holiday customs, evoking wonder and spreading joy to hearts worldwide. Don't miss this opportunity to add a touch of magic to your holiday season—get your copy today!

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The Christmas Owl

Author: Gideon Sterer (Reading age: 4-8 years, from customers)

'The Christmas Owl'

Unearth the touching odyssey of a small owl whose life takes a surprising twist when her abode is selected as the most cherished Christmas tree. Swept away from her familiar surroundings, she stumbles upon a realm filled with compassion, nurturing, and the embrace of holiday merriment, all thanks to a kind-hearted rescuer. As Little Owl absorbs the essence of Christmas through the embrace of newfound bonds, this radiant narrative unveils the magic of fresh beginnings and a loving community during the festive season. It's a sparkling testament that the most splendid surprises often arrive wrapped in the unanticipated. Don't wait—add this luminous tale to your collection today and light up your holiday season!

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How Kids Celebrate Christmas Around the World

Author: Pavla Hanackova & Karolina Medkova (Reading age: 6-9 years, from customers)

'How Kids Celebrate Christmas Around the World'

Embark on a worldwide Christmas odyssey, all from the coziness of your own home! This lively book extends a warm invitation to young readers, encouraging them to delve into the vibrant customs and jubilant festivities of Christmas from every corner of the globe. It's a vivid voyage that nurtures young minds with the wonders of diversity and the harmony of the holiday ethos, cultivating cultural appreciation and a deep affection for the colorful threads that connect our global family. Uncover the countless ways joy radiates throughout the season of generosity! Grab your copy now and ignite a love for cultures worldwide.

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Narwhal's True Christmas Wish

Author: Lisa Ann Scott (Reading age: 3-5 years, from customers)

'Narwhal's True Christmas Wish'

Get ready to dive into a festive undersea escapade at the North Pole, where dreams are as deep as the ocean, and even the tiniest sea creatures can harbor the mightiest hearts. When Santa's sleigh soars high, and a precious True Christmas Wish descends into the watery depths, Nigel steps up to prove that heroism knows no boundaries. With a flick of his tail and an unwavering resolve, he embarks on a mission that could make someone's holiday truly unforgettable. This narrative of hope, resilience, and holiday enchantment serves as a poignant reminder that the essence of Christmas resides in belief, and the most cherished gifts often manifest as acts of kindness. Will Nigel's Christmas dream become a reality? Dive in now to uncover the profound impact of unwavering determination!

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5 More Sleeps ‘til Christmas

Author: Jimmy Fallon (Reading age: 2-6 years, from customers)

'5 More Sleeps ‘til Christmas'

Embrace the sparkling thrill of Christmas with this enchanting countdown, where each night's slumber brings us one step closer to the merriest day of the year! Relish the season's excitement through the eyes of a child, with a heartwarming reminder that the most magical part of Christmas lies in the anticipation, filled with visions of Santa's imminent visit. From festive preparations to hushed wishes, let the countdown commence, as every evening's sleep carries us nearer to the enchanting surprises cloaked in red and green. Prepare to snuggle in and dream of the enchantment that awaits, because the joy of Christmas is merely a few nights away! Secure your copy now and make every bedtime a joyful step toward the holiday's embrace!

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The Candy Cane Fiasco

Author: Rachel Hilz (Reading age: 4-8 years, from customers)

'The Candy Cane Fiasco'

Unwrap the hilarity this festive season with an adventure that's as sticky as it is sweet! Follow the candy-coated chaos that kicks off with a single candy cane, leading to a whirlwind of sugar-fueled shenanigans. Perfect for families who enjoy a good giggle, this rhyming romp will stick with you through the holidays, proving that the best memories often come with a bit of a mess. So grab this book, snuggle up, and get ready to giggle — because a little bit of sticky is a whole lot of fun!

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Cats Don't Like Christmas!

Author: Andy Wortlock (Reading age: 3-7 years, from customers)

'Cats Don't Like Christmas!'

Prepare to burst into laughter this holiday season! Dive into the whimsical world of our beloved feline friend, who isn't entirely sold on the holiday hubbub. This delightfully sassy tale offers the purr-fect festive read, blending humor seamlessly with season's greetings. Whether you're a cat aficionado, a holiday enthusiast, or simply someone who relishes a good laugh, this story will pounce its way into your heart. Snuggle up with your loved ones and this book for a purr-tastic holiday journey that's destined to carve out a special place as a Christmas classic in your household. Don't wait—get your copy now and let the laughter begin!

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The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel

Author: Mike Berenstain (Reading age: 3-7 years, from customers)

'The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel'

Join us this holiday season on a celestial odyssey alongside the cherished Berenstain Bears, as they unveil the mesmerizing role of angels in the timeless Christmas narrative. Tailored for young readers, this enchanting tale from the Living Lights™ series illuminates the celestial wonders and divine messages of these heavenly beings. Come together and let your children's imaginations take flight with the angelic hosts, ushering in the authentic essence of Christmas as an integral part of your family's cherished reading rituals. Don't miss out—secure your copy now and let the magic of angels enrich your holiday season!"

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Santa's Lost Reindeer

Author: Rachel Hilz (Reading age: 4-6 years, from customers)

'Santa's Lost Reindeer'

Prepare for a merrymaking escapade brimming with laughter and holiday spirit! Dive into the comical journey of a befuddled Santa Claus on a riotous mission to locate his elusive reindeer and save the season. Will Christmas joy triumph, or will the jolly man in red find himself in a yuletide conundrum? Gather your loved ones for an uproarious adventure that guarantees to infuse your holiday with bundles of laughter and boundless mirth! Don't wait—get your copy now and make this holiday season a memory filled with festive giggles!

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The Twelve Days of Christmas Cats

Author: Don Daily (Reading age: 4-11 years, from customers)

'The Twelve Days of Christmas Cats'

Dive headfirst into a holiday wonderland brimming with feline delight, offering a whimsical twist on a timeless carol. Follow the playful antics of twelve charming cats as they frolic through the festive season. From graceful Persians to charismatic calicos, each day unveils a new and unique kitty adventure, filled with leaps and prances. Share this delightful read with your cat-loving companions for a heartwarming journey that will transport you into a joyful Christmas wonderland filled with cheerful meows! Don't wait—grab your copy now and make this holiday season a purr-fectly merry one!

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The Night Before Christmas

Author: Bill Cotter (Reading age: 2-4 years, from customers)

'The Night Before Christmas'

Step into the cherished world of a timeless classic, an age-old poem that has inspired countless children's books about Christmas. Immerse yourself in the enchanting Christmas Eve scenes, reliving the spirit of anticipation that this original tale, 'The Night Before Christmas' by Clement C. Moore, has offered for generations. Now, experience it anew with captivating illustrations by Antonio Caparo in this festive holiday picture book. Make this enchanting story a part of your holiday tradition! Secure your copy today and let the magic of Christmas Eve come alive on every page!

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The Christmas Pig

Author: J K Rowling (Reading age: 7+ years, from customers)

'The Christmas Pig'

Come together for a spellbinding yuletide narrative where love transcends all boundaries, and miracles glisten beneath the glow of Christmas lights! When a beloved toy disappears on the eve of Christmas, one courageous child and a fearless newcomer unite for an enchanting adventure. Together, they'll venture into a realm where the unimaginable transforms into reality, and the true gift of the season is the bond of friendship. Don't miss out on this heartwarming journey set to become a cherished holiday gem on your family's bookshelf. Get your copy now and make this season's magic a part of your Christmas tradition!

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The Broken Ornament

Author: Tony DiTerlizzi (Reading age: 3-7 years, from customers)

'The Broken Ornament'

This holiday season, accompany Jack on an uplifting journey that has the power to transform your perspective on the holidays. When a single broken ornament unveils the legacy of a cherished heirloom, Jack realizes that the essence of Christmas isn't measured by the quantity of decorations or gifts but by the richness of family history and the enduring bonds of love. Immerse yourself in this captivating narrative that ensures to infuse your holidays with a touch of enchantment and a wealth of heartfelt joy. Don't wait—grab your copy now and let the magic of this story become a treasured part of your holiday celebrations!

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Christmas in the Manger

Author: Nola Buck (Reading age: 1-3 years, from customers)

'Christmas in the Manger'

Embark on a heartwarming adventure this holiday season and introduce the timeless tale of the first Christmas to the young ones you hold dear. This beloved story springs to life within the pages of a sturdy board book, adorned with captivating artwork and enchanting text specially tailored for young minds to embrace and cherish. Craft enduring memories and initiate a holiday tradition with this delightful read, thoughtfully created by a celebrated duo for families to embrace and treasure, season after season. Don't miss out—secure your copy now and make this cherished story a part of your yearly festivities!

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How to Catch a Reindeer

Author: Alice Walstead & Andy Elkerton (Reading age: 4-6 years, from customers)

'How to Catch a Reindeer'

Prepare for a merry escapade with the ultimate holiday challenge: Can you nab a mischievous runaway reindeer? Step into the shoes of the cleverest kids this Christmas Eve as they craft their most ingenious schemes to capture Comet, the inquisitive reindeer, and definitively prove the existence of Santa Claus. Get ready for a cheerful pursuit filled with giggles and unexpected twists—a delightful adventure tailor-made for the young detectives within every family! Don't wait—grab your copy now and let the festive chase begin!

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Santa Shark: A Great White Christmas

Author: Mike Lowery (Reading age: 4-6 years, from customers)

'Santa Shark: A Great White Christmas'

Get ready to plunge into a side-splitting holiday tale filled with underwater merriment! Join Edgar, the shark with boundless Christmas spirit, and Lotta, the crab with a hint of skepticism, as they gear up for an encounter with none other than Santa Shark—the ultimate aquatic visitor! Will their sea-sational preparations manage to lure in the big fish himself? Take the dive into the depths to uncover whether this Christmas will go swimmingly or take a hilarious belly flop. It's a festive delight that promises laughs for sea creatures and land-dwellers alike! Don't miss out—grab your copy now and make a splash this holiday season!

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Last Stop on the Reindeer Express

Author: Maudie Powell-Tuck (Reading age: 2-6 years, from customers)

'Last Stop on the Reindeer Express'

Embark on a festive voyage where the enchantment of Christmas unfurls with each page turn! Join Mia on her captivating journey aboard the Reindeer Express—a magical adventure that brings more than just gifts. Explore the doors to new adventures, catch glimpses of exciting worlds, and unveil a heartwarming surprise with a special card to open and savor. Designed for little hands and tender hearts, this book encapsulates the delight of staying connected with loved ones, regardless of the miles apart. Make this cherished experience a part of your holiday season! Grab your copy now and celebrate the magic of togetherness.

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If I Were Saint Nick---by the Cat in the Hat: A Christmas Story

Author: Random House (Reading age: 3-7 years, from customers)

'If I Were Saint Nick---by the Cat in the Hat: A Christmas Story'

Picture this: What if the Cat in the Hat decided to step into Santa's shoes for a day? Immerse yourself in this wonderfully whimsical and uproariously funny tale, where Thing One and Thing Two don their Toy Making Sweaters, and singing gift wrap transforms present-opening into a musical extravaganza. Visualize enormous candy canes raised by Cane Cranes and a Santa Suit with endless room for cookie collection. A must-read this holiday season, this book is bound to tickle the funny bones of Dr. Seuss fans and deliver an abundance of giggles with every turned page. It's a festive gift that keeps on giving! Don't miss out—get your copy now and let the laughter begin!

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Author: Matt Tavares (Reading age: 3-7 years, from customers)


Prepare to embark on a snowy adventure alongside a courageous little reindeer with dreams of a different life. Follow Dasher's heartwarming odyssey from the scorching circus to the enchanting winter wonderland of the North Pole, where destiny beckons and her hooves find solace in the frosty snow. It's a tale of bravery, transformation, and the magic of a Christmas wish that alters her world. Don't miss out on this top-rated journey, and witness how one reindeer's bold leap of faith has the power to forever change the course of Christmas! Grab your copy now and be part of this unforgettable holiday experience!

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How to Catch an Elf

Author: Adam Wallace (Reading age: 2-7 years, from customers)

'How to Catch an Elf'

This holiday season, set off on a uproarious chase with the most elusive of festive guests—an elf! Immerse yourself in the vivid pages bursting with chaos and merriment as this mischievous elf deftly evades every ingenious trap set on Christmas Eve. Will you be the one to outsmart him? Prepare for an adventure filled with rhymes, giggles, and a touch of STEAM concepts, as this pint-sized escape artist leads you on a jolly escapade within your very own home. Tailor-made for young readers and families alike, this Christmas caper is ready for the taking, so gear up and get ready to ensnare the ultimate holiday read!

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What Book Should Every Kid Read This Year?

Discover the must-read book of the year for every child in 2023! Dive into the enchanting world of 'When Halloween Took Over Christmas: The Night of Halloween-Christmas,' a captivating rhyming picture book that blends the spooktacular thrills of Halloween with the heartwarming cheer of Christmas. This unique holiday gem promises to ignite young imaginations with a delightful twist that's never been seen before. With vibrant illustrations and whimsical rhymes, it's the perfect choice for young readers seeking a thrilling adventure that bridges two beloved holidays. Don't miss the opportunity to introduce your child to the most exciting and imaginative story of the year—it's a Halloween-Christmas mashup that's bound to become a treasured tradition in your household!

Why Do Children Love Picture Books?

Let's start by acknowledging that even before kids can read by themselves, they love to look at pictures while listening to a story. Think about how illustrations play a special role in making a story more interesting and helping children understand and remember it better.

Why Are Children's Picture Books Important?

Picture books serve as essential instruments for nurturing a child's literacy and language abilities during their formative years, and oftentimes, throughout their entire childhood. Beyond their educational value, these books are pure enjoyment—filled with vibrant and captivating illustrations that captivate the imagination of both young readers and grown-ups, making storytime a joyful experience.

What Type of Books Do Children Prefer to Read?

Picture Books: "The Polar Express" by Chris Van Allsburg

Early Readers: "Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia" by Peggy Parish

Chapter Books: "A Boy Called Christmas" by Matt Haig

Graphic Novels: "A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel" adapted by Sean Michael Wilson

Adventure and Fantasy: "When Halloween Took Over Christmas: The Night of Halloween-Christmas" by James Emery Lovitt Jr.

Mystery and Detective Stories: "Nancy Drew Mystery Stories: The Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk" by Carolyn Keene

Humorous Books: "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" by Dr. Seuss

Series Books: "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever" by Jeff Kinney

Diverse and Inclusive Stories: "Last Stop on the Reindeer Express" by Maudie Powell-Tuck

What Books Should My Child Be Reading?

The books your child should be reading depend on their age, interests, and reading level. For younger children, colorful picture books with engaging stories can spark their imagination and love for reading. As they progress, consider early readers and chapter books that align with their interests, encouraging both enjoyment and skill development. Additionally, diverse and inclusive literature can help broaden their perspectives and foster empathy. Ultimately, the best books for your child are those that captivate their imagination and nurture a lifelong passion for reading.

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A Must-Read Christmas Conclusion - A Gift That Keeps Giving

As we wrap up our journey through the wonderland of Christmas books, remember that the gift of reading is one that keeps giving. By exploring the pages of these beloved stories, your child will not only build their literacy skills but also create memories that will last a lifetime.

So, there you have it, our answer to "What Books Should Every Child Read? [X-Mas Edition]." These 25 Christmas books are the key to unlocking the magic of the season. Share them with your little ones and watch their faces light up with joy.

Happy reading and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family! 🎄📖

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Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. If you make a purchase through these links, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Rest assured, I recommend only books that I truly value and believe you will enjoy as much as I do.

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