Another Way to Make the Holidays Happy: 10 Christmas Books for Kids

Come in from the cold with some warm and fuzzy yuletide books to delight young readers.

Reading is part of the Christmas tradition, and some families have an annual ritual of reading their timeless favorites out loud around the tree every year. Storytelling sparks the magic of the season, and these books do a brilliant job of making the holiday bright.

 1. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, retold by Rick Bunsen

Who doesn’t love this classic story told in a classic version? Little Golden Books are synonymous with childhood, and this tale is drawn from the Burl Ives 1964 holiday TV special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

As everyone knows, Rudolph is singled out because he is different, but as his fellow reindeer soon discover, the thing that makes him different, also makes him special. Little Golden Books are perfect for toddlers and first readers as a sweet introduction to the wonderful story that gave birth to the famous song.

 2. Frosty the Snowman by Diane Muldrow

Another loveable Little Golden Book inspired by the 1969 television special, Frosty, comes to life with his magic top hat to cavort with the children all winter long. This sparkly guy is an emblem of holiday miracles, and this edition is cherished by families everywhere.

 3. How to Catch Santa by Jean Reagan and Lee Wildish

The holidays could use a little hilarity and hijinks.  After all, don’t you want to catch Santa?

Jean Reagan and Lee Wildish continue with their bestselling HOW TO… series, providing comedic instructions on how to bag Ol’ St. Nick. With funny illustrations and great use of language, this one is perfect for reading out loud.

 4. The Christmas Wish by Jan Brett

Jan Brett is considered one of the most talented and hardworking children’s illustrators and storytellers out there. The special Nordic tale will not omit any family member, because the story and the visuals are so beautifully rendered.

Anja wanted nothing more that to be one of Santa’s elves.  So she straps on her skis and ventures out into the snowy landscape. Anja is miraculously assisted by the woodland creatures as she makes her way to Santa. Wantto know what happens next?

 5. Click Clack Ho, Ho, Ho! by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin

You might remember Cronin’s famous farm animals that go on strike in exchange for electric blankets. This time, Farmer Brown is busy getting ready for the holiday, but oh no, Duck is stuck; what can his farm friends do to help?

 6. Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

Poor Bear just wants to sleep, after all, it’s winter: time to hibernate. Bear’s friends have other ideas; they want him to stay awake for Christmas. They decorate a Christmas tree for him, bake cakes, hang up stockings, and sing Christmas songs.
A really lovely story about the value of friendship and the sweet surprises of the season, Bear Stays up for Christmas is a heart-warming treat.

 7. The Sweet Smell of Christmas

Here’s a novel idea: a book that captures all the delightful smells of the Christmas holiday. Join Little Bear for a sensory, scratch-and-sniff adventure with apple pie and pine trees. It’s these wonderful sights and smells that make memories and magic.

 8. The Littlest Elf by Brandi Dougherty

Oliver is the sweetest littlest elf in the North Pole – so small, he gets lost in Santa’s workshop! He bumbles around and makes mess after mess; maybe he is just too small? Well, little Oliver is about to find of what his very special job is in Winter Wonderland.

 9. Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney

If you are familiar with this successful rhyming series, you will simply love this holiday spin on Anna Dewdney’s creation. Llama hates waiting. It always takes so long for the cookies to bake, standing in line to buy presents, for Santa to come! Little llama gets a warm and cozy reminder of the most important part of Christmas: spending time together.

 10. Kangaroo Christmas by James Flora

Kathryn receives a huge box, and when her father opens it – boing, boing, boing! A Kangaroo emerges! Kathryn and her new pal Adelaide go on an adventure to Grandma’s but things get a little out of hand.

Written in Flora’s seminal style, this funny and fantastic book is a great romp through another time and place.

Children gravitate to stories, and taking the time to read aloud and make the magic happen is a gift they will never forget. There are millions of wonderful books inspired by the Christmas spirit, so find your favorites and celebrate the season together.



About Susie Almaneih

Susie Almaneih spent several years during her young adulthood teaching children dance at her church group, as well as other cultural-based activities. Susie now spends as much time as she can giving back to the families in her community. Over the years, this love for community has evolved into a deeper love for delivering positive and creative content and awareness to families of all ages.

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