12 Christmas Books to Read and Enjoy with Your Kids
Who doesn’t love a trip to the library during the holiday season? It’s the perfect time to stock up on books to read both for yourself and your kids. Of course, if you’re checking out holiday or Christmas books, it’s wise to check them out early because they fly off the shelves this time of year.
We’ve always enjoyed checking out Christmas books to read together around the holidays. It’s cold outside and warm inside, making it the perfect time for a fire in the woodstove. We’ve been known to make a cup of hot chocolate stuffed so full of marshmallows they don’t even have room to float. A cozy throw is also in order when snuggled up on the couch reading a good book together.
Like many families, we’ve definitely had our favorite holiday books over the years. I’ll do my best to narrow them down as I share a list of Christmas books to read and enjoy with your kids.
12 Christmas Books to Read and Enjoy Together
1. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey - A very lonely woodcarver is introduced to a little boy who has a miraculous impact on his life as he teaches the boy to carve during the Christmas season. It’s a moving story full of the true meaning of Christmas.
2. Snowmen at Night - If your little ones have ever imagined what snowmen do at night or whether they come alive when little eyes aren’t watching, this is a book they’ll love. It’s an adventure as the reader discovers what really happens when everyone goes in for the night.
3. The Jesse Tree - Whether or not you celebrate Advent or put up a Jesse tree, this book is a great read you can actually stretch throughout the holiday season. It’s filled with Bible stories that are re-told from a contemporary standpoint, as Mr. Butterfield tells the stories to his guest.
4. Bear Stays Up for Christmas - Bear just can’t seem to get his winter’s nap in as his friends work to keep him up to help them with all the festivities. But Bear learns a little something about the true gift of giving at Christmas.
5. The Crippled Lamb - A little lamb, born crippled, often feels left out when all the other little lambs are running and playing. His best friend is a cow named Abigail who consistently reminds him that God has a special plan for his life. I won’t give away the ending of the story, but it has to do with the very first Christmas.
6. Little House in the Big Woods - Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books have long been favorites. Laura and her family celebrate Christmas in the Big Woods, and readers are taken back to a simpler time and a much simpler, yet no less exciting, celebration of Christmas with family.
7. My Treasury of Christmas Stories - If you like a book with a compilation of stories, this is a good one. It includes stories like The First Christmas (from Luke 2 and Matthew 2), A Christmas Carol, The Night Before Christmas, The Nutcracker, The Twelve Days of Christmas, The Little Fir-tree, and The Snow Queen.
8. How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas? - Hilarious story! You’ll laugh right along with your kids as you experience the excitement of dinosaurs waiting for Christmas to come.
9. Christmas Legends to Remember - Another compilation of stories, this is a great read-aloud for parents and kids to read together. You’ll read the Legend of the Candy Cane, Legend of the Christmas Tree, and Legend of Saint Nicholas.
10. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! - It would be a travesty (especially to my 9 year old) to leave this timeless tale off the list. Dr. Seuss is a huge hit in our home and always has been. Read the book; then snuggle up together and watch the old cartoon. It just never gets old.
11. Christmas Farm - If your kids enjoy nature, they’ll definitely enjoy the story of Wilma and her neighbor friend, Parker, as they take the reader on the journey of building and growing a Christmas tree farm.
12. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - This is a hilarious book with a story that’s outside the realm of most Christmas books. It’s yet another story that’s full of the true meaning of Christmas and makes a great read-aloud at Christmas time.
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What Christmas books are your family’s favorites? Do you have a favorite one from your own childhood?