It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The time when we read all our favorite children’s Christmas books! I have been a collector of children’s Christmas books, long before I even had any children of my own. My very favorite thing to do with my kids at Christmas time is to build a fire in the fireplace, snuggle up on the sofa and read a whole stack of our favorite children’s Christmas books. My collection has grown to close to 60 books! Each year at the beginning of December, I wrap up a whole stack of books for the kids to open – 2 every day until Christmas. (I recently had someone ask me – Does EACH kid get to unwrap two books? To which I answered – No. There are 2 books per day for the whole crew. One day the two big boys each get to open a book, and the next day the two little boys each get to open a book).
I thought I would share with you a few of my favorite children’s Christmas books! (These are not affiliate links – I do not receive any compensation if you choose to purchase any of these books).
20 OF MY FAVORITE CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS BOOKS
Snowmen at Christmas
We love all the “Snowmen” series books, but this is one of my favorites! Fabulous illustrations and a fun story!
Tractor Mac Saves Christmas
Billy Steers has an entire series of Tractor Mac books. We love them all!
Bear Stays Up for Christmas
Who doesn’t love the Bear Books by Karma Wilson? These are a favorite in our house.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
I have always been a huge fan of Dr. Seuss, and The Grinch is by far one of my all-time favorites! A little known, but weird, fact about myself is that I can RECITE the entire story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. From memory. With my eyes shut. Now you know.
Little Blue Truck’s Christmas
Beep, Beep, Beep! This is a classic Little Blue story that my kids adore! Especially the twinkle lights at the end.
The Polar Express
I’m not a huge fan of the Polar Express movie, but I do love the book!
Room for a Little One
All the animals make room for a “Little One” in their stable.
Unwrapping the Greatest Gift
We have been using this book as our Christmas advent devotional the past few years. I love seeing the promise of the Messiah traced throughout the Bible, beginning all the way back in Genesis. The wording is a bit “flowery” and it’s sometimes difficult for my kids to follow along (ages 8, 6, 4, and 2). But the illustrations are lovely. We sometimes just read the Bible passage for the day, and then I “summarize” the devotional story for my kids. Ann Voskamp has recently added printable, full-color ornaments that can be downloaded from her website! The 3″ round ones fit perfectly on a wide-mouth mason jar lid.
Such a fun book! The hard-back edition has clear, overlay pages to create “layered” illustrations. My kids love guessing which animal is hiding underneath. Oh, and there’s a “button” on the last page that plays music, so that’s always a hit with my boys.
The Legend of the Candy Cane
This is a heart-warming story that explains the “meaning” behind the shape, color and stripes of the candy cane.
The Crippled Lamb
This is a new book in our collection this year, and I haven’t had a chance to read it yet! I know it’s a classic, and I’m looking forward to reading it with my kids.
The Legend of the Christmas Stocking
This story tells of the original “Saint Nick” and how he chose to be a blessing to those around him.
Santa Are You for Real?
When Nick comes home from school feeling sad that there really is “no Santa”, his Dad tells him the story of the real “Saint Nicholas.”
Song of the Stars
Written by the same author of The Jesus Storybook Bible, this Christmas book is sure to be a favorite. All of creation is looking forward in anticipation to the coming of the Messiah, Jesus.
The Christmas Baby
I have many fond memories of reading the “Arch Books” series when I was little. They are all written in rhyming stanzas (some of the rhymes are better than others), and they are all stories from the Bible. The Christmas Baby tells the story of the first Christmas when Christ Jesus was born.
Baby Jesus is Born
Another “Arch” book about the birth of Jesus.
The Brick Bible – Christmas Story
My kids love everything to do with legos, so they of course love this version of the Nativity story. It’s fairly accurate, according to the Biblical account, even down to the details of Herod killing the babies in Bethlehem. So be forewarned that there may be “sensitive” topics for younger children.
Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present
When I first received this book as a gift, I didn’t have high hopes. But you can’t judge a book by it’s title! This is a great book about how Santa went to all extremes to deliver a gift to Harvey Slumfenburger.
Jan Brett’s Christmas Treasury
Jan Brett’s classically beautiful illustrations paired with charming Christmas stories make for a lovely read. This collection includes: The Night Before Christmas, Trouble with Trolls, Christmas Trolls, The Mitten, The Hat, The Twelve Days of Christmas, and The Wild Christmas Reindeer.
This book was my family’s when I was a little girl. It was written in 1961 and it’s no longer in print. But you can find a used copy at the link below! This is the book we open and read on Christmas Day every year.
I hope you have a blessed Christmas season with your family, celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ!
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