Christmas Books are an important part of the holidays for everyone. As a child, my siblings and I would all huddle round while we read the same children’s stories every year, even as we grew into our teens and even adulthood. Tradition is tradition. Children’s Christmas stories hold a very special kind of magic to instill the holiday spirit. Whether you choose a classic Christmas tale or a new holiday adventure, curl up with your little ones and some hot cocoa as you read one of our favorite Christmas books for kids.
Frozen: Olaf’s Night Before Christmas
‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring . . . until a sound awakens Olaf. Read along as Olaf has the adventure of a lifetime with a mysterious stranger in red. This beautifully illustrated 32-page paper-over-board picture book comes with a read-along CD featuring audio narration by Josh Gad, the voice of Olaf! Fans of all generations will delight in Olaf’s innocent and humorous account of “The Night Before Christmas.”
I absolutely love this book! Julius does an amazing job of changing a time-honoured Christmas story staple into a modern tale with a Frozen twist. I especially love that the story is told from Olaf’s point of view. His innocence is reminiscent of my own childhood Christmas memories.
Olga T. Mosqueda’s illustrations are whimsical and enchanting. I love that all of Santa’s reindeer look like Sven! Additionally, I like how each main character from Frozen has his/her own stocking that is decorated to resemble his/her clothing (or appearance) from the movie.
This book will delight readers of all ages and makes the perfect Christmas gift. There is also a CD included in which Olaf himself reads the story. Children can follow along with Olaf and discover the magic of Santa and Christmas together
The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving
In The Berenstain Bears and The Joy of Giving Brother and Sister Bear can’t wait for Christmas and all the presents they’ll open. But during the Christmas Eve pageant, something special happens! The Bear cubs learn a very valuable lesson about the joy of giving to others.
Overall, this book is a wonderful Christmas story. It highlights the values of sharing and being kind. It also teaches the joy of giving. However, this book may not be of interest to all students in the classroom if they do not celebrate this holiday. If I was to use this book I would read a variety of holiday books that occur at this same time of the year to be inclusive and teach students about a diverse group of traditions celebrated by many different people.
5-Minute Winnie the Pooh Stories
Join Winnie the Pooh and his friends on a birthday party, help Rabbit find his Good Mood, play with little Roo, and more! With 12 stories featuring Winnie the Pooh and all of your favorite characters from the Hundred Acre Wood, each meant to be read aloud in five minutes, this padded storybook with beautiful illustrations is the perfect fit for bedtime, story time, or anytime
Overall this is a good collection of stories, excellent for calming excitable kids down before bed. The first and last stories have been my kid’s favorite — we’ve read them several times each now. A good chunk of the other stories he liked well enough but hasn’t asked for again. Three of them he refuses to let me read to him for reasons knowable only to himself. If it weren’t for the first and last stories I might be tempted to pass it on, but so long as he likes hearing those over and over it’s a keeper.
It’s Christmas Eve and Santa is busy getting gussied up for the big night. But when he goes to put on his warm, cozy (holey, ragged) Christmas underwear, they’re nowhere to be found! With undies for every occassion, he tries on the rest of his collection. But nothing is quite right. Just when he’s about to give up he find a surprise from his considerate team of reindeer. Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas!
I liked the story, but I wish Santa was getting dressed by himself. I didn’t really see a problem with it at first, but the elves are obviously children and Santa could have left them out of changing his underwear. I feel like the error is something that could be explained a way to children by simply saying, “It’s kind of weird Santa needs so much help to get dressed, huh? Why can’t he dress himself?!” I find that casually pointing out things I find to be in error helps children learn that certain things are not ok, on the off chance they one day might. Anyway, cool story
Sneezy the Snowman
B-R-R-R-R! AH-CHOO! Sneezy the Snowman is cold, cold, cold. To warm-up, he drinks cocoa, sits in a hot tub, stands near a warm fire – and melts! But the children know just what to do to build him up again – and make him feel “just right”. Hilarity chills the air with playful mixed-media illustrations by Stephen Gilpin as Sneezy attempts to warm himself with some silly results
What an excellent read-aloud for storytime! The rhymes just roll off the tongue and the pattern and repetition help the kids follow along and predict what’s going to happen. I read it to a group of 3-5 year olds this morning who particularly enjoyed sneezing along with me. Super fun. This book is a treasure for the primary teacher. The potential uses are abundant, from cause & effect, inferences, rhyming, long e sounds, and more. The illustrations alone could be two lessons. A perfect January selection!
Don’t Be A Jerk – It’s Christmas! (SpongeBob SquarePants)
Christmas — it’s a time for giving, spending time with loved ones, and spreading holiday cheer… but NOT for being a jerk! Sing along as SpongeBob and friends take a festive romp through Bikini Bottom set to the lyrics of the hit song, “Don’t Be a Jerk — It’s Christmas” from the stop-motion sensation, “It’s a SpongeBob Christmas!”
A fun read for kids! It sends a very positive message about the meaning of giving during the Christmas season. It features all of the solution characters in a positive way!
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street
The Vanderbeekers have always lived in the brownstone on 141st Street. It’s practically another member of the family. So when their reclusive, curmudgeonly landlord decides not to renew their lease, the five siblings have eleven days to do whatever it takes to stay in their beloved home and convince the dreaded Beiderman just how wonderful they are. And all is fair in love and war when it comes to keeping their home.
I THOROUGHLY enjoyed the world of the Vanderbeekers. Karina Yan Glaser has created a charming cast of characters (even Oliver…ESPECIALLY Oliver). Though it is a contemporary novel, it has a classic feel. Walkie-Talkies? Do kids today even know what those are? They will after they meet the Vanderbeekers. I highly recommend this book to parents who enjoy reading with their children. And I hope many teachers and librarians will make it available to their students. Thank you, Karina Yan Glaser, for introducing us to the WONDERFUL Vanderbeekers of 141st Street!
Man Sponge Saves the Day
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Man Sponge! Join SpongeBob in this new superhero-themed Ready-to-Read adventure.Bikini Bottom is in trouble, and there’s only one person who can save it–it’s Man Sponge! In this easy-to-follow Level 2 story that’s filled with lots of action and laughs, SpongeBob becomes a superhero and puts the bad guys in their place.
When SpongeBob’s Super Heroes go on vacation he stands in for them making sure everything stays save. BUT when Plankton calls in all his villain friends SpongeBob has to do something! So he becomes Man Sponge! And with the help of the invisible bicycle he helps saves the day!
Never Touch a Polar Bear!
You must never touch a polar bear . . . unless it’s in this book! This festive touch-and-feel book is perfect for young children. They will love reading the funny rhyme that warns of the dangers of touching the animals–and then ignoring the advice!
Little Blue Truck’s Christmas
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Little Blue Truck is spreading cheer by delivering Christmas trees to his animal friends. Can you help count each green tree from one to five and back again? Don’t forget to save one for Blue! Beep! Beep!
With the gentle rhythm and signature illustration style that made Little Blue Truck a household name, Blue’s new adventure is full of holiday warmth. Sturdy cardstock pages, a compact and child-friendly text, and flashing colored Christmas lights on the final page come together in a novelty gift book that’s sure to be the favorite treat of the season.
As Little Blue Truck delivers his five Christmas trees to his farmyard friends the reader will enjoy a simple countdown book with sweetly illustrated images of wintry scenes. There is even a battery lit Christmas tree on the last page that will twinkle when the page is opened. Cute. My three year old really enjoyed this one.
The Deep and Snowy Wood
A deer, a squirrel and a mole know a secret.
They know that once a year a very special person plays a brief visit to the Deep and Snowy wood. Who could this special person be?
See if you can guess.
Ages 2 and up
The Deep and Snowy Wood is a Christmas/Winter picture book.
Told in rhyme it tells the story of 3 animals making their way through the wood.
The other animals of the wood are curious and follow the three to see what they know.
Very short but sweet story about animals waiting for Santa and Christmas. I loved the pictures, the animals were dressed and looked super cute but Im not sure if all kids would like them.
It doesn’t really have a message but it’s perfect to read while waiting for Christmas 🙂
Best Christmas Books for Kids That’ll Make Them Even More Excited
Christmas is such a magical season. Everyone, including the adults, is certainly enchanted by hanging the stockings on the mantel, designing the Christmas tree, selecting presents, and decking the home with garlands, twinkly lighting, and bows than imaginable. One of well-known fun Christmas things to do during the wintertime with everyone is watching a Christmas film for children, or play a Christmas video game for children, but something that’s a lot more particular is cuddling up by the fire to learn one of these best Xmas books for kids.
The stunning illustrations and sweet stories will leave you as well as your children feeling whole of the holiday spirit. Infants and toddlers will enjoy a few of the hard-supported picture books, while those learning how specifically to examine can practice on much-loved tales just like the Night Before Xmas or The Polar Express. There are some interactive choices on the list too, therefore all ages to become involved if they’re interested. Whichever option you select, we highly advise securing to these every year. You may find that showing them and reading jointly as a family group will become one of the most treasured Xmas traditions you possess dear. Also, have a look at these funny Christmas quotes, Santa jokes, and Christmas poems for kids to read to them too!