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My Selection of the Best Christmas Books for Kids

Updated on February 8, 2015
The Grinch and The Snowman are two of our favourite Christmas Stories
The Grinch and The Snowman are two of our favourite Christmas Stories | Source

Tried and Tested Best Christmas Books for Children

The gift of a classic children's book will last them a lifetime but it isn't very easy to choose the best Christmas books for children. I've gathered a list of all the old favourites - the very best Christmas stories and children's classics; all those books beloved by children over the years and passed on in turn to their own children. Many classic tales are aimed at children and should be part of every child's basic education. Who doesn't know who Alice in Wonderland is? How sad not to have read Pinocchio.

If you are now convinced that the perfect gift is a book for Christmas, then the next question is "which one?".

The shops are full of books for children, but which are the best ones to choose? This is a personal list of Christmassy books that my son and I have both enjoyed the most over the years and I hope that you and the children in your life love them as much.

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the night before christmas
the night before christmas

Why a Classic Christmas Book is Such a Great Gift For Children

Classic books - give them the gift this Christmas

Reading to children is a great pleasure, especially when the books are first-class, but children gain so much more through reading than a little entertainment. Sitting together, snuggled up on the sofa on Christmas day will bring you close together both physically and emotionally.

Children enjoy the attention, they love having you all to themselves; give them the gift of your time. They learn some great tales that will stay with them a life-time and they'll take it all in - the pictures, the story, the morals, the fun and the sorrow - give them the gift of cultural knowledge. They'll also be looking keenly at the text and it won't be long before they start to put two and two together - the gift of effortless reading!

So why don't you give them the gift this Christmas?

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New Books for Kids for Christmas 2013

My pick of the best for children's book this Christmas

An Otis Christmas Book - A new Otis book especially for Christmas 2013

An Otis Christmas is a newly published (October 2013) Otis book especially for Christmas. The little old Tractor, Otis, who loves his farmer and farm but was ousted by a big, brand new yellow tractor, receives his very first Christmas present, a splendid new, shiny horn.

Just have a look a the quality of the illustrations and the timeless tone of the story and I think you'll agree that this, like so many of my choices below, will be the Christmas classics of the future.

An Otis Christmas
An Otis Christmas

But there's much more to this story - snow storms and a foal to be born mean Otis has to dash to the rescue. A bit like The Polar Express, the fabulous illustrations have a vintage feel that takes us back to Christmases gone by. Another timeless Christmas book for kids.


An Otis Christmas by Loren Long

More Magical Children's Christmas Books for 2013 - New books that may become the classics of the future

A Pirate's Twelve Days of Christmas
A Pirate's Twelve Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas .... a parrot in a palm tree! Get the picture? What fun. Suitable for children aged 3 and upwards - great for developing memory.

The Christmas Quiet Book
The Christmas Quiet Book

Who wouldn't want a little peace and quiet at Christmas? You can get it and still give the kids a treat with this Christmas Quiet book.

The Legend of the Candy Cane, Newly Illustrated Edition: The Inspirational Story of Our Favorite Christmas Candy
The Legend of the Candy Cane, Newly Illustrated Edition: The Inspirational Story of Our Favorite Christmas Candy

Iillustrated by Richard Cowdrey this is the story of a stranger who arrives in a small town and tells Lucy the legend of the candy cane. Suitable for 4 years upwards.

A Christmas Home: A Novel
A Christmas Home: A Novel

Following on from A Dog Named Christmas, Todd McCray is now twenty-four years old and working at a local animal sheltealong with Laura, a Labrador retriever called Christmas and canine friend Gracie. Together they help Laura overcome her day-to-day difficulties.

Baby's Christmas (Golden Baby)
Baby's Christmas (Golden Baby)

Retold rhyming story from 1959 with illustrations by Eloise Wilkin. Lets see what Santa brought for Baby's first Christmas ...


Christmas Classics

Christmas books that over the years have stood the test of time - children's Christmas classics

The Grinch is One of My All-time Favourites - Dr Seuss is Fantastic

How The Grinch Stole Christmas is one of my all-time favourites. I loved Dr Seuss when I was a child, my son loves the stories and I have loved re-reading them. Fabulous stories, great illustrations, morally uplifting, silly language and wonderful rhymes - what more could you want?

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Classic Seuss)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Classic Seuss)

The Grinch was different from the start, he arrived in a black umbrella on the doorstep of two spinsterish women and was laughed at and mocked by all the other children. Eventually he took himself off to live in the hills above the town - but still within earshot of the sickening sounds of merriment at Christmas. Find out what happens when one sweet little girl meets the Grinch and changes his life.


And The Grinch is a Superb Film Too

My son and the whole family loved the film version of The Grinch and I have watched it more times than I can count. Never-the-less, each time I saw the film, I spotted jokes and little things that I had missed first, second, third ..... time around. Funny, poignant and with a great Christmas Spirit message this film is a winner for Christmas Day.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Full Screen)
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Full Screen)

A wonderful story with a great message for a world that is full of waste and commercialism.


Preview of the film of The Grinch - Starring Jim Carrey

Fly with the Snowman

Authors Who Come up With the Christmas Goodies

Authors who can be relied on to come up with the goods

There are so many tried and tested authors who always come up with books that kids will love. They wrote the classics of the past and are writing the classics of the future. Here are just a few of my favourites.

These are authors that my son and I have loved over the last decade. They are suitable for younger children, say 3 - 7 years, and they can be relied on for a good story and super illustrations.

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas

    Oct 16, 2003by Charles M. Schulz
  • The Nutcracker

    Sep 18, 1999by Janet Schulman and E. T. A. Hoffmann
  • Richard Scarry's Christmas Mice (Little Golden Book)

    Sep 9, 2014by Richard Scarry
  • Little Bear (An I Can Read Book)

    Jan 1, 1978by Elsa Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak

Little Princess and her sledge

I Want My Sledge! (Little Princess)
I Want My Sledge! (Little Princess)

I love the Little Princess, the child-like drawings and her naughtiness. The Little Princess helped me to learn French so I can vouch for their linguistic efficacy.


Your Favourite Christmas Books for children - Tell me about your favourite childrens books at Christmas time

What are your favourite stories for children at Christmas? Are they included here? If not, do add yours to the comments box and I'll include it in the list to help other readers find the best books for children.

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© 2010 Barbara Walton

What are your favourite Christmas books for kids? - Do leave me a message

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      6 years ago

      Great list of Christmas books for kids. You have many of my favorites and you have one I love: One Snowy Night.

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      Barbara Walton 

      6 years ago from France

      @Gayle Mclaughlin: I think they're a very good investment, Gayle. Thanks.

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      Barbara Walton 

      6 years ago from France

      @Virginia Allain: Thanks for your comments, Virginia

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      Barbara Walton 

      6 years ago from France

      @Sylvestermouse: Sylvestermouse, many thanks for dropping by and leaving a message.

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      6 years ago from McLaughlin

      I love books and I love your choices! Books keep giving and giving!

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Kids get so excited at Christmas and it's good to keep one of these stories at hand. Reading to them settles them down again and makes a pleasant together time.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      6 years ago from United States

      Awesome selections! I think I need Bear and Snowglobe. I haven't seen that one and it definitely looks like a book I would enjoy. Now, I suppose I would have to read it to my puppies or grandkitties :)

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      Barbara Walton 

      7 years ago from France

      @OhMe: OhMe (Love your name!) Many thanks for the comment and lensroll. Will check out that Tree in the White House.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      You've chosen some great Christmas Books for Kids. Lensrolled to A Christmas Tree In The White House

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      Barbara Walton 

      7 years ago from France

      @HorseAndPony LM: HorseAndPony, Many thanks for kind words. Missed Winnie the Pooh first time round, so delighted to get to read it with my son.

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      Barbara Walton 

      7 years ago from France

      @naturegirl7s: Let me know if you publish one, naturegirl7, I'll lensroll it into mine.

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      HorseAndPony LM 

      7 years ago

      Great lens. We also love How The Grinch Stole Christmas and the Winnie the Pooh collection. Thanks for sharing!

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      Yvonne L. B. 

      7 years ago from Covington, LA

      Good collection, but I don't see a couple of my favorites. Wonder if lenses have been done on them... hmmm.

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      Barbara Walton 

      7 years ago from France

      @LisaAuch1: Thank you so much Lisa, for your comments. They are timeless.

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      Lisa Auch 

      7 years ago from Scotland

      What a lovely collection of books, I love the Snowman


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