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10 Favorite Children's Christmas Books

Updated on November 22, 2017

My Family's Favorite Children's Christmas Books

When our kids were young, my wife and I would read to them every night, and reading books prior to Christmas was a great joy. Over the years we realized we were reading the same children's Christmas books over and over and would never get bored.

From after Thanksgiving all the way to Christmas, our kids pick out their favorite stories and we sit down and read one each night before they go to bed. Our older kids will even sit down and listen or read the books to the younger kids. Christmas is a great time of the year.

The following list of children's Christmas books remains our favorite. We have received some great suggestion over the years including the Puddinhead Story, the Littlest Angel, and Mrs. Claus and the School of Christmas Spirit. If you have a favorite Christmas book you read to your children or grandchildren, please add it in the comments section at the end of this page so I can highlight it for other parents.

Here's wishing your Christmas season is the best one yet.

The Christmas Bear by Henrietta Stickland

"How kind of you to drop in", said Santa, in spite of his surprise, "You must be answering my ad for a helper, Good!"

My children's favorite Christmas Book - The Christmas Bear by Henrietta Stickland, illustrated by Paul Stickland

I probably read The Christmas Bear by Henrietta Stickland twenty times during the Christmas season. This is a great story about a polar bear cub who meets Santa on Christmas Eve. Paul Stickland's illustrations are marvelous and my kids always try to see who can find the penguin in each picture first.

Christmas Eve Pajama Tradition

We celebrate Christmas Eve each year at my mom's house. One of the presents she gets her grandchildren each year is pajamas. The kids can't wait to get these, put them on, and wear them in the car on the way home. There are two books about this very tradition, The Puddinhead Story by Mary Ann DiBattista and The Pajama Elves by Hayden Edwards. If you don't have a Christmas Eve tradition, I hope these will inspire you to make one with your grandchildren.

Puddinhead Story
Puddinhead Story

The Puddinhead Story by Mary Ann DiBattista was mentioned to me in 2011, by Squidoo lensmaster XMAS14. who left this description of the book: "Story of a Christmas elf who brings pajamas on Christmas Eve in preparation for Santa."


The Mitten by Jan Brett

"If you drop one in the snow, you'll never find it"

Jan Brett Christmas Books

Jan Brett has some of our favorite Christmas books and stories. These books are warm, full of adventure, and of course carry the Christmas spirit. If you've never read a Jan Brett book, then you are not only missing out on great stories, but also great illustrations.

In Addition to The Mitten, Jan Brett has written over a dozen Christmas books including:

  • The Wild Christmas Reindeer
  • The Hat
  • Three Snow Bears
  • Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve
  • Home for Christmas.

Jan Brett Reading the Mitten

The Mitten by Jan Brett

The Mitten
The Mitten

One of our favorite Jan Brett Christmas books about a lost mitten and the animals that find it.


More Great Children's Christmas Books

This list has been curated from many sources including reader's comments.

  • Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree - My sister-in-law always comes up with the best books. This year it was Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by Robert Barry. What a great Christmas book.
  • Mrs Claus and The School of Christmas Spirit by Rebecca Munsterer - Mrs Claus runs the School of Christmas Spirit at the North Pole. Each year kids who feel unimportant learn the four tenants of Christmas Spirit: worthiness, wonder, will, and whimsy. Kat, one of the children in this year's class, isn't so special with her 7 siblings, but at the North Pole, she feels special and helps Mrs Claus save Santa and Christmas. A new Chirstmas book published in 2012 just in time for the Christmas season. This is a great book for 7,8, and 9 year old girls as it is a chapter book and an easy read. Girls will not want to go to bed, and parents will enjoy the story as well. And if Grandma gives them a snow globe for Christmas and some candyfruit, well, things may get a little out of hand after that.
  • The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell - Here's another book mentioned by a reader that believes adults and kids will enjoy.
  • Santa is Coming to Chicago - written by Steve Smallman and Robert Dunn - Steve Smallman and Robert Dunn have written a series of books about Santa coming to a town or state near you. I first saw these books in 2013 at a book fair at my daughter's elementary school. To find the book for your area, click on the picture of the Chicago book and then search Amazon for your favorite city or state.
  • The Elf on the Shelf - The Elf on the Shelf has become a tradition in many families. The storybook and the doll are a great combination for toddlers and pre school children. The story has the elf reporting to Santa Claus every evening when the kids go to be and then hiding in a different spot in the house to watch and make sure the kids are behaving before Christmas. The elf doll is available with many different eye colors and skin types.
  • Dream Snow by Eric Carle - Eric Carle is a great picture book writer and illustrator.

Recommend a favorite Christmas book or Christmas story - We're always looking for great books to read around the holidays. Please recommend your favorite.

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      Tom Fattes 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      @pjsart: I can't wait to read the Children's Bluebird. Give me a holler when you finish the latest version.

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      pjsart 4 years ago

      I love the old classic: The Children's Bluebird which is still available on Amazon. It has been with me since I was four. I am rewriting it now with new illustrations, but it probably won't be available this year...hopefully in time for next Christmas.

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      Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I love the classic, Twas the Night Before Christmas. My son loves the Polar Express! Blessings to you on Christmas Eve :)

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      MetkaL 5 years ago

      I love books, great lens!

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      Soldiersister8184 5 years ago

      Oh! There is a very old goldenback book called The Littlest Elf. I love this story. I remember my dad reading it to me, and I read it to my boys now. My dad even sent us a voice recording last year of him reading it to them! Wonderful story!

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      One of the best things about Christmas is having a little time to snuggle up and read. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I believe in Father Christmas. The Grinch is my fave. But after reading this thread I bought the Belstarr book. It is not as good as Dr Suess, but he is a genius. But i must say it is an amazing rhyme. Definitely the book for christmas 2012 for children. I would have called it Belstarr The Christmas Toymaker though.

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      ForresterBanks 5 years ago

      I too just bought the paperback version of Belstarr the toymaker. My four children actually compared themselves to the four children in the story. Alvaro, Belstarr, Chiska and Duchy. Very nice read this story book. They enjoyed the rhyme the most. I would certainly recommend Belstarr the toymaker to anyone.

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      AlexBPearl 5 years ago

      Nice lens. My children's book is raising money for homeless kids in the UK. Please take a look:

      Avail @Amazon worldwide & all good bookshops.

      Best, AP

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I canât wait to buy my daughter âRatburgerâ for Christmas. I will be giving it to her on Christmas Eve along with Belstarr The Lost Toymaker, a Christmas book for children everyone is raving about on Goodreads and Squidoo, it has been compared to âThe Grinch Who Stole Christmasâ because of itâs beautiful Rhyme. Well done David Walliams, the âRatburgerâ cover looks splendid.

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      enzobigcheese 5 years ago

      I bought the paperback version of Belstarr The Lost Toymaker by Wolf-Hawk Writing and adored every page, I really do believe in Christmas now.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I bought the book The Pajama Elves for my kids from Amazon. It is well written and my boys loved the pictures. I put it away until after Thanksgiving, but they are already asking about when the pajama elves are coming

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The Christmas Orange by Don Gilmour. Timeless story.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love this Christmas book list

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Belstarr The Lost Toymaker by Wolf-Hawk Writing - available on or - a wonderful rhyming story - a lot like the Grinch who stole Christmas. New authors who need a chance and some exposure.

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      shayriana 6 years ago

      Fantastic Christmas books!

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      baby-strollers 6 years ago

      I love anything that tells an xmasy story, either the original or a traiditional one of some kind.

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      SupremeOptimist 6 years ago

      great books!

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      TNThompson 6 years ago

      This is probably for slightly older children, but the Santa Paws books by Nicholas Edwards are great!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Lovely books for Christmas!

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We love to read, too. This list is just great for kids.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you so much for this list. I was able to add more books to our family list. One that I really think you and the kids will love is The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell. One that will make you smile is There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Cold. I hope you enjoy them as much as our family does. Leena

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      Eileen 6 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Great stuff .... what a wonderful selection of Christmas Books !

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      Joycevoice 6 years ago

      This is a nice overview of the many Christmas books available. Winnie the Pooh Christmas looks perfect for my son. Thank you.

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      Xmas14 6 years ago

      Another great book is The Puddinhead Story. Great tradition you can start with your own families!!! Story of a Christmas elf who brings pajamas on Christmas Eve in preparation for Santa.

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      JenOfChicago LM 6 years ago

      Wonderful list! These would make great Christmas morning gifts too!

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      LakeshoreTara 6 years ago

      We love Jan Brett - she's a favourite in our home... another great book to read is "Merry Christmas, Big Hungry Bear" by Don and Audrey Wood (teaches a great lesson about sharing)

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      andreaberrios lm 6 years ago

      Great selection of books!! Christmas is my favorite season. Thanks!

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      squid-pinkchic18 7 years ago

      Very nice lens! This is a wonderful place to find some great Christmas stories. Thanks! Blessed by a squidangel!

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      HiatusBath 7 years ago

      What a great list! My son would definitely enjoy these!

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      natashaely 7 years ago

      I love Christmas books, especially when being read to children, it all about them. This bought back some lovely memories from when I as young, good lens :)

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      Good lists

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      Nightowl John 7 years ago

      There are some wonderful books on your list plus some we'll definitely have to check out. Squid Angel blessed.

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      Tom Fattes 7 years ago from Naperville, IL

      @MisterJeremy: The Snowman is a great book. I've added it to this lens.

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      SofiaMann 7 years ago

      You have a great book collection here. Nice lens.

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      Annamadagan 7 years ago

      I like your lense. We have a few of those books, I thumbed it up.

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      Jeremy 7 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Thanks for this great list! How about "The Snowman" (wordless and worded versions)? For older kids, I just started reading "The Last Holiday Concert" by Andrew Clements. I'll come back and add another comment if I find the book to be really special. Blessed and lensrolled to my "Best Christmas Pageant Ever" lens.

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      Vikki 7 years ago from US

      Great list of Christmas books! I can't think of anymore either.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      the berenstain bears was probably one of my favorite books as a kid. me and my sister were defiantly like the two little bears in the book and unleashed my love for African-American Book Publisher

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      jgelien 7 years ago

      I can't think of any you don't already have on your list! I am so glad I passed on to my children the love of reading. They are all grown but love books and have fond memories of reading Christmas stories together. Lovely lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hi again!, Christmas draws nigh and I've been travelling around schools and libraries reading The Christmas Bear and showing The Christmas Workshops, the pop up version.

      Lensrolled on my new dinosaur squidoos and

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      Yvonne L. B. 7 years ago from Covington, LA

      Very nice selection of Christmas books. I've featured this lens on Christmas Recipes for Kids.

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      Hmarketing 8 years ago

      Hi Anita, valuable resource you got here

      keep on inspiring people

      there's your 5 star!


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      poutine 8 years ago

      I like the mitten package a lot.

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      Anahid LM 8 years ago

      Hi I hve two grnaddaughters wanted to pick a book for them came to your lens. gave you 5 stars, will lensroll. Thanks. Anna

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      Anahid LM 8 years ago

      Hi: I am reading through to find books for my grandaughters. I gave you five star and will lensroll. great work. Thanks Anna

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      My favorite Christmas book is the worn old copy of Twas the Night Before Christmas though I love the illustrations in the Jan Brett books as well.

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      Faye Rutledge 8 years ago from Concord VA

      My all time favorite is The Night Before Christmas, which you already have listed. Great ideas for kids Christmas books! I've lensrolled you with my Christmas Movies for Kids, Christmas Stocking Craft Ideas, and Nativity Sets for Kids. Have a Merry Christmas! :-)

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Good selections here...thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Doctor Who star David Tennant is to regenerate as a kids' storyteller this Christmas for the Bedtime Story chair on CBeebies. On Christmas Eve he will be seen reading The Christmas Bear by Henrietta and Paul Stickland.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thanks for the kind comments about the Christmas Bear. I was the person who spent two whole years painting those illustrations!! More on my website or blog or Christmas Store*

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      My favorite Christmas Book for Children is A Christmas Tree In The White House and I am lensrolling this great lens to it.

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      AppalachianCoun 9 years ago

      Thank-you for the tips, we were looking for info on this. Great lens.


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