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Our Favorite Children's Christmas Books
Our List of Favorite Children's Christmas Books
My wife and I love to read, and reading around at Christmas time is one of our holiday traditions. We definitely have our favorite children's Christmas books we read every year and never get bored of them.
Our kids pick out their favorite stories and we sit down and read them every night before they go to bed. Our older kids will even sit down and listen or read the Christmas stories 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 suggestions for children's Christmas books in the past which include the Puddinhead Story, the Littlest Angel, and Mrs. Claus and the School of Christmas Spirit. If you have a favorite Christmas book you read or have read to your children, please add it in the comments section at the end of this page so I can highlight 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. These two books are about this very tradition and I hope you make it one with your grandchildren.
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." In 2012, another book was mentioned on this page called The Pajama Elves by Hayden Edwards.
Mrs Claus and The School of Christmas Spirit by Rebecca Munsterer - For Girls in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades
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 Mitten by Jan Brett
"If you drop one in the snow, you'll never find it"
The Mitten by Jan Brett
Jan Brett Christmas Books
In addition to the books highlighted on this page, Jan Brett has some of our favorite Christmas books and stories from throughout the years. Not only do toddlers and preschoolers enjoy the books, I find the older kids will sit in the room and listen to Christmas stories over and over. The middle school and high school kids eventually get into the Christmas spirit by reading these stories to their younger siblings.
Although The Mitten is the only one Jan Brett book in this article, she has written over a dozen Christmas books including, The Wild Christmas Reindeer, The Hat, Three Snow Bears, Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve, and Home for Christmas. If you've never read a Jan Brett book, then you are not only missing out a great stories, but also the great illustrations. Check out the entire list of Jan Brett books
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.
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
"Soon he dreamed of falling snowflakes."