Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful….and what better way to enjoy an afternoon, than snuggling up beside the fire with a good book? To get you in the festive mood, here are 30 Magical Christmas Books the Kids (and You!) will Love.
Note: All book titles are linked to the Book Depository, which has free delivery worldwide. Where available we have also linked to Amazon.
#1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a true Christmas Classic from Dr. Seuss that has stood the test of time.
Find out if the Grinch manages to steal Christmas away from the Who’s of Who-Ville.
#2. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
The Snowman is another timeless classic that tells the story of young boy having an adventure with a snowman he has built.
This version of the Snowman book includes an audio CDread by Andrew Sachs.
#3. The Little Match Girl by Han Christian Andersen
I still have my copy of The Little Match Girl from when I was a child and my children love it now too.
On a cold December night everyone is rushing home to warm fires and beautiful food, everyone except the Little Match Girl, who still has one final bundle of matches to sell. Will anyone help her?
#4. The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett
The Wild Christmas Reindeer tells the tale of Little Teeka who thought she had to be firm with the reindeer to get them ready for Santa’s important flight.
But when her bossy yelling only got their antlers tangled up, she knew she had to try something different.
#5. Laura’s Christmas Star by Klaus Baumgart
Laura’s Christmas Star tells the story of Laura and her family who are going to visit her aunt for the holiday season.
But disaster strikes when their car breaks down and they have to return home. They don’t even have a Christmas Tree! But can Laura’s special friend, the star, help make Christmas special after all?
#6. The Elf on the Shelf by Carol V. Tebersold
The Elf on the Shelf must be bought in advance of Christmas, as he will report back to Santa Claus on who is naughty or nice in the home where he is living.
Simply put him on your shelf and let the magic happen!
#7. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
It tells the story of a young boy who boards a mysterious train, late on Christmas Eve, which is going to the North Pole. When he arrives Santa offers him any gift he desires. The boy modestly asks for one bell from the reindeer’s harness. It turns out to be a very special gift, for only believers in Santa can hear it ring.
#8. The Night Before Christmas Pop-Up Book by Robert Sabuda
Twas the night before christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse …
Robert Sabuda brings Clement Clarke Moore’s well known and much loved classic poem about the night before christmas to life with his stunning and intricate pop-ups. Open the pages and follow the family of mice as they pop and leap through the timeless, rhythmical text on their way to meet St. Nick in this beautiful adaptation of a classical family favourite.
#9. Dream Snow by Eric Carle
From the author who brought us The Hungry Catterpillar, Dream Snow is set on Christmas Eve when an old farmer goes for a nap, wondering how Christmas can come when there is no snow! In his dream that he imagines a snowstorm coming and covering him and his animals in a snowy blanket.
But when the farmer awakens, he finds that it has really snowed outside, and now he remembers something! Putting on his red suit, he goes outside, puts some gifts under the tree for his animals, and presses a button near a Christmas tree, creating a most surprising musical treat for children everywhere.
#10. Fancy Nancy – Splendiferous Christmas by Jana O’Connor
It’s nearly Christmas Day – the most glittery, sparkly and fabulous time of the year and Fancy Nancy can hardly contain her excitement!
But in all the excitement disaster strikes and Fancy Nancy’s most special decoration gets broken! What will go on the top of the tree now? Grandpa steps in just in time and with his help and a LOT of glitter, ribbons and tinsel, Fancy Nancy manages to create a very fancy alternative!
#11. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever has been entertaining readers since 1972. And more recently as a film.
It tells the story of a family of incorrigible children who discover the Christmas story for the first time and help everyone else rediscover its true meaning.
#12. The Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton
What happens when a Halloween character decides to kidnap Santa? Find out in The Nightmare Before Christmas which tells the tale of Jack Skellington who, instead of bringing joy to the world manages to, bring fear by delivering creepy toys and riding a sleigh carried by skeletal reindeer.
Only through a number of things going horribly wrong does Jack learn the true meaning of Christmas.
#13. Mog’s Christmas by Judith Kerr
Disconcerted by all the unusual activities, Mog escapes to the roof, and there she stays until, unexpectedly, she returns with a bump!
#14. The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston
This beautiful Appalachian Christmas tale tells the story of Ruthie and her family, from Pine Grove.
It is their turn to provide the town Church Christmas Tree. Ruthie and her father have picked the tree when he is called off to war. He is not back by Christmas Eve so what are they going to do?
#15. Room For a Little One by Martin Waddell
Room For a Little One tells the story of how so many animals were there on Christmas Day when Jesus was born.
Kind Ox makes room for Old Dog, who makes room for Stray Cat and small mouse and so on until Mary and Joseph ask “Where will my child be born?” Kind Ox replies “There is always room for a little one.”
#16. The Pups Save Christmas (Paw Patrol) by Golden Books
The Paw Patrol Pups have to save Christmas, but are they up to the task?
#17. A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree by Colleen Monroe
A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree tells the tale of an overgrown pine tree who never gets picked to be a Christmas Tree.
But can his woodland friends help to change his fortunes?
#18. Olive, the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh
Olive, the Other Reindeer tells the story of the dog who thinks she is a reindeer.
So when she appears in the North Pole, Santa and his elves are surprised, but in the end Olive and her unusual reindeer skills are just what Santa and his veteran reindeer team need.
#19. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski
But one day he has 2 visitors to his shop whose request leads him back to happiness – it really is a Christmas Miracle.
#20. Mr Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry
Mr Willowby’s Christmas Tree is so tall that it will not fit into his parlor. So he asks for the top to be cut off.
But what happens to the top? Where will it spend Christmas? Read this delightful tale full of woodland creatures, to find out.
#21. Babushka by Dawn Casey
Babushka has some unexpected visitors who are looking for a new born king. Once they leave she gathers some gifts together to bring to the new baby, but gives them away to children along the way.
When she eventually arrives, her basket is empty but will that matter to the new King?
#22. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The classic book, A Christmas Carol, tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, who is mean and miserable with no friends. Until the ghosts of Christmas take him on a journey to Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future.
Can he see the error of his ways and change?
#23. The Nutcracker by Susan Jeffers
Based on the stunning ballet, The Nutcraker by Susan Jeffers is a beautifully illustrated book telling the tale of when love triumphs.
Every child who dreams of meeting the sugar plum fairy will love this book and will want to read it again and again.
#24. The Jolly Christmas Postman by Allan & Janet Ahlberg
It’s Christmas Eve and the Jolly Christmas Postman is delivering greetings to various fairy-tale characters – there’s a card for Baby Bear, a game appropriately called ‘Beware’ for Red Riding Hood from Mr Wolf, a get-well jigsaw for hospitalised Humpty Dumpty and three more surprise envelopes containing letters, cards, etc.
Everyone’s favourite postman keeps on peddling his bicycle up hill and down dale …and into everybody’s hearts.
#25. Letters from Father Christmas by J. R.R. Tolkien
Inside would be a letter in strange spidery handwriting and a beautiful coloured drawing or some sketches. The letters were from Father Christmas. They told wonderful tales of life at the North Pole. Now you can read them too.
#26. The Christmas Unicorn by Anna Currey
The Christmas Unicorn tells the story of one little girl’s magical encounter with a Unicorn called Florian.
And she meets him just when she needs him most, to fill her Christmas with friendship and love.
#27. The Story of Holly & Ivy by Rumer Godden
Ivy, Holly, and Mr. and Mrs. Jones all have one Christmas wish. In The Story of Holly & Ivy, Ivy an orphan, wishes for a real home and sets out in search of the grandmother she’s sure she can find. Holly, a doll, wishes for a child to bring her to life. And the Joneses wish more than anything for a son or daughter to share their holiday.
Can all three wishes come true?
#28. How to Catch Santa by Jean Reagan
How to Catch Santa gives you clever ideas on how to catch the man in red on Christmas Eve!
#29. Christmas in the Manger by Nola Buck
Christmas in the Manger is a great first book about the nativity to teach children of all ages the meaning of Christmas.
It focuses on the Christmas star, the shepherds, Mary and Joseph and all the animals in the manger.
#30. The Christmas Wish by Lori Evert
Long ago, a brave little girl named Anja wished to be one of Santa’s elves. So she leaves a note for her family and helps her elderly neighbor prepare for the holiday, then she straps on her skis, and heads out into the snowy landscape.
From a red bird to a polar bear to a reindeer, a menagerie of winter animals help Anja make her way to Santa.
Have you any favourite Christmas Books for Kids that we have not mentioned? Please let us know in the comments box below.