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The Best Christmas Books for Kids [2021 Edition]

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The holiday season can get very hectic, but reading Christmas books is a great way to slow down and enjoy some quality time together as a family. Fortunately, many wonderful children’s Christmas books delight parents just as much as the kids. If you want to add to your collection of Christmas books, or if you’re simply looking for books to borrow from your local library this season, our list of the best Christmas books for kids is the perfect place to start!

How to Choose the Best Children’s Christmas Books for Your Family

To help you find the right holiday books for your family, we’ve broken our list down into five categories:

  • Christmas Books For Toddlers – These board books include simple stories, wonderful illustrations, and even some interactive elements that make them some of the very best Christmas books for preschoolers and toddlers.
  • Christmas Picture Books – There are so many wonderful Christmas story books for kids that it’s hard to narrow it down, but the ones that made our list have all become favorites with our families!
  • Classic Christmas Books for Kids – These classic children’s Christmas books (many of which you’ll probably remember from your own childhood) are perfect for families to enjoy together. The titles on this list make some of the best Christmas Eve books to read again year after year.
  • Christmas Books For Young Readers – If you are looking for a Christmas book that your beginner reader can read on their own or out loud to you, this list is a good place to start.
  • Christmas Chapter Books for Kids – Whether you have older kids who are ready to independently read chapter books, or you’re looking for a longer book to read out loud as a family, these Christmas chapter books are sure to put everyone in the holiday spirit.
Text reading The Best Christmas Books for Kids over images of 4 Christmas Children's books

How to Incorporate Christmas Books Into Your Family Traditions

We strongly believe that kids should always be surrounded by books, but when it comes to holiday-themed books, we prefer to store them with the holiday decor, bringing them out only for a month or so each year. By doing this, we are able to enjoy our favorite Christmas books year after year without the kids getting bored of them. Plus, storing them helps make room for more non-seasonal books!

Incorporating books into your holiday traditions is a wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit while instilling a lifelong love of reading in your children. Some families have a favorite title that they like to read to kick off the season, some read a book or a chapter each night of December, and others choose a family favorite that they read each Christmas Eve before tucking the kids into bed.

Learn how to create a Christmas Book Advent Calendar

Whether you’re searching for just one very special holiday book, or enough to enjoy all season long, look no further! The list below is broken into five sections to make it easy to find the best children’s Christmas books for your family.

The Best Children's Christmas Books

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Christmas Books for Toddlers

The Best Christmas Picture Books

Classic Christmas Books for Kids

Christmas Books for Young Readers

Christmas Chapter Books for Kids

How to Create a Christmas Book Advent Calendar - Book Girls' Guide

Tuesday 23rd of November 2021

[…] BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS: The Best Christmas Books for Kids […]

Bron Morgan

Friday 12th of November 2021

If you’ve never read the Lori Evert Wish books, check them out! Each year I read The Christmas Wish to some of my classes, and the kids are mesmerized!!! (Mom wrote the story using her daughter as a character and Dad is the photographer!)

Melissa George

Friday 12th of November 2021

Thank you! That looks amazing - such cool photographs!