25 Beloved Christmas Books You Must Read With Kids This Holiday Season

Updated: Jun 14, 2021

Christmas is almost here. It's never too early to get your reading list in the holiday spirit. We've gathered 25 beloved Children's Christmas books that we've enjoyed through the years for you to read and warm your heart and home this holiday season.

1. Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

This is a touching story about loss and healing with beautiful illustrations that convey the message of Christmas in a wonderful way. It is about a Woodcarver Jonathan Toomey who lost his wife and child many years ago and has been sad in his life ever since until one day a widower and her son come to ask him to carve them a nativity scene in time for Christmas. Get your copy and an extra box of tissues.

2. The year of the perfect Christmas Tree

It is a lovely story about a family who lives in a remote village in the Appalachian mountains.

With her father off fighting in WW1, will Ruthie and her mother be able to get the Christmas tree for their church as it is her family’s turn?

3. Christmas in Noisy Village

For an old fashioned Christmas feeling, spend Christmas at the turn of the 20th century; this is a cute book about Swedish children's lives during the holidays. It is written by Astrid Lindgreen, the author of Pippi Longstocking. Great story. Colourful, vibrant pictures.

4. Legend of the Christmas stocking

A beautifully illustrated story about kindness and how the stocking came to be a symbol of Christmas

5. My Prairies Christmas – by brett Harvey

This book is about a little girl's first Christmas in the prairie.

6. The Christmas wish

It is a book with Beautiful photography of wintry scenes and a Scandinavian girl Anja on her journey to the north pole to become one of Santa’s elves.

7. Christmas day in the morning

It is the story of a boy who doesn’t have a lot of money and wants to give his dad a gift. It is a beautifully written story of love and service and the true meaning of Christmas by Pulitzer prize recipient and noble prize in literature recipient Pearl Buck.

8. Lucy & Tom at Christmas

Heartwarming British tradition Christmas book by Shirley Hughes

9. The legend of the candy cane

It is the story of a young girl, Lucy, in a small town and the candy cane's meaning.

10. Christmas Tapestry

A moving story of wonderful coincidences and a family as they move to a new state to start a new Church.

11. The Carpenter gift

It is a story of a boy and his father selling Christmas trees in downtown New York during the Great Depression. It is A beautifully illustrated book and a great message. One being: “To those who give without looking back and those who receive without forgetting.” Plus, the back of the book has an interesting historical note how the first Christmas tree was erected at Rockefeller Center and how the tradition has continued.

12. The light of Christmas by Richard Paul Evans

It has nice illustrations with a message appropriate for all ages during this holiday season that reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas.

"In your hurry to keep Christmas, you have forgotten Christmas. The truest gift of Christmas is the gift of self. The flame of Christmas must first burn from within." ~The Light of Christmas by Richard Paul Evans

13. The legend of Saint Nicholas

It is a book that introduces St.Nicholas to kids and how he was moved by the plight of the poor. It also explained the connection with Santa Claus. There are also fun Father Christmas traditions from other places at the end of the book.

14. Jingle Bells by Susan Jeffers

This is a fun read picture book on the popular Christmas song Jingle Bells. Who doesn’t love this classic sing-along song?