Each Christmas season, we purchase some new children’s Christmas books that we read as a family. To date, we have approximately 35 books (some seasons we bought more than one). And to be honest, I’m not sure who enjoys reading the books more—our children, or my husband and me.

There are plenty of children’s Christmas books on the market, but we chose books based on our family understanding of the meaning for the season, books we enjoyed when we were children, books that shared some of our heritage, or books based on animated characters our children were into for that year.  Here are several children’s Christmas books we especially enjoyed.

In between reading, make sure to take some time to make some of these cute & easy Christmas cookies.

9 Must Read Children’s Christmas Books

There are plenty of Christmas books for kids on the market, but here are several children's Christmas books we especially enjoyed.

Christmas in the Country and Silver Packages by Cynthia Rylant

Cynthia Ryland is one of my personal all-time favorite children’s authors. One of the big reasons I’m drawn to her is because she writes about people and situations in rural Appalachia, a heritage we share. But you don’t have to be from the mountains to fall in love with the illustrations, the simple, heart-felt stories, and the real people she writes about. 

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

This book was first published in 1823, and it remains one of the true Christmas classics with its rhyming verse about a dad discovering Santa in his home on Christmas Eve.

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(Abridged) A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The only “Bah, humbug!” you’ll receive is from bitter Ebenezer Scrooge in the children’s version of this 1843 classic. Purchase the one illustrated by Brett Helquist. The illustrations are fabulous.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

You can always pair this wonderful Dr. Seuss book with either the television or the movie version. Make it a Dr. Seuss-worthy evening!

11 Must Read Children's Christmas Books

Carl’s Christmas by Alexandra Day

Because this book has very few words, we made up our own story as we looked at the photos.

The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado

Oh, this is one sweet book about a lamb who, because of a deficiency, ends up having a very special role to play in the Christmas story.

Where Are They by Anthony Tallarico and I Spy Christmas by Jean Marzollo

Our daughter especially enjoyed cuddling up on the couch and enjoying the challenge these holiday-themed seek-and-find books offered. For a while, these were the only books that would get her to sit still!

11 Must Read Children's Christmas Books

Spot’s Magical Christmas by Eric Hill

We loved the antics of this fluffy canine when my kids were young. They got to where they read this one to us!

Christmas in the Manger Board Book

This is a terrific touch-and-feel book with simple, lyrical text: “I am the star that shines in the night / I light the way with my holy light.” It’s great for little ones, and it remains a personal favorite. Someone recommended purchasing the Fisher Price Nativity Scene to go along with this book. Great idea!

Merry Christmas to you and your little ones. Enjoy reading this books and making your own family memories!

Tammy Tilley
Tammy Tilley
Tammy Tilley, mom of two adult children, cares deeply about parenting issues. Although she’s looking in the rearview mirror of her hands-on parenting days, once you’re a parent, you’re always a parent. She enjoys sharing a few memories and a touch of advice about spending energy on the things that matter. Tammy has a BA in English from Anderson University (IN) and a MS in Education from IUPUI.