Many families have Christmas reading traditions that include classics like The Polar Express and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Whether you’d like to add some books to that tradition or want to start a new reading tradition of your own, the following selection of children’s Christmas books are sure to delight!
1) How to Catch Santa by Jean Reagan
This illustrated children’s book is told from the perspective of two siblings who offer advice for catching Santa on Christmas Eve. With it’s adorable instructional style, this book is humorous for all ages and an excellent addition to your family Christmas read-aloud list!
2) The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
This hilarious chapter book meant for slightly older children follows the Herdman kids, who constantly get into shenanigans in town and are known as the baddest kids around. When they’re cast in the local church Christmas pageant, without ever having heard the Christmas story before, their contributions to the play turn out to be one for the memory books!
3) The Christmas Wish by Lori Evert
Told in a style reminiscent of The Polar Express, this Nordic fiction book details the adventure of a brave little girl named Anja who sets out on a journey to become one of Santa’s elves. She’s accompanied along the way by several different winter creatures including cardinals and polar bears who show her the way to Santa. With its beautiful life-like illustrations and heart-warming story, this book is sure to become a family favorite.
4)Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson
Bear’s woodland creature friends are so excited for Christmas that they awaken him from hibernation to help them find a tree, bake holiday treats, hang up stockings, and sing Christmas carols. This tale is told through a rhyming scheme similar to ’Twas the Night Before Christmas and teaches children that sharing your time with loved ones is one of the best gifts you can give or receive!
5) Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Schertle
This addition to the Little Blue Truck series follows Little Blue Truck bring cheer and Christmas trees to his friends. Intended for reading with small children, this book is told through rhyme and encourages children to count each of the five trees as they’re delivered to the animal families. As a bonus, there’s flashing Christmas lights on the final page!
6) The Littlest Elf by Brandi Dougherty
Oliver is the smallest elf in the North Pole and wants more than anything to discover his special place in Santa’s workshop. As children follow him through getting lost in the toy shop, making a big mess in the book shop, and falling into the mixing machine in the bakery, they may feel akin to the frustrations of feeling too little to help with the holiday preparations. But with the help of Santa’s littlest reindeer, Oliver and children following along will be reminded that there’s no such thing as being too little to help spread Christmas cheer!