It’s almost that time of year again! And in our house, that means the Christmas books come out and join our nightly bedtime story rotation.
We’re a family that loves to read. We started reading books every night with our now 4 year old daughter when she was just a few months old and we hardly ever miss a night. We take out the Christmas books at the beginning of December and although we don’t strictly read Christmas themed books all month, I like to have a good selection of books to choose from.
We own at least half of the books on this list, and I think several of the others will find their way into my children’s stockings this Christmas. I can’t wait to read the one about the “knights” before Christmas!
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Here are my choices for the best books to read with your children during the holidays:
- Dear Santa by Rod Campbell – If your kids liked Dear Zoo by this author, they’ll love this Christmas themed lift-the-flap. What will Santa leave under the tree?
- Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Schertle & Jill McElmurry – Another great addition to the Little Blue Truck series. Your child will love counting all the trees with Blue.
- The Christmas Wish by Lori Evert & Per Breiehagen – A delightful story about a little girl who wants to be one of Santa’s elves. The photographs in this book are stunning!
- Llama Llama Holiday Drama and Llama Llama Jingle Bells by Anna Dewdney – We love all of the Llama Llama books (one of my daughter’s nicknames is Drama Llama) and I’m looking forward to adding these 2 to our collection as well.
- A Bad Kitty Christmas by Nick Bruel – This book is hilarious and one of our favourites. “Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the city, not a creature was stirring…Except for BAD KITTY.”
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss – You simply can’t have a list of the best children’s Christmas books without adding this one. A must for everyone’s collection!
- The Night Before Christmas by Carlos Santore – Another classic. We love this edition because of the gorgeous illustrations. This is one of the books that has to be read by Grandad every Christmas.
- Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg – The story of a boy who takes a magical trip to the North Pole aboard the Polar Express.
- Merry Christmas Mom and Dad by Mercer Meyer – A lovely Christmas tale, Little Critter style.
- Finding Christmas by Robert Munsch – We love Robert Munsch and have most of his books but this one is a new find for me. Adding it to our wish list!
- Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman – Can bear’s friends help him stay up until Christmas?
- How to Catch Santa by Jean Reagan & Lee Wildish – A funny “how-to” guide for kids.
- The Knights Before Christmas by Joan Holub & Scott Magoon – Three knights try to save the castle from a terrible invader (Santa). A silly take on The Night Before Christmas.
- The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats – Not a traditional Christmas book, but a classic winter tale. A story about the magic of the first snowy day of winter.
- The Mitten by Jan Brett – The story of a little boy who loses his mitten and all the creatures in the woods that find it.
- Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright & Stephen Gilpin – How do you warm up a snowman when he’s got a cold? Another silly favourite.
- Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by James Dean & Eric Litwin – Pete saves Christmas is his own musical, groovin’ way.
- If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff & Felicia Bond – Laura Numeroff’s If You… books are always a treat and this one has a Christmas twist.
- The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojcierchowski & P.J. Lynch – For slightly older children, a story of a skilled wood carver, Jonathan Toomery, who’s life changes when he helps out a widowed mother and her son.
- A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree by Colleen Monroe & Michael Glenn Monroe – One of our favourite traditions is going to cut down our own Christmas tree at a local tree farm. This is the story of a tree that always get overlooked and the friends who try to help him.
- Stick Man by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler – Julia Donaldson is one of my absolute favourite children’s book authors (she’s the author of The Gruffalo). Will Stick Man make it back home to his family for Christmas?
- Snowmen at Christmas by Carolyn Buehner & Mark Buehner – How do snowmen celebrate Christmas? With dancing and caroling, of course!
- The Spirit of Christmas by Nancy Tillman – A heartwarming Christmas story by the author of On the Night You Were Born.
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Rick Bunsen – Rudolph wins over Frosty the Snowman for me every day.
- A Porcupine in a Pine Tree by Helaine Becker – A Canadian retelling of the classic, 12 Days of Christmas, and one of my absolute favourite recent Christmas books. This author has 2 other Canada themed Christmas books, Dashing Through the Snow and Deck the Halls, but I like this one the best. “Five Stanley cups!”
What are your favourite Christmas or holiday books?