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Books have always been an important aspect of each holiday and season. My daughter loves to go on adventures with whatever character is placed in front of her and as she gets older, I am enjoying listening to her read to me in return.

Here is a list of the 20 best Christmas books for kids! We hope you enjoy!


The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition Elf on the Shelf Gift Set
The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition by Carol Aebersold (author), Chanda Bell (author) and Coë Steinwart (illustrator)

Description: The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition™ is an activity the entire family will enjoy. Based on the tradition Carol Aebersold began with her family in the 1970s, this cleverly rhymed children’s book explains that Santa knows who is naughty and/or nice because he sends a scout elf to every home. During the holiday season, the elf watches children by day and reports to Santa each night. When children awake, the elf has returned from the North Pole and can be found hiding in a different location. This activity allows The Elf on the Shelf to become a delightful hide-and-seek game.

Each Tradition-in-a-Box™ comes with its very own scout elf, a hardbound children’s book and a keepsake box for easy storage. In addition, each shipment is marked for “Special Delivery” from Santa’s workshop.

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Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous ChristmasFancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas

by Jane O’Connor (Author), Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator)

Description: What could be fancier than Christmas?

Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles—and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited about decorating the Christmas tree. She bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money and has been waiting for Christmas to come. But when things don’t turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous?

In this merriest of stories from bestselling duo Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, Nancy proves once again that a little fancying up can go a long, festive way!

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The Little Fir TreeThe Little Fir Tree

by Margaret Wise Brown (Author), Jim LaMarche (Illustrator)

Description: Once there was a tree that stood in a field away from the other trees.

It longed to be part of the forest—or part of anything at all. After many lonely years, its dream came true. And the little fir tree’s life changed forever!

They put golden tinsel on his branches
And golden bells
And green icicles
And silver stars.
And soon—o shining wonder—the little fir tree was . . .
A Christmas tree

Celebrate the true spirit of Christmas with heartwarming text by the author of Goodnight Moon and exquisite, glowing paintings by award-winning artist Jim LaMarche.

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Rock Star Santa

by Gayle C. Krause (Author), Will Terry (Illustrator)

Description: Santa Claus Live In Concert, One Night Only!

Are you ready to rock? Santa and his rowdy reindeer band bring down the house on Christmas Eve!

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Drummer Boy

Drummer Boy

by Loren Long

Publisher’s synopsis: In a wintry little town, a drummer boy appears on a child’s doorstep. And when it is still and quiet, the drummer boy plays, boom pum pum boom pum, and warms the child’s heart. But one day the drummer boy is accidentally knocked into the trash, sending him on a journey he never imagined—a journey on which he continues to play his drum, warming the hearts of others, from a rat to an owl to a snowman. And in a touching conclusion, his own heart is warmed as he plays to his most perfect audience: the baby in a manger.

Loren Long brings this story of an unforgettable little drummer boy to vivid life with his timeless and magical art.

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If You Take a Mouse to the Movies (A Special Christmas Edition) (If You Give...)If You Take a Mouse to the Movies: A Special Christmas Edition

by Laura Numeroff

Publisher’s synopsis: What’s more fun than spending Christmas with your family? Well, spending Christmas with your family and Mouse, of course! The creators of the #1 New York Times best-selling If You Give . . . Book series have brought their stories, recipes, songs, games, and activities to this deluxe edition of If You Take a Mouse to the Movies—a perfect way for families to celebrate the holidays together.

Christmas Cookies: Bite-Size Holiday Lessons


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Christmas Cookies: Bite Size Holiday Lessons

By Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Description: This scrumptious follow-up to the bestselling Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons captures the spirit of the holiday season. From making the same kind of cookies at the same time each year (tradition) to decorating them with lots of sprinkles (celebrate), youngsters will gobble up vocabulary words and holiday lessons in this charming dictionary of sorts.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s timeless morsels of wisdom paired with Jane Dyer’s cozy illustrations are as irresistible as the aroma of cookies fresh from the oven. Go ahead, take another bite!

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The Christmas Magic

by Lauren Thompson (Author), Jon J Muth (Illustrator)

Description: Far, far North, when the nights are longest and the stars shine brightest, Santa begins to prepare for his big night of giving. He gathers his reindeer, feeds them parsnips and berries, and polishes his bells and his sled. Then lovingly, he chooses toys for every child in the world. For Santa loves them all, and he knows what each child at heart wants most. Then, with the thrum of magic that makes reindeer fly, he spreads the Christmas joy and warmth throughout the world–as he always has — and always will until the end of time.

Lauren Thompson is known for her uncanny ability to reach the hearts and minds of the youngest readers.

Jon J Muth’s luminescent watercolor strike all the perfect chords in this warm, reassuring Christmas story.
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Merry Christmas, Splat (Splat the Cat)

Merry Christmas Splat

by Rob Scotton

Description: It’s the night before Christmas, and Splat wonders if he’s been a good enough cat this year to deserve a really big present. Just to make sure, he offers some last-minute help to his mom and, in typical Splat fashion, he messes up completely! That night Splat stays awake hoping to see Santa Claus. But when Splat misses him, he’s sure his Christmas is ruined—along with his hopes for a really big present. . . .

Everyone’s favorite furry cat is back in a Christmas story perfect for any child anxiously awaiting Santa’s arrival. 

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Stick ManStick Man

by Julia Donaldson (Author), Axel Scheffler (Illustrator)

Description: Stick Man lives in the family tree

With his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three.

But one day, Stick Man is carried off by a mischievous dog who wants to play fetch! Things go from bad to worse as Stick Man is carried farther and farther away from home. Lonely and lost, Stick Man desperately wants to get home to be with his family for Christmas. And when he helps Santa Claus out of a bind, he finds the perfect ticket home! 

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A Pussycat's Christmas

A Pussycat’s Christmas

by Margaret Wise Brown

Description: Christmas Is in the Air

But how can you tell?
Does the air smell of tangerines?
And Christmas greens?
Can you feel it in the wind? Or hear it in the sound of a song?

Experience the beauty and mystery of Christmas in this classic story told by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated with charming paintings by Anne Mortimer.

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The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever

The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever

by Steven Kroll (Author), Jeni Bassett (Illustrator)

Description: It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and Clayton and Desmond feel the chill in the air. The cool weather makes them think of Christmas . . . and Christmas makes them think of Christmas trees! Who’ll find the biggest one?

In the newest installment of this beloved, bestselling series, Clayton the town mouse and Desmond the country mouse team up to bring the spirit of Christmas to Mouseville-in a BIG way. 

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Silent Night

Silent Night

by Joseph Mohr

Description: Thomas Kinkade, the Painter of Light, illustrates the classic Christmas hymm.

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The Night Before Christmas

by Jan Brett (A poem by Clement Clarke Moore)

Description: With over 600,000 copies sold, Jan Brett’s New York Times bestselling edition of Clement Moore’s classic Christmas poem celebrates its tenth anniversary with a note from Jan and an exquisitely redesigned jacket with red foil trim, making this a delectable holiday treat.

A new generation of readers will find Jan’s visual interpretation of this favorite poem, set in a snowy New England village, both familiar, as St. Nick visits a Victorian family, and surprising, with Jan’s addition of two stowaway elves from the North Pole.

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Can You See What I See? The Night Before ChristmasCan You See What I See?: The Night Before Christmas

by Walter Wick

Description: The first photograph, “The Night Before Christmas,” features a gingerbread house, Christmas cookies, candles, bulbs, and more. “Visions of Sugarplums” is an abstract composition of Christmas confections; and “Such a Clatter!” is a dynamic explosion of objects. In “It Must Be Saint Nick,” Santa is shown in shadow; and in “A Bundle of Toys,” the presents in Santa’s sack are revealed as a magnificent jumble. The final photograph, “Happy Christmas to All” is a beautiful, pastoral landscape, lustrous under new-fallen snow. The original poem is printed on the endpapers.

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A Christmas CarolA Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens (Author), Brett Helquist (Illustrator)

Description: In this luminous picture book adaptation of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic, the story of Ebenezer Scrooge leaps off the page to warm the soul of one and all. Be swept away in an unforgettable Christmas Eve, from Scrooge’s first “Bah, humbug!” to the arrival of the Ghost of Christmas Past; from the courage of Tiny Tim to the glory of Christmas morning. Brett Helquist’s art bursts with spirit, humor, and an irresistible attention to detail. Here is a treasure for the whole family to share, year after year. A merry Christmas, everyone! 

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The Nutcracker

Retold by John Cech (Author), Eric Puybaret (Illustrator)

Description: What a special Christmas gift this will be: the beloved holiday fantasy, beautifully retold by John Cech (author of our Classic Fairy Tale series) and illustrated by Eric Puybaret, whose imaginative art helped turn Puff, the Magic Dragon into a blockbuster. Cech bases his version on E.T.A. Hoffman’s original, which features not only the story familiar to all ballet lovers, but other wondrous adventures—including the tale of Princess Pirlipat and an explanation of the origins of the Nutcracker himself.

Lavishly and elegantly packaged, this belongs under every child’s tree.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Anniversary Edition: A 50th Anniversary RetrospectiveHow the Grinch Stole Christmas

by Dr. Seuss

Description: INSIDE THIS VERY SPECIAL anniversary edition of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, you’ll find the complete, original text and illustrations by Dr. Seuss, along with 32 fascinating pages of commentary, footnotes and archival images – written and compiled by renowned collector and Seuss scholar Charles D. Cohen. In chatty, conversational style, Cohen reflects upon Dr. Seuss’s changing view of Christmas over the years and traces the evolution of the Grinch, his dog Max, and the inhabitants of Who-ville. Also together for the first time are three rarely seen Seuss holiday offerings: “Perfect Present,” a poem about the fluff-footed, frizzle-topped, three-fingered Zift and why it makes the ideal gift; “The Hoobub and the Grinch,” a story about a con artist Grinch who sells pieces of green string; and the spiritually compelling painting and poem “A Prayer for a Child.”

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Magic Tree House #29: Christmas in Camelot (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))Magic Tree House #29: Christmas in Camelot

by Mary Pope Osborne

Description: The Magic Tree House series has become a staple for inspiring kids to read. Christmas in Camelot is a very special Magic Tree House book. Here, author Mary Pope Osborne uses the literary skills for which she’s known to create a longer, more in-depth story featuring the characters kids have come to love. The result is magical: a fast-paced but detailed, easy-to-read story. Jack and Annie go on a quest to save Camelot, a quest that will prove to a beleaguered King Arthur that children and imagination really can make a difference.

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Secrets of a Christmas BoxSecrets of a Christmas Box

by Steven Hornby

Description: Enter the magical festive world of the Christmas ‘Tree-Dwellers’, as Larry, a Christmas snowman, wakes up after the long sleep in the Christmas box, to find his brother is missing.

Desperate to find him before Christmas, Larry, along with his girlfriend Debbie, a newcomer Splint, and Larry’s companion Tinsel, break the laws of the ‘Tree-Elders’ and escape down the tree and away into the house, to look for clues.  Away from the safety of the tree and in an unfamiliar world, the Dwellers stumble upon a dark and sinister secret that threatens their entire world. Can Larry and the group make it back to the tree in time to warn the others, and finally uncover the truth behind the ‘Secrets of a Christmas Box’?

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The Christmas Book: How To Have The Best Christmas EverHow To Have The Best Christmas Ever (The Christmas Book)

by Juliana Foster

Description: This amusing and informative guide is full of tips and tricks for having the best Christmas ever. Inside you’ll find:

– Hints and tips for hosting the perfect holiday party.

– Yuletide stories, carols, and poems to enjoy around a roaring fire.

-Useful advice on gift-giving, shopping, wrapping, and receiving, including tips for what to do when you receive an awful present.

– Exciting Christmas games and activities that the whole family can enjoy together, and much more!

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When Santa Fell To EarthWhen Santa Fell to Earth

by Cornelia Funke

Description: Scared by a storm, Twinklestar, the least reliable reindeer, bolts–causing Santa and his sleigh to crash-land. And though Santa has dropped into a friendly neighborhood, he’s not safe: Jeremiah Goblynch, the ruthless new leader of the Council of Yuleland, is determind to put an end to children’s wishes and turn the holiday season into his own personal moneymaking scheme. As the last REAL St. Nick around, onlySanta stands between Goblynch and his grinchlike plan. With the help and hope of kids Charlotte and Ben, Santa must face Goblynch and his Nutcracker goons to save Christmas!

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A Christmas Carol (Unabridged Classics)A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens

Publisher’s synopsis: Beloved in Christmases past, and sure to remain a favorite into Christmases of the future, Dickens’ popular holiday tale is the perfect Christmas present. The uplifting tale follows the mysterious and magical events that transform the miserly, miserable Ebenezer Scrooge into “as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man” as ever lived.

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