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If you are still looking for a stocking stuffer or an affordable gift that will last for years, a book is a great idea. Some families also like to participate in the tradition of sticking to 4 Christmas gifts per child: something you want, something you need, something to wear, and something to read. All of these Christmas books for kids fit perfectly in that last category!
Write a meaningful note and sign the inside cover and you might just create a family heirloom. I’ve included a mixture of secular and religious titles. These are books I remember from my own childhood, books that I had in my classroom, and books that my own kids love now.
Great Christmas Books for Kids
The Biggest Most Beautiful Christmas Tree was my favorite holiday story as a little girl. I remember my grandmother pulling it from the small stack of books she kept in her hall closet to read to us. It is a Little Golden Book from the 80’s an can be hard to find, but Amazon still has some copies available.
Room For A Little One is one of my favorite books to read to my children now. This book tells the story of the animals welcoming Mary, Joseph and their tired donkey to the stable on the night Jesus was born. The perspective on the animals makes it very sweet and unique.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a Dr. Seuss classic. You can’t go wrong adding this one to your library.
Who Is Coming To Our House is a great book for young children. Another book told from the perspective of the animals in the stable preparing for the coming of Jesus, the rhyming words and simple story, plus the fact that it is available as a board book, make this a great choice even for toddlers.
The Snowbelly Family of Chillyville Inn is another one of my favorites. I bought this book at a Hallmark store 11 years ago, when I was in my first year teaching. My first graders loved it then and my own kids love it now.
The Berenstain Bears and The Joy of Giving is a modern holiday classic.
Before it was a movie, The Polar Express was a gorgeous, award winning children’s book.
J is for Jesus tells the legend of the candy cane in language a toddler can understand. (Although there may be debate about whether it is actually historically accurate, the legend says that the shape and colors of the candy cane have distinct meanings.)
If You Take A Mouse To The Movies is a fun holiday edition to Laura Numeroff’s series.
And of course learning The Christmas Story is the most important part of celebrating Christmas!
What holiday classics would your family add to the list? Do you always read The Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve?
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