25 Best Children’s Christmas Books

by Melissa
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Here’s a list of sweet and meaningful children’s Christmas books that focus on Christ, giving, and service. 

Best Christmas Books


One of our all-time favorite Christmas Traditions is reading a Christmas book each night! In fact, we do a Christmas Book countdown that you can read all about here.

Each year, we like to add a new Christmas book to our collection. This year, we added The Myth of Santa’s Beard. It is a cute story about how doing good things makes Santa’s beard grow longer and what he does with it when it gets too long to make toys!

Choose one of these stories to add to your collection!


There are so many fun Christmas books out there, but in this post, I’m sharing all the ones that we love that go beyond Santa Claus and reindeer. I definitely think there’s a place for that, but I do love reading literature with my children that helps them focus on Jesus Christ, giving and service. 

*I’ve linked to the books to make it easier for you to find them should you choose to add them to your collection. The cost is the same to you…my goal in providing the links is to make it easier for you to find them! 

I hope you enjoy these best children’s Christmas books as we much as we have!  

I Believe in Santa Claus

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

The Christmas Train: A True Story


See Christ In Christmas: 12 Symbols of Christmas


The Gift of Nothing


Polar Express


The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey 


Santa Calls

A Christmas Dress for Ellen 



The Legend of the Candy Cane 



The Christmas Story 



 A Christmas Carol 


Christmas Day in the Morning 



Christmas Is Here



The Legend of the Christmas Stocking



The Christmas Baby



The Crippled Lamb

Who Is Coming To Our House?  


The Mitten 



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Jana November 20, 2015 - 5:52 am

A Christmas Dress for Ellen is one of my very favorites.

Diana Harris November 20, 2015 - 10:05 am

My favorite Christmas book is “Who is Coming to our house?” and “The Mitten”

Courtney November 20, 2015 - 3:04 pm

We love Jingle Bugs and The Polar Express. We give our kids a Christmas book each year and it’s fun to see our collection grow.

Rebecca B. November 20, 2015 - 3:39 pm

These are my favorites to read to my kids: The Polar Express, Pete the Cat Christmas, Mrs. Santa Takes a Vacation, Christmas Eve Goodnight, Gingerbread Baby (I love it all year round, but especially Christmas time). Adult Novels: A Christmas Carol, Skipping Christmas (Christmas with the Kranks), and The Christmas Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel.

Melanie November 20, 2015 - 4:16 pm

Growing up we had one called The Wild Christmas Reindeer that I loves!

Cheri November 20, 2015 - 5:18 pm

I love this tradition! I’ve been collecting Christmas Books for a few years so I will have some when i start my own family. How fun! I too love “A Christmas Dress for Ellen.”

Kaitie November 20, 2015 - 6:35 pm

My favorite book as a child was “jingle bugs” it is the cutest little pop up book.

katherine November 20, 2015 - 6:49 pm

ooh i haven’t seen this one before! i love jan brett books! my kids love the christmas train.

Ashley November 20, 2015 - 8:19 pm

I remember you reading “I believe in Santa Clause” to us. That was a cute book! I love “The Three Trees” Christmas story. Thanks for the great list!

Stephanie Mitchell November 20, 2015 - 8:31 pm

I love I Believe in Santa Claus and The Grinch!

Allie Cooper November 20, 2015 - 8:41 pm

Polar Express and my Dad always read is Samta Cows.

Michelle Schow November 20, 2015 - 9:09 pm

I love The Mitten by Jan Brett!

Scott November 21, 2015 - 4:46 am

I believe in Santa Clause

Emily Jones November 21, 2015 - 5:34 am

I believe in Santa clause is my very favorite, I have given it as a gift many times. I also love The Mansion. The Crippled Lamb is a new favorite. The Sweet Smell of Christmas was a favorite when I was little. Thanks for all the book ideas!!

Lindsay November 21, 2015 - 12:30 pm

Love this list!! I also enjoy The Christmas Alphabet. It’s an intracit pop up book.

Brittany November 21, 2015 - 5:37 pm

I love this list and tradition! I am trying to build up my daughter’s Christmas selection.


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