10 Favorite Children’s Christmas Books

It’s a balancing act when it comes to being a parent at Christmas. Trying to find a balance of the magic of the season and the reason for the season. As a parent you want your child to enjoy the laughter and the fun, all while knowing the true meaning of Christmas.

There is no better way to convey the message of the Christmas season than to read a book with your children. On this list, the books vary from being silly to serious, with a meaningful message to keep you entertained. 

10 favorite christmas books

10 Favorite Children’s Christmas Books

(In no particular order)

How The Grinch Stole Christmas!     

Author: Dr. Seuss

Reading Level: 5-8 years old

Synopsis: A family favorite about the Grinch who stole Christmas from Whoville, only to give it all back.  “Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more!” 

The Night Before Christmas

Author: Jan Brett

Reading Level: 3-5 years

Synopsis:  A perfect book for your anxious children on Christmas Eve, told through a poem. The paintings in the book are breathtaking.

A Christmas Carol

Author: Charles Dickens

Reading Level: 10+ years

Synopsis: The classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge transforming from a grumpy old miser to a kind and joyful man, with the help of three spirits who show him what really matters.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Author: Barbara Robinson

Reading Level: 8-11 years

Synopsis: Everyone knows the Herdman kids. The last place anyone would expect any of the Herdmans is at church. When it comes to the annual Christmas pageant, the kids take all the best parts. While we expect to witness the worst Christmas pageant ever, will it really end up being the best?

Room For a Little One: A Christmas Tale

Author: Martin Waddell

Reading Level: 3-7 years

Synopsis: The Kind Ox makes room at the Inn for all animals and will make room for one more. A Christmas tale telling the story of the birth of Jesus.

The Christmas Spirit

Author: Nancy Tillman

Reading Level: 4-8 years

Synopsis: A story sharing the best gift that can be given during the season is spending time with those that we love.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Author: Charles M. Schulz

Reading Level: 3+ years

Synopsis: Charlie Brown is directing the annual Christmas play. In true Charlie Brown fashion, everything falls apart, leaving him to wonder if anyone really knows what Christmas is all about.

The Polar Express

Author: Chris Van Allsburg

Reading Level: 4-7 years

Synopsis: A boy is taken on Christmas Eve by train to the North Pole, and receives a gift from Santa Claus that only kids can enjoy.

Llama Llama Holiday Drama

Author: Anna Dewdney

Reading Level: 3-5 years

Synopsis: We all love Llama Llama and the messages they contain. Llama Llama is very excited for Christmas, until he gets overwhelmed with all the holiday season entails. It’s a reminder that the people matter more than presents.  

Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer

Author: Richard Scarry

Reading Level: 3+ years

Synopsis: The Little Golden book shares the classic tale of bullying and acceptance. There are newer versions of this book out, but the Richard Scarry version brings a sense of nostalgia from my childhood.

I’m always in the search of a new holiday tale to add to our current collection. What are some of your favorite books to reading during the holiday season?


Angelica was raised in West Liberty just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Iowa City. After getting married to her high school sweetheart and living in the D.C. metro area, they decided it was not where they wanted to raise a family, and moved back to Iowa in 2012. They welcomed their daughter nine months after moving back. Then in 2018 added a yellow lab to their family. Angelica enjoys running, reading, and binge watching shows with her husband. She loves Disney, Reese's, and being a mom.


  1. One of my favorite Christmas books as a kid was Santa Mouse. My son was just born this year and I was able to find this classic book so that I can share my childhood memories with him. I would highly recommend this book.


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