Kid’s Christmas Reading List

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Have you seen the idea floating around Pinterest to wrap 25 children’s picture books for the holidays, and let your child unwrap one a night for the month of December? I’ve been collecting holiday books for the last couple years in the hopes of starting this tradition with my own children.

Christmas Reading List for Kids

Here are the books that made the cut for their Christmas reading list. I’ve tried to sort them into groups for you so you can more easily find books appropriate for your home and classroom. Enjoy!

Secular Christmas Books

The Christmas Wish

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Classic Seuss)

Cranberry Christmas- Wende and Harry Devlin

The Polar Express- Chris Van Allsburg

The Steadfast Tin Soldier- Hans Christian Anderson

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell!- Lucille Colandro

The Night Before Christmas- Clement C. Moore

The Nutcracker- E.T.A. Hoffman

Night Tree- Eve Bunting

A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree- Colleen Monroe

The Wild Christmas Reindeer- Jan Brett

Christian Christmas Books

Christmas Day in the Morning- Pearl S. Buck

Peace on Earth, A Christmas Collection- Mary Engelbreit

Waiting for Christmas: A Story about the Advent Calendar (Traditions of Faith from Around the World)- Bostrom, Kathleen Long

Santa’s Favorite Story: Santa Tells the Story of the First Christmas

Humphrey’s First Christmas- Carol Heyer

Mortimer’s Christmas Manger- Jane Chapman

The Little Drummer Boy- Ezra Jack Keats

The Legend of the Poinsettia- Tomie dePaola

General December/Winter Books

The Mitten- Jan Brett

The Snowman- Raymond Briggs

The Snowy Day- Ezra Jack Keats

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening- Robert Frost

Snowmen at Night- Caralyn Buehner

The Tomten- Astrid Lindgren

Hanukkah Books

Festival of Lights: The Story of Hanukkah- Madia Silverman

Grandma’s Latkes- Malka Drucker

All About Hanukkah

Solstice Books

The Winter Solstice-Ellen Jackson

A Solstice Tree for Jenny- Karen L. Shragg

The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice- Wendy Pfeffer

Read-Aloud Chapter Books


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