Christmas is the most magical time of year, especially for kids. What better way to add Christmas cheer to your home than with classic Christmas books for children?
Every year, our family does a 7-day countdown to Christmas, which means we introduce one new holiday-themed activity for the seven days before Christmas.
One of our most meaningful activities is reading delightful Christmas books.
I have created a short list of our favorite books so that you can enjoy this wonderful activity with your children. You can also use this list as a gift guide for young readers.
This incredible list of books brings so much joy into my household during Christmas, and I hope it does the same for you.
Best Wholesome Christmas Picture Books for Children
Cranberry Christmas is a fun read! Children will love the engaging plot of this story.
Plus, the illustrations in this book are beautifully done.
In The Berenstain Bears’ Old-Fashioned Christmas, the family focuses on old-fashioned traditions like caroling and baking cookies.
The story takes you back to earlier times and the joys of slowing down and savoring the holiday season.
Legend of the Candy Cane tells the story behind one of Christmas’s sweetest treats.
It’s a touching tale explaining how the candy cane symbolized the season and the importance of remembering Jesus’s sacrifice.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Classic Story. This beloved classic tells the story of a misfit reindeer and his magical journey to save Christmas.
Kids of all ages will love this timeless tale.
A New Coat for Anna tells of a mother and daughter trying to rebuild their lives after World War II.
Anna needs a new coat, but they have no money to buy one. The story teaches the value of sacrifice and the joy of giving.
Christmas Tapestry is a touching story. It is more suitable for older children as it deals with the Holocaust.
The Legend of the Poinsettia is based on a Mexican legend.
A little girl learns the importance of giving when she helps create a beautiful nativity altar for her village.
Gingerbread Baby This whimsical tale about a gingerbread man will delight kids with its clever twists and turns. Perfect for young readers.
One Wintry Night is a perfect holiday read-aloud that retells the story of Christmas from creation to the resurrection.
The Baker’s Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale is the classic retelling of a colonial American folktale.
It tells the story of a greedy baker who learns the importance of generosity when a mysterious old woman visits him.
The story teaches readers the value of giving generously and the joy of hospitality.
Christmas Day in the Morning tells the heartwarming story of a father and son who share a special Christmas morning.
This book is beautifully written and filled with stunning illustrations that will capture the attention of your young reader.
An Orange for Frankie is Patricia Polacco’s most touching Christmas tale.
Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree is all about spreading Christmas cheer.
The story is full of fun characters that children will love.
Christmas is such a memorable time of year.
There is nothing more special than starting a tradition of sharing beautiful Christmas stories with your little ones.
I hope you enjoy this list of books, and if you have others I may have missed, please let me know in the comments below.
I wish you a Merry Christmas and many blessings to follow.
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