Ahhh, Christmas books! If you remember my love for Thanksgiving read alouds, you can imagine how much I adore my stash of Christmas books. These are my favorite books of the year, and I love sharing them with my kids. These twelve are some of my absolute favorites, in no particular order, and we’ll read one a night leading up to ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve.
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clark Moore — My number one favorite Christmas book. We read it every year on Christmas Eve. The illustrations are beautiful and the familiar story is heartwarming and sweet.
Polar Express by Chris Van Allsberg — Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without this story and movie in our house. It’s one of my very favorites. The magical train picks up a little boy on Christmas Eve and takes him to the North Pole, where he meets Santa and receives the first gift of Christmas. This book is a must have in your Christmas collection.
Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Shertle –Little Blue Truck is a favorite in our house. Our sweet baby just loves Little Blue and his animal friends. This Christmas story is more of the goodness of Little Blue and it will soon be a favorite of your toddler.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Classic Seuss) by Dr. Seuss — The Grinch is one of our very favorite Christmas time stories. From poor Max the dog to precious little Cindy Lou Who, the characters and story are entertaining and fun. The Grinch’s heart growing and giving this story a happy ending is what this story is all about.
The Nutcracker by Susan Jeffers — This child friendly book offers beautiful illustrations and only a few lines of text per page. It’s a wonderful read for children before seeing the ballet and a great introduction to this classic story. It’s a Christmas tradition for us.
Olive, the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh — Oh, Olive! Sweet little Olive hears Rudolph and thinks “All of the other reindeer” is about her! She figures she’s a reindeer and quickly heads to the North Pole to help Santa. Turns out, Olive is a pretty good reindeer after all!
The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story by Gloria Houston — Ruthie and her mama have to find the town’s perfect Christmas tree, even though her father is missing in the war. Heartwarming and sweet, this one can make you cry if you’re not careful.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Robert L. May — This is the story of Rudolph you know and love. This beautiful hardcover features fabulous illustrations that little ones will adore.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens — The classic story of Scrooge is a must have in your Christmas library. This hardcover format has gorgeous illustrations the whole family will love.
The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado — This sweet story is about Joshua the lamb, who is a bit different than the other lambs. Many kids will identify with this tale and God answers Joshua’s prayer in an amazing way.
The Story of Christmas by Patricia A. Pingry — We love this book at our house and it’s now being read to our third child. It’s simple enough for toddlers and the sturdy board book edition is perfect for read alouds. This book tells the story of the nativity in easy to understand language and sweet illustrations. Perfect.
Pinkalicious: Merry Pinkmas! by Victoria Kann — Because it’s Pinkalicious!!! Pinkalicious wants an artificial pink Christmas tree this year, but her parents love their live tree. Don’t worry–there’s a happy ending for all!
In this season when many of us are worrying about the excess of it all, sitting down as a family and reading is one of my favorite simple pleasures. Each are linked up to Amazon. These are affiliate links, which means I receive a tiny commission (at no extra cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. Thank you for supporting my little blog in this way! I hope you enjoy these read alouds as much as I do. Merry Christmas!