Top Christmas Books to Buy for Young Children

   I have been lucky enough to grow up surrounded by books.  My most memorable books are from the Christmas season. I love to share my beloved reads with my children and have also added some new favorites. There is something magical about cuddling in bed or on the couch with a book about the magic of Christmas.

I hope you enjoy this book list. Please comment if you connect with the books or if you want to add to the list. Thanks so much!


The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg

This book is amazing for children of any age.  The little boy is starting to question if Santa is real. On Christmas Eve, The Polar Express visits and takes him on an adventure to the North Pole. There  are many train rides that try to recreate the book for children. This book would be ideal for after Thanksgiving and then take a ride on the Polar Express train.

Merry Christmas, Curious George” by Cathy Hapka

Illustrated in the style of H.A. Rey by Mary O’Keefe Young

Curious George is always getting into trouble and losing his owner, the man with the yellow hat. In this book, George wanders away from the man while they are picking out a Christmas tree. He ends up at a children’s hospital.  He notices the children are sad because they are not home for Christmas.  As the silly monkey always does, Curious George makes thing livelier and more enjoyable for the sick children. This is a heartwarming story that reminds children of the “spirit of giving” during the holiday season.

Snowmen At Night” by Caralyn Buehner       Illustrated by Mark Buehner

This book answers the question children ask… what do Snowman do at night? It is an creative book that is perfect for any child with an imagination. These “Snowmen” books are also a seek-and-find books. The last page lists images that you will find in the illustrations.

 “The Night Before Christmas”  by Clement C. Moore Illustrated by Joseph Adolph

This story is my favorite version of this classical story because Hallmark created a Recordable Storybook. My children could press a button and hear me read the story to them at anytime.  The illustrations are very eye-catching.

“The Snowy Day”  by Ezra Jack Keats

A young boy wakes to find that it has snowed during the night, and goes out to explore his city under its snowy white blanket. This is a wonderful picture book for pre-readers to enjoy on their own or with a family member. Keats received a Caldecott award for the illustrations in this book.

Barnaby’s First Christmas” by A.P. Folmer

The story is about the Deermouse family during Christmastime. It has Scratch-and-Sniff fragrances that will remind you of all parts of Christmas. The variety of  aromas including apple cider and chocolate make this a story that will you will enjoy time after time with your children.  I have had my book for over 20 years and the scents are still there.

Jingle All the Way”  by Tom Shay-Zapien

Hallmark published this interactive book in 2010. The stuffed animal responded when you read key words from the text out loud. My son was so excited to have me read this story over and over again. The story is an enjoyable and heart-warming read.

Clifford’s puppy days: Christmas Angel” by Quinlan B. Lee                                                                            Illustrated by John Kurtz

This is a sweet story from Clifford’s puppy days. My kids love this story of how the little puppy celebrates his first Christmas with his new family.

On Christmas Eve”  by Margaret Wise Brown Illustrated by Nancy Edwards Calder

The illustrations in this book take you to a night when children are experiencing all the joyful experiences Christmas brings. The children wake in the middle of the night and see the tree decorated and stockings stuffed. The hear carolers outside watch the snow falling!


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