Best Christmas Books for Children and Families

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Wondering what Christmas books to read aloud to your kids this year? I’ve prepared an ultimate list of the best Christmas picture books and read alouds for your family to enjoy! Along with familiar favorites, you’re sure to find some hidden gems and unusual treasures in this list.

Grab your family and a cup of cocoa and curl up with some of these classic children’s Christmas books and unique modern additions!

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Our Family’s Favorite Christmas Picture Books

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Our Family’s Favorite Christmas Read Alouds

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More Fun Christmas Books Old and New

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  • 12 Days of Christmas, Rachel Isadora
  • A Carol for Christmas, Ann Tompert
  • A Christmas for Bear, Bonny Becker
  • A Christmas Like Helen’s, Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
  • A Christmas Tree for Pyn, Olivier Dunrea
  • A City Christmas Tree, Rebecca Bond
  • A Pussycat’s Christmas, Margaret Wise Brown
  • An Early American Christmas, Tomie dePaola
  • An Island Christmas, Lynn Joseph
  • An Orange for Frankie, Patricia Polacco
  • Baboushka and the Three Kings, Ruth Robbins
  • Bear Noel, Olivier Dunrea
  • Bear Stays Up for Christmas, Karma Wilson
  • Carl’s Christmas, Alexandra Day
  • Christmas at Long Pond, William T. George
  • Christmas for 10, Cathryn Falwell
  • Christmas in the Country, Cynthia Rylant
  • Christmas Tapestry, Patricia Polacco
  • Christmas Trolls, Jan Brett
  • Cobweb Christmas- the Tradition of Tinsel, Shirley Climo
  • Coming Home, Michael Morpurgo
  • Cranberry Christmas, Wende and Harry Devlin
  • Finding Christmas, Helen Ward
  • Four Friends at Christmas, Tomie dePaola
  • Gingerbread Christmas, Jan Brett
  • Grandfather’s Christmas Tree, Thomas Locker
  • Great Joy, Kate DiCamillo
  • Hannah’s Bookmobile Christmas, Sally Derby
  • Home for Christmas, Jan Brett
  • Lyle at Christmas, Bernard Waber
  • Mim’s Christmas Jam, Andrea Davis Pinkney
  • Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree, Robert Barry
  • Night Tree, Eve Bunting
  • Nonna Tell Me a Story, Lidia Bastianich
  • Nutcracker Night, Mireille Messier and Gabrielle Grimard
  • O Christmas Tree, Vashanti Rahaman
  • Old Dog Cora and the Christmas Tree, Consie Powell
  • On Christmas Day in the Morning, John Langstaff and Melissa Sweet
  • Pick a Pine Tree, Patricia Toht
  • Room for a Little One, Martin Waddell
  • Saint Nicholas, Ann Tompert
  • Shooting at the Stars: the Christmas Truce of 1914, John Hendrix
  • Silent Night, Maureen Brett Hooper
  • Sister Bear: A Norse Tale, Jane Yolen
  • Song of the Camels, Elizabeth Coatsworth
  • Song of the Stars, Sally Lloyd-Jones
  • Stick Man, Julia Donadlson
  • The All-I’ll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll, Patricia C. McKissack
  • The Birds of Bethlehem, Tomie dePaola
  • The Christmas Boot, Lisa Wheeler
  • The Christmas Eve Ghost, Shirley Hughes
  • The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, Susan Wojciechowski
  • The Christmas We Moved to the Barn, Alexandra Day
  • The Crippled Lamb, Max Lucado
  • The Little Drummer Boy, Ezra Jack Keats
  • The Little Fir Tree, Margaret Wise Brown
  • The Lump of Coal, Lemony Snicket
  • The Money We’ll Save, Brock Cole
  • The Nutcracker, Susan Jeffers
  • The Perfect Christmas, Eileen Spinelli
  • The Peterkins’ Christmas, Elizabeth Spurr
  • The Tree that Came to Stay, Anna Quindlen
  • The Trees of the Dancing Goats, Patricia Polacco
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas, Gennady Spirin
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas, Jane Ray
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas, John O’Brien
  • Together at Christmas, Eileen Spinelli
  • Under the Star: A Christmas Counting Story, Jane Yolen
  • Where is Christmas, Jesse Bear?, Nancy White Carlstrom
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