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Best Christmas Books

Best Christmas Books for Children of All Ages

Our list of the best Christmas books includes engaging messages for children of all ages. The holidays are a special time of year for everyone. From the spirit of the holidays to the sights and smells, there is so much to simply experience.  Children love to touch and explore things hands on. Let them experience the holidays firsthand. First, there are interactive stories with flaps, textures, and scents. Then, we have special messages about the joy of giving and being with those you love. Finally, introduce your child to classic holiday stories with engaging rhymes, rhythm, and messages. Here are 15 Reading Boots favorite Christmas books for readers of all ages.

Best Christmas Books Ages 0-3

That’s Not My Reindeer

That’s Not My Reindeer

That’s Not My Reindeer, by Fiona Watt. This series is perfect for the littlest hands who love textures and hands-on materials. By following simple, repetitive language and fun textures, young children will enjoy finding the perfect reindeer.

Dear Santa

Dear Santa

Dear Santa, by Rod Campbell. Fans of Dear Zoo will love this lift-the-flap book. Santa Claus is trying to deliver the perfect gift. Now, your child can enjoy the interactive experience of discovering hidden gifts beneath the flaps.

Llama Llama Jingle Bells

Llama Llama Jingle Bells

Llama Llama Jingle Bells, by Anna Dewdney. It’s Christmastime! Discover this merry time as Little Llama gives gifts, sings songs, and decorates cookies. Likewise, the youngest readers will be engaged by bright pictures and short sentences.

Check out this interactive strategy to use while reading this book aloud.

Santa’s Workshop

Santa’s Workshop

Santa’s Workshop, by Holly Berry-Byrd and Cottage Door Press. The workshop comes to life with colors, excitement, toys, and busy elves. Not only does the book use simple language, but also the lift-the-flaps are interactive for little hands.

Construction Site on Christmas Night

Construction Site on Christmas Night

Construction Site on Christmas Night, by Sherri Duskey Rinker. As various trucks and construction vehicles work together to build a new fire station, they discover their own Christmas surprises. This holiday book is perfect for your little truck lover. In addition, the beautiful illustrations and rhymes add to the sweet message of this book.

Best Christmas Books Ages 3-6

The Polar Express

The Polar Express

The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. All aboard the Polar Express for a trip to the North Pole to meet Santa and his elves! This classic Christmas book is great for the holidays and for train lovers. The detailed pictures and descriptions will keep young readers engaged and excited about their trip to the North Pole.

The Littlest Elf

The Littlest Elf

The Littlest Elf, by Brandi Dougherty. Although Oliver is the smallest elf at the North Pole, he has a big heart and desire to help. But, what can a little elf really do? With a great message that everyone is good at something, this book is relatable for young children.

Bear Stays Up for Christmas

Bear Stays Up for Christmas

Bear Stays Up for Christmas, by Karma Wilson. Bear’s friends are determined to keep him awake and to show him the excitement of Christmas. Further, Bear discovers the joy of giving. The rhythm and colorful pictures will have children asking for this sweet story over and over.

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas, by Eric Litwin. Oh no, Santa is sick. Will Christmas be canceled? Join your favorite cat as he helps deliver gifts to the boys and girls. All in all, the rhyming, lyrical pattern, and fun illustrations keep children engaged.

The Sweet Smell of Christmas

The Sweet Smell of Christmas

The Sweet Smell of Christmas, by Patricia M. Scarry. Have you ever noticed the smells around the holidays? Little Bear is just discovering the sweet smells of hot chocolate, candy canes, Christmas trees, and more. Yes, Christmas is almost here. Additionally, this book uses colorful scratch and sniff photos so you can experience the sweet smell of Christmas, too.

The Littlest Christmas Tree

The Littlest Christmas Tree

The Littlest Christmas Tree, by R. A. Herman. Across the Christmas tree lot, there are various pine trees waiting to find their homes this holiday season. Now with the holiday approaching, the smallest tree just wishes to be a Christmas tree. Who can make this wish come true? Short, simple sentences and colorful images make this perfect for preschool and kindergarten children.

Best Christmas Books Ages 6-8

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas, by Dr. Seuss. The Grinch has had enough of the Whos and their Christmas cheer. He is going to stop Christmas from coming this year. Discover the rhythm and rhymes in this classic Christmas book. In fact, this book is great for independent readers or as a read-aloud with all children of all ages.

The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas, by Clement Moore. Follow Saint Nicholas on his Christmas Eve journey in this famed Christmas poem. Now available in multiple formats with beautifully detailed illustrations, this classic comes alive for children. While it can be read to all ages, this book is a nice introduction to lyrical rhythms for independent readers.

The Broken Ornament

The Broken Ornament

The Broken Ornament, by Tony DiTerlizzi. Jack wants to make this Christmas the best and that means more, more, more stuff. But, what happens when he breaks his mom’s favorite ornament? Help your child discover the magic and spirit of giving with this special holiday message.

The Spirit of Christmas

The Spirit of Christmas

The Spirit of Christmas, by Nancy Tillman. Christmas is full of sparkling lights, jingle bells, sleds, and laughing children. But, the best gift of all is spending time with those we love. The simple, lyrical rhymes and magical illustrations are engaging for children of all ages.

Celebrate the spirit of the holidays with these Christmas books.

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