We have a special collection of books that only come out during the Christmas season – books that my kids look forward to reading together as a family each December – and one of my favorite things is adding to our collection each year. If you’re looking for some great Christmas books for kids to share with your family, here are few to get you started…
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Christmas Books to Read Together
The Pine Tree Parable tells the heartwarming tale of a farmer and his family who nurture tiny seedlings into fragrant Christmas trees.
When the trees are tall enough to offer to their neighbors, the farmer’s wife plans to keep the most beautiful pine tree for her family, until one snowy December night when a child teaches her the true meaning of Christmas.
A snowy night, a warm cabin, and a boy who hears the Christmas story told for the first time―beginning with Creation and ending with the Resurrection.
A classic Christmas picture book, One Wintry Night tells the story of a mountain boy who is injured in a snowstorm and seeks refuge in a cabin. While he waits out the storm, the woman who lives there tells him the Christmas story. In a magnificent blend of a contemporary setting with the history of God’s redeeming love, Ruth Graham created a wonderful and unique version of the Christmas story. Breathtakingly illustrated by renowned artist Richard Jesse Watson, One Wintry Night is the perfect gift for the young and the young-at-heart that will fascinate both those who have heard the Bible story many times and those who know only a few details.
As Little Cub and her family prepare to celebrate the most special day of the year, the curious young polar bear begins to wonder… “Who invented Christmas?”
Mama’s answer only leads to more questions like “Is God more important than Santa?” So she and Little Cub head off on a polar expedition to find God and to see how he gave them Christmas. Along the way, they find signs that God is at work all around them. Through Mama’s gentle guidance, Little Cub learns about the very first Christmas and discovers that… Jesus is the best present of all.
This enchanting tale provides the perfect opportunity to help young children celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and to discover how very much God loves them.
Sam goes all by himself to deliver treats to his friends in an endearing new tale from the creators of the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller KISS GOOD NIGHT and DON’T YOU FEEL WELL, SAM?
Emma and her little dog Shu-Shu were thrilled to be invited to the King’s birthday party. But what do you get a King for his birthday? Emma and Shu-Shu have no gift, but they bring the Christmas cake they made with Mom and put on their Sunday best as they dash to the King’s carriage. And of course, Emma couldn’t go anywhere without her beloved Cherry-Bear. On the way, they have encounters that lead them to bestow their cake, winter-cape, and even Cherry-Bear, on others. Now they’re chilly, rumpled, and empty-handed—what will the King think? Emma frets, but when they finally meet the King at his palace, they discover they gave the King exactly what he wanted.
Children and parents will be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas, and that the greatest gifts we can offer to the Savior are gifts to the least of his brothers and sisters (based on Matthew 25:40). Families will be able to go online and be directed to notable charities to give their own gift to the King.
In the tradition of A Night Night Prayer, this precious little child wanders through the house on a snowy Christmas night offering a prayer of thanks and blessing. The child finishes with thanks to God for the greatest Gift of all.
Noting all the characters in the Nativity, this lovable little nighttime prayer book has interactive dialogue and soothing rhyme for a child to repeat as they look around their world at Christmastime.
Between the soft Christmas glow of the illustrations and the smooth rhythm of the child’s prayer, A Christmas Prayer will make every parent and child want to snuggle up by the tree and offer a prayer of thanks to God for His many Christmas blessings.
In Santa, Are You For Real? by Harold Myra, children will discover that there really was a Saint Nicholas. Through colorful illustrations and a heartwarming story, children—and parents—will learn how the original Saint Nick set an example for us today by keeping Christ at the heart of Christmas.
In The Legend of the Three Trees, vivid visual imagery brings this classic legend to life. The story begins with three young trees who dream—as children do—of doing big deeds. When the woodcutters come, the trees each find that the reality of their existence doesn’t match their dreams… and yet… this touching story contains a simple lesson about God’s plan for every life.
In The Tiny Star by Art Ginolfi, a tiny star who feels insignificant is chosen by God for a special job. The story teaches children that they are special, that God can and will use them, and that even the smallest are important to God.
This beautiful Christmas picture book is part of the Read and Share™ brand. It has a delightful center-spread pop-up of the nativity manger scene. Art is by Steve Smallman, who illustrated the Read and Share™ Bible. One of the unique features of this book-a very new slant on a very old story-is that it shows the coming and going of angels connected with the birth of Christ. Readers will see that angels brought a new message for ordinary people caught up in this wonderful drama of the birth of God’s Son.
Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas story, unabridged and fully illustrated. Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean-spirited old man who hates everything – even Christmas! But when three spirits visit him one Christmas Eve, Scrooge is taken on a journey into the past, present and future that will change him forever.
The classic Christmas tale by Charles Dickens retold for younger children and brought to life with beautiful illustrations and a sound panel. Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean-spirited old man who hates everything – even Christmas! But when three spirits visit him one Christmas Eve, Scrooge is taken on a journey into the past, present and future that will change him forever. Little children will love pressing the sound panel buttons and listening to the tinkling bells, ghostly groans and other sound effects.
The perfect introduction to different musical sounds, this sound-chip storybook follows Mole, Badger, and all their friends as they practice for a Christmas concert. Beautiful illustrations complete the package, bringing the magic and sparkle of Christmas to life.
A wonderful board book with delightful illustrations and buttons to play classic Christmas tunes. With simple text telling a festive Christmas story. Tunes include Deck the Halls, We Wish You a Merry Christmas and Silent Night. Picture tabs across the top enable young children to find their favorite scenes. Music arranged and produced by Anthony Marks.
Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house…magical things were about to happen. This famous tale of a very special visitor on Christmas Eve is accompanied by delightful illustrations. Sounds add to the festive feeling, making this book a Christmas classic to treasure.
A collection of six stories taken from Young Reading Series One titles “Stories of Snowmen” and “Stories of Santa.” Featuring stories of fake Santas, stolen diamonds and a best-dressed Snowman competition. Perfect for cozying up with and reading aloud on cold winter nights, or for beginner readers to tackle alone. With jolly illustrations by Philip Webb.
A picture book version of the well-known Christmas song, with sound buttons to press to hear the melody. Featuring warm, charming illustrations by Elisa Squillace and music specially arranged by composer Anthony Marks.
The beauty and majesty of the Christmas Story is perfectly captured in this richly illustrated retelling, accompanied by the music for five well-loved Christmas carols.
This is a delightful retelling of the story of the birth of Jesus. Follow Mary and Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem and celebrate the magic of the very first Christmas.
Little hands will love exploring the touchy-feely textures on each page as they meet the angels in this festive board book. Children can join in with the simple, repetitive text as they turn the pages and encounter soft hair, silky dresses and squashy sleeves. Specially designed to help develop sensory and language awareness in babies and toddlers. A wonderful gift for a first Christmas.
Christmas Activity Books for Kids
A beautiful sticker book containing the words and music of some of the best-loved Christmas carols, llustrated with paintings from the National Gallery Christmas collection. Readers can match the stickers of the paintings to their labeled frames, and learn facts about the painting and the artist. Includes famous paintings from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and Victorian Christmas cards and posters. Features 11 popular carols, including ‘Silent Night’, ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ and ‘Away in a Manger’, and information on their origins and meanings behind some of the words.
Open this book to see stylish, black and white illustrations showing various Christmas scenes and seasonal motifs… then brush water over them using the aqua pen provided to see them change before your very eyes, as a rainbow of colors magically reveal themselves and bring each scene to life.
You’ll find all kinds of festive fun inside this delightful book. Use the seasonal stickers to dress the dolls for Christmassy adventures like ice skating on a frosty morning, shopping for Christmas presents (and clothes), dancing at a masked ball and lots lots more.
Fifteen festive projects using simple sewing techniques, suitable for children who are just beginning to learn how to sew or those gaining in confidence. Christmassy activities include a fabric holly wreath, Christmas stockings and star-shaped Christmas tree decorations. Each activity is clearly illustrated with easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions to ensure great results every time. Includes tips on adding glittering sequins and shiny beads to make decorations, cards and gifts really special.
The teddy bears are getting ready for Christmas but they need some help. Young children can have lots of fun adding the stickers to dress the bears.
Christmas markets are festive places full of hustle, bustle and – of course – lots of things for children to look at and talk about. This book is packed with lots of busy scenes and more than 150 stickers to add to them. A fun way for children to practice important fine motor skills.
You’ll find lots to draw, doodle, and color in this exciting Christmas drawing, doodling, and coloring book.
Simply tie the front and back covers of this 14-page board book together, and get ready to celebrate! The two envelopes inside contain everything you need to decorate: sheets of stickers, shiny paper, and ornaments to cut out and color, plus tips for creating even more decorations for your very own tree.
Little children can discover the fun of making music with the miniature keyboard and festive tunes in this enchanting book.
Little children will delight in bringing the Christmas Story to life with this joyous sticker book. Dress the children in their costumes for each scene of the play, and read along the parts with them. With over 160 stickers to complete the scenes, including shepherd, king and animal costumes, as well as gifts for Baby Jesus and musical instruments. A wonderful activity to prepare for and remember the school nativity play.
ELFABITS is a jolly, Christmas-themed A-Z escapade in which Santa’s helpers bring each letter to life in “elfabetical order” and engage in various holiday activities within the richly decorated alphabet shapes. Reminiscent of medieval manuscript ornamentation, the artistic typography of ELFABITS was designed to be both educational and entertaining. Intended for young readers and readers-to-be, the whimsical journey features gifts from Santa, children’s names and descriptive words that correspond with each letter of the alphabet.The fun, poetic narrative style is geared to help develop letter recognition skills and enhance reading concepts such as phonics, rhyming and repetition.
What are some of YOUR family’s favorite Christmas books to read together?