14 Great Christmas Books for Kids | 2013

by Marcy on November 3, 2013 · 2 comments

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I have loved books for as long as I can remember. I was the kid at family holiday parties holed up in the corner with my new stack of books. I love the smell of books, the feel of books, pretty much everything about books! I have two young daughters and I love that so far they seem to share my love of books – especially my 7 year old. Nothing warms my heart more than catching her reading in her room – or better yet – reading to her little sister.

When my oldest was 3 or 4 years old I started to build up our library of Christmas books and movies. Then, each year I wrap up our books and movies and let the kids unwrap one each day. We end with “The Night Before Christmas” on December 24th – right before going to bed.

It has taken me a few years to purchase 24 books and movies but I eventually got there. However, I’m still on the prowl for great Christmas books and sometimes swap out some of the less than stellar ones that I purchased with new favorites.

I thought it would be fun to share a current list of our family’s favorite Christmas books. We have a nice mixture in our library I think. I’m SUPER excited to be taking the kids on a real Polar Express train ride this year – I’ll be sure to hold back our Polar Express book until that special day – so that we can read the story before the train ride and take the book with us.

In no particular order, here are 14 Great Christmas Books for kids, all personal favorites of ours:

The Polar Express

J Is for Jesus: The Sweetest Story Ever Told

Llama Llama Holiday Drama

My First Story of Christmas

Clifford’s Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Christmas is Finally Here (VeggieTales)

The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving

Dream Snow

Olive, the Other Reindeer

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree

Christmas in the Manger Board Book

The Pine Tree Parable

What are your favorite Christmas books for kids? I would love to hear what you read during the holidays!

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1 suzette November 9, 2013 at 9:30 AM

I too love books. Growing up, my family could be found all in our favorite places reading. I try to keep this love going with my grandchildren. Last year, I found Advent calendars for the 2 of them. even though they were different, when they opened each window they had the same verses so I was disappointed. This year I found Olive, the other reindeer and Dream snow advent calendars and they get a “3-d” advent calander. Then I bought each of them the book. It is a little hard to find the calenders but you will love them!

2 Diane C. November 25, 2013 at 10:54 PM

I absolutely LOVE children’s picture books!! The language and illustrations are so rich and powerful in just a few short pages. Not only can they transport you to a different place and time, but can make you feel so young and so full of life. My favorite Christmas stories are the ones that tug at your heart strings. My all time favorite is The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado about a lamb who was born with a crippled leg and always felt left out. On Christmas night, while all the other sheep were grazing on some fresh grass, he is left behind. But God, has a purpose for him and he is there to keep Jesus warm with his soft woolen coat, when no blanket can be found. Two of my other tear jerker favorites are An Orange for Frankie by Patricia Polacco (an amazing author illustrator) and The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree written by Gloria Houston and illustrated by Barbara Cooney. On a more whimsical note, I also love Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett. The gingerbread baby has a much better fate than in most retellings of this popular stories. And Jan Brett, is hands down one of the the best illustrators and captures so many extra parts of the story in her very detailed borders. Ahhh, I love them all! Can’t wait to read them to the kids again this year!

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