One of our favorite Christmas traditions is getting a new Christmas books for the girls each year. Hazel is eagerly awaiting the day we bring down our Christmas books this year, and I know both girls will be super excited to get a brand new, never read before, Christmas book! I’m having the hardest time picking out which books I want to get the girl this year–I read several when we were at the book store a couple weeks ago and they were all so cute!
Below is a list of some of the best Christmas book! The top 15 are books we’ve read and love, and the last 13 are books that were recommended when I asked on Instagram. You can shop these books (+ a few others we love) here.
Do you do a Christmas book tradition? What’s your favorite Christmas/Holiday Book?
The Little Reindeer by Nicola Killen: The story of a little girl who hears the jingling of bells. She braves going out into the woods where she finds magic and friendship awaits. This was the book we got Hazel last year and she LOVED it! I also bought a bell so that as we read the book, she could jingle the bell whenever the little girl heard the bells jingle. I think it really brought the book to life, and now Hazel wants the gift that the little girls gets at the end of the book. So sweet!
Little Robin’s Christmas by Jan Fearnley: A little Robin has 7 sweaters to keep him warm in the week leading up to Christmas. One by one, he comes along his shivering friends and offers them a sweater to stay warm. This is a great book about sharing and kindness.
Here Comes Santa Claus by Gene Autry: This book is to the lyrics of the Christmas song everyone loves, and the illustrations are beautiful!
Brave Little Camper Saves Christmas by Holly Berry-Byrd: When two raccoons run off with Santa’s sleigh lights, Santa needs help or Christmas will be ruined. As you can guess from the title, the Brave Little Camper is there to help. This was another one we read daily last year.
Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Schertle: Little Blue Truck delivers trees to his friends and there’s a fun light tree at the end of this book.
Bear Stays Up For Christmas by Karma Wilson: Bear’s friends are determined to keep him up for Christmas. They decorate for Christmas, bake food, and sing songs, etc., and Bear discovers the joy of giving. If you’re not already a fan of the bear book series, this book will get you hooked!
Maple & Willow’s Christmas Tree by Lori Nichols: The two sisters are getting a real tree this Christmas! But when they get the tree home, they discover that Maple is allergic. The girls don’t let that stop them from making it the best Christmas ever! (If you have daughters, you must get this book! It’s a favorite of ours. See how we brought this book to life.)
Dream Snow by Eric Carle: A cute lift-flap book, great for babies and young toddlers, about a farmer who dreams of a snowstorm covering him and his animals, then awakes to find that it snowed while he was asleep. He puts on his red suit to go pass out gifts. If you order the hardcover addition, it has twinkling lights at the end (the board book doesn’t have the lights).
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg: This classic Christmas story is a must for every book collection. It’s about a little boy who climbs aboard a train to take a magical trip to the North Pole.
Santa’s Prayer by Tom Roberts: A little boy and girl overhear Santa praying in a church. His biggest prayer being that he hopes children understand that Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas.
Advent Storybook by Antonie Schnieder: This book offers a new story to read every night leading up to Christmas. The stories are about a bears journey to Bethlehem and share the true meaning of Christmas.
Silent Night by Lara Hawthorne: Beautiful illustrations accompany the lyrics to the song Silent Night.
The Bear Santa Claus Forgot by Diana Kimpton: An adorable story about a bear who accidentally falls out of Santa’s bag and tried to make it to the little girl he’s meant for by Christmas morning.
Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner: If you’ve ever wondered what snowmen do at night and why they’re a little slouched/melted in the morning, this book has the answer. This rhyming book will leave everyone who reads it with a smile.
The Tree That’s Meant To Be by Yuval Zommer: A crooked tree is lonely in the forest after not being picked by any families. But the other forest animals are there to cheer him up.
Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht: This story shares the excitement around family holiday traditions, most of all picking out a Christmas tree!
The Wish Tree by Kyo Maclear: In the inspiring book, a little boy sets out to find a wish tree and discovers the true magic of the holiday season.
The Christmas Quite Book by Deborah Underwood: While Christmas can be full of a lot of loud happy sounds, this books takes a moment to appreciate the small sounds of Christmas, like falling snowflakes.
How to Catch an Elf by Adam Wallace: The “How to Catch a…” series is a fun addition to any holiday throughout the year. This one will have your kids laughing. Many recommended giving it to your child on Christmas Eve as a fun tradition.
Finding Christmas by Lezlie Evans: Three friends help another friend who is sick. In giving up their presents to help their friend, they find the true Christmas spirit.
Here Comes Santa Cat by Deborah Underwood: Cat is afraid he’s not on Santa’s nice list and makes and attempt to do better. Your kids will be laughing throughout this book.
Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry: Mr. Willowby’s Christmas tree is too tall, so he cuts off the top of it. The top of the tree gets passed around and spread Christmas cheer to all.
The Jolly Christmas Postman by Allan Ahlberg: A jolly postman delivers Christmas letters to some of our favorite characters like Goldie Locks and Little Red Riding Hood. In this book, you get to see what these characters write to each other.
Last Stop on the Reindeer Express by Maudie Powell-Tuck: A little girls wants to send a letter to her Grandpa who lives far away, but it’s too late to arrive in time. Until she discovers a magical mailbox and soon she’s in the reindeer express.
Dasher by Mat Tavares: Dasher is a young reindeer in a traveling circus who dreams of living in the snow. One day, she sets out on an adventure where she meets Santa.
The Bear and the Star by Lola M. Schaefer: A bear searched for the perfect tree to welcome a new star. Guests of all kinds begin to in this story full of “understanding, empathy, community, and hope”.
Red & Lou by Mat Tavares: Red and Lou two birds who love in the New York City Christmas tree. One year, the two gets separated and only a miracle can bring them together again. (I think this is the one I’m getting for Hazel this year because we have a tradition of getting her a bird ornament each year, and how perfect would it be to get her a red cardinal ornament this year to go along with this book?!)
Santa Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins: Bruce just wants to sleep, but he gets mistaken for Santa Clause and soon all the animals are lined up to tell him their wishes. If you’re a fan of the Mother Bruce series, you’ll be laughing your way through this book.