Christmas Books for Children

Christmas is a time for classics. It is time for grandpa’s famous eggnog and grandma’s annual pecan pie. It’s time for favorite Christmas carols around the old piano and movie marathons of White Christmas and Holiday Inn.

And it’s also time for our own family’s tradition of pulling out our favorite Christmas picture books and piling on the couch for some Advent-themed reading while the lights on the tree twinkle and shine.

Today I wanted to share some of our favorites. Some are retellings of the biblical story of Jesus’ birth while others are completely fictional, but all are worth reading this Christmas season.

Do you have a favorite Christmas story?

Nativity Stories

Who Was Born This Special Day? By Eve Bunting

The Jesse Tree by Geraldine McCaughrean

Father and Son: A Nativity Story by Geraldine McCaughrean

One Wintry Night by Ruth Bell Graham

Christmas in the Barn by Margaret Wise Brown

Stable in Bethlehem by Joy N. Hulme

Jacob’s Gift by Max Lucado

Mary by Brian Wildsmith

The Little Spider by Sigmund Brouwer

The Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Jack Keats

Silent Night: It’s Story and Song by Margaret Hodges

Silent Night Illustrated by Susan Jeffers


The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola

The Night of Las Posadas by Tomie dePaola

The Remarkable Christmas of the Cobber’s Sons told by Ruth Sawyer

Brigid’s Cloak by Bryce Milligan

Saint Francis and the Christmas Donkey by Robert Byrd

The Legend of Saint Nicholas by Anselm Grün

Santa Who? By Gail Gibbons

Saint Nicholas by Ann Tompert

Fictional Fun

The Little Fir Tree by Margaret Wise Brown

Peter Spier’s Christmas

The Day Before Christmas by Eve Bunting

Hannah’s Bookmobile Christmas by Sally Derby

The Polar Express by Chris van Allsburg

Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo

The Christmas Wish by Lori Evert

Apple Tree Christmas by Trinka Hakes Noble

The Twelve Days of Christmas by Laurel Long

Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck

The Spirit of Christmas by Nancy Tillman

Cranberry Christmas by Wende and Harry Devlin

The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

A Christmas Tree for Pyn by Oliver Dunrea

Christmas Farm by Mary Lyn Ray

The Carpenter’s Gift by David Rubel

Bear’s First Christmas by Robert Kinerk

Holly Claus: The Christmas Princess by Brittney Ryan

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