Is Your Favorite on Our List of 7 Beloved Christmas Books?

7 beloved Christmas books for kids... Did your favorite make the cut? // from https://smartkids101.com

I’m sure you’ve seen the cute idea on Pinterest where you wrap 25 Christmas books for your kids.  Then they get to unwrap one each night between December 1 and 25… I worked on building our book collection a couple of years ago (and in full disclosure, we don’t even wrap them!), but I struggled to find 25 quality Christmas Books.

We’ve added a couple each year, and I wanted to share our best picks for Christmas books with you.  Please give me more ideas in the comments… I love recommendations from our Smart Kids readers!  (And it may even end up being shared on our Facebook page!)


Our 7 Favorite Christmas Books for Your Collection

1. Best Classic

Is your favorite on this list of 7 must-read Christmas books? Great for Advent, too! from https://smartkids101.com

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

Let’s start this list out right with a true classic story.  It’s not really Christmas for me until I’ve heard about how the “Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day.”  A great reminder for grownups and adults alike that Christmas isn’t in the stuff and the food or even the events.
“Christmas day is in our grasp, so long as we have hands to clasp.”  Fah-who-for-ase, dah-who-dor-ase… ahem.  Moving on.


2. Best Depiction of the “Real” Santa Claus

Is your favorite on this list of 7 must-read Christmas books? Great for Advent, too! from https://smartkids101.com

The Legend of St. Nicholas by Dandi Daley Mackall

Okay, now before you call me a grinch, hear me out.  Our family chooses to teach our children about the historical figure of St. Nicholas, emphasizing his generosity as an extension of his love for Jesus and for other people.  So we found this story really helpful to explain how Nicholas was a real person whose Christ-centered compassion for others sparked a tradition of giving that continues to this day.


3. Favorite New Classic

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It’s Christmas, David! by David Shannon

Yes, I’m aware that “new classic” is an oxymoron.  And I don’t care because I love the David books so much!  David is charming in the way that all little boys are…  While he could probably use a course on manners, his story perfectly captures the can-hardly-contain-it excitement of Christmas through the eyes of a child. And as a bonus, the pictures are a great primer on what NOT to do.  I mean, just look at the cover… geesh, David!


4. Most Fun and Interactive for the Whole Family

Is your favorite on this list of 7 must-read Christmas books? Great for Advent, too! from https://smartkids101.com

The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

I remember falling in love with the Jolly Postman as a child, waiting for library time each week at school so I could explore its pages once again.  When I found the Christmas version, I knew we had to have it.  In this story, you follow the Postman through the fairytale woods as he delivers Christmas cards to the likes of Humpty Dumpty and Red Riding Hood.  Each page has a new Christmas card to pull out and read for yourself, making it something the whole family can join in on! Simple fun. 


5. Most Beautiful Pictures

Is your favorite on this list of 7 must-read Christmas books? Great for Advent, too! from https://smartkids101.com

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Okay, yes, the story sometimes conflicts with how we approach Santa in our house (see #2)… and can I just say never get into a car (or train) with a stranger?!  But I just love these beautiful illustrations!  For that reason alone, The Polar Express wins a spot in our Christmas collection.  I love the spin I’ve seen on Pinterest where Mom and Dad give out last-minute “tickets” to kids for a car ride to see Christmas lights — complete with hot chocolate and popcorn, of course.  So fun!


6.  For Small Hands

Is your favorite on this list of 7 must-read Christmas books? Great for Advent, too! from https://smartkids101.com

Who is Coming to Our House? by Joseph Slate

The fact that this title comes in a board book version automatically earns it a top spot in our house.  I love that my youngest can explore it over and over again, making animal sounds and nary a ripped page. Less holiday stress?  Please and thank you.


7.  Best for Older Kids

Is your favorite on this list of 7 must-read Christmas books? Great for Advent, too! from https://smartkids101.com

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

Oh, how I remember loving this story from the first time I read it as a middle schooler!  The story of sacrifice — she cut off all her hair, y’all — had me on the edge of my seat as I waited to see how it would all resolve.  It’s a touching story that opens the door for conversation with your tween or teen and  brings out the single most important thing in life: love.  Awww…. 


Bonus! No Time for Christmas Books? Here’s our Best Not-a-Book

Is your favorite on this list of 7 must-read Christmas books? Great for Advent, too! from https://smartkids101.com

I can’t end this post without mentioning the Christmas installment from What’s in the Bible? — it’s a DVD named Why Do We Call It Christmas? Entertaining and educational for the preschoolers all the way up to the adults in our house.  Definitely something for everyone!


Any of these books would be perfect for you to keep in your collection for the holiday babysitter to read to your kids while you’re at that Christmas party.  Everyone has a fun time… win-win!

Don’t forget to share your picks below, please!  Your ideas are the best.

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About Aubrey Hunt
Before hopping on the crazy ride we call motherhood, I studied engineering and taught math and science to middle and high school students. Now, perhaps like you, I fill my days singing The Itsy Bitsy Spider and praying my preschooler will eat a vegetable — any vegetable!