the ultimate list of christmas books

The Ultimate List Of Christmas Books!

The Ultimate list of Christmas books

Books are a HUGE part of our life, and Christmas books are no exception. We love to read.  I started collecting Christmas books even before I had kids and each year it has grown, as we have added to the collection.  The picture I am sure looks overwhelming, but we honestly read just about ALL of those books and sometimes many more times then just once each season.  Each kid of course has favorites that they want read over and over. Family time is important to us, so we include reading and don’t think you can ever be to old to be read to:).

So here is my list of Christmas Books. Although we do not do Santa as in him bringing gifts,  we do enjoy the fictional stories and we also talk about the real St Nicholas.  Some books I have included are great for older kids and adults. ( Affiliate Links included)

The Ultimate List of Christmas Books

1.  Christmas in a Manger

This board book is great for the littlest one in the family.

Christmas in the MangerChristmas in the Manger

 

2.  The Christmas Star

Follow the shining star as it leads the kings, shepherds and animals to the new born king.

The Christmas StarThe Christmas Star

 

3. Countdown to Christmas ( Advent for Littles)

This is great for the little ones!

Countdown To Christmas (My First Read and Learn)Countdown To Christmas (My First Read and Learn)

4.  Who is Coming to Our House

A modern classic on how the animals prepare a cozy welcome for the coming baby Jesus.

Who is Coming to Our House?Who is Coming to Our House?

5.  Tonight you are my Baby: Mary’s Christmas Gift

The miracle of Christmas began with a mother and a child. This is such a sweet book.

Tonight You Are My Baby Board Book: Mary's Christmas Gift (Harperblessings)Tonight You Are My Baby Board Book: Mary’s Christmas Gift (Harperblessings)

6.  What is Christmas?

It’s warm and humorous words tell of the true meaning of Christmas.

What Is Christmas?What Is Christmas?

7.  Baby Jesus is Here

This is an adorable touch and feel board book on the true meaning of Christmas.

Baby Jesus is Here!: A Really Woolly & Friends Christmas StoryBaby Jesus is Here!: A Really Woolly & Friends Christmas Story

8. Silent Night

This is a musical book that your kids will love!

Silent Night: A Light and Sound BookSilent Night: A Light and Sound Book

9.  O Little Town of Bethlehem

This book has music and lights! Great to keep your kids engaged in the story of Jesus’ birth.

O Little Town of Bethlehem (Pageant of Lights Book)O Little Town of Bethlehem (Pageant of Lights Book)

10.  Cars-A Very Mater Christmas

Every page has sparkling glitter and bring a fun story of the Christmas holiday in Radiator Springs.

VERY MATER CHRISTMASVERY MATER CHRISTMAS

11. Little Lambs Christmas

The story of the first Christmas as seen through the eyes of a little lamb.

Little Lamb's ChristmasLittle Lamb’s Christmas

12.  A Family Advent

This is a heart felt advent devotional with fun facts and activities.

A Family Advent: Keeping the Savior in the SeasonA Family Advent: Keeping the Savior in the Season

13. Jotham’s Journey

All the books by Ytreeide (these books are excellent and all ages will enjoy)

This is a popular and exciting story of a 10 year old little boy and his adventures as he searches for his family.

Jotham's Journey: A Storybook for AdventJotham’s Journey: A Storybook for Advent

 

14. Bartholomew’s Passage

This book offers an engaging story of Roman soldiers dispersing a family and how the reunite in Bethlehem.

Bartholomew's Passage: A Family Story for AdventBartholomew’s Passage: A Family Story for Advent

 

15. Tabithas Travels

Tabitha is a courageous girl as she faces adventures while traveling with her father.

 

Tabitha's Travels: A Family Story for AdventTabitha’s Travels: A Family Story for Advent

 

16.  St Nicholas- A Veggie Christmas Story

Celebrate Christmas with Bob, Larry and the other vegetables in VeggieTales.

Saint Nicholas: A Veggie Christmas Story (VeggieTales) (Little Golden Book)Saint Nicholas: A Veggie Christmas Story (VeggieTales) (Little Golden Book)

 

17.  Miracle on 34th Street ( chapter book)

Generations have loved this story of a little girl finding Christmas!

Miracle on 34th StreetMiracle on 34th Street

 

18.  The Almost Christmas Pony

This book is based on a true story and is definitely a keeper!

The Almost Christmas Pony: CharlieThe Almost Christmas Pony: Charlie

 

19.  Christmas Stories for Bedtime

We love these faith-building bedtime Christmas stories.

 

Christmas Stories for Bedtime Gift EditionChristmas Stories for Bedtime Gift Edition

 

20.  Once Upon a Christmas

This is a Chapter Book…I searched high and low for the Christmas Story in a Chapter Book form

Once Upon A ChristmasOnce Upon A Christmas

 

21.  The Twelve Blessings of Christmas

This is the perfect book to create wonderful, homemade Christmas memories.

The Twelve Blessings of ChristmasThe Twelve Blessings of Christmas

 

22. Mortimer’s Christmas Manger

This is a unique, sweet and simple Christmas story book.

Mortimer's Christmas MangerMortimer’s Christmas Manger

 

23.  See and Say! Christmas Story

This is a great read-a-loud book to add to your collection.

See and Say! Christmas StorySee and Say! Christmas Story

 

24.  The Christmas Hat

Love the illustrations in the book!

The Christmas HatThe Christmas Hat

 

25.  The Christmas Troll

This book is a great reminder to young and old of God’s gifts!

The Christmas Troll: Sometimes God's Best Gifts Are the Most Unexpected (Experiencing God)The Christmas Troll: Sometimes God’s Best Gifts Are the Most Unexpected (Experiencing God)

 

26.  The Dinosaur Night Before Christmas

We love dinosaurs and this book includes a CD.

The Dinosaurs' Night Before ChristmasThe Dinosaurs’ Night Before Christmas

 

27.  Coyote Christmas

Only a Christmas miracle can help this sneaky coyote.

Coyote Christmas: A Lakota StoryCoyote Christmas: A Lakota Story

 

 

28.  An Ideals Treasury of Christmas

We love the artwork, poems and stories in this book.

AN IDEALS TREASURY OF CHRISTMASAN IDEALS TREASURY OF CHRISTMAS

 

29.  Christmas with Boz

This is a great book for your pre-schooler.

Christmas with BOZ (BOZ Series)Christmas with BOZ (BOZ Series)

 

30.  The Little Drummer Mouse

This is a wonderful twist on the Little Drummer Boy story.

The Little Drummer MouseThe Little Drummer Mouse

 

31.  Appalachian Christmas ABC’s

The Christmas story with an Appalachian twist for all ages.

Appalachian Christmas ABCsAppalachian Christmas ABCs

 

32.  Christmas Tapestry

We loved this book! You will not regret adding this to your book collection.

Christmas TapestryChristmas Tapestry

 

33.  Mommy was Santa Claus born on Christmas Day

Kids can ask a million questions. It’s Christ centered and helps parents answer some difficult questions.

Mommy, Was Santa Claus Born on Christmas Too? (Mommy Why?)Mommy, Was Santa Claus Born on Christmas Too? (Mommy Why?)

34. Brave Irene

We enjoy this book and it’s illustrations.

Brave Irene Storytime SetBrave Irene Storytime Set

 

35. Christmas Around the World by Mary Lankford 

This is an excellent book and we highly recommend it.

Christmas Around the WorldChristmas Around the World

 

36.  Celebrate Christmas Around the World 

We enjoyed this book too. It will be a great way to learn how others celebrate Christmas around the world.

Celebrate Christmas Around the WorldCelebrate Christmas Around the World

 

37.  Christmas in the Big Woods

A warm story of how Laura and her family enjoy Christmas.

Christmas in the Big Woods (Little House Picture Book)Christmas in the Big Woods (Little House Picture Book)

 

38.  The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree

This book has great illustrations and a wonderful twist on the Christmas story.

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian StoryThe Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story

 

39.  The Christmas Angel

A story about a special Christmas Angel that kids of all ages will love.

The Christmas Angel by Maas, Jane (2013) HardcoverThe Christmas Angel by Maas, Jane (2013) Hardcover

 

40.  Christmas Around the World by Brenda Trunkhill

Another great book on looking at how others celebrate Christmas around the world.

Christmas Around the WorldChristmas Around the World

 

41.  Before and After Christmas ( Activities from Advent to Epiphany)

This book has crafts, activities and great ideas for family worship time.

Before and After Christmas: Activities for Advent and EphiphanyBefore and After Christmas: Activities for Advent and Ephiphany

 

42.  Jesse Tree Devotions

We love the family prayers and devotionals in this book.

Jesse Tree Devotions: A Family Activity for AdventJesse Tree Devotions: A Family Activity for Advent

 

43.  The Legend of the Poinsettia

This is such a cute story on a Mexican legend.

The Legend of the PoinsettiaThe Legend of the Poinsettia

 

44.  A Newberry Christmas

This is a great family oriented book for the holidays.

A Newbery ChristmasA Newbery Christmas

 

45.  The Polar Express

This is a great classic!

Polar Express 30th anniversary editionPolar Express 30th anniversary edition

 

46.  Angels, Angels Everywhere

This is an appealing collection of “everyday” angels walking the earth.

Angels, Angels EverywhereAngels, Angels Everywhere

 

47.  The Gift of the Christmas Cookie: Sharing the True Meaning of Jesus Birth

This is a great book to add to your Christmas countdown this year.

The Gift of the Christmas Cookie: Sharing the True Meaning of Jesus' BirthThe Gift of the Christmas Cookie: Sharing the True Meaning of Jesus’ Birth

 

48.  Cobweb Christmas

A great Christmas story for elementary kids.

Cobweb Christmas: The Tradition of TinselCobweb Christmas: The Tradition of Tinsel

 

49.  The Legend of the Christmas Stocking

This is a story about Peter and how he find the true meaning of Christmas.

Legend of the Christmas StockingLegend of the Christmas Stocking

 

50.  The Legend of the Candy Cane

This book has amazing illustrations and we loved the story too.

The Legend of the Candy Cane, Newly Illustrated Edition: The Inspirational Story of Our Favorite Christmas CandyThe Legend of the Candy Cane, Newly Illustrated Edition: The Inspirational Story of Our Favorite Christmas Candy

 

51.  The Legend of the Christmas Tree

This is a wonderful story about how the evergreen tree became part of the Christmas story.

Legend of the Christmas Tree, TheLegend of the Christmas Tree, The

 

52.  The Legend of St Nicholas

This is a great re-telling of the story of Saint Nicholas.

The Legend of St. Nicholas: A Story of Christmas GivingThe Legend of St. Nicholas: A Story of Christmas Giving

 

53.  Santa’s Favorite Story (so cute!)

This is a story of Santa telling the story of the first Christmas.

Santa's Favorite Story: Santa Tells the Story of the First ChristmasSanta’s Favorite Story: Santa Tells the Story of the First Christmas

 

54.  All Safe in the Stable

This is a story of Jesus’ birth told by the animals.

All Safe in the Stable: A Donkey's TaleAll Safe in the Stable: A Donkey’s Tale

 

55.  Disney Christmas Storybook Collection

Celebrate Christmas with your favorite Disney characters.

Disney Christmas Storybook CollectionDisney Christmas Storybook Collection

 

56.  The ADVENTure of Christmas

This is a great advent book to use as a countdown to Christmas.

The Adventure of Christmas: Helping Children Find Jesus in Our Holiday TraditionsThe Adventure of Christmas: Helping Children Find Jesus in Our Holiday Traditions

 

57.  The Kingfisher Book of Christmas Stories (LOVE!)

We loved this book. It has traditional tales and legends for all ages.

The Kingfisher Book of Classic Christmas StoriesThe Kingfisher Book of Classic Christmas Stories

 

58.  Punchinelle the Most Marvelous Gift

Modern day parables! This is great for the kids.

Punchinello and the Most Marvelous Gift (New Stories and Products in Max Lucado's)Punchinello and the Most Marvelous Gift (New Stories and Products in Max Lucado’s)

 

59.  Why Christmas Trees Aren’t Perfect

This is a cute story about a little tree called Small Pine.

Why Christmas Trees Aren't PerfectWhy Christmas Trees Aren’t Perfect

 

60.  Thomas Christmas Delivery

If you kids love Thomas the Train, they’ll love this book.

Thomas' Christmas Delivery (Thomas & Friends)Thomas’ Christmas Delivery (Thomas & Friends)

 

61. The Jesse Tree 

The pictures are amazing in this book and the story is wonderful too.

The Jesse TreeThe Jesse Tree

 

62.  Advent Storybook: 24 Stories to Share Before Christmas 

We love this one too!

Advent StorybookAdvent Storybook

 

63.  There was no snow on Christmas Eve

Christmas in the desert. A story based on the true location of Jesus’ birth.

There Was No Snow on Christmas EveThere Was No Snow on Christmas Eve

 

64.  The Soldiers Night Before Christmas

This is perfect for military families!

The Soldiers' Night Before Christmas (Big Little Golden Book)The Soldiers’ Night Before Christmas (Big Little Golden Book)

 

65.  Silver Packages

Loved the water color paintings in this book.

 

Silver Packages: An Appalachian Christmas StorySilver Packages: An Appalachian Christmas Story

 

66.  How the Grinch Stole Christmas

A great classic!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Classic Seuss)How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Classic Seuss)

 

67.  Christmas Day in the Morning

Beautifully written and a great read-a-loud for the whole family.

Christmas Day in the MorningChristmas Day in the Morning

 

68.  Cole Family Christmas

Another great read-a-loud for the whole family.

Cole Family ChristmasCole Family Christmas

 

69.  The Real 12 Days of Christmas

The story behind the song.

The Real Twelve Days of Christmas: The Story Behind the SongThe Real Twelve Days of Christmas: The Story Behind the Song

 

70.  A Christmas Carol (illustrated)

We love the illustrations in this book.

A Christmas Carol (Wordsworth Children's Classics)A Christmas Carol (Wordsworth Children’s Classics)

 

71.  The Little Shepherd’s Christmas

A great little book by an award winning author and illustrator. The story of Christmas from the little shepherd’s point of view.

 

Little Shepherd's ChristmasLittle Shepherd’s Christmas

 

72.  The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

This is a hilarious book the kids will enjoy!

The Best Christmas Pageant EverThe Best Christmas Pageant Ever

 

73.  Santa Claus 

This book is Beautiful!!

Santa ClausSanta Claus

 

74.  The Peppermint Candy Ball

A sweet story about the families of two little girls.

The Peppermint Candy BallThe Peppermint Candy Ball

 

75.  What Can you See? On Christmas Night

A cute story of the Nativity that the younger kids will enjoy.

What Can You See? On Christmas NightWhat Can You See? On Christmas Night

 

76.  The Gift of the Magi

We love this book. It’s a great read for all ages.

The Gift of the MagiThe Gift of the Magi

 

77.  The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

This book comes with a CD!

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey with CD: Gift EditionThe Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey with CD: Gift Edition

 

78.  Humphrey’s First Christmas   

Xander’s Favorite Book!

Humphrey's First ChristmasHumphrey’s First Christmas

 

79.  Christmas Around the World by Emily Kelly

Another great book for learning what others do to celebrate Christmas around the world.

Christmas Around the World (On My Own Holidays)Christmas Around the World (On My Own Holidays)

 

80.  CHRISTmas Fun: History, Traditions, Verses, and Hymns

This is a nice little advent book.

CHRISTmas Fun:: History, Traditions, Verses and HymnsCHRISTmas Fun:: History, Traditions, Verses and Hymns

 

81.  Christmas Around the World Pop up

A pop up Christmas around the world book.

Christmas Around the World: A Pop-Up BookChristmas Around the World: A Pop-Up Book

 

82.  A Charlie Brown Christmas Pop Up

Who loves Charlie Brown!?!

A Charlie Brown Christmas: Pop-Up Edition (Peanuts)A Charlie Brown Christmas: Pop-Up Edition (Peanuts)

 

83. We Light the Candles 

This is a great little book!

We Light the Candles: Devotions Related to Family Use of the Advent WreathWe Light the Candles: Devotions Related to Family Use of the Advent Wreath

 

84.  The Advent Jesse Tree

Another great advent book!

The Advent Jesse Tree: Devotions for Children and Adults to Prepare for the Coming of the Christ Child at ChristmasThe Advent Jesse Tree: Devotions for Children and Adults to Prepare for the Coming of the Christ Child at Christmas

 

85.  The True Saint Nicholas

A great story on the history of Saint Nicholas.

The True Saint Nicholas: Why He Matters to ChristmasThe True Saint Nicholas: Why He Matters to Christmas

86.  Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas 

This I use more for myself and husband and it would be great for teens.

Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and ChristmasWatch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas

 

87.  God is in the Manger

Another great advent and devotional.

God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and ChristmasGod Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas

 

88.  Joy to the World

You’ll love these advent activities.

Joy to the World: Advent Activities for Your FamilyJoy to the World: Advent Activities for Your Family

 

89.  Christmas is Not Your Birthday

A great book for parents wanting to teach kids that Christmas is not about them, but about Jesus.

Christmas Is Not Your Birthday: Experience the Joy of Living and Giving like JesusChristmas Is Not Your Birthday: Experience the Joy of Living and Giving like Jesus

 

90.  The Max Lucado Christmas Collection 

My husband and I read through this last year…wonderful!

The Max Lucado Christmas CollectionThe Max Lucado Christmas Collection

 

91.  The Promise of Christmas is Jesus

This is a great 30-day devotional.

The Promise of Christmas is Jesus: A 30-Day DevotionalThe Promise of Christmas is Jesus: A 30-Day Devotional

 

92.  Prayers and Promises for Christmas

The prayers in this book are really good.

PRAYERS AND PROMISES FOR CHRISTMAS (VALUE BOOKS)PRAYERS AND PROMISES FOR CHRISTMAS (VALUE BOOKS)

 

93.  The Faith of St Nick Advent Devotional 

This is a favorite of mine.

THE FAITH OF ST. NICK (VALUE BOOKS)THE FAITH OF ST. NICK (VALUE BOOKS)

 

94.  Homemade Christmas Gifts 

This is FREE on kindle right now!

Homemade Christmas GiftsHomemade Christmas Gifts

 

95.  The Top 40 Traditions of Christmas

The stories behind some of our Christmas traditions.

THE TOP 40 TRADITIONS OF CHRISTMAS (VALUE BOOKS)THE TOP 40 TRADITIONS OF CHRISTMAS (VALUE BOOKS)

 

96.  The Lego Christmas Ornament Book

Does your kids love Lego’s? If so, they’ll probably love this book.

The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book: 15 Designs to Spread Holiday CheerThe LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book: 15 Designs to Spread Holiday Cheer

 

97.  Finding Christmas

This is seven stories of how imperfect people find joy through Christ.

Finding Christmas: Stories of Startling Joy and Perfect PeaceFinding Christmas: Stories of Startling Joy and Perfect Peace

 

98.  The Miracle of Christmas

This is a wonderful advent book!

The Miracle of Christmas: 15 Inspirational Stories to Read Through the Advent SeasonThe Miracle of Christmas: 15 Inspirational Stories to Read Through the Advent Season

 

99.  Untangling Christmas

Great reflections on untangling our expectations and expeierencing Jesus.

Can Martha Have a Mary Christmas?: Untangling Expectations and Truly Experiencing JesusCan Martha Have a Mary Christmas?: Untangling Expectations and Truly Experiencing Jesus

 

100. Christmas Love Letters From God

We love this little book!

Christmas Love Letters from God: Bible StoriesChristmas Love Letters from God: Bible Stories

 

101.  Ideals Treasury of Best Loved Christmas Stories 

This is a wonderful book!

The Ideals Treasury of Best-Loved Christmas StoriesThe Ideals Treasury of Best-Loved Christmas Stories

 

102.  A Family Book of Advent

Create unforgettable memories with this Advent Book!

 

The Family Book of AdventThe Family Book of Advent

 

103.  A Different Kind of Christmas-Children’s Study

This study is great for teaching the broader meaning of Jesus’ birth.

this engaging study will help children discover the broader meaning of Jesus’ birth and experience a Christmas season with more peace and joy than any toy could ever bring. A Different Kind of Christmas Children's Leader Guide: Living and Giving Like JesusA Different Kind of Christmas Children’s Leader Guide: Living and Giving Like Jesus

 

104.  The Sparkle Box

A great story of an uncommon gift and how giving to others shows a little boy the true meaning of Christmas.

The moving story of an uncommon gift and how giving to others shows a little boy the true meaning of Christmas.The Sparkle Box: A Gift with the Power to Change ChristmasThe Sparkle Box: A Gift with the Power to Change Christmas

 

 

105.  The Donkey in the Living Room

Love the rhyming of this book and the length is great for the younger kids.

The text has great rhyme and rhythm. Easy to understand and a good length for younger kids.The Donkey In the Living Room: A Tradition That Celebrates the Real Meaning of ChristmasThe Donkey In the Living Room: A Tradition That Celebrates the Real Meaning of Christmas

 

106.  Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

This is a great family devotion for elementary kids, high schoolers and adults too.

Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room: Daily Family Devotions for AdventLet Every Heart Prepare Him Room: Daily Family Devotions for Advent

 

 

I hope you have enjoyed the list and find something for your family on it.  Enjoy advent, enjoy the preparation of preparing your heart for the coming of our Savior. Books are a great way to tone down the hustle and bustle of the holidays and just be, just wait, prepare.

In Awe,

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