There are 24 days in December before Christmas that you can use for reading aloud with children to develop deeper bonding with family. You can also work on some Christmas creative writing kids after reading and snuggling together. Today I would like to share 24 Children’s Christmas Book List to welcome Christmas that you can read to children at any level and age.
There are a lot of picture books that will fit kindergarten level. Don’t worry with your middle and high school kids. Give more challenging or deeper questions to them while reading the book or afterwards. challenge them to think more critically using the plot, characters, and setting aspects of the story. You can also work on the explicit features.
I would like to share a series of Advent stories to read with kids weekly. There are 4 books in the series so you can manage to finish one per week.
24 Children’s Christmas Book List
This is the story of Truman Capote that spent Christmas time with his elderly cousin. Although they look at the same age, the cousin is much older than him. This story has become an American holiday classic. This book is perfect for reading alone or reading aloud, or following along while listening to the CD included.
Who doesn’t know A Christmas Carol, written by Charles Dickens? The first time I heard the title, I was thinking that it was a beautiful story. However, I was surprised that it is a ghost story. Why don’t you snuggle with children spending the time reading together this classical story in the Christmas atmosphere?
This sentimental story with the Christmas background tells us about the sacrifiction of a couple of husband and wife to give gift each other. With very limited amount of money, they try their best to purchase gift for each other. However, they find that those gifts are useless. They know how invaluable their love is.
This is a story with the main character Jonathan, a carpenter who lives unhappy life in a valley, as the title mentions. With a winter setting, this story will fit to read with kids to welcome Christmas in the northern hemisphere. Enjoy this classical Christmas story while following the fascinating character change process.
The beginning of this classical poem is similar to some Christmas themed movies. But this original Santa story in the form of poem has been a family tradition from 1823. There are a lot of publications of the same poem, but this version looks very elegant and worth to own by all families who celebrate Christmas..
This is a story of the Herdsman siblings who takes over the annual Christmas pageant event in a Sunday church. They are not normally behaved siblings in general. Without any understanding of Christmas story, they create a heartwarming interpretations of it.
The darkness in the northern hemisphere in the story is like the analogy of advent when Jesus has not been born yet. Those 25 animals are waiting in the setting of the story. What a fabulous story that really fit the concept of Advent as the predecessor of Christmas.
Looking for a precious Christmas family story book collection for yourself or for a gift? This version of The Pollar Express will fit you. It has almost 5 stars from over 10K reviews. This Caldecott Winniing Award book tells a story about a boy who was riding a magic train to the North Pole where he makes a Christmas wish.
Christmas might have been something boring to celebrate annually with similar traditions and events. You might have some hatred toward Christmas through some special conditions. Then, this classical story by Dr. Seuss might be able to change your attitude toward Christmas.
This story should be more suitable for kindergarten and younger children, but all family members in my house still enjoy it. The cute fantasy character of reindeer enriches readers and listeners with great messages. We also love the song and dance that usually follows up the story.
If you like the ballet version of this story, it is a great idea to read this book. Enjoy how the nutcracker changes into alive with the story background of Christmas atmosphere.
We love any book by Tommie de Paola and we will never forget his Christmas theme book that highlights Mexican tradition. Poinsettia is a flower of holly night that blooms around Christmas time. According to the legend, this flower comes through a little girl’s gift to the Christ Child.
Christmas is about courage and family. If you are looking for that theme in a Christmas book, then you have to check out this one. If you live in a city, you will be able to enjoy a quieter country setting Christmas. Feel the peaceful atmosphere with kids.
You should include this in your Christmas and advent storybook list to read aloud with your family, especially with kids. First of all, it has such a beautiful illustration. Next, there are several letters written by some characters and addressed to other characters with the Christmas atmosphere and theme. You might read aloud in turns or day by day to welcome Christmas.
Are kids fans of Santa? Then you will have to read this book together. You will enjoy the life story of Santa as a postman, acrobatic performer, and chimney sweeper told in a warm and funny way.
Madeline also has a Christmas story that is worth enjoying with kids while welcoming Christmas. The brave Madeline with Paris as the background story was taking care 11 other sick girls. They met a magical merchant that embarks them into a Christmas journey.
Do you have a hanging and filling stocking tradition in your family? Here is a legend behind that old tradition you can read with kids. Check out how the tradition starts and the reasons behind it. Get the message of giving instead of receiving
Follow how a family grows up trees in her garden to use one as a Christmas tree. Read the story to kids and let them get more and more excited to follow the progress of the growing trees through some process.
Candy cane decoration around Christmas looks so fun, yet it symbolizes something and it has a great story with the tradition as well. Read the story and get fascinated by the miracle of Christmas. Don’t forget to include the Christ-centered Christmas message while reading aloud together.
Younger kids will love repetitions. The older ones should not have a problem playing along with the younger ones doing some repetitions. Here is a fantasy story about animals who visit the manger where baby Jesus was born. They present themselves in the nativity event.
This story shows the Christmas celebration in a humble and simple way. Without any precious possession, a little boy plays his drum as a gift for baby Jesus in Bethlehem. Christmas doesn’t need precious and expensive gifts. The spirit of Christmas is the most important thing. That is the main message of the story.
Outdoor Christmas tree in the middle of the forest.Why not? Bring the spirit of Christmas to nature and family. Read this story to children and whole members of the family and get the warmth of Christmas at night.
Here is another story about the Christmas spirit that can be an invaluable gift for others that you will always be able to afford. This book tells a story of a poor boy named Rob who is going to give a present to his father. However, he doesn’t have enough money to afford it. Check out what present he finally gives to his father in the end.
Be ready to laugh out loud reading the creative ideas on how to catch Santa in this story. Santa is famous for coming in and going out of houses mysteriously. You might brainstorm other ways to catch Santa. Then, you can create a new story out of it.
Weekly Advent Stories to Welcome Christmas
What a wonderful legendary series that is a must-read for families. All books in the series involve Advent characters, settings, such as the nativity, Bethlehem, and family relationships in the plot. The adventures lead to a peaceful ending that makes the stories feel warm to welcome Christmas.
Check out also reading activity ideas you might like to use with these books: