20 Best Christmas Books for Kids in 2023

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Are you looking for the best Christmas books for kids? Look no further as we listed down 20 seasonal books featuring your favorite characters for the holiday season in this blog.

Christmas is a special time of year; It is a time to celebrate tradition and spend time with your loved ones. Christmas stories are a great way to do both. A perfect time to get the whole family together next to the fireplace, or in our case, next to the pool.

If you’re not living in the tropics, you’re perhaps sipping hot cocoa with marshmallows or a glass of eggnog and testing a few Christmas cookies, just to be sure they’re up to par for Santa. We live in tropics, so it’s not the hot cocoa we’re looking forward to.

We look forward to cozy evenings of watching Christmas movies and reading, decorating the house, and planning Christmas Eve dinners and Christmas day brunches. Another one of our favorite things to do is reading Christmas books to our daughter.

There are so many Christmas stories available to help start your own traditions. From beloved classics to humorous tales to stories that remind us it is just as fun to give as it is to receive. Below is a list of the best Christmas books for kids that include some great classics as well as some new favorites.

Santa Claus sitting in an armchair while reading the best christmas books for kids
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The Christmas Story

This Little Golden Book adaptation, first published in 1952, is a great retelling of the story of the birth of Jesus Christ.

The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving

Young readers will learn the true meaning of Christmas with the help of Sister Bear and Brother Bear in this beautifully illustrated book.

Little Blue Truck’s Christmas

Little Blue Truck spends the day delivering Christmas trees to his friends.  He saves the last one for himself, and it lights up.

Disney’s 5-minute Christmas Stories

This is a great book: a collection of 12 Disney/Pixar stories for the Christmas Season. Each story read aloud lasts 5 minutes. 

How to Catch an Elf

A fun holiday story about an Elf on the loose and the chaos he causes!

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Christmas would not be complete without this Christmas classic. Bring on the Christmas cheer with this Peanuts story.

Moo, Ba, Fa La La La La!

A fun version of a famous Christmas song, using the sounds that animals make.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Written by Dr. Seuss, this  classic Christmas book is a must have at Christmastime.

The Mouse in the Hammock, A Christmas Tale

This book about a mouse who sleeps in a hammock in the Christmas tree teaches children that you don’t have to be big to do kind deeds for others.

5 More Sleeps ‘til Christmas

This book by NBC Tonight Show Host Jimmy Fallon is a story about excitement and anticipation during the last week before Christmas.

Llama Llama Jingle Bells

In this rhyming tale, Llama Llama and his friends give gifts, sing songs, and decorate cookies.  A great Christmas version of the series by Anna Dewdney.

Bluey’s 12 Days of Christmas

Bluey and Bingo count down the 12 days of Christmas in this story based on the animated series by Disney.

You’re My Little Christmas Cookie

Your toddler will love this hands-on board book filled with cut-outs and raised elements.  With pictures featuring gingerbread men, snowmen and snowflakes, it is sure to become a favorite.

Santa Mouse

Based on the story by Michael Brown, Santa Mouse Makes a Wish is about a mouse who wants to work in Santa’s Workshop and help the elves, only to have a hard time finding out which job suits him best.

Elmo’s Countdown to Christmas

This Christmas board book featuring Elmo and all his Sesame Street friends has more than 30 flaps that your little ones can open to see what’s inside!

Frosty The Snowman

A classic Christmas sweet story about everyone’s favorite snowman who tries to fit in as much fun as he can, before he melts away.

The Littlest Christmas Tree

The Littlest Christmas Tree wants nothing more than a family who will take him home for Christmas.  With only 5 days left, he is worried it will never happen.  Then finally his wish comes true.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Peekaboo Christmas

In this search and find board book featuring Eric Carle’s famous character, try to find the Very Hungry Caterpillar amongst the ornaments, gifts, and more!

The Grumpy Reindeer

A story about a reindeer who just wants some peace and quiet and to be left alone; however, when Santa asks for his help he must now go to the reindeer he is usually grumpy to, and convince them to help him complete the task.

Little Bird Finds Christmas

Little Bird Finds Christmas is a delightful story about a little bird who is trying to be patient for Christmas time to arrive, but it is not going well.  She decides she is going to go out and find Christmas herself, no more waiting.

Best Christmas Books for Kids Wrap Up

Whether you’re looking for Christmas picture books with beautiful illustrations for younger kids or for great Christmas books for older kids, we hope this list of best books helps you choose the best gifts and festive books to keep the Christmas holiday tradition alive. We love reading to our little girl and she enjoys holiday books as much as Christmas songs and the best Christmas movies. 

Let us know which Christmas books for kids are your favorites so that we can keep this list updated. 


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About Marlieke Kemp-Janssen:

Marlieke is the mom of a four-year-old girl and, together with daddy, they love living in and exploring Kuala Lumpur. As well as being the founder of Kuala Lumpur with Kids, Marlieke is a digital marketing consultant who has helped small businesses grow through her company Aureum Hospitality Advisers.

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