10 Best Christmas Books for Children


One of the most precious traditions over the Christmas holiday is reading miraculous Christmas stories. These new and old tales will definitely get you and your family into the holiday spirit! Here is the list of 10 best Christmas books for children of any age.

1. Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien

Ages: All

A captivating book by J.R.R. Tolkien. When John was 3 he got his first letter from Father Christmas. John was Tolkien’s son. From 1920 to 1943, Tolkien wrote letters to his children as Father Christmas. The book “Letters from Father Christmas” contains most of these letters describing the activities at the North Pole and the lives of all who dwell there.

2. My Father’s Angels by Gloria Gaither

Ages: 3-6

A kid looks up to heaven and says “Angels are all above me.” Children think that angels are their guardians who watch over all they do, and this book has very thoughtful and sweet illustrations of angels standing ready in different situations. The text is rhythmic and gentle, and your child will certainly love it!

3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

Ages: 4-8

Probably the Grinch is one of the most popular holiday villains. The Grinch hates Christmas and he will try to do anything to stop this holiday from coming. He steals Christmas presents from the happy Whos of Whoville. But the Grinch will change when he understands the true meaning of Christmas.

4. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Ages: All

The well-known story is told about sulky old Scrooge, a miserable man who doesn’t care about people, and all the time he is thinking about his business’ bottom line. On Christmas Eve some very persuasive ghosts visit him and make him take stock of his life. Scrooge doesn’t like what he sees and he becomes a changed man the next day.

5. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Ages: 4-8

The story is about young boy who on Christmas Eve boards an enigmatic train. The boy goes to the North Pole with Santa Claus and a few other children. When he gets to the North Pole there is a special surprise for him. The Polar Express won the 1986 Caldecott Medal for the best illustrations.

6. Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry

Ages: 3-8

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas tree came by special delivery. It was so tall that it couldn’t stand up straight in his parlor. So Mr. Willowby’s butler cuts off the top and tosses it out. But the treetop doesn’t end up in the trash. If you want to know what happens to the treetop, read the book “Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree” by Robert Barry and find out what happens next.

7. The Nutcracker: Classic Collectible Pop-Up by Noelle Carter

Ages: 4-12

This is original story of E.T.A. Hoffmann, which is turned into a small cardboard theater. Nutcracker comes back to life, fights with the evil mouse king, and takes a girl Marie who tended to his wounds on a journey of Christmas Wood and Candytown. The girl’s love breaks the spell over nutcracker that leads to the happily life ever after.

8. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

Ages: 8-12

The Herdmans are probably the worst children in the world’s history. They steal, lie, swear, smoke cigars, and hit little kids. Craziness ensues when they decided to take part in the yearly Christmas pageant. Read the book and find out what happens when the play goes on.

9. Molly’s Surprise: A Christmas Story by Valerie Tripp

Ages: 8-12

In 1944, a ten year-old girl Molly worries that Christmas won’t be so happy. Molly’s father is a doctor in the war in Europe. Each Christmas he has sent a box of gifts, but as this year Christmas draws closer, but the box of gifts won’t arrive. Read and find out whether Molly will receive the package or not.

10. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

Ages: 9 and up

A fantasy book for children written by C. S. Lewis, a little girl and her siblings, while playing hide-and-seek, stumble into old wardrobe. Children discover a very magical but strange world where it is “always winter but never Christmas.” It is an amazing story for children as well adults equally.

These are all 10 best Christmas books for children. Do you have another Christmas book for children that you’d like to let others know about? Share your thoughts, please!