Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Christmas Books for Kids and Families - a Variety of Bookwraps

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Christmas Books for Kids and Families

by Dena McMurdie

Dena read Jack London's White Fang in the third grade and has loved children's books ever since. She reads, blogs, and paints in North Carolina where she lives with her husband and three children. You can also find her at her blog, Batch of Books, where she writes about children's, middle grade, and young adult books.


One of my favorite holiday traditions is reading timeless Christmas books with my children. Whether it’s a beloved classic or a modern favorite, we read these books year after year and they have become an essential part of our celebrations.

The classic Christmas books on this list have stood the test of time and are just as popular today as when they were published. Many of them grace my childhood memories and are now cherished by my own children as well. In addition, the newer offerings are quickly becoming household favorites.

The Christmas Story

by Jane Werner Watson, illustrated by Eloise Wilkin

With beautiful illustrations and a simple retelling of the birth of Christ, this book has become a beloved Christmas classic for families. First published in 1952, it is one of the most popular children’s books about the Christmas story.

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree

by Gloria Houston, illustrated by Barbara Cooney

Well-known for its heartfelt message, this enduring classic will stay with you long after you read it. Set in a small Appalachian community, it’s a meaningful story about family, sacrifice, and gifts from the heart.

The Night Before Christmas

by Jan Brett and Clement Clarke Moore, illustrated by Jan Brett

A young father wakes up to find Santa Claus shimmying down his chimney in this enduring Christmas story. Combining the original poem with Jan Brett’s exquisite illustrations, The Night Before Christmas is a must-have for every child’s home library.

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree

by Robert Barry

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas tree is too tall for his parlor, so he cuts the top off and gives it to the maid, who in turn cuts the top off and gives it away. By the end of the festive tale, the tree has brought joy to a wide assortment of people and animals.

The Crayons' Christmas

by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

This holiday-themed installment of the Crayons series is full of interactive fun! Read folded letters from the Crayons, learn how Duncan celebrates the holidays, and so much more.

Jan Brett's Christmas Treasury

by Jan Brett

This perfect gift set contains seven of Jan Brett's beloved Christmas titles, including The Wild Christmas Reindeer and The Mitten.

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

by L. Frank Baum, illustrated by Mary Cowles Clark

From the author of The Wizard of Oz, this delightful fairy tale chronicles the life of Santa Claus. From choosing reindeer to sliding down chimneys, this tale of magic and kindness celebrates the jolly old elf.


Madeline’s Christmas

by Ludwig Bemelmans

When Miss Clavel and 11 little girls fall ill at Christmas, Madeline is left to care for them all. A rug merchant, a kind deed, and a magical journey make this charming holiday story an essential read for Madeline fans.

The Twelve Days of Christmas

by Emma Randall

Fresh, whimsical artwork breathes new life into the popular Christmas song. Sing about the 12 days of Christmas with the bright colors and cheerful characters that grace the pages of this delightful picture book.

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

by Susan Wojciechowski, illustrated by P.J. Lynch

When Jonathan Toomey accepts a woodcarving job from a widow and her young son, he never expects to have his heart healed in the process. This beautiful story is a favorite among Christmas lovers and carries strong messages of kindness and hope.

The Christmas Wish

by Lori Evert, illustrated by Per Breiehagan

A determined young girl named Anja wants to be one of Santa's elves in this winter classic. As Anja skis her way to Santa, a menagerie of animals help her along the way.

Llama Llama Holiday Helper

by Anna Dewdney, illustrated by JJ Harrison

As Llama Llama and Mama Llama finish getting ready for the holiday season, Llama Llama decides to help out his friends in this lovely picture book.

A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens

Three ghosts take Ebenezer Scrooge to visit his past, present, and future in Charles Dickens’ haunting Christmas story. A true classic, A Christmas Carol is a must-read for families about kindness, redemption, and the spirit of Christmas.

There's an Elf in Your Book

by Tom Fletcher, illustrated by Greg Abbott

This Christmas edition of the Who's In Your Book? series puts readers to the test! Are you naughty or nice? The Elf will be testing you (in the most fun way!) in this participatory read-aloud.

Christmas in the Country

by Barbara Collyer and John R. Foley, illustrated by Retta Worcester

This Little Golden Book captures this story that was originally published int he 1950s. Betty and Bob spend Christmas in the country with their grandparents and do all the fun Christmas activities, including chopping down a tree, stringing cranberries, and singing carols. A new generation of readers can now discover this classic.

Duck & Goose, It's Time for Christmas!

by Tad Hills

This Christmas installment of the Duck & Goose series is perfect for these fans of the pals. Goose is more interested in making snow angels than helping Duck decorate the Christmas tree. Can they figure out a way to work together and both enjoy the holiday season?

The Little Drummer Boy

by Ezra Jack Keats

A young drummer boy gives a unique and personal gift to the newborn baby Jesus in this beautifully illustrated book. Ezra Jack Keats’ signature collage artwork makes The Little Drummer Boy a holiday treasure you’ll want to read year after year.


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