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Christmas Chapter Books for Kids

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Find a new favorite Christmas book to read with your kids this holiday season. This list of chapter books includes great classics and modern stories you’ll want to revisit as a family year after year.

Do you have a stack of Christmas books you pull off the shelf and read every December? We like to place ours in a basket for easy access during the season. Grab one to read next to the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree, while sipping hot cocoa, or when lighting advent candles.

But what about a Christmas chapter book to enjoy during December? There’s something special about experiencing a story together during the weeks leading up to Christmas.

There are many wonderful classic Christmas chapter books you can read with your kids! Check out our list below to find a new favorite for the upcoming season.

Christmas Chapter Books

Some of these books are classics, and others are modern books. Some are all about Christmas, while others are set during Christmastime. All of them make for great family read-alouds!

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol: Charles Dickens's beloved tale of the Christmas spirit.

 

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A Tree for Peter

A Tree for Peter

A Tree for Peter: A modern Christmas miracle makes for a good read all year round.

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I Saw Three Ships

I Saw Three Ships

I Saw Three Ships: In spite of the fact that Polly's two aunts will not leave the door unlocked on Christmas Eve, their cottage is still visited by three wise men, one of whom has come home to stay after a long absence.

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Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street: The lives of three people are changed by an old man who insists that he is Santa Claus.

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Nancy and Plum

Nancy and Plum

Nancy and Plum: "So here we are on Christmas Eve, locked up in rotten Mrs Monday's boarding house with no presents and no Christmas dinner, while all the other children have gone home for the holidays." (exerpt)

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: Laughs abound in this bestselling Christmas classic by Barbara Robinson! The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or “the worst kids in the history of the world.”

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The Birds’ Christmas Carol

The Birds’ Christmas Carol

The Birds' Christmas Carol: The story is about Carol Bird, a Christmas-born child, who as a young girl is unusually loving and generous, having a positive effect on everyone with whom she comes into contact.

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The Box of Delights

The Box of Delights

The Box of Delights: A magical old man has asked Kay to protect the Box of Delights, a Box with which he can travel through time.

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The Family Under The Bridge

The Family Under The Bridge

This is the delightfully warm and enjoyable story of an old Parisian named Armand, who relished his solitary life. Children, he said, were like starlings, and one was better off without them. But the children who lived under the bridge recognized a true friend when they met one.

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The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus: Santa Claus, as a baby, is found in the Forest of Burzee by Ak, the Master Woodsman of the World (a supreme immortal).

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The Light at Tern Rock

The Light at Tern Rock

The Light at Tern Rock: Ronnie and his aunt take care of the lighthouse while the keeper is on vacation, and when he does not return as expected, they discover that Tern Rock is a perfect place to spend Christmas.

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The Thirteen Days of Christmas

The Thirteen Days of Christmas

The Thirteen Days of Christmas: We all know this classic Christmas song, but what if someone really did send you all of those gifts?

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The True Gift

The True Gift

The True Gift: While spending Christmas at their grandparents' farm, Lily becomes convinced that her younger brother Liam is right about White Cow being lonely and helps him seek a companion for her, leaving little time for Christmas preparations or reading.

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The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street: The Vanderbeekers have always lived in the brownstone on 141st Street. It's practically another member of the family.

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Letters from Father Christmas

Letters from Father Christmas

Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R. Tolkien’s children. Inside would be a letter in a strange, spidery handwriting and a beautiful colored drawing or painting. The letters were from Father Christmas.

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Fun Christmas Learning Ideas

Want to make learning fun and enjoyable this season? Don’t miss our Christmas book guides for A Christmas Carol and The Family Under the Bridge with story-related learning, activities, and more. You’ll read, explore, and discuss a great Christmas story while you connect as a family!

A Christmas Carol Book Guide

The Family Under the Bridge Guide


More Christmas Books

Looking for more Christmas books? Here are our favorite Christmas stories for kids!

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Night Tree
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
An Orange for Frankie
The Family Under The Bridge
Christmas Day in the Morning
The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story
Tree of Cranes
Wombat Divine
Christmas in Noisy Village
Christmas Tapestry
Great Joy
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
The Little Drummer Boy
Apple Tree Christmas
On Christmas Day in the Morning: A Traditional Carol
Merry Christmas, Strega Nona
The Baker’s Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale
The Polar Express
The Story of the Three Wise Kings
The Bells of Christmas
The Thirteen Days of Christmas
The Jesus Storybook Bible
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree
Gifts of the Heart
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
Silver Packages
A Certain Small Shepherd
Finding Christmas
Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story
The Nutcracker
The Friendly Beasts: An Old English Christmas Carol
The Carpenter’s Gift: A Christmas Tale about the Rockefeller Center Tree
Too Many Tamales
An Early American Christmas
Little Rabbit’s Christmas
Baboushka and the Three Kings
The Story of Holly and Ivy
Lucia Morning in Sweden
The Miracle of St. Nicholas
Cobweb Christmas: The Tradition of Tinsel
Room for a Little One
The Legend Of The Poinsettia
The Gift of the Magi
Letters from Father Christmas
The Night of Las Posadas
The Night Before Christmas
The Night Before Christmas
An Ellis Island Christmas
A Christmas Carol
Cranberry Christmas
An Invisible Thread Christmas Story
Christmas Farm
Pick a Pine Tree
Lucia: Saint of Light
Lighthouse Christmas
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Red and Lulu
A Tree for Peter
The Legend of Saint Nicholas
Bear Stays Up for Christmas
Christmas in the Big Woods
The Christmas Boot
The Christmas Visitors
The Jolly Christmas Postman
Gingerbread Christmas
Home for Christmas
Who’s That Knocking on Christmas Eve?
The Wild Christmas Reindeer
Christmas in the Barn
The Little Fir Tree
Strega Nona’s Gift
Joy to the World
The Christmas Tree Ship
This Is the Stable
Silent Night
Mistletoe: A Christmas Story
Jingle Bells
The Night Before Christmas
We Three Kings
The Legend of the Candy Cane
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street
Christmas Truce
Shooting at the Stars
I Saw Three Ships
The True Gift
The Birds’ Christmas Carol
The Light at Tern Rock
Nancy and Plum
Miracle on 34th Street
The Box of Delights
The Queen and the First Christmas Tree
The Legend of Old Befana
Lucy’s Christmas
The Message of the Birds
The Nutcracker in Harlem
A Christmas for Bear
A Christmas Tree for Pyn
Sister Bear
Four Friends at Christmas
The Birds of Bethlehem
The All-I’ll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll
The Trees of the Dancing Goats
Coming Home

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