Inside: Read Your Way to Christmas Day
Christmas is full of tradition, and we believe the best traditions involve memorable books. Books you share as a family. Ones to give as gifts. Books to read year after year, even when your kids are older.
What better way to get everyone in the holiday spirit than by reading your family favorites? Cherished memories are formed when you share stories about Christmas.
Choosing Christmas Books
However, figuring out which Christmas books are worth a spot on your bookshelf and worth pulling out every year can be time-consuming.
You want great ones, memorable ones, and a mix of stories. Classic, heart-warming, charming, and more. Where to begin?
We’ve taken out the guesswork and gathered a list of our favorite Christmas books to fit all of those categories.
These books would be great choices for:
- Family holiday read-aloud time (make those memories)
- Gifts for friends and family (give a favorite and tell them why you love it)
- Secret Santa gifts (books are always a good choice here)
Christmas Reading Plan
In addition to these suggestions, we’ve created a fun way for your family to incorporate holiday reading every day leading up to Christmas.
We want to help you Read Your Way to Christmas Day.
With this free PDF download, you’ll get a printable booklist with 24 reading suggestions to take you from December 1st through Christmas Eve. It covers everything from classics to warm fuzzies to whimsical.
Click the above link. You’ll be taken to our shop where you can download a FREE PDF book list to Read Your Way to Christmas Day!
Also, we’ve placed certain books on specific days such as Saint Nicholas Day, Saint Lucia’s Day, and the beginning of Las Posadas. Even if your family doesn’t celebrate these days, reading the stories is a great way to spark conversation and learning about other traditions and cultures.
You can use this printable page in a few different ways:
- Read books in order listed for each day of the month
- Use as checklist to read in any order (check off when you read one)
- Find some new titles to explore
- Print and take to the library or book store for ideas
Plus, we’ve included a blank form for you to customize in case you have a few favorites not on our list. Simply fill in the form with book titles you own, books you want to order, and books you can borrow from the library.
Whichever form you use, we hope it helps your family take time this season to gather and connect as you read your way to Christmas Day with memorable stories!
Special Days During the Season
December 6th – Saint Nicholas Day
It was the day before Christmas in a small Russian village. Alexi's babushka was telling him what Christmas was like when she was a girl-before the soldiers came. Alexi had many questions, including, "Why can't we celebrate Christmas tomorrow in St. Nicholas?"More info →
December 13th – Saint Lucia’s Day
December 16th – Las Posadas Begins
Christmas Chapter Books
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.More info →
Charles Dickens's beloved tale of the Christmas spirit is beautifully presented in this deluxe new illustrated edition. Contemporary artist and illustrator Yelena Bryksenkova has created enchanting artwork to accompany Dickens's classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.More info →
Other Great Non-Christmas Books
A bestselling modern classic that has been a family favorite for over 25 years. When Nicki drops his white mitten in the snow, he goes on without realizing that it is missing. One by one, woodland animals find it and crawl in; first, a curious mole, then a rabbit, a badger and others, each one larger than the last. Finally, a big brown bear is followed in by a tiny brown mouse and what happens next makes for a wonderfully funny climax.More info →
For one family the traditional Hanukkah celebration has a deeper meaning. Amidst the food and the festivities, Grandma and Great-Aunt Rose begin their story -- the one they tell each year. They pass on to each generation a tale of perseverance during the darkest hours of the Holocaust.More info →