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Read Your Way to Christmas Day

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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.

Read Your Way to Christmas Day: 24 December Read-Alouds for the Christmas Season

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:

  1. Family holiday read-aloud time (make those memories)
  2. Gifts for friends and family (give a favorite and tell them why you love it)
  3. Secret Santa gifts (books are always a good choice here)

Christmas
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

Christmas Reading Plan FREEBIE

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 red button below and you’ll be taken to our shop where you can download a FREE PDF book list to Read Your Way to Christmas Day!

Read Your Way to Christmas Day: 24 December Read-Alouds for the Christmas Season

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

Below, are a few books associated with special days during the Christmas season. This will make it easier for you to plan your reading and reserve those particular books at the library.

December 6th – Saint Nicholas Day


The Miracle of St. Nicholas

The Miracle of St. Nicholas

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?"

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The Baker’s Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale

The Baker’s Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale

Why not give more? Van Amsterdam the baker was well known for his honesty as well as for his fine Saint Nicholas cookies. He always gave his customers exactly what they paid for -- not more and not less.

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December 13th – Saint Lucia’s Day

Lucia Morning in Sweden

Lucia Morning in Sweden

In the busy house of the Svennson family, everyone is getting ready for the Swedish holiday of Lucia Day, December 13. The book tells the story of Saint Lucia through the eyes of three children in modern-day Sweden.

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December 16th – Las Posadas Begins

The Night of Las Posadas

The Night of Las Posadas

Tomie dePaola's glorious paintings are as luminous as the farolitos that light up on the Plaza in Santa Fe for the procession of Las Posadas, the tradition in which Mary and Joseph go from door to door seeking shelter at the inn on Christmas Eve.

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Christmas Chapter Books

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 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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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

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

 

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Other Great Non-Christmas Books

The Tomten

The Tomten

This classic story of the Tomten’s nocturnal visits to all of the residents of wintry farm has been reminding children of the promise of spring for decades.

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The Mitten

The Mitten

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.

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Snowflake Bentley

Snowflake Bentley

From the time he was a small boy, Wilson Bentley saw snowflakes as small miracles. And he determined that one day his camera would capture for others the wonder of the tiny crystal.

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The Story of Hanukkah

The Story of Hanukkah

Hanukkah is a wonderful time filled with games, food, family, and fun. It's also the celebration of an ancient miracle, and retelling and remembering the story of that miracle is an essential part of the holiday, for young and old.

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One Candle

One Candle

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.

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