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The Best Christmas Read-Aloud Books

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Inside: The Best Christmas Read-Aloud Books

The Christmas season is an ideal opportunity to slow down and turn your family’s attention to what truly matters. Stories are the perfect way to share important lessons about character and how our choices impact others.

Simply gathering together once a day to read a wonderful picture book as a family is a gentle, lasting way to explore these concepts together.

But which books are worth your time? What will you emphasize when you read? And how do you know your children will understand the powerful lessons they hear?

The key is to choose great stories and discuss what you read.

The Best Christmas Books that Build Character

Make it Memorable:

If you’re wanting to use books as a character building tool then here’s how to make the most impact with the stories you read this Christmas:

  • Be Intentional. Choose rich stories that illustrate character traits you want to show your child.
  • Be Consistent. You might not be able to read every day this season, but you can make a goal of several books a week. Choose a time of day that often works well for your holiday schedule, and aim for as often as possible.
  • Discuss the Story. Have a simple, lighthearted discussion of a story’s message and what it illustrates about a character trait. Use open-ended questions to encourage your child to share their thoughts and ideas.

FREE Christmas Booklist!

Get this free resource that includes a categorized list of heartwarming holiday picture books that beautifully illustrate specific character traits you can emphasize and discuss as a family leading up to Christmas Day.

Click the link below to get your FREE Christmas Read-Aloud Guide.

The Best Christmas Read-Aloud Books

Discuss the Story:

Once you read some of these wonderful Christmas stories, you’ll want to have meaningful conversations with your children about them. Discussion time is a key element to building character with books.

And it doesn’t take more than a few minutes to make an impact.

Simply ask one or two open-ended questions to get kids thinking about what they heard and make their own mental connections. This helps draw thoughts to the surface that otherwise remain abstract in their mind.

Create space and allow a little time for their ideas to become more concrete with some of the discussion topic suggestions below…

The Best Christmas Books that Build Character

Character-building discussion questions you can ask for any book you read:

1. How did someone in the story show (compassion, generosity, gratitude, etc.)?

2. Who do you think changed the most in the story? Why?

3. What choice would you have made in the situation?

4. How do you think it would feel to be this character in the story?

Make this the year you begin this character-building Christmas tradition with your family!

Big List of Christmas Books:

Looking for more Christmas books, check out a few of our favorites! Be sure to bookmark this page – we’re always adding books.

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

Take it up a notch

Want to take your Christmas read-aloud time up a notch and add in a little bit of learning? We have a couple of guides that will unlock the Christmas magic and make your read-aloud time unforgettable. Both guides are filled with heart-warming activities plus a little learning.

Learn more about our our guide for The Family Under the Bridge

The Family Under the Bridge - Book Guide cover image

Learn more about our book guide for A Christmas Carol

The Best Christmas Books that Build Character

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