Reading Christmas books with children is a great way to help them experience the magic of the holiday season. Here are some Christmas stories to read with children of all ages.
- The Polar Express
This classic Christmas book, written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg, follows a young boy as he boards a train, the Polar Express, bound for the North Pole. When the train arrives, the boy gets to meet Santa Claus and is chosen to receive the first gift of Christmas. The beautiful illustrations and magic of this story make it a timeless Christmas favorite for kids of all ages.
- The Elf on the Shelf
This book by Carol V. Aebersold and Chanda A. Bell tells the story of the elf on the shelf, the elf that Santa dispatches from the North Pole to check on children to see whether they are being naughty or nice. This book comes with an elf that parents can move from location to location within the house for kids to find each day
- The Wild Christmas Reindeer
This story follows Teeka, a girl living in the North Pole who is sent to round up Santa’s reindeer and get them ready to fly the sleigh on Christmas. After some initial trouble, she realizes that treating the reindeer with kindness and compassion is the most effective method. This book features beautiful writing and illustrations by Jan Brett. It also features a bonus story told through the illustrations on the borders of the pages.
- Santa Mouse
This book by Michael Brown features a mouse that buys a gift for Santa Claus. After leaving the gift under the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve, Santa enlists the mouse to help distribute gifts to other children around the world. This charming book, with illustrations by Elfrieda De Witt, is appropriate for children of all ages, and a valuable addition to a Christmas library.
- Dream Snow
This book, written and illustrated by Eric Carle, tells the story of a farmer who falls asleep and dreams of a snowstorm, then wakes up to see that snow has actually fallen while he was sleeping. Lift-the-flaps on the pages of this book reveal animals hidden in the snowbanks, and the illustrations are done in the classic Eric Carle style that readers will recognize from his other books like The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
- The Snowman
This classic Children’s book by Raymond Briggs is unique because it lacks words. Instead, the illustrations tell the story of a boy who builds a snowman only to realize later that the snowman has come alive. Together, the boy and the snowman go on a magical journey that lasts until dawn. The lack of words in this story enables kids to use their imaginations to make up the story’s details on their own.
- The Nutcracker
In this well known Christmas story, adapted from the classic ballet by Susan Jeffers, a young girl receives the gift of a nutcracker for Christmas. After nightfall, her new nutcracker comes alive and takes the form of a prince, who battles an evil Mouse King. The story, which Jeffers has simplified for younger children, is a delightful addition to any child’s collection of Christmas books.