Christmas Book List for Kids from

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, it’s time to take a serious look at Christmas. Have you ever heard of Christmas book advent for kids? The idea is simple: open a book each night leading up to Christmas. I love this tradition so much! It encourages early literacy and the magic of Christmas all at the same time. Plus, it’s easy!

When I first started the tradition six years ago, I scored a bunch of books off of freecycle, and every year I’ve replaced a few with newer Christmas books. Now we have quite the collection, but of course I have my favorites! Today I want to share with you my top picks for children’s Christmas books:

Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner


The illustrations in this one are so fun! The book tells the story of everything snowmen do while the kids are asleep. 

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore


Aside from being a classic, the illustrations in this edition of the classic tale are truly beautiful!

Good King Wenceslas told by Jane Seymour


I’d never really understood the story behind the classic Christmas carol until reading this book. The illustrations are gorgeously done, and the book explains the sometimes old-timey launguage as it goes along.

 The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg


Every year my husband complains that this book will take just as long to read as it would take to watch the movie. He’s wrong. It’s much quicker, and much less-detailed than the movie, but just as wonderful. It’s a classic!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss512pxxstebl-_sx347_bo1204203200_

I feel like I shouldn’t even have to explain this. Because, we love Dr. Seuss. A lot.

Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson143359-ml-861524

Oh my gosh, the pictures in this book are just so adorable! It’s a cute, quick little story!

I love this tradition so much! What are your top picks? What did I leave out that you’d add?


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