Christmas Books for Children
The time has come. There is no escaping Christmas anymore. If you’ve been reading my blog for a few years now you’ll be aware that I’m not a massive fan of Christmas trees. It’s not that I’m a Christmas scrooge, I just don’t love all the hype and the plastic, and I’ve never understood why we insist on putting terrified toddlers on a strange red guys lap. Okay now I sound like a scrooge! I do like Christmas food and all the catch-ups with friends and family…and I do love Christmas cards…more about that here.
I will have many more Christmas and summer holiday ideas coming over the next few months, but if you are keen to get started, there are some ideas at the end of this post.
Whilst I may not be a huge fan of the Christmas tree…I don’t mind a Christmas book or 50 and we have quite a collection. Like toys, I rotate books, as it is only going to spell trouble if you start reading books about santa in May. Our Christmas books at home, and in my school library, are just about to come out of the cupboard.
Below are the 25 books we will be reading each day in the lead up to Christmas – click on the cover to read a blurb and/or purchase. Some are activity based, some are for shared or independent reading, some are religious, some are Santa based and one has a farting monster. They span the ages from early childhood to middle primary. For more Christmas books…some of which are aimed up middle/upper primary please see this list here.
Top 25 Christmas Titles
To add these books to your home, school or library collection click on covers.
Pud is particularly fond of this first one, ‘The Nights Before Christmas’ as it is one story a night for the month of December…it’s sort of a book and advent calendar rolled into one!
A beautiful Christmas story based on the traditional legend of the Christmas Rose. The fields near Bethlehem are filled with great joy when angels appear telling of the birth of a very special baby.
Alison Jay books are always gorgeous and this one is no exception. On Christmas Eve a man buys presents for the woman he loves, beginning with a partridge in a pear tree…Pure fun! There is several in this ‘series’ now and this one is great for a Christmas laugh.
I’ve read this one with every class from Years Two to Six in the last week and I think I could read it many many more times yet before I need a break! For starters it is by Jane Jolly and Robert Ingpen…perfect combination of creators. Main character, Kathleen eagerly awaits the Christmas Tea and Sugar train. Will she meet Father Christmas? Will she receive a Christmas gift from him? A delightful, heart-warming story from the National Library of Australia that will intrigue, captivate and introduce readers to a slice of the past. Wonderful sensitive illustrations, including a beautiful double fold-out image showing the shops inside all the carriages.
One of my all time fav Christmas tales…the nativity told from the perspective of the animals. It’s available in board book form too….which makes it a perfect small book for the top of a book advent tree! In the stable next to an inn, Kind Ox is just settling in for the night when Old Dog comes into the stable. Kind Ox makes room for Old Dog, who in turn makes room for Stray Cat, who then makes room for Small Mouse–and each time, the larger animal says to the small, “There’s always room for a little one here.”
This is a new and utterly gorgeous nativity story, again told from the perspective of the animals. Penny Matthews text is perfection and…well…it’s Stephen Michael King illustrations…enough said. Buy it. On the very first Christmas Eve, so the story goes, the animals were given a very special gift to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Since then, at midnight on Christmas Eve the animals remember. A beautiful retelling of an old Christmas folktale.
A magical Christmas mix of stories, poems, memoirs and illustrations from some of Australia’s favourite children’s authors and illustrators. From the funny to the ghostly, fantasy to adventure, from peace and love to action and the unexpected, from recipes to carols, whether you dip in or devour, read aloud or read under the covers, there’s something in this beautiful lavish book for everyone to enjoy. Publisher, Christmas Press, will donate a percentage of the proceeds from this book to Room to Read, an innovative global non-profit which seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in ten developing countries in Asia and Africa by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.
A charming and nostalgic Christmas story about a much loved Little Dog who finds his way home for Christmas. Little Dog and Jonathan are best friends. They do everything together. But on Christmas Eve Little Dog finds himself lost and alone in a busy city. How will he find his way home? Can Christmas wishes come true?
It’s a new ‘EJ’ title! PudStar is beside herself that I won’t let her read it until December. I am SOOOOOO mean. More on EJ books here.
Gorgeous GORGEOUS. Have purchased a few of this one as gifts for toddlers.
This is our Nativity set in the school library and the students love rearranging it and reading the story.
Before you think my children are deprived…we do have a Christmas tree…it’s just more of your palm tree seed pod variety…with very few decorations. We visit other families who do Christmas lights (big time Christmas lights!) and we go to Christmas events and parties; it’s a win win!
If you’re keen to start planning Christmas holiday activities here are some ideas from last year.Booktopia. You can also compare prices on Fishpond and Bookworld for Australian purchases.If you live in the US or would prefer to use Amazon click here. If you live in the UK or would prefer to use Book Depository click here. Purchases clicked through from the Children’s Books Daily site result in a small commission. Commission is used in part to maintain Children’s Books Daily and to support community groups which connect children with books.