Favorite Christmas Books.

Every year I try to add at least one new book to our Christmas collection. I love reading and books so choosing just one is always a tough task. In the evenings through December, after we've had family scripture study, the kids take turns choosing from our collection and we read it together. It's a very simple tradition but one that I really love. I wanted to share our collection with you in hopes that you might also share a few of your favorites with me in the comment section. Will you?

The Gift Of Nothing by Patrick McDonnell
Olive, the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh
Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffman
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Angelina's Christmas by Katharine Holabird
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff
*Singing Away the Dark by Caroline Woodward
A Christmas Alphabet from a poem by Carolyn Wells
Little Critter's Christmas Book by Mercer Mayer
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
*A Penguin Story by Antoinette Portis
Dream Snow by Eric Carle
The Elf on the Shelf by Carol V. Aebersold and Chanda A. Bell
You Are My Miracle by Maryann Cusimano Love
It's Christmas, David! by David Shannon
Little Santa by Jon Agee
Katie the Candy Cane Fairy by Lara Ede
The Night Before Christmas illustrated by Mary Engelbreit

* these picks are more winter books than Christmas books.


  1. I love 'Christmas in Noisy Village' by Astrid Lindgren - it is simple & sweet.

  2. Here in our house we love Christmas Delicious and Texas Night Before Christmas. And,then there's Tale of three Trees, Light of Christmas & Santa's New Job

  3. We love Christmas books, too! Some of our favorites are: How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Mr. Willowby's Christmas tree, Snowmen at Christmas, Bear Stays up for Christmas, A Christmas Dress for Ellen (well, this one is more mine than theirs--I can't get through without crying), How Santa Lost His Job, Christmas Oranges... I could keep going, but I'll stop there for now. Pulling out the Christmas book bin each year is almost as exciting as hanging ornaments. :)

  4. Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by Robert Barry - a rhyming tale that is so sweet and fun to read! A Wish to be a Christmas Tree by Colleen Monroe is another favorite.

  5. We love Pearl S. Buck's Christmas Day in the Morning. It's a beautiful story of a son who does a kind deed for his dad as a Christmas present. Thank you also for your recommendation of "A Gift of Nothing" - such a cute story. Also checkout Shawnee Eyre Pottier's blog, 71 Toes, for her recommendations of Christmas books.

  6. The Sweet Smell of Christmas by Patricia M. Scarry has been an enduring favorite in my family. It was my mom's favorite when she was a little girl and is one of my favorites to this day.

  7. Here are just a few of our favorites:
    The Christmas Wreath by James Hoffman
    A Wish for Wings That Work .. An OPUS Christmas Story by Berkeley Breathed
    Merry Christmas With Love by Sandi Patty
    Santa Calls by William Joyce (This reminds me of Chris Van Allsburg's work.)
    The Gift of the Magi

    and our all time favorite....
    The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado with Jenna, Andrea, & Sara Lucado

    We have many more (our daughters enjoyed them and not their children are reading them), but these are at the top of our lists.)

    A couple of fun books would be Santa Cow and Santa Cow Island both by Cooper Eden.

  8. Thanks for sharing your favorites! A few I like are The Snowman by Raymond Briggs, Wake Up, Santa Claus! Marcus Pfister, Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett

  9. Lugging out our December book box is definitely a highlight of the season - for our entire family. We share a few favorites from your stack. A couple more to offer:
    The Christmas Cat, by Efner Tudor Holmes illustrated by Tasha Tudor (for the young cat lover.)
    Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree, by Robert Barry (suggested by another reader, and such a treat!)
    The Scrawny Little Tree, by Ed Mehler illustrated by Susie Pollard (I like to bring this out early in the season, and keep it handy throughout.)
    Gingerbread Mouse, by Katy Bratun (such a sweet little story. beloved by six year olds, it would seem.)
    Christmas Tapestry, by Patricia Polacco (a lovely consideration for older children. and adults.)
    The Night Before Christmas, illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson. (creative, fun, super expressive art from a Port Townsend, Washington illustrator. the elves are all inspired by actual friends and locals of the artist, and Santa's "sleigh" is a modern delight to any young (very often boy) reader.)
    Jan Brett's Snowy Treasury, Gingerbread Baby, The Hat, The Mitten plus her version of The Twelve Days of Christmas. (my girls love seeking out the special illustrations in the sidebars. for budding young artists, each page are absolute inspiring delights.)

  10. Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett
    The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett
    The Hat by Jan Brett
    The Very First Christmas by Paul L. Maier
    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Robert L. May
    The Night Before the The Night Before Christmas by Natasha Wing
    The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll
    The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever by Steven Kroll
    White Snow Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt
    Little Snowflake's BIG Adventure by Steve Metzger
    The Wild Tobaggan Ride by Suzan Reid/Eugenie Fernandes
    The Mouse Before Christmas by Michael Garland
    All You Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle
    The Penguin Who Wanted to Be Different: A Christmas Wish by Maria O'Neill

  11. You should check out The Jolly Christmas Postman! A childhood favorite :)

  12. thanks for your list! one of my favorites is I Believe In Santa Claus.

  13. What a great list, both in the post and comments! In an effort to not duplicate, I would suggest "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Hollie Hobbie. I love her Toot & Puddle books!

  14. "Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree" by Robert Barry
    "Santa Claws" By Laura Leuck
    I love reading each of these to the kids! They have a good rhyme to them too.

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