The smell of gingerbread houses wafts through the air as snow falls and fireplaces crackle. Every merrily decked retail store is blasting “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” There’s only one possible interpretation! Christmas has arrived.

It’s that time of year again when the chill has settled in and the festive mood has taken hold. So put on some warm clothes, curl up with a blanket, and make a hot beverage, because this collection of Christmas books is guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit!

Even if it isn’t snowing and you have to work until December 24th, you can still get into the holiday mood by reading one of our favorite Christmas books.


Best Christmas Books to Read

1. Letters from Father Christmas

1. Letters from Father Christmas
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About the Book

“Letters from Father Christmas” written by J. R. R. Tolkien presents readers with a plethora of full-color images of the original letters along with the text, offering a truly engrossing reading experience.

J.R.R.Tolkien’s children would get an envelope with a stamp from the North Pole every December. A letter in bizarre spidery handwriting and a lovely colored painting or some sketches would be found inside. Father Christmas had written the letters.

The Polar Bear would scribble a note here and there, while Ilbereth the Elf would write in his graceful flowing script, giving the stories, even more, life and hilarity.

The originality and “authenticity” of Tolkien’s Letters from Father Christmas will enchant any reader, young or old.

Book Review

“A children’s narrative that can only be appreciated by children is not a decent children’s story in the least,” Tolkien’s friend C. S. Lewis once stated, and this book passes that test.

Without being sickeningly sweet, the general tone is adorable and innocent. Although there are a few reminders of terrible times (due to the Great Depression and WWII), the overall tone is always cheerful.

It’s a fantastic book. There are several sketches as well as images of the letters. They type it all out where the letter would not have fit.

This book is simply stunning! What a fantastic concept. The letters are incredibly creative, and the themes span years. The sketches and illustrations are stunning.

Key Takeaways from the Book

This book version of the letters brings Tolkien’s world to life for readers, making for a fully immersive experience.

Tolkien’s original art, including photos of the letters and his sketches, can be easily enhanced on this kindle version.

About the Author

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892–1973) was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a member of Pembroke College, and a member of Merton College till his retirement in 1959. He is best known for writing The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Book Details

You can purchase this book in Paperback, Kindle, Audiobook, and Hardcover versions.

  • Author: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Pages: 113
  • Category/Genre: Children’s Christmas Books, Letters & Correspondence.

2. The Polar Express

2. The Polar Express
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About the Book

“The Polar Express” presented by Chris Van Allsburg has won the 1986 Caldecott Medal and reading stories together is a beloved holiday tradition held by many generations.

On Christmas Eve, a young kid awakens to find himself on a fantastic journey to the North Pole.

The Polar Express travels through gloomy forests, high mountains, and an ice desert on its route to the city at the top of the globe, where the youngster will make his Christmas wish.

This strange journey to the North Pole has become a beloved classic for millions of readers across the world.

With a new jacket design and expanded internal arrangement, Chris Van Allsburg’s unmistakable talent is exhibited in a never-before-seen form in this 30th-anniversary edition. Includes an author’s note and Liam Neeson’s audio narration.

Book Review

The printing on the book was of high quality. The ornament added a lovely finishing touch to the tree. We were able to listen to the book while turning the pages and drinking our hot chocolate thanks to the free recording.

It’s a nice narrative book that isn’t too long and has lovely colors in the illustrations.

On Christmas Eve, the youngster embarks on a big adventure, traveling to the North Pole on a massive Steam Train, passing through the frigid wastelands to Santa’s residence, where the elves are preparing his sleigh.

Key Takeaways from the Book

With a new jacket design and larger internal arrangement, Chris Van Allsburg’s unmistakable talent is highlighted in this special edition. An author’s note is included, as well as downloadable audio read by Liam Neeson.

About the Author

Chris Van Allsburg has won two Caldecott Medals for his books Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as a Caldecott Honor Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi.

Book Details

This book is available in Paperback, Hardcover, Kindle, Audio, Cassette versions.

  • Author: Chris Van Allsburg
  • Pages: 40
  • Category/Genre: Children’s Christmas Books, Children’s Train Books.

3. The Velveteen Rabbit

3. The Velveteen Rabbit
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About the Book

“The Velveteen Rabbit” contributed by Margery Williams is a wonderful story of how toys become real, in the perfect form for little hands and big illustrations.

William Nicholson provided eight color drawings for this book. The Velveteen Rabbit is a children’s novel written by Margery Williams from the United Kingdom. It’s about a young boy who receives a plush rabbit for Christmas.

The rabbit, who is mostly disregarded by the child, learns from one of the oldest toys that if they are loved sufficiently by the children, they have a chance to become real.

The rabbit eventually becomes the young boy’s favorite toy, but it learns from some genuine bunnies that it is still not a real rabbit’ because it cannot hop. When the toy is thrown away and meets a fairy, though, everything changes.

Book Review

This is a classic, and all kids should have the opportunity to read and enjoy it.

Regardless of how many years we have lived, we all have a child within us. This wistful little story would delight the child in you, and the aged adult in you will enjoy the writer’s skill and warmth of imagination.

Children’s books are frequently more than simply that. This is not always evident at the time of reading. However, when you reach a huge age milestone and read a book like this, the issue of “what is real” becomes a very good one.

Key Takeaways from the Book

This book is the ideal way to share the enchantment of The Velveteen Rabbit with friends and loved ones, and it’s wonderful for Easter baskets and baby showers.

Book Details

You can buy this book in Paperback, Hardcover, Kindle, Audiobook, Audio CD versions.

  • Author: Margery Williams
  • Pages: 18
  • Category/Genre: Children’s Scary Stories, Children’s Humorous Literature, Children’s Spine-Chilling Horror.

4. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (The Herdmans series Book 1)

4. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (The Herdmans series Book 1)
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About the Book

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (The Herdman’s series Book 1)” written by Barbara Robinson follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings.

In a humorous yet sweet tale including the Three Wise Men, a ham, fearful shepherds, and six rowdy kids, the siblings take over the annual Christmas ceremony.

Ralph, Imogene, Leroy, Claude, Ollie, and Gladys Herdman are a mishmash of personalities. They set fire to Fred Shoemaker’s toolshed, extorted Wanda Pierce for her charm bracelet, and smacked Alice Wendelken in the face.

And that’s just the beginning! The other youngsters are surprised when the Herdmen show up to church for free refreshments and take over the Christmas program.

They’re up to anything evil. However, there is Christmas enchantment all around, and the Herdmans, who have never heard the Christmas story before, begin to reinterpret it in their own unique way.

Book Review

What a wonderful narrative – a wonderful account of Jesus’ birth that maintains the children’s attention thanks to the well-crafted kid characters.

It’s always a pleasure to read this book. It serves as a nice reminder that we often lose sight of Christmas in the midst of our busy customs.

Even though it is a hilarious story, it discreetly prompts you to consider and reconsider the incredible truth that Jesus chose to enter the world as a baby. This is a novel that should be read several times.

Key Takeaways from the Book

This amusing story will make you and your family laugh, and it’s excellent for independent reading or read-aloud sharing.

About the Author

Barbara Robinson is the author of several great children’s novels, including My Brother Louis Measures Worms, The Best Halloween Ever, and the hugely popular bestselling novel The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, first published in 1972.

Book Details

You can get this book in Paperback, Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook formats.

  • Author: Barbara Robinson
  • Pages: 100
  • Category/Genre: Children’s Christmas Books, Children’s Classic Literature.

5. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Poirot) (Hercule Poirot Series Book 20)

5. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Poirot) (Hercule Poirot Series Book 20)
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About the Book

“Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Poirot) (Hercule Poirot Series Book 20)” written by Agatha Christie tells about the Lee family reunion shattered by a deafening crash of furniture, followed by a scream.

Simeon Lee, the tyrant, is found dead in a pool of blood upstairs, his throat cut.

When Hercule Poirot, who is visiting the village with a friend for Christmas, offers to help, he discovers an environment of mutual distrust rather than grieving. Everyone seemed to have a cause to despise the elderly man.

Book Review

Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot’s Christmas is another lovely mystery that ties in beautifully with the Christmas season.

The rich, descriptive detail in location and character development is exquisite throughout the novel, creating an opulent baroque tapestry of language, nuance, and subtle plot lines. Christie and Poirot never fail to deliver.

There are plenty of suspects and motives in this, as in all of Christie’s books, but Hercule Poirot will whittle down the list.

The cast of characters is diverse and likable, and the story has an unexpected finish that you won’t see coming. These two factors combine to create a fascinating mystery.

Key Takeaways from the Book

It follows a very standard plot structure – introduction to the characters, murder, proving alibis, and finally catching the criminal – but it’s the route there that makes it worthwhile.

About the Author

Only the Bible and Shakespeare outsell Agatha Christie as the most widely published author of all time. Her books have been translated into over a hundred languages and have sold over a billion copies in English.

Book Details

You can obtain this book in Paperback, Kindle, Audiobook, Hardcover versions.

  • Author: Agatha Christie
  • Pages: 179
  • Category/Genre: Small Town & Rural Fiction, Traditional Detective Mysteries.

6. A Charlie Brown Christmas: Deluxe Edition (Peanuts)

6. A Charlie Brown Christmas: Deluxe Edition (Peanuts)
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About the Book

“A Charlie Brown Christmas: Deluxe Edition (Peanuts)” contributed by Charles M. Schulz and illustrated by Vicki Scott makes you celebrate Christmas with Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang.

Christmas is quickly approaching, which means ice-skating, Christmas music, and twinkling lights everywhere—including on Snoopy’s doghouse!

Except for Charlie Brown, everyone is having a good time during the holidays. Is it possible for the Peanuts group to assist Charlie Brown in discovering the true meaning of Christmas?

Discover the answers in this stunning deluxe storybook with a cloth cover, rich foil stamping, and stunning artwork! For fans of Peanuts and the famous Christmas special, this is the ideal holiday present.

Book Review

This book is a lot of fun. This is a highly detailed pop-up book of the iconic Christmas classic Charlie Brown. On each page, there are pop-ups and fold-outs.

Charles Schultz will be dearly missed, but his peaceful, intelligent works of art continue to inspire new generations while also providing hours of enjoyment to those who have followed him from the beginning.

Key Takeaways from the Book

It will be wonderful, true to the story that you see on TV, and will be beautifully illustrated.

About the Author

Charles M. Schulz is a legend in the world of cartooning. Until his death in 2000, he was the driving force behind fifty years of Peanuts, which featured one of the world’s most adored and identifiable casts of cartoon characters.

Book Details

This book can be obtained in Paperback, Kindle, Hardcover, Mass Market Paperback versions.

  • Author: Charles M. Schulz
  • Pages: 48
  • Category/Genre: Children’s Christmas Book, Children’s Classic Literature.

7. The Snowy Day

7. The Snowy Day
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About the Book

“The Snowy Day” contributed by Ezra Jack Keats was the New York Public Library’s # 1 book on the list of “Top Check Outs Of All Time” in which the magic and wonder of winter’s first snow are beautifully captured.

Peter, a tiny kid, dressed in his snowsuit, stepped out of his house and into the hearts of millions of readers in 1962.

This story, which has a universal appeal, vividly conveys a child’s awe at a new world, as well as the hope of capturing and preserving that wonder for all time.

Peter’s modest excursions in the deep snow are great for reading together on a chilly winter day because of their quiet fun and kindness.

Book Review

It’s also a cute little narrative with a simple but crucial message about childhood—and life in general—and the artwork is stunning in its simplicity.

Even though it was first published in 1962, it still feels as fresh and new as freshly fallen snow. Keats was a master storyteller, both in words and via his gorgeous and vibrant illustrations.

It’s the ideal children’s book because it’s written from their perspective, with their unrestrained feeling of wonder and awe.

Key Takeaways from the Book

The Snowy Day, a classic by Jack Keats that received the Caldecott Medal in 1963, pays homage to the surprise and pure pleasure a child feels when the world is coated with snow.

About the Author

The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats (1916–1983), won the Caldecott Medal in 1962 as one of the first picture books for young children to depict a realistic, multi-cultural urban milieu.

Book Details

This book can be bought in Paperback, Kindle, Audible, Hardcover forms.

  • Author: Ezra Jack Keats
  • Pages: 40
  • Category/Genre: Children’s books on City Life, Children’s Weather Books.

8. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Classic Seuss)

8. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Classic Seuss)
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About the Book

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Classic Seuss)” written by Dr. Seuss will make your heart three times larger and take you in all of the Grinchmas cheer with this Christmas Classic.

The beginning of a Christmas story hasn’t been so readily known since “‘Twas the night before Christmas.” Even the coldest and smallest of hearts will warm up after reading this beautiful story about the effects of the Christmas spirit.

The Grinch, like garland, candy canes, and caroling, is a holiday staple, and his narrative is the perfect present for young and old readers alike.

Book Review

This is a lovely hardbound book. Any children’s library would benefit from having this selection. In addition, the images are vibrant and exciting for set and costume design.

The book has that lovely crisp new book feel to it, where turning the pages is practically impossible due to the tight binding, but you will like it.

Key Takeaways from the Book

This will be a lovely Christmas story, not only do your kids love it, but also you as their parents do love it.

About the Author

Charles D. Cohen‘s collection of Dr. Seuss memorabilia is perhaps the largest in the world. The National Dr. Seuss Memorial in Springfield, Massachusetts, and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan have both displayed items from the collection.

Book Details

This book can be purchased in Paperback, Kindle, Audiobook, and Hardcover versions.

  • Author: Dr. Seuss
  • Pages: 64
  • Category/Genre: Children’s Christmas Books, Children’s Classic Literature.

Final Verdict

There’s something for everyone here, from the classics to the less well-known yet as delightful. Merry Christmas and happy reading!


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