10 Best Children's Christmas Books

Many of us explore themes such as dentist visits, the first day of school, and death with our children through books. Christmas is no different. Because of that, I have my top ten favorite Christmas books to share with you today. Some are just plain cute. Others focus on the birth of Jesus. But they are all family favorites.
I definitely have an opinion when it comes to Christmas books. Every year our children open one or more books each day as one of the many ways to celebrate Christmas daily in December. I don't even wrap the books, yet the children get to unwrap them. The children anticipate it every year. Think of it as an Advent activity.

Now it's time to share with you our ten favorite children's Christmas picture books.

Picture Books

My Giant Fold-out Book: Christmas, by Tracy Harrast. (Links are affiliate links.)
If you only have ONE Christmas book on your children's shelves THIS is it if you want an accurate biblical account of the birth of Jesus with giant lift-the-flap style pages.

Saint Nicholas: The Real Story of the Christmas Legend, by Julie Stiegemeyer.  You don't need to be Catholic to appreciate the good Saint Nicholas did long ago.  This book brings the story of Saint Nicholas to life and helps children to understand the man.  Children can draw their own conclusions to connect him to Santa.  In the end, it does bring the focus back to Jesus.

Mortimer's Christmas Manger, by Jane Chapman and Karma Wilson

The Very Snowy Christmas, by Diana Hendry

Board Books

These may come in other formats, but in our home they are board books.

A Christmas Prayer, by Amy Parker

The Little Drummer Boy, by Ezra Jack Keats

Christmas in the Manger, by Nola Buck and Felicia Bond

The Story of Christmas, by Fiona Boon

The Beginner's Bible: My Christmas Manger
This one is especially good for toddlers.

Chapter Book

The Trees Kneel at Christmas, by Maud Hart Lovelace
Author of the Betsy-Tacy series and my favorite Emily of Deep Valley.

Christmas Devotional

Why Christmas? by Barbara Reaoch

Advent Calendar

The Story of Christmas Advent Calendar
This is what it looks like inside beside our homemade Jesse Tree.

Do you have a favorite Christmas book to share with the children in your life or a favorite book to read for yourself?  You may also be interested in our favorite children's Easter books.

Photo Christmas Card AlternativesWhat to do when you cannot get a nice picture of your family.
Preparing Christmas CardsSeveral ideas to prepare now for Christmas cards without actually putting them together yet.
Alternative Gift Giving: Give more time of yourself and experiences instead of more "stuff."
Christmas Gift Planning: Plan now for giving later.
Children's Christmas Letter Printable: Use a simple form letter to find out what the children really want for Christmas this year.
9 Ways to Celebrate Christmas Daily in December: A variety of ways to remember Christmas every day as an adult or with family.
10 Children's Christmas Books: Our favorite Christmas books.

Would you join this Christmas journey with me? See all of the Less-Stressed Christmas posts.


  1. You have some great books gathered here. I love the idea of reading a book a night being an Advent activity. Thank you for sharing. Cathy

  2. I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite Christmas book - but chose some good ones.

  3. I've never heard of some of these, will have to go check them out, thanks for the awesome picks!


Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment!