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11 Fun Christmas Books for Kids

Stock your bookshelves with these Christmas books for kids to get everyone ready for the holiday season! I couldn’t be more excited to say the Christmas season is upon us!

Let’s take a moment to forget about shopping, baking, wrapping, and holiday parties.  Instead, let’s focus on the magic of the season, and keeping the learning fun for the kiddos.  To help you stock your classroom library or kids bookshelf, I have created this list of 11 must-have Christmas books for kids.

Kids’ Books for Christmas

11.  How to Catch an Elf

How to Catch an Elf is a New York Times and USA Today Bestseller!

If you’re looking for funny Christmas books for kids, this should be at the top of your list. Every kid has plans to catch Santa, but when they realize he’s too fast, they try to catch the elf instead.  You can add it to your Target shopping cart, but Amazon currently has the best deal.  





10.  How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The Grinch is a classic Christmas story for kids of all ages.  In fact, this Dr. Seuss Christmas book is such a classic that it became a popular Christmas movie for kids.  The Grinch has become an annual Christmas tradition for families all over the world.  Both Amazon and Target have this Christmas book for kids in stock.



9.  Pete the Cat Saves Christmas

Not only will your kids love this simply because it’s a Pete the Cat Christmas book, but also because it comes with free stickers and a link to a free Pete the Cat song to download! This funny blue cat character puts a fun spin on the classic story, The Night Before Christmas. You can find Pete the Cat Saves Christmas for the same price on Amazon and Target.




8.  Bear Stays Up for Christmas

Teach the kids that friendship and giving are the best things about Christmas with this beautifully illustrated book.  Bear always misses Christmas because he is hibernating, but his friends are determined to do whatever it takes to help Bear stay up for Christmas. Looking for facts about Winter? Check out my blog post, 10 Winter Facts for Kids.  Get this book at Amazon or Target. They are very close in price, but Amazon currently has the best deal.





7.  Construction Site on Christmas Night

This is a must if you are building a collection of construction books for kids.  Construction Site on Christmas Night is a Christmas picture book full of rhymes that will keep the kids’ wanting more. The construction vehicles, including the excavator, bulldozer, crane, dump truck, and a cement mixer, find gifts to make their Christmas so special.  Grab this highly recommended Christmas book for kids from Amazon or Target.  Both are currently selling the hardcover for the same price.





6.  The Gingerbread Man

Your Christmas books for kids collection isn’t complete until you have The Gingerbread Man.  This classic fairy tale opens the gates to so many fun gingerbread activities to do with the kids. For example, build a gingerbread house, reenact the story, let the kids complete the Gingerbread Man Build a Poem, and bake gingerbread cookies for the kids to decorate.  Both Amazon and Target have this book in stock. The picture below will take you to the Target sale; whereas, you can see a different version on Amazon.






5.  Christmas Cookie Day

Baking cookies is a favorite Christmas tradition for families. This Christmas board book is full of bright illustrations and rhyming text, and will capture your little one’s joy of reading throughout the holiday season.  Target and Amazon have Christmas Cookie Day in stock, and for the same price.  Grab your ugly Christmas sweater from Target and have a cookie exchange with your family, friends, or coworkers.





4.  There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell

My students absolutely love the There was an Old Lady collection! This funny Christmas book for kids  has predictable text, rhyming, and silly pictures for the kids to enjoy.  No hidden message; just pure Christmas reading fun! The old lady swallows things such as a bell, holly, reindeer, and a sleigh.  The kids love to laugh when they find out what happens when the old lady whistles at the end of the story! Get There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell at Target or Amazon– both have listing at similar price point.





3.  Merry Christmas, Stinky Face

Because the Stinky Face series is so popular with kids, Merry Christmas, Stinky Face is a must-have on the Christmas books for kids list. Written by Lisa McCourt, this book is perfect for a Christmas read-aloud, and encourages kids to think about solutions to the “what if” questions most commonly asked by preschoolers and kindergartners.  With a price point of $3.99, you can snag this from Target or Amazon and grab other books from the list, too!




2.  I Spy Christmas

The I Spy books should be a part of every children’s book collection.  I Spy Christmas, by Jean Marzollo, will keep kids entertained for hours.  Great for visual discrimination, your kids will search for everything Christmas hidden among an array of holiday objects and scenery.   You can grab it at Target, but Amazon currently has the lowest price.





1.  A Book about Christmas for Kids

Just as I did with my blog post about 10 Thanksgiving Books for Kids, I asked my instagram followers to share a favorite Christmas book for kids.  The first was to respond was my friend Beth. You have probably seen her in my Number Talks in Kindergarten video, said her favorite book is A Wish to be a Christmas Tree, by Colleen Monroe.  Thanks, Beth!





Christmas is a magical time for kids, and it’s our job to keep it alive!  These Christmas books for kids will bring curiosity and laughter, build language and vocabulary, and inspire kids to love reading.


Before you go, here are a few blog posts you may enjoy:

25 Popular Christmas Gifts for Kids

Christmas Poems for Kids

9 Christmas Activities and Worksheets for Kids

A Fun New Years Poem for Kids

3 Fun Classroom Christmas Party Ideas

Free Holiday Printables for PreK-2nd




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