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16 of the Best Christmas Books for Kids

The Children’s Book Review | November 20, 2018

We have some amazing kids’ Christmas Books picked out for young readers: activity books, picture books, and novels. Each of the books have been selected for their special way of showcasing Christmas spirit. From rich and wintery illustrations, fun lift-the-flaps, tips on how to give to your community (we’re looking at you, North Pole Ninjas), rollicking rhymes, joyful tales, and special holiday crafts, there is something for every young reader that is on your nice list.

Little Christmas TreeLittle Christmas Tree

Written and Illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle

Soft and alluring illustrations invite the youngest readers to explore nature. Busy hands will delight in lifting flaps and discovering animals in the winter wonderland.

Age Range: 2-5

Buy Now: IndieBound | Amazon


Construction Site on Christmas NightConstruction Site on Christmas Night

Written by Sherri Duskey Rinker

Illustrated by AG Ford

Construction site fans will be thrilled to get their hands on a copy of this rhyming picture book that rolls readers right into a wonderful example of Christmas spirit.

Age Range: 3-5

Buy Now: IndieBound | Amazon


I Got the Christmas SpiritI Got the Christmas Spirit

Written by Connie Schofield-Morrison

Illustrated by Frank Morrison

Joyful and celebratory is exactly what this delightful picture books is.

Age Range: 3-6

Buy Now: IndieBound | Amazon


Make and Play ChristmasMake & Play: Christmas

Written by Nosy Crow

Illustrated by Joey Chou

Filled with sturdy press-out pieces to play with, songs to sing, and recipes to bake, this is a book that will keep little ones busy.

Age Range: 3-7

Buy Now: IndieBound | Amazon


holiday-piratesHappy Holidays, Pirates: Lift the Flap Book

Written by Tatiana Koval

Illustrated by Inna Chernyak

With the message that even pirates can clean up their act (as well as eat veggies), Happy Holidays, Pirates will be worth all yeh doubloons for the entertainment it will bring yeh laddies and lassies. Arrr!

Age Range: 3-7

Buy Now: IndieBound | Amazon


The Holiday Season Look and FindLook and Find: The Holiday Season

Written by Clever Publishing

Illustrated by Margarita Kukhtina

This is a particularly artful and well designed take on the “seek and find” or “I spy” genre. With 989 Christmasy things to find—elves, presents, snowmen, and Santa Claus beards—keep this book on hand to whip out for some easy and welcome entertainment.

Age Range: 4-7

Buy Now: IndieBound | Amazon


Miracle on 34th StreetMiracle on 34th Street: A Storybook Edition of the Christmas Classic

Written by Valentine Davies, Adapted by Susanna Leonard Hill

Illustrated by James Newman Gray

Quite possibly the most beloved Christmas story, this picture book adaption is richly illustrated and ready to become your Christmas Eve go-to.

Age Range: 4-9

Buy Now: IndieBound | Amazon


North Pole NinjasNorth Pole Ninjas: Mission: Christmas!

Written by Tyler Knott Greyson and Sarah Linden

Illustrated by Piper Thibodeau

Ever wondered how to get your kids involved in giving back during the holiday season? They just need a lesson from Santa’s sensei on how to become a North Pole Ninja—and, trust us, you’ll really want your kids to be a part of this pack.

Age Range: 5+

Buy Now: IndieBound | Amazon


Gift Boxes to Decorate and Make- ChristmasThe Coloring Book of Cards and Envelopes: Christmas

Written by Nosy Crow

Illustrated by Rebecca Jones

With 24 different designs, your young artist can get busy coloring these enchanting cards and envelopes.

Age Range: 5+

Buy Now: IndieBound | Amazon


Santa BruceSanta Bruce

Written and Illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins

The Mother Bruce books always deliver! Santa Bruce will have kiddos giggling over this special case of mistaken identity.

Age Range: 5+

Buy Now: IndieBound | Amazon


Christmas in Cooperstown- Ballpark Mysteries

Christmas in Cooperstown: Ballpark Mysteries

Written by David A. Kelly

Illustrated by Mark Meyers

Calling all chapter book readers, problem solvers, and baseball fans, here’s a Ballpark Mystery perfect for the holiday season.

Age Range: 6-9

Buy Now: IndieBound | Amazon


The Nutcracker MiceThe Nutcracker Mice

Written by Kristin Kladstrup

Illustrated by Brett Helquist

Capturing the wonder and magic of the holiday season, readers will readily turn pages in this charming tale filled with drama. It will certainly appeal to fans of music and dance.

Age Range: 7-10

Buy Now: IndieBound | Amazon


The ChristmasaurusThe Christmasaurus

Written by Tom Fletcher

Illustrated by Shane Devries

A boy and his dinosaur! Do we need to say more? When Santa and his elves discover a frozen egg, adventure abounds.

Age Range: 8-12

Buy Now: IndieBound | Amazon


The Girl Who Saved ChristmasThe Girl Who Saved Christmas

Written by Matt Haig

A glowing Christmas tale that offers a hopeful and heartwarming look at human behavior.

Age Range: 8-12

Buy Now: IndieBound | Amazon


Gift Boxes to Decorate and Make- ChristmasGift Boxes to Decorate and Make: Christmas

Written by Nosy Crow

Illustrated by Sarah Walsh

With 24 boxes to make, gift wrapping gets a personalized boost when you decorate for friends and family. Includes 24 stickers, too!

Age Range: 8-12

Buy Now: IndieBound | Amazon


The No-Good NineThe No-Good Nine

Written by John Bemelmans Marciano

Naughty or nice, The No-Good Nine celebrates children with a twisty tale loaded with action and hefty holiday humor.

Age Range: 9-12

Buy Now: IndieBound | Amazon

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    December 3, 2018
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    December 19, 2018

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