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October 25, 2023

Best Children's Christmas Books

Enchanting Tales to Spark Holiday Magic


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Illustration of a gift guide for the best children’s holiday books for Christmas.

Brent Watts and João Lucas Rocha

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Welcome to a world of enchantment and holiday cheer!

In our carefully curated list, we've gathered the Best Children's Christmas Books. This handpicked collection promises heartwarming adventures perfect for the holiday season. These are not just children's books for Christmas; they're stories that they’ll want to hear year-round.

So, snuggle up with your little ones and let the pages of these holiday books light up your holiday season!


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"Mr. ZIP's Windy Day" Lift-the-Flap Children's Board book


Young readers will love the interactive lift-the-flap element as they join Mr. ZIP for one windy adventure! Mr. ZIP and his trusty sidekick B. Franklin start their day in the mail room. Then it’s time to begin the mail route. We accompany Mr. ZIP as he makes his deliveries. Suddenly a huge gust of wind blows the letters away. Mr. ZIP and Franklin have to track them down. Will they be able to find every last letter-and deliver them all before the end of the day?

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"Baldwin's Big Christmas Delivery" Book


t’s Christmas and the train yard is busy! There are lots of trains with lots of packages to deliver. Baldwin, a switcher train, does his best to get all the big trains ready. But when he discovers one Christmas package that’s been left behind, Baldwin decides he must deliver the package himself―no matter what!

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"Snow Boy" Children's Book


Snow Boy is the charming story of friendship, community, and how a snow person finds a family. What happens to a snow person after the child who made them goes inside?

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"How the North Pole Works" Children's Book


This definitive guide to the North Pole has everything you always needed to know about Santa Claus and his world! A modern twist on the good old-fashioned encyclopedia, it's easy to follow with diagrams, maps, and timelines.

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"Cats vs. Pickles: How The Gherkins Stole Christmas" Children's Book


Cats vs. Pickles: How The Gherkins Stole Christmas

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"A Christmas Memory" Children's Book


The classic story of Truman Capote's childhood Christmas ritual is more endearing than ever in this beautiful newly redesigned package, which includes a CD with the audio version of the text. In celebration of A Christmas Memory's enduring appeal, this repackaged edition retains Beth Peck's evocative watercolors and an audio CD narration by the venerable Celeste Holm.

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"A Piñata in a Pine Tree: A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas" Children's Book


An award-winning author and a rising star artist have put a festive Latino twist on "The Twelve Days of Christmas," populating it with piñatas in place of partridges, plus burritos bailando (dancing donkeys), lunitas cantando (singing moons), and much more, all displayed in the most vivid colors imaginable.

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"Here Comes Santa Cat" Children's Book


Cat took on a bunny in Here Comes the Easter Cat, but now Christmas is coming, and Cat has a hunch he's not on Santa's "nice" list. Which means? No presents for Cat. So he tries to be good, but children, it seems, aren't wild for his brand of gift-giving. Still, Cat might surprise himself, and best of all, he may just get to meet the man in the red suit himself—and receive a holiday surprise of his own.

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"Grumpy Monkey Oh, No! Christmas" Children's Book


It's Christmas time in the jungle, and Jim just can't get into the holiday spirit. Then Jim eats a "festive" green banana that makes him feel sick. Now everything seems worse. While all the other animals in the jungle are ready and eagerly awaiting Christmas, Jim can't stop feeling that this time of year stinks. But with his good friend Norman's help, Jim discovers that focusing on the good things around him instead of his own problems, is a reason to celebrate.

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"Merry Christmas, Little Elliot" Children's Book


Little Elliot the elephant isn't quite sure what Christmas spirit is, but he suspects he doesn't have it. Not even a visit to Santa Claus can put Elliot in the right mood. But when chance blows a letter for Santa into Elliot and Mouse's path, the two friends discover what Christmas is all about―and make a new friend, too.

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"The Christmas Truck " Children's Book


When celebrating a special Christmas tradition things go awry. Papa, Dad, their amazing kid, and one fabulous grandmother work together and implement a plan to save Christmas for a child they have never met.

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"The Dreidel that Wouldn't Spin: A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah" Children's Book


In this beautiful holiday story by award-winning author Martha Simpson, and brought to life by the imaginative illustrations of award-winning illustrator D. Yael Bernhard, the happiness and joy of the Hanukkah miracle will warm the heart of young and old alike with its simple message: wonders still occur for those who are ready for them.

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"The Legend of the Poinsettia" Children's Book


Beloved Newbery honor-winning author and Caldecott honor-winning illustrator Tomie dePaola has embraced the legend using his own special feeling for Christmas. His glorious paintings capture not only the brilliant colors of Mexico and its art, but also the excitement of the children preparing for Christmas and the hope of Lucida, who comes to see what makes a gift truly beautiful.

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"The Night Before Christmas" Children's Book


Beloved illustrator Holly Hobbie offers a timeless take on the best-known Christmas poem of all time. In the twilight hours of Christmas Eve, a hushed world enveloped in moonlit snow waits for the soft tinkling of sleigh bells to announce the most magical night of the year. Then comes a thump on the rooftop, a scratching in the chimney, and suddenly--Santa Claus appears!

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"The People Remember: A Kwanzaa Holiday Book for Kids" Children's Book


The People Remember begins in Africa, where people were taken from their homes and families. They spoke different languages and had different customs. Ultimately, all these people had to learn one common language and create a culture that combined their memories of home with new traditions that enabled them to thrive in this new land.