Christmas Books

Thanksgiving has come and gone which means it’s time to pull out the Christmas decorations and our family’s  favorite Christmas books. There’s just something special about snuggling with a child on the couch and reading a book while being surrounded by Christmas decorations and a Christmas tree weighted down with lights and ornaments.

Christmas Books

Photo Credit: Marlys Nelson

Here are some of our favorite books to read during Christmas time.  And since I am hoping to add to our collection this year, I’d be delighted to hear what books your family enjoys as well! {This post contains affiliate links}

The Very First Christmas by Paul L Maier

This is my all time favorite children’s book to read to my kids at Christmas time. I love that it tells the often forgotten or misunderstood facts about the birth of Jesus. We enjoy reading it over the course of several days so that we have ample time to talk through all the questions the kids have about the amazing story of Christ’s birth.

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski

A sweet story about how a small boy, his mother and the carving of the nativity brings joy back to a hurting man’s life.

The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado

A story to remind us that God has a perfect plan for all of us.

The Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader

Since we don’t get snow here in Southern California, we like to read about it and pretend we are right there with the animals preparing for a big snow (even though it is 70+ degrees and full of sunshine outside where we live).

Those are just a few of our favorite Christmas time books. Please leave a comment telling me what books your family enjoys during this time of year!


  1. Thank you for the suggestions. I’m always looking for good books to read, especially with my daughter. We have, “The Very First Christmas” but I haven’t read the rest yet.
    We just rented several from the library and one that I cannot make it through without bawling is “The Christmas Promise,” by Susan Bartoletti. It is about a homeless man and his daughter and their search for a place to spend Christmas. My only complaint on it is that I wish it would have overtly spoken of Christ. It speaks of prayer and a few other things but not Christ’s birth.
    A cute one for little kids that is a pre-cursor for reading readiness is, “I See a Star” by Jean Marzollo. It is a rebus story where pictures are used to make the sentences instead of full words so that young ones not yet at a reading age can “read” the sentences on their own. (i.e. a picture of an eye for “I”, a “C” for see, etc.)
    Lastly, my favorite one we stumbled on at the library this trip was, “The Little Drummer Boy,” by Ezra Jack Keats. It is just the song written out with touching illustrations, but both my daughter and I really enjoy it.
    Thanks again!

  2. Margaret Polino Nicholas says:

    I play piano some. My favorite Christmas song to play is Little Drummer Boy.
    Happy holidays

  3. I’ve heard about the Crippled Lamb before and must look it out. I’ve written about Christmas books here.
    We are pulling them out again now!

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