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25 Holiday and Christmas Books for Kids

25 Holiday and Christmas Books for Kids

By Jessica Sanders

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Get into the spirit this season with these festive children’s books. Celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and everything in between with classics like The Night Before Christmas to fun new books like Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanza. Stock up on these holiday books and have a 25 Days of Christmas Read-a-Thon!

The Polar Express 

the polar express

This classic tale takes helps a little boy realize the magic of Christmas on a whirlwind trip to the North Pole.

A Bad Kitty Christmas

a bad kitty christmas

This bad kitty learns the true meaning of Christmas after a post-Christmas trip around town to find the presents she wanted, but didn’t get.

A Christmas Tree for Pyn 

a christmas tree for pyn

Little Pyn is excited to decorate her first Christmas tree when Dad tells her no. Still, she’s determined to get a tree and your students will follow along her snowy journey to do just that.

The Nightmare Before Christmas 

nightmare before christmas

This classic holiday story needs no introduction. Let Tim Burton’s words work their magic on your curious little elves.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

grinch stole christmas

Head to the land of Dr. Seuss for this magical tale that your students may already know by heart. No holiday season is complete without reading this unforgettable Christmas book.

Olive the Other Reindeer

olive the other reindeer

A festive puppy wants to fly with Santa and his reindeer. Follow her journey to the North Pole in this gorgeously illustrated book.

The Night Before Christmas

night before christmas

This New York Times Bestseller was an instant classic and still gets young readers excited today. Don’t miss this one during your 25 days of Christmas Read-A-Thon.

The Bernstein Bears and the Joy of Giving

bernstein bears

The Bernstein Bears are celebrating the holiday season as a family and remind your students what the season is really all about.

Elmo’s Little Dreidel 

Elmo’s Little Dreidel

Everyone’s favorite furry friend is here to celebrate the holidays and your students will take this journey with Elmo while he learns what a dreidel is.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever 

best christmas pageant

Watch your students giggle their way through this book as it follows the Herdmans, the worst kids in the school, take over the school pageant.

Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa

rabbit kwanza

Li’l Rabbit’s grandma is sick and his family doesn’t want to celebrate his favorite part of Kwanzaa so he sets off to find a way to make grandma feel better.

Olivia Helps With Christmas 

olivia helps with christmas

Students will get excited for Christmas right along with Olivia as she helps her parents prepare for Santa’s arrival.

The Kvetch Who Stole Hanukkah 


This is The Grinch Who Stole Christmas for students who celebrate Hanukkah. It’s a classic that can’t be missed.

Junie B. First Grader: Jingle Bell, Batman Smells! (P.S. So Does May)

junie b

Junie B. Jones is excited to celebrate Christmas but the tattletale in her class is putting a damper on her holiday cheer.

Llama Llama Jingle Bells

llama llama

This # New Release on is filled with happy rhymes and festive times that will get your festive students excited for Christmas Day.

Bear Stays Up for Christmas

bear stays up

Bear gets a Christmas to remember when a surprise visitor stops by to see him and his friends.

The Little Christmas Elf

little christmas elf

Nina, the little elf in North Pole, didn’t finish her bear on time. After working through the night, Santa returns for her finished bear and she gets a big surprise.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer


This classic story lights up the eyes of every little reader each holiday season. Don’t miss a chance to read it during your 25 Days of Reading this year!

Merry Christmas Mom and Dad

merry christmas mom and dad

Readers watch as Little Critter tries to help his family prepare for Christmas, but struggles with every task he’s given.

The Nutcracker


Mesmerize your students with this magical Christmas tale of a ballerina, the Sugar Plum Fairy and a whole host of other characters.

Mo Smells Christmas

mo smells christmas

This Press-to-Smell book tells the story of a real-life rescue dog who is smelling his way through the holiday season.

My Two Holidays: A Hanukkah and Christmas Story

two holidays

Show your students just how special it is to be celebrating two holidays instead of one.

Frosty the Snowman


Frosty the Snowman is a must-read during the holiday season. Make room for this one in your bookshelf and don’t forget to pull it out for story time.

The Christmas Wish

christmas wish

Anja wants to be one of Santa’s elves and her journey to become one will make every reader believe in the magic of Christmas.

The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever

biggest christmas tree

Watch as Clayton and Desmond, two mice, head out to find the biggest Christmas tree they can.

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