Christmas is a special time of year, and what better way to celebrate than by snuggling up with your little ones and reading some wonderful Christmas stories together? Reading is not only a great way to bond with your children, but it’s also a fantastic way to develop their imaginations and help them learn about the world around them.
There are so many wonderful Christmas stories out there, but to help you get started, we’ve rounded up five of our favourites that are perfect for reading with kids. From picture books to longer tales, there’s something here for every child to enjoy. So grab a mug of hot cocoa, cuddle up under a cozy blanket, and get ready for some festive fun!
“The Night Before Christmas” by Clement C. Moore
This classic tale was first published in 1823 and has been delighting children (and adults!) ever since. Join Santa Claus on his magical journey as he delivers presents to all the good boys and girls around the world.
“The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg
This Caldecott Medal-winning book tells the story of a young boy who takes a magical train ride on Christmas Eve to the North Pole. Along the way, he learns about friendship, belief, and the true spirit of Christmas. With gorgeous illustrations and an enchanting story, this is a book that both kids and adults will enjoy again and again.
“A Charlie Brown Christmas” by Charles M. Schulz
Everyone’s favourite underdog comes to life in this beautifully illustrated book based on the classic TV cartoon series. Follow Charlie Brown as he tries to find the true meaning of Christmas amidst the materialism and commercialism that seem to be everywhere he looks. With its simple text and gentle humour, this is a great choice for beginning readers.
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” by Dr Seuss
No list of Christmas books would be complete without this festive Seuss classic. Join the grumpy Grinch as he tries to ruin Christmas for everyone in Whoville—only to discover that perhaps there’s more to the holidays than he thought. With its memorable rhymes and lively illustrations, this book is sure to get everyone in the festive spirit!
“The Legend of Saint Nicholas” by Dandi Daley Mackall
This heartwarming tale tells the story of how Santa Claus came to be. Meet Saint Nicholas, a kind-hearted man who was known for his generosity towards others. Through his selfless deeds, he spreads joy throughout his village and beyond, ultimately becoming known as Santa Claus—the bringer of happiness during the holiday season. This touching story is perfect for kids who want to learn more about where Santa comes from and what he represents.
These are just a few of our favourite Christmas stories for kids—but there are so many other wonderful choices out there too! So snuggle up with your little ones this holiday season and enjoy some quality time together reading about everything that makes Christmas so special. Merry reading from all of us at The Kids Book Company!