15 of the Best Christmas Books for Kids in 2021
It’s going to be the most magical time of the year again! From hanging up the Christmas stockings to engaging in fun Christmas activities with your kids, there is so much joy around the holidays. The cozy Christmas season brings you the great opportunity of cuddling by the fire, with some hot chocolate and reading your favourite Christmas book with your kids. The beautiful illustrations in a Christmas book will leave you and your kids filled with the holiday spirit.
Here are some of our favourite Christmas books that will make your kids’ holiday magical:
1. Santa Rex: This Christmas book is the perfect combination of the holiday spirit and DINOSAURS! Get your dino-loving kid the book of their dreams with Molly Idle's Santa Rex. Cordelia celebrates her favorite holiday with candy canes, hot cocoa, and of course dinosaurs! Because who wouldn’t want to welcome the holidays with a T. Rex?
2. All the Little Snowflakes: This children’s Christmas book is a wintry celebration full of snow and all things that sparkle, and reminds us that everyone is one of a kind, like every special snowflake that falls from the sky. With die-cut snowflakes decorating the brightly illustrated pages of this board book, this book is a perfect choice for the young reader who loves to interact with their stories.
3. Laura Ingalls Wilder's Christmas Stories: This book has been adapted for younger readers from Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved classics. It is a perfect Christmas surprise as it includes bonus material such as games and activities.
4. Here Comes Santa Cat: The sweetness in this story illustrates the true meaning & spirit of gift-giving. Cat knows he hasn't behaved this year and is pretty sure Santa just might skip him. So here’s a story of how Cat surprises himself at his own capacity of generosity.
5. A Charlie Brown Christmas: Charlie Brown Christmas is a must for any holiday reading session, which will help spark conversations about the true meaning of the holiday season.
6. The Jolly Christmas Postman: Jolly Postman delivers greetings to everyone's favourite fairy-tale characters, in this heartwarming Christmas book. Young kids will enjoy all the hidden surprises, puzzles, and other interactive elements The Jolly Christmas Postman has to offer.
7. The Tree That’s Meant To Be: This heartfelt tale tells the story of a lonely Christmas tree that learns what it means to be loved when the forest animals adopt it as their own. This charming and classic-feeling holiday picture book has a timely message about celebrating our differences and sticking by our friends. Families will love making this part of their holiday traditions, as a perfect book to talk about kindness, generosity, and the true meaning of Christmas.
8. Pete The Cat Saves Christmas: In this spin on the traditional tale The Night Before Christmas, Pete the Cat proves that giving your all in the spirit of Christmas is the totally groovy thing to do.
9. Letters From Father Christmas: This classic holiday treat written by J.R.R. Tolkien, narrates the story of how kids get a letter from Father Christmas every year, with detailed stories and illustrations to go with each. Here, his magical notes are remembered for all to enjoy.
10. How The Grinch Stole Christmas: With wacky rhymes and illustrations from the master himself, this Christmas book has been a seasonal favourite with young readers for over 40 years. To keep up traditions, read this Christmas book with your young kids before you put on the movie.
11. Little Blue Truck’s Christmas: Little Blue Truck is spreading cheer by delivering Christmas trees to his animal friends. With the gentle rhythm and signature illustration style that made Little Blue Truck a household name, Blue's snowy adventure is full of holiday warmth.
12. The Velveteen Rabbit: This classic illustrated story continues to be loved by generations of families. This Christmas classic chronicles the story of a stuffed rabbit's desire to become real through the love of his owner.
13. Can You See What I See? Christmas Read-and-Seek: This Christmas themed illustrated book is a search-and-find reader chock-full of fun! Kids can read the simple text and use the picture clues to search for dozens of hidden trinkets and toys. An illustrated word list in the back of the book provides extra support for the newest readers
14. Construction Site on Christmas Night: This beautiful holiday picture book shows Excavator, Bulldozer, Crane, Dump Truck and Cement Mixer building a new home for fire engines. As they finish their big, important job, they get their own Christmas surprises. Your kids will have fun discovering the special surprise awaiting each vehicle as much as they will love rhyming along with the story.
15. The Nightmare Before Christmas: This book written and illustrated by visionary Tim Burton, narrates the journey of Jack from Halloween to Christmas. Jack stumbles upon a cheerful, colourful place called Christmas Town and he knows what he must do - he will bring Christmas to Halloween!
These Christmas books will surely bring in the holiday spirits at home! Spend time with your kids near the fireplace, with a great book in your hand and memories to share. Kids love to hear about your experiences and sharing a good memory of a book will make that book even more special. This Christmas, gift your kids the joy of learning.