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The Top 10 Christmas Books for Children

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What is Christmas by Michelle Medlock Adams

What is Christmas is the perfect book for smaller children when you want to explain what Christmas is really about, aside from gifts and Christmas trees and Santa Claus.

  • Author: Michelle Medlock Adams
  • Illustrator: Amy Wummer
  • Number of Pages: 26
  • Reading Level: 4-8
  • Published in 2006

A Wish to be a Christmas Tree by Colleen Monroe

 

A Wish to be a Christmas Tree is the charming tale of an overgrown pine that dreams of becoming a Christmas tree but keeps getting passed up. With the help of his woodland friends, the pine finds out what it’s like to be appreciated all year long.

  • Author: Colleen Monroe
  • Illustrator: Michael G. Monroe
  • Number of Pages: 32
  • Reading Level: 4-8
  • Published in 2005

Legend of the Christmas Stocking by Rick Osborne

Set in the 1800s, Legend of the Christmas Stocking is the touching story of a young boy named Peter as he discovers the origin of the hanging and filling of Christmas stockings.

  • Author: Rick Osborne
  • Illustrator: Jim Griffin
  • Number of Pages: 40
  • Reading Level: 4-8
  • Published in 2004

Merry Christmas, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt

Merry Christmas, Stinky Face is part of a series of hilarious Stinky Face books written by Lisa McCourt. As with all Stinky Face books, Stinky Face’s mom addresses major concerns with Santa like “What if Santa’s lips get chapped?”

  • Author: Lisa McCourt
  • Number of Pages: 32
  • Reading Level: Baby – Preschool
  • Published in 2008

Merry Christmas Mom and Dad by Mercer Mayer

Little Critter is at it again in this Christmas book that you can’t help but smile at. Critter gets tangles in sticky tape, wrapping paper and Christmas lights. Everything you would expect from a Critter book.

  • Author: Mercer Mayer
  • Number of Pages: 24
  • Reading Level: 4-8
  • Published in 1999

Bear Stays up for Christmas by Karma Wilson

A tale of friendship and perseverance, Bear Stays up for Christmas is about Bear who stays up to wrap presents, bake cookies and trim the tree while all of his friends have gone to sleep.

  • Author: Karma Wilson
  • Illustrator: Jane Chapman
  • Number of Pages: 40
  • Reading Level: 4-8
  • Published in 2008

The Sweet Smell of Christmas by Patricia M. Scarry

Little Bear smells gingerbread cookies, the pine Christmas tree, minty candy canes and yummy apple pie in The Sweet Smell of Christmas. Your child can smell it too with the six scratch-and-sniff scents.

  • Author: Patricia M. Scarry
  • Illustrator: J.P. Miller
  • Number of Pages: 36
  • Reading Level: Baby – Preschool
  • Published in 2006

How to the Grinch stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

How the Grinch Stole Christmas really needs no explanation! Dr. Seuss has done it time and time again with stories that live on in our hearts even after we grow up. Being able to share the Grinch with our children, nieces and nephews and grandchildren is a wonderful experience.

  • Author: Dr. Seuss
  • Number of Pages: 64
  • Reading Level: 4-8
  • Published in 1957

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

The story of The Night Before Christmas is a classic tale that has been around for generations. In 2001, it became a Golden Books story and thus was re-released as a beloved Christmas story.

  • Author: Clement C. Moore
  • Illustrator: Mircea Catusanu
  • Number of Pages: 24
  • Reading Level: Baby – Preschool
  • Published in 2001

My Dad Cancelled Christmas! by Sean Casey

My Dad Cancelled Christmas is a hilarious story told in the eyes of the oldest daughter. She tells the story of how her Dad came home in a bad mood to a house in shambles, and decides to cancel Christmas. Don’t worry, it has a happy ending!

  • Author: Sean Casey
  • Illustrator: Quinn Casey
  • Number of Pages: 25
  • Reading Level: 4-8
  • Published in 2007

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