Books to Add to Your Christmas Library

Looking to build your Christmas library so that you can have the best books for this time of year? Take a look at our carefully-curated list!

We have these books in our Christmas library and we pull them out each year to read and enjoy together. It takes time to build up such a collection but it’s a beautiful tradition to add a book each year. I know some families wrap books for each day of advent, which is also a great way to introduce new Christmas books. Here are some suggestions from our family to yours.

Books To Add To Your Christmas Library

God Gave Us Christmas By Lisa Tawn Bergren

God Gave Us Christmas– A story for young children about a polar bear family and how the oldest child wants to “find” God and Christmas. So, mama polar bear takes her out for a discovery. A sweet tale to read each year.

Reindeer Dust By Kate Dwyer

Reindeer Dust – Mom of twins, Kate Dwyer, wrote this lyrical story of what we should do to keep the reindeers well fed and on their path for Christmas Eve. A sweet story for little ones, and it will include a craft time afterwards. The book comes with a recipe for reindeer dust you can prepare with your children to put out for them on the 24th.

The Little Christmas Elf – A Little Golden Book

The Little Christmas Elf – A Little Golden Book story of a girl elf that desperately tried to finish her special teddy bear in time for a child on Christmas day. With the help of Santa, Nina the elf never gives up!

Baboushka By Dawn Casey

Babushka: A Christmas Tale – A beautifully illustrated story of an older woman that loves creating toys and has many tucked away. She is visited by three travelers following a star and they ask her to come with them. This story is based on a Russian folk tale and teaches children what it is to gift others with gifts but also time.

Winter In White and The 12 Days Of Christmas By Robert Sabuda


Winter in White and Christmas – Robert Sabuda’s pop-ups are magical and these are the perfect first editions for your little ones. Ours have lasted years and we always look at them each year.

Listen, Said The Donkey By Jean Little and Werner Zimmermann

Listen, Said the Donkey: Tales of the First Christmas– Along the same lines as the new movie, The Star, these are stories told by the animals that were at the First Christmas. The illustrations a lovely and the story is sweet to read, even in chapters to young children.

The Twelve Days Of Christmas

Twelve Days Of Christmas– An Usborne classic musical book, children can sing along and press a button for each number that correlates to the story. It makes a sweet gift to a child who is learning Christmas songs.

Santa’s Favorite Story By Hisako Aoki

Santa’s Favorite Story: Santa Tells the Story of the First Christmas by Aoki, Hisako (2007) Hardcover – Santa falls asleep in the forest and is woken up by his animal friends. When they ask is Christmas will no longer happen if he’s too tired, Santa tells the story of the First Christmas.

The First Christmas

The First Christmas: A Changing-Picture Book– A changing picture book of beautiful illustrations that will be a treasure on your Christmas book library.

The Night Before Christmas By Clent C. Moore

The Night Before Christmas– Clement C. Moore’s story comes to life with the illustrations of Gyo Fujikawa. A delightful story for Christmas Eve., we make it part of our traditional evening.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas By Dr. Seuss

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! – A Christmas would not be complete without the classic Dr. Seuss tale. I read it to children at the school library and no matter the age, they love it.

The Christmas Miracle Of Jonathan Toomey By Susan Wojciechowski

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey– A much longer read, this is a perfect book for avid readers. I even recommend it as a gift to tweens. It offers a reflection on how difficult holidays can be for some and why.

Christmas Long Ago From A To Z By Bobbie Kalman

Christmas Long Ago from A to Z– Also great for young readers, this book has tidbits of the history of Christmas and its traditions. It’s a great conversation start for children to have over the holidays.

A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens

Christmas Carol– Charles Dickens wrote the beloved tale we all watch and reads over the holidays to remind us just what Christmas (and life) should be filled with, love.

More Christmas Blog Posts

Do you recognize any of the books from our Christmas library? Be sure to check out our other holiday blog posts here:

Gifting Memories for Christmas: a Road Trip to Quebec City

Christmas Traditions with Young Children

The Star: A New Favourite Christmas Movie

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Looking to build your Christmas library so that you can have the best books for this time of year? Take a look at our carefully-curated list!

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Carolina December 20, 2017 at 7:29 am

Ahhh I need to build this! Fantastic idea that will get the xmas spirit alive!

Robert December 21, 2017 at 12:44 am

Christmas is a special time of year in our house. Everything has to do with Christmas from the movies we watch, the arts and crafts we do, baking, but especially our nightly story times. I do own a few of the books above live the Grinch, 12 days of Christmas, God gave us Christmas, etc, but there are definitely ones that we do not have. Thank you for these suggestions as some will definitely be going on our wish list!

Amanda December 21, 2017 at 2:53 pm

The grinch is a real holiday classic in my family. We watch the movie and read the book atleast once every holiday season. Quality time together is what matters most to me!

Chrissanthi December 21, 2017 at 6:56 pm

Love the idea !! Thank you for the suggestions . Will definitely be adding a couple of these books under the Christmas tree ☃?


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