Best Kids Books About Holidays

88+ Kids Books About Holidays

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
The Night Before Christmas book
#1
The Night Before Christmas
Written by Clement C Moore and illustrated by Antonio Javier Caparo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

The original tale of The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore is now accompanied by enchanting illustrations from Antonio Caparo in this festive holiday picture book. ’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse… Since it was first published nearly 200 years ago “The Night Before Christmas” has enchanted readers young and old with the story of St. Nicholas landing on a snowy roof, climbing down the chimney, and filling all the stockings with gifts before riding off in his sleigh, wishing “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!” This classic poem is now accompanied by stunning, richly detailed illustrations from Antonio Caparo, illustrator of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Rudolph Shines Again. This beautiful picture book is the perfect Christmas gift.

Snowmen at Christmas book
#2
Snowmen at Christmas
Written by Caralyn Buehner and illustrated by Mark Buehner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

On Christmas Eve, snowmen hold a party in the center of town and celebrate with food, music and dancing, and presents, in the companion title to Snowmen at Night.

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey book
#3
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
Written by Susan Wojciechowski and illustrated by P. J. Lynch
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

The spirit of Christmas heals a sorrowing woodcarver's heart in this splendid reissue of a Candlewick holiday classic, dressed in a radiant new cover. The spirit of Christmas heals a sorrowing woodcarver's heart in this splendid edition of a holiday classic, complete with a CD masterfully narrated by James Earl Jones.

Olive, the Other Reindeer book
#4
Olive, the Other Reindeer
Written by Vivian Walsh and illustrated by J.otto Seibold
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Thinking that "all of the other reindeer" she hears people singing about include her, Olive the dog reports to the North Pole to help Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Tapestry book
#5
Christmas Tapestry
Written by Patricia Polacco
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

A tapestry that is being used to cover a hole in a church wall at Christmas brings together an elderly couple who were separated during World War II.

The Tale of Three Trees book
#6
The Tale of Three Trees
Written by Angela Elwell Hunt and illustrated by Tim Jonke
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Once upon a mountaintop, three little trees stood and dreamed of what they wanted to become when they grew up. Each of their dreams come true in an unexpected way in this lovely retelling of an old folk tale. This Lion classic, beloved by young and old, is now retold in simpler text for younger readers.

The Legend of the Poinsettia book
#7
The Legend of the Poinsettia
Written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When Lucida is unable to finish her gift for the Baby Jesus in time for the Christmas procession, a miracle enables her to offer the beautiful flower we now call the poinsettia.

Catch That Cookie! book
#8
Catch That Cookie!
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Solve the riddles to find the runaway gingerbread men in this funny and magical cookie hunt! Marshall knows one thing for sure, despite what all the stories say: Gingerbread men cannot run. Cookies are for eating, and he can't wait to eat his after spending all morning baking them with his class. But when it's time to take the gingerbread men out of the oven . . . they're gone! Now, to find those rogue cookies, Marshall and his class have to solve a series of rhyming clues. And Marshall just might have to rethink his stance on magic. Catch That Cookie! is an imaginative mystery, deliciously illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner David Small. It's sure to inspire a new classroom tradition . . . and maybe even a few new believers!

Santa Calls book
#9
Santa Calls
Written and illustrated by William Joyce
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Three kids venture to the North Pole to help Santa defeat an army of evil elves in this holiday classic from the brilliant mind that brought you The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Art Atchinson Aimesworth—inventor, crime fighters, and all-around whiz kid—journeys north with his sister, Esther, and his pal Spaulding, by special invitation from Santa himself. Why did Santa call them to the North Pole? Art wants to know. But when Esther is taken by the Queen of the Dark Elves, Art must put his questions aside and save his sister. This reissue of William Joyce’s epic Christmas adventure now comes complete with lift-the-flap letters from Santa himself!

Auntie Claus Deluxe Edition book
#10
Auntie Claus Deluxe Edition
Written and illustrated by Elise Primavera
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

A deluxe gift edition of the modern Christmas classic, featuring an access code to a printable Christmas party kit, plus downloadable audio read by Academy Award-winning actress Ellen Burstyn! Auntie Claus is just another eccentric New Yorker—or is she? Young Sophie has often wondered about her unusual great-aunt, Auntie Claus. She lives in penthouse 25C at the Bing Cherry Hotel and is so curioso! After all, Auntie Claus serves Christmas cookies all year long and her tree is always the best-decorated in the city. And then there's her annual "business trip," right around the holidays. This year Sophie is determined to get to the bottom of Auntie Claus's mysterious ways. Put on your mittens and bundle up for an adventure beyond your wildest dreams. Ho, ho, ho!

The Trees of the Dancing Goats book
#11
The Trees of the Dancing Goats
Written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Trisha loves the eight days of Hanukkah, when her mother stays home from work, her Babushka makes delicious potato latkes, and her Grampa carves wonderful animals out of wood as gifts for Trisha and her brother. In the middle of her family's preparation for the festival of lights, Trisha visits her closest neighbors, expecting to find them decorating their house for Christmas. Instead they are all bedridden with scarlet fever. Trisha's family is one of the few who has been spared from the epidemic. It is difficult for them to enjoy their Hanukkah feast when they know that their neighbors won't be able to celebrate their holiday. Then Grampa has an inspiration: they will cut down trees, decorate them, and secretly deliver them to the neighbors, "But what can we decorate them with?" Babushka asks. Although it is a sacrifice, Trisha realizes that Grampa's carved animals are the perfect answer. Soon her living room is filled with trees — but that is only the first miracle of many during an incredible holiday season. Based on a long cherished childhood memory, this story celebrates the miracle of true friendship.

Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree book
#12
Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree
Written by Robert Barry
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

When Mr. Willowby's Christmas tree is so tall that he has to cut the top off, he unwittingly provides trees for various people and animals.

If Picasso Painted a Snowman book
#13
If Picasso Painted a Snowman
Written by Amy Newbold and illustrated by Greg Newbold
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-11

-If someone asked you to paint a snowman, you would probably start with three white circles stacked one upon another. Then you would add black dots for eyes, an orange triangle for a nose, and a black dotted smile. But if Picasso painted a snowman....-

Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale book
#14
Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale
Written by Martin Waddell and illustrated by Jason Cockcroft
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-8

That cold winter's night, beneath the star's light... ...a Little One came for the world.

The Spirit of Christmas book
#15
The Spirit of Christmas
Written and illustrated by Nancy Tillman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Bells jingle, sleds dash through the snow, trees are topped with sparkling stars, and children everywhere dream of candy canes and presents. But the best gift of all-the most magical gift of the season-is when we spend Christmas with those we love. Once again, this New York Times-bestselling author and artist has created a special, beautiful book that families will want to share year after year. (And readers will want to look for the Spirit of Christmas image that Nancy Tillman has hidden on every page!)

Wombat Divine book
#16
Wombat Divine
Written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Kerry Argent
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Wombat auditions for the Nativity play, but has trouble finding the right part.

The Night Before Hanukkah book
#17
The Night Before Hanukkah
Written by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Amy Wummer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

The newest title in the bestselling Night Before series is the perfect gift for every girl and boy who celebrates Hanukkah! It’s the night before the eight-day celebration of Hanukkah begins, and everyone is excited! Each evening, the family gathers to light the candles and share holiday traditions such as playing dreidel, eating latkes, and exchanging gifts. The seventeenth title in Natasha Wing’s bestselling series, The Night Before Hanukkah captures all the joy and love in one of the most wonderful times of the year!

Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas book
#18
Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas
Written by Jane O'Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles -- and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited about decorating the Christmas tree. She bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money and has been waiting for Christmas to come. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? In this merriest of stories from bestselling duo Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, Nanyc proves once again that a little fancying up can go a long, festive way!

Pick a Pine Tree book
#19
Pick a Pine Tree
Written by Patricia Toht and illustrated by Jarvis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

"With warm joyful art and a rhythmic, read-aloud text, here is a celebration of every festive step in taking home and decorating a Christmas tree"--flyleaf.

The Littlest Elf book
#20
The Littlest Elf
Written by Brandi Dougherty and illustrated by Kirsten Richards
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A sweet holiday story from a New York Times bestselling duo! From the New York Times bestselling team that brought us The Littlest Pilgrim comes a sweet new holiday follow-up filled with Christmas cheer and adorable stickers! Oliver may be the littlest elf in the North Pole, but he has a big desire to discover his very special job in Santa's workshop! But after getting lost in the toy shop, making a mess at the bookshop, and falling in the mixing machine at the bakery, is the littlest elf just too little? Perhaps he just needs the littlest reindeer to remind him what Christmas is all about!

The First Christmas Night book
#21
The First Christmas Night
Written by Keith Christopher and illustrated by Christine Kornacki
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

A lyrical retelling of the birth of Christ, told as an adaptation of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," follows the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem, the birth of Jesus, the angels' appearance to the shepherds and the visit by the Wise Men.

The Little Reindeer book
#22
The Little Reindeer
Written and illustrated by Nicola Killen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

“An original and entertaining Christmas story with its own understated charm.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “A quietly magical tale of holiday miracles and nighttime adventure.” —Publishers Weekly “Killen works magic through simplicity in this understated holiday story…A perfect bedtime read; little ones will cozy up to this sweet book and drift off on their own reindeer-fueled flights of fancy.” —Booklist “An elegant book that has a calming effect; a perfect holiday bedtime story.” —School Library Journal A HORN BOOK HOLIDAY HIGH NOTE An enchanting Christmas story about a magical yet unlikely friendship between a little girl and a lost reindeer sure to be a Christmas classic lovingly told and illustrated with red foil highlights and interactive die cuts. When a jingling sound wakes her from her sleep, a little girl’s dreams come true when she meets a lost reindeer in the forest. They set off on a magical adventure and it becomes a Christmas never to forget. Nicola Killen’s evocative illustrations are sure to enchant in this beautiful book with die cut pages, foil, and flashes of festive red.

Santa's Book of Names book
#23
Santa's Book of Names
Written and illustrated by David McPhail
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Illustrated throughout with stunning watercolor nightscapes of snowy winter scenes, Santa's Book of Names depicts all the warmth and spirit of this special time of year in a story about a young boy who learns to read with Santa's help. David McPhail's inspirational holiday story emphasizes the importance of literacy while reminding readers that with patience and practice, you can achieve just about anything.

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas book
#24
Pete the Cat Saves Christmas
Written by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A New York Times bestselling Pete the Cat holiday picture book! Spend the holidays with your favorite blue cat! In this rockin' 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. This edition of Pete the Cat Saves Christmas features a gorgeous and ornate foil jacket. The fun never stops—this book includes a sheet of full-color stickers and a free downloadable song! 'Twas the day before Christmas and Santa was ill. In the cold winter wind he had caught a bad chill. Will Christmas be canceled? Will it come to that? "Never!" cried Santa. "Let's call Pete the Cat!"

Hanukkah Bear book
#25
Hanukkah Bear
Written by Eric A. Kimmel and illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A bear wakes to a wonderful smell that leads him to the house of Bubba Brayna. Bubba Brayna makes the best latkes in the village, but at ninety-seven, she doesn't hear or see well. When the bear arrives at her door, she believes he is her rabbi. Bubba Brayna and the bear light the menorah, play the dreidel game, and eat all the latkes. The mix-up is revealed, Bubba Brayna has a laugh about it, and everyone works together to make more latkes. The Chanukkah Guest by Eric A. Kimmel (Holiday House, 1990, o.p.) now has a new title, a shorter text, and new illustrations.

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