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Reindeer: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about reindeer?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to reindeer. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about reindeer.

Our list includes board books and picture books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about reindeer, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like The Wild Christmas Reindeer to popular sellers like Olive, the Other Reindeer to some of our favorite hidden gems like Dasher.

We hope this list of kids books about reindeer can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

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

Olive is merrily preparing for Christmas when suddenly she realizes “Olive… the other Reindeer… I thought I was a dog. Hmmm, I must be a Reindeer!” So she quickly hops aboard the polar express and heads to the North Pole. And while Santa and the other reindeer are a bit surprised that a dog wants to join the their team, in the end Olive and her unusual reindeer skills are just what Santa and his veteran reindeer team need. Colorful graphic illustrations accompany this zany dog story from the well-known author and artist team, Vivian and J.otto Seibold. Adorable Olive and her hilarious adventures are sure to make anyone’s Christmas merry.

Dasher
Written & illustrated by Matt Tavares
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From the celebrated creator of Red and Lulu comes the story of a brave little doe who meets Santa and changes Christmas forever. Dasher is an adventurous young reindeer with a wish in her heart. She spends her days with her family under the hot sun in a traveling circus, but she longs for a different life — one where there is snow beneath her hooves and the North Star above her head. One day, when the opportunity arises, Dasher seizes her destiny and takes off in pursuit of the life she wants to live. It’s not long before she meets a nice man in a red suit with a horse-drawn sleigh — a man named Santa. And soon, with the help of a powerful Christmas wish, nothing will be the same.

The Little Reindeer
Written & 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.

The Reindeer Dance
Written by Christianne C. Jones & illustrated by Emma Randall
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Move those hooves and dance and prance like a reindeer in this interactive holiday board book. Fresh art and rhyming text will inspire both children and adults to get up and move during the cold winter days!

The Itsy Bitsy Reindeer
Written by Jeffrey Burton & illustrated by Sanja Rescek
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

A merry Christmas twist on the favorite nursery rhyme “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”! The itsy bitsy reindeer worked up in Santa’s shop, helping the elves to do their Christmas job. Building the toys and singing songs of joy, as they wrapped all of the presents for every girl and boy. The itsy bitsy reindeer spreads holiday cheer as he helps Santa’s Workshop get ready for Christmas. Little ones will love this fresh holiday spin on the classic nursery rhyme, “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”!

  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Celebrate Christmas with this Classic Board Book edition of Robert L. May’s famous Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Every year at Christmastime, everyone—young and old alike—has one catchy, joy-inspiring song stuck in their heads: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!” Now fans of the most famous reindeer of all-time will fall in love with the original story, written by Robert L. May in 1939. Rudolph, a youthful reindeer buck who possesses an unusual luminous red nose, is teased and excluded by his peers because of this trait. One particularly stormy Christmas Eve, Rudolph manages to prove himself after Santa Claus catches sight of his nose and asks him to lead his sleigh for the evening. Rudolph agrees, saving Christmas, and is finally treated the way he deserves by his fellow reindeer!

  • The Wild Christmas Reindeer - After a few false starts, Teeka discovers the best way to get Santa’s reindeer ready for Christmas Eve.

  • The Littlest Reindeer - Dot may be the littlest reindeer in the North Pole, but she has a big desire to help Santa pull his sleigh! But Dot just can’t seem to fly the right way, no matter how hard she runs, leaps, and kicks. Will Dot learn to fly, or is the littlest reindeer just too little?

  • Rudolph Shines Again - Celebrate the spirit of Christmas with this Classic Board Book edition of Robert L. May’s famous sequel to the holiday classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! Every year at Christmastime, everyone—young and old alike—has one catchy, joy-inspiring song stuck in their heads: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!” Fans of the most famous reindeer of all can travel to the North Pole again in this enchanting and uplifting holiday sequel! It’s another dark, snowy Christmas Eve and Santa needs Rudolph to guide his sleigh. But Rudolph’s nose has lost its bright red glow! Certain there’s no way he’ll be of any use to Santa this Christmas, Rudolph runs away. But on his journey, something magical happens. By helping strangers in need, Rudolph rediscovers his inner light and becomes a hero once more!

This Little Reindeer
Written by Aly Fronis & illustrated by Luke Flowers
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A fun, Christmas-themed twist on the classic nursery rhyme “This Little Piggy”! This little reindeer went to market. This little reindeer loaded the sleigh. This little reindeer did some stretching. And this little reindeer mapped the way. These little reindeer have a lot of work to do to prepare for Chistmas! One goes to the market, one loads Santa’s sleigh, one stretches, one cooks some treats, and one plays in the snow. Now they’re all ready to deliver presents and wish you a Merry Christmas!

The Great Reindeer Rebellion
Written by Lisa Trumbauer & illustrated by Jannie Ho
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-10

In verse reminiscent of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” tells of the year the reindeer went on strike, forcing Santa to audition a series of other animals to take over their job.

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