Best Kids Books About Santa claus

56 Kids Books About Santa claus

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.

The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold book
#2
The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold
Written by Maureen Fergus and illustrated by Cale Atkinson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Santa has a problem. This kid? Harold? Santa doesn't think he's real. He WANTS to believe in Harold--after all, Harold is one of the most magical parts of Christmas. Getting Harold's letters, eating the cookies he leaves out, feeding his carrots to the reindeer... what would Christmas be without that? But Santa's just not sure. Some of his friends are telling him they think Harold's not real. And the Harold that sat on his knee last Christmas looked AWFULLY different. Santa comes up with a plan to find out once and for all if Harold really exists... with hilarious consequences.

Olive, the Other Reindeer book
#3
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.

Auntie Claus Deluxe Edition book
#4
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!

Santa Calls book
#5
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!

The Littlest Elf book
#6
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!

Samurai Santa book
#7
Samurai Santa
Written and illustrated by Rubin Pingk
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

"Yukio wants to have a snowball fight but all the other ninjas want to stay good for Santa. So Yukio decides to sabotage Santa"--

Here Comes Santa Cat book
#8
Here Comes Santa Cat
Written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Claudia Rueda
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Just in time for the holidays—here comes Santa Cat! From the author of The Quiet Book and Here Comes the Easter Cat comes a hilarious holiday adventure! Cat took on a bunny in Here Comes the Easter Cat, but now Christmas is coming, and Cat has a hunch he’s not on Santa’s “nice” list. Which means? No presents for Cat. So he tries to be good, but children, it seems, aren’t wild for his brand of gift-giving. Still, Cat might surprise himself, and best of all, he may just get to meet the man in the red suit himself—and receive a holiday surprise of his own. Fans of Pete the Cat, Splat the Cat, and Bad Kitty will delight in this holiday treat.

Santa's Book of Names book
#9
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.

Christmas Wombat book
#10
Christmas Wombat
Written by Jackie French and illustrated by Bruce Whatley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

“Slept. Scratched. Slept.” Indeed, it seems like Christmas will be just another day for the wombat . . . until she smells carrots! In this charming picture book, the star of Diary of a Wombat goes head to head with Santa’s reindeer in competition for carrots—and wins. Then, as an accidental stowaway on Santa's sleigh, she learns that carrots are internationally available. No wonder she isn't hungry for treats on Christmas morning! Engaging illustrations delightfully complement the spare text in this unique, wombat’s-eye view of a favorite holiday.

The Nightmare Before Christmas book
#11
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Written and illustrated by Tim Burton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Featuring an updated design and removable sticker, a 20th-anniversary rerelease traces the story of Halloweenland inhabitant Jack Skellington, who kidnaps and replaces Santa Claus only to discover the true meaning of Christmas. Movie tie-in.

The Christmas Wish book
#12
The Christmas Wish
Written by Lori Evert and illustrated by Per Breiehagen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

This New York Times bestselling Nordic tale in the tradition of The Snowman, The Polar Express, and the many books of Jan Brett will have readers of all ages believing in the magic of Christmas. This is one to pull out every year and savor! Long ago, a brave little girl named Anja wanted to be one of Santa's elves. So she leaves a note for her family and helps her elderly neighbor prepare for the holiday, then she straps on her skis, and heads out into the snowy landscape. From a red bird to a polar bear to a reindeer, a menagerie of winter animals help Anja make her way to Santa. A generous trim-size, matte cover, extraordinary photographs, and foiled title make this a special book for the holiday season. And don't miss the other "Wish" books: The Reindeer Wish The Tiny Wish The Brave Little Puppy The Puppy's Wish -- coming soon!

Presents Through the Window book
#13
Presents Through the Window
Written and illustrated by Taro Gomi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Pink suit. Moustache. Helicopter. This may not be your ordinary Santa, but it's still a daunting Christmas Eve challenge! There are so many presents to deliver, and so little time. It's a good thing Santa has a plan. He'll just peek into every window and toss in a gift. Done! The trouble is, Santa is moving much too quickly to see who really lives in each house. With interactive cut-outs throughout, readers will delight in following Santa's lightning-speed Christmas antics as they discover the true (and hilarious) identities of the gifts' recipients! From the beloved and bestselling Taro Gomi, here is Christmas cheer for all!

How to Catch an Elf book
#14
How to Catch an Elf
Written by Adam Wallace and illustrated by Andy Elkerton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

You've been waiting all year long, and now it's finally Christmas Eve! Is this the year you'll finally catch an elf? Start a new Christmas tradition with this hilarious children's book from the creators of the New York Timesbest-seller How to Catch a Leprechaun! "It's Christmas Eve! Hip hip, hooray! Yes, Santa's coming 'round. He's bringing toysto girls and boys in every house in town." "Some kids have tried to catch him, but Santa's fast, you see! So they've set their eyes on a smaller prize, and now they're after me!"

Dream Snow book
#15
Dream Snow
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

It’s December 24th, and the old farmer settles down for a winter’s nap, wondering how Christmas can come when there is no snow! It is in his dream that he imagines a snowstorm coming and covering him and his animals—named One, Two, Three, Four and Five—in a snowy blanket. But when the farmer awakens, he finds that it has really snowed outside, and now he remembers something! Putting on his red suit, he goes outside, puts some gifts under the tree for his animals, and presses a button near a Christmas tree, creating a most surprising musical treat for children everywhere.

The Wild Christmas Reindeer book
#16
The Wild Christmas Reindeer
Written by Jan Brett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

After a few false starts, Teeka discovers the best way to get Santa's reindeer ready for Christmas Eve.

Daddy Christmas & Hannukah Mama book
#17
Daddy Christmas & Hannukah Mama
Written and illustrated by Selina Alko
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

A delightful holiday offering no matter what you celebrate in December! I am a mix of two traditions. From Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama. How lucky am I? Holiday time at Sadie's house means golden gelt sparkling under the Christmas tree, candy canes hanging on eight menorah branches, voices uniting to sing carols about Macabees and the manger, and latkes on the mantel awaiting Santa's arrival. Selina Alko's joyous celebration of blended families will make the perfect holiday gift for the many Americans who celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah.

Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! book
#18
Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho!
Written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

As Farmer Brown prepares the house for Christmas, Duck tries to play Santa--but he gets stuck in the chimney, along with all the other animals who try to help.

The Animals' Santa book
#19
The Animals' Santa
Written and illustrated by Jan Brett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

When Big Snowshoe tells Little Snow that the animals’ Santa is coming with presents for everyone, Little Snow wants to know who he is. The animals say they have never seen him. Maybe he’s a badger, a moose, a polar bear, or a wolf, they tell him. But this spunky little rabbit thinks they are just fooling him. On Christmas Eve, Big Snowshoe finds a way to see the animals’ Santa when a Snowy Owl in a red cap swoops down with a pack full of presents. Never again will an excited Little Snow doubt that there is an animals’ Santa.

Under the Christmas Tree book
#20
Under the Christmas Tree
Written and illustrated by Gabriele Clima
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Invites young readers to prepare for Christmas and the arrival of Santa Claus by sliding the panels in the illustrations to turn on lights, put a letter in an envelope, and otherwise get ready for the big day.

The Christmas Puppy book
#21
The Christmas Puppy
Written and illustrated by Irma Wilde
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Discover a treasure trove of beautifully illustrated books with our new series, G+D Vintage! Featuring books from our Wonder Books line originally published in the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s, there’s something for every reader in these timeless stories accompanied by classic illustrations. This year, every child in town wants a toy dog for Christmas, but Santa runs out before he can get to Polly’s house! So instead, Santa makes the holiday extra special by giving Polly a sweet, loveable, real puppy. Polly—and the puppy—couldn’t be happier!

The Holiday Heroes Save Christmas book
#22
The Holiday Heroes Save Christmas
Written by Adam Wallace and illustrated by Shane Clester
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

This just in--breaking news from the North Pole! Santa Claus can't deliver presents on Christmas Eve and he needs backup. But not just anybody can help him--he needs the Holiday Heroes! This Christmas, it's up to the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, a Witch and a Leprechaun to fill in for Santa and save Christmas. Can the Holiday Heroes deliver presents without being spotted? Will they be able to pull off Christmas in the end?

Little Santa book
#23
Little Santa
Written and illustrated by Jon Agee
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Ever wonder what Santa was like as a child? Award-winning author/illustrator Jon Agee brings us the funny, playful answer in this Christmas picture book destined to become a classic. Little Santa loves the North Pole. The rest of his family? Not so much. So, when they decide to move to Florida, Santa is miserable. Lucky for him, a blizzard foils their plans. The only way out of the house is up the chimney. Up goes Santa, to look for help, and along the way, he meets a reindeer and a large group of elves, who are more than eager to join in the rescue! With the sly humor of Jon Klassen and the read-aloud pleasure of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, this tale of Santa’s beginnings is perfect for every kid’s holiday library.

Santa Rex book
#24
Santa Rex
Written and illustrated by Molly Idle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

From Caldecott-winning author-illustrator Molly Idle comes the perfect stocking stuffer for fans of Cordelia and her Cretaceous friends: Santa Rex! Christmas season has arrived, and nothing says holiday cheer quite like candy canes, hot cocoa, and DINOSAURS! Cordelia is celebrating her favorite winter holiday with her Cretaceous buddies and everything is just peachy–as long as nobody topples the Christmas tree. Oops…too late! This year, will Santa Rex bring her everything she asked for?

The Untold Story of Father Christmas book
#25
The Untold Story of Father Christmas
Written by Mike Battle, Alison Battle and illustrated by Lauren A. Mills
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Have you ever wondered where Father Christmas came from? And how he ended up with a factory at the North Pole full of elves to help him make toys? A beautifully illustrated and timeless story about how a toymaker and his wife became Mother and Father Christmas for children all over the world.

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