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25 Christmas Books For Kids

25 Children's Books for advent

Last year, during advent I read about a brilliant idea for an alternative advent calendar from My Little Bookcase (apologies for the wrong attribution originally – but the post features several fabulous book ideas for advent and I forgot whose was the original post). Instead of a piece of chocolate the girls got to open one book every day. I let them read it at bedtime as well of their usual stories and it was a really special tradition which we will definitely be repeating this year. It helps to get into the Christmas spirit.

For us this was easy and inexpensive as we already had a large collection of Christmas books to use. I always put them away in the loft so that they are special when we get them out anyway. All I bought was two rolls of wrapping paper, one green and one gold. We wrapped up the books with about 7 in gold and the rest green and then sorted them into a Christmas tree shape. Then finished off with a star decoration from the Christmas tree on top. It looked really cute sitting on top of the piano, at least for a couple of days.

So here is our list of 25 books – one for each day in the run up to Christmas. Our books are mainly Christmas books rather than religious ones.

25 Children’s Books for Christmas

1. The Snowman by Raymand Briggs

2. Stick Man by Julia Donaldson

3. The Nativity Play by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen

4. Lettice A Christmas Wish by Mandy Stanley

5. Mrs Pepperpot’s Christmas by Alf Proysen

6. How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss

7. Dream Snow by Eric Carle

8. Emily’s Ice Dancing Show by Rosalinda Kightley

9. The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allen Ahlberg

10. Dear Santa by Rod Cambell

11. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

12. Dear Santa by Amy Husband

13. Kipper’s Christmas Eve by Mick Inkpen

14. The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson

15. Aliens Love Pantaclause by Clare Freedman and Ben Cort

16. Mog’s Christmas by Judith Kerr

17. Father Christmas by Raymand Briggs

18. How Santa Really Works by Alan Snow

19. One SNowy Night by Nick Butterworth

20. Dear Santa by Alan Durant

21. Christmas Cookies by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

22. Cops and Robbers by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

23. The First Christmas by Jan Pienkowski

24 ‘Twas The Night before Christmas by Clement Moore

25. The Twelve Days of Christmas by Jan Brett

25 Books for Christmas

I have a feeling Stickman by Julia Donaldson might make it’s way to the top this year. Either way we will be checking out these Stickman resources from the Forestry Commission.

So what Christmas books would you have on your list?

For our advent calendar of Christmas books and films look here.

Open a Christmas book a day during advent. A fun way to get in the festive spirit and create a love of reading.

For our list of favourite family Christmas films look here.

25 favourite family Christmas films

For our Snowmen homemade advent calendar  look here.

A fun homemade advent calendar so you can have fun activities and not just chocolate.

For another alternative advent calendar have a look at this decoration idea from last year.

Alternative Advent Calendar

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If you like this idea then make sure you are following me on Pinterest. I have a board dedicated to fun Christmas ideas.

Christmas Pinterest

For all of our Christmas idea in one place – check out our Christmas activities for kids which I keep updated as I add a new idea.

Over 40 fun activities for kids - everything you need to keep them entertained in the run up to Christmas.

This year we were also sent a Playmobil Advent Calendar to review.
Playmobil advent calendar

Author: Rebecca

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  1. Merry Christmas To All. What a wonderful list of Christmas books. I hope one day, our story gets placed along such fine classics. Our story is Belstarr The Lost Toymaker. A rhyming ‘Christmas story’ about a lost toymaker called ‘Belstarr’ who holds the key to Christmas in her heart. Will she find ‘belief’ before Drake Hausen takes over Christmas forever? A magical sleigh ride for all Christmas believers. Ideal for reading on Christmas Eve to start the festive season. It has been compared to the Grinch Who Stole Christmas because of it’s beautiful rhyme.

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  2. What a brilliant idea! I only wish it would work for 12 year-olds without breaking the bank!

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    • I know what you mean. I just went to the library and checked out as many Christmas books as they would let me.

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      • Hope you enjoy some Christmas reading. I still need to get ours from the loft ready fro this year!

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  3. I was a little taken back by your statement, “So here is our list of 25 books – one for each day in the run up to Christmas. Our books are mainly Christmas books rather than religious ones.”
    Christmas is a religious holiday. I think that you meant, “Our books are mainly secular books rather than religious ones.”

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    • Thanks for your comment. You are right secular would be a better word.

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  4. This is a wonderful idea! I appreciate you sharing your list.

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  8. I have found a book called Belstarr The Lost Toymaker from Goodreads. This book is beautiful, A Christmas splendour.

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