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  1. Last Stop on the Reindeer Express is such a magical book, especially for kids who can’t see their grandparents at Christmas. Highly recommend! And I’m glad we’re not the only ones who look for less “preachy” holiday books. Great list!

  2. I hope you will check out the book “The christmas miracle of jonathan toomey” The illustrations are amazing and it is one of my absolute favorites with such a special message.

  3. Thank you so much for your beautiful book list One of our absolute favorite books is called, “An Orange for Frankie” by Patricia Polacco. It is a heartwarming story about a young boy who gives something treasured to a stranger in need set in a time when oranges were the treat most treasured by children on Christmas morning.

  4. Thank you!! I was trying to find a list of the best to put on hold at the library because I was browsing their online list of Christmas books for kids and there were over 1,100 entries to choose from. I have heard of some of these, but some will be new to us. Thank you for your time to find these books and for sharing the list with us. My favorite (which I’m so glad is on your list) is Christmas Day in the Morning. So heartwarming. I can’t get through it without crying and my kids (ages 7 and 4) love it, too. Last year after we read it they were inspired to do some extra work around the house as a surprise for me. LOVE it. I was hoping to find some more treasures like that one but didn’t know where to start. This list is perfect!

  5. My favorite Christmas Book (other than The Night Before Christmas) is Redbird at Rockefeller Center by Peter Maloney and Felicia Zekauskus.

  6. What a wonderful list! So many favorites as well as new books to check out! Arriving this October is a new and wonderfully reviewed book from Shake the Moon Books…”The Frog at the Window (A Completely Wild Christmas Tale)” a wonderful story of sharing, giving and the creation of a new holiday tradition between a little girl and nearby woodland animals.

  7. McDuff’s New Friend is a great book. My kids loved it we must have read it a million times. The illustrations are just beautiful!

  8. The Sparkle Box is our favorite Christmas book and stresses the importance of helping others. We use our own sparkle box (comes with some of the books if you buy them new) every year as a great family tradition.

    1. I also LOVE this one! ????

  9. The Christmas Knight by Jane Louise Curry is one of our top picks!
    Thank you for compiling such a great list!

  10. I love all of your book lists, and they have helped me to find so many gems that I continue to share with my wee ones. I live in Australia, and adore books by Jane Godwin and Anna Walker. I think you would love some of them too! Although most make it explicit that we’re in the southern hemisphere so Christmas/January is hot beach days etc. The Christmas book ‘What do you wish for?” is just gorgeous though ?

  11. Megan Benson says:

    The Sparkle Box
    The Christmas Stairs by Patty Stoner – this book you read a little each day starting Dec 1st (or last day of November and then just the Dec 1 entry on the first) – I read it last year and we fell in LOVE!

    Perfect Christmas by Gary Bower

    The Candle in the Window by Johnson and Elliott

    The Invisible Thread Christmas story by Laura schroff and Alex tresniowski – it’s based on a true story

  12. Marissa Quick says:

    Thanks so much for this list. My kid’s also love Morris’ Disappearing bag, a book I remember reading over and over again as a kid myself. Just wanted to add that the 12 Days of Christmas was not so much a memory game but a way for Catholics to help their children memorize the catechism at a time in England where it was illegal to have books of the Catholic faith or to pass down Catholic teaching. Each “day of Christmas” stands for a major belief of Catholics. Merry Christmas!

  13. Thank you for the list! So many you mentioned are our favorites too! This year we discovered some gems:
    How Winston Delivered Christmas
    Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree
    The Christmas Owl
    Apple Tree Christmas
    Santa Baby (more silly, but my toddler loved it!)

  14. My personal favorite is “The Little Crooked Christmas Tree”. It’s the story of a tree farm tree that sacrifices the chance to grow tall and straight by bending his branches to shelter a tired dove. As a result, he is passed over by people choosing Christmas trees. The ending is a lovely example of acceptance and faith.