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Whether you’re filling your child’s book basket or choosing your next read-aloud, here’s a list of Christmas chapter books for the whole family!
I love the holidays, and I especially love Christmas books! It’s always fun introducing my kids to new books and bringing out old classics. Some books, like The Family Under the Bridge and , I read year after year. Other like Holly the Christmas Fairy and Horrible Harry and the Christmas Surprise, my kids read on their own.
If your kids want to track their Christmas reading, you can download this free Christmas reading log.
Christmas Chapter Books
Holly the Christmas Fairy by Daisy Meadows | There’s trouble in Fairyland again! Jack Frost is up to his old tricks. This time, he has stolen Santa’s sleigh. There were three special gifts onboard. Without them, Christmas could be ruined!
Giselle the Christmas Ballet Fairy by Daisy Meadows | Every year, Giselle the Christmas Ballet Fairy’s special magic helps every holiday ballet show run perfectly. But when Jack Frost crashes a performance and steals her magic objects, it looks like everything will be ruined!
Nate the Great and the Crunchy Christmas by Marjorie Weinman Sharmnat |
Annie’s dog is unhappy. When Fang is unhappy, everyone is unhappy. Especially Nate the Great. So Nate agrees to sniff out Fang’s mysteriously missing Christmas mail.
A Christmas Surprise by Sue Bentley | Molly is so excited to spend Christmas with her family. . . she can’t wait for the snow, food, and presents! But Molly just can’t seem to keep herself out of trouble. Luckily, she finds a distraction in Flame, the snow white kitten.
Amy’s Very Merry Christmas by Callie Barkley | As Christmas Eve nears, the Critter Club girls still have not found families to adopt the guinea pigs. But then, in a Christmas miracle, each guinea pig gets a home. And come Christmas Day, Amy has devised a great plan to give Ms. Sullivan some cheer—and some company—on Christmas!
Judy Moody & Stink: The Holly Joliday by Megan McDonald | It hasn’t snowed on Christmas in Virginia in more than a hundred years, so what are the chances that that will change? Enter the new mailman, Mr. Jack Frost, who not only looks like a jolly old elf but also seems to know a lot about weather patterns, has a fondness for the cold, and works looooooong hours during the holiday season.
Stanley’s Christmas Adventure by Jeff Brown | Santa Claus is not his usual, jolly self. In fact, he’s in a terrible mood. He doesn’t believe that children appreciate Christmas anymore. This year, he has decided that he is not going to deliver any Christmas presents!
Deck the Halls, We’re off the Walls! by Dan Gutman | It’s Christmas, and you know what that means! Santa Claus is coming to town! Or at least to the local mall. But what happens when kid rapper Cray-Z gives a Christmas concert at the same mall and all his fans go bananas?
Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells… by Barbara Park | It’s holiday time, and Room One is doing lots of fun things to celebrate. Like making elf costumes! And singing joyful songs! Only, how can Junie B. enjoy the festivities when Tattletale May keeps ruining her holiday glee?
Christmas Stories by Laura Ingalls Wilder | Join Laura and her family for some pioneer Christmas celebrations. Christmas on the frontier means visits from friends, good things to eat, and presents! For Laura, every Christmas in the little house is better than the one before.
Horrible Harry and the Christmas Surprise by Suzy Kline | It’s Christmastime, but with Miss Mackle in the hospital, no one feels much like celebrating. Maybe Harry can think of a way to cheer up Miss Mackle and put the holiday spirit back in Room 2B.
A Katie Kazoo Christmas by Nancy E. Krulik | Katie can’t wait for the holidays. There are so many things to look forward to! Her motorcycle-riding grandma is coming to visit, class 4A is having a Secret Santa grab bag, and it’s almost time for Cherrydale’s annual holiday lights display contest. But even the busy holiday season doesn’t stop the magic wind!
The Littles Have a Merry Christmas by John Peterson | It’s almost Christmas, and all the Littles are full of good cheer…all except Uncle Nick. Uncle Nick just moved in. It was time for him to rest after thirty years of fighting mice in Trash City. Uncle Nick likes his new home, but he misses all his friends in Trash City.
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum | Taking the beloved symbol of merriment out of his conventional trappings and into the world of imaginative folklore, Baum gives Santa Claus an exciting life that evokes all the charm, warmth, and fantasy that made his Oz stories American classics.
Mrs. Claus Doesn’t Climb Telephone Poles by Debbie Dadey | There are some pretty weird grown-ups living in Bailey City. But why is Mrs. Claus repairing telephone and cable wires in Bailey City after a big blizzard? And could Santa be so worried about her than he’d forget all about Christmas? The Bailey School Kids are going to find out.
Christmas Catastrophe by Geronimo Stilton | Geronimo Stilton, adventuremouse? Not me! But surely a little skiing couldn’t hurt a rodent, right? Wrong. Moldy mozzarella! When my ski trip landed me in the hospital, I was sure it was going to be the worst Christmas ever! But my family and friends had something else in mind. . . .
A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time by Mary Pope Osborne | Jack and Annie must help the famous writer Charles Dickens! The brother and sister are whisked back in time to Victorian England and the foggy streets of London. There, Jack and Annie discover that Charles Dickens has been thrown in jail! How can they help him?
Christmas in Camelot by Mary Pope Osborne | When Jack and Annie receive an invitation to spend Christmas Eve in Camelot—a magical place that exists only in myth and fantasy—they know they are in for their biggest adventure yet. What they don’t know is that the invitation will send them on a quest to save Camelot. Can they succeed even though Camelot’s greatest knights have failed?
The Christmas Genie by Dan Gutman | It’s the last day of school before Christmas vacation and Alex, Chase, and the rest of Mrs. Walter’s fifth-grade class couldn’t wish more for the final bell to ring. But the day takes a crazy turn when a mysterious meteorite crashes through the classroom window—and a genie pops out!
When Santa Fell to Earth by Cornelia Funke | Scared by a storm, Twinklestar, the least reliable reindeer, bolts–causing Santa and his sleigh to crash-land. And though Santa has dropped into a friendly neighborhood, he’s not safe: Jeremiah Goblynch, the ruthless new leader of the Council of Yuleland, is determind to put an end to children’s wishes and turn the holiday season into his own personal moneymaking scheme
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson | Ralph, Imogene, Leroy, Claude, Ollie, and Gladys Herdman are an awful bunch. They set fire to Fred Shoemaker’s toolshed, blackmailed Wanda Pierce to get her charm bracelet, and smacked Alice Wendelken across the head. And that’s just the start! When the Herdmans show up at church for the free snacks and suddenly take over the Christmas pageant, the other kids are shocked. It’s obvious that they’re up to no good. But Christmas magic is all around and the Herdmans, who have never heard the Christmas story before, start to reimagine it in their own way.
The Box of Delights by John Masefield | Strange things begin to happen the minute young Kay Harker boards the train to go home for Christmas and finds himself under observation by two very shifty-looking characters. Arriving at his destination, the boy is immediately accosted by a bright-eyed old man with a mysterious message: “The wolves are running.” Soon danger is everywhere, as a gang of criminals headed by the notorious wizard Abner Brown and his witch wife Sylvia Daisy Pouncer gets to work. What does Abner Brown want?
Nancy and Plum by Betty MacDonald | This is the story of two orphaned sisters at Mrs. Monday’s Boarding School. But nothing is heavenly for Nancy and Pamela (aka Plum): their parents died in a tragic accident years ago, they’re constantly punished by the cruel Mrs. Monday, and they’re all alone for the holidays.
The True Gift by Patricia MacLachlan | All year long Lily and Liam look forward to the holidays at their grandparents’ farm. It’s always the perfect trip: walking to the lilac library, trimming the tree, giving gifts. But this year, thanks to a white cow alone in the meadow, things will be different. This holiday, Lily and Liam will find out the meaning of a special gift.
The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements | For Hart Evans, being the most popular kid in sixth grade has its advantages. Kids look up to him, and all the teachers let him get away with anything — all the teachers except the chorus director, Mr. Meinert. When Hart’s errant rubber band hits Mr. Meinert on the neck during chorus practice, it’s the last straw for the chorus director, who’s just learned he’s about to lose his job due to budget cuts. So he tells the class they can produce the big holiday concert on their own. Or not. It’s all up to them. And who gets elected to run the show? The popular Mr. Hart Evans.
Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien | For more than twenty years, the children of J.R.R. Tolkien received letters from the North Pole — from Father Christmas himself! They told wonderful stories of mischief and disaster, adventures and battles: how the reindeer got loose and scattered presents all over the place, how the accident-prone Polar Bear climbed the North Pole and fell through the roof of Father Christmas’s house, and many others.
The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson | Armand, an old Parisian living on the streets of Paris, relished his solitary life. He begged and did odd jobs for money to keep himself warm and fed, and he liked his carefree life. Then one day just before Christmas, a struggling mother and her three children walked into his life.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens | Enjoy this tale of miserable miser Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a kind and caring benefactor after visits on one Christmas Eve from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come.
The Legend of Holly Claus by Brittney Ryan | Santa Claus is the King of Forever, Land of the Immortals. When one special boy writes to Santa asking what no other child has ever asked — what he wants for Christmas — a miracle occurs: Santa and his wife are blessed with a daughter. But the birth of Holly Claus also brings about a terrible curse…
Miracle on 34th Street by Valentine Davies | The lives of three people are changed by an old man who insists that he is Santa Claus.
Which of these Christmas chapter books will you read first? If your favorite is not on this list, share yours in the comments.