10 Must-Read Holiday Books for Kids


There’s something truly magical about immersing yourself in a good book during the festive season. The juxtaposition of the chilly, pine-scented outdoor atmosphere with the warmth and enchantment found in holiday-themed books creates a perfect harmony.

Whether it’s the joy of sharing timeless stories with children, exploring the holiday adventures of beloved characters, or finding solace in heartwarming tales for yourself, the act of reading becomes a cherished part of the holiday traditions. The pages of these books become portals to cozy scenes and festive wonders, making the entire experience a delightful escape into the spirit of the season.

Cuddle Up Together with These Top Holiday Books

The Littlest Reindeer

Brandi Dougherty

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.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Sleigh

Mo Willems 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—for driving a sleigh! ’Tis also the season—for driving a sleigh! Oh, and joy to the—driving a sleigh! The Pigeon has made a list and checked it once. Can his holiday dream come true? Or will The Pigeon be left out in the cold?

Where Do Diggers Celebrate Hanukkah?

Brianna Caplan Sayres

It’s Hanukkah! How do you celebrate? Do you light the menorah? Play dreidel with your friends? How about eating latkes and sufganiyot? Read all about diggers, cranes, cement mixers—and more—enjoying fun and festive Hanukkah nights after the sun sets!

The Cool Bean Presents: As Cool as It Gets

Jory John

When the Cool Bean picks the name of the coolest of the cool beans, Beanadette, out of a hat for the annual gift exchange, he’s not feeling very merry or festive—he’s feeling pressure! Beanadette is definitely expecting the coolest present of all. Will the Cool Bean find the perfect gift in time for the party?

Weird But True Christmas

National Geographic Kids

Get ready to celebrate the holiday season with wacky facts, stats, tidbits, and traditions about the most wonderful time of the year. Did you know that Santa’s reindeer are probably all female? Or that artificial snow can be made from seaweed? Or that “Jingle Bells” was the first Christmas carol sung in space?

Lil Rabbit’s Kwanzaa

Donna L. Washington

Li’l Rabbit is not having a very good Kwanzaa. Granna Rabbit is sick, and so his family won’t celebrate his favorite part of Kwanzaa this year: a big feast called Karamu. Li’l Rabbit knows what to do! He’ll find Granna Rabbit a special treat for Karamu so she can celebrate anyway.

The Grumpy Reindeer


It’s the most wonderful time of the year! But not for one grumpy reindeer. He huffs and puffs and scares all the other reindeer off. But when Santa asks for his help, grumpy reindeer soon realizes that sometimes being on your own isn’t fun after all…

Happy Hanukkah, Pout-Pout Fish

Deborah Diesen

Celebrate Hanukkah with Mr. Fish and his friends―it’s eight nights of fun! From a delicious meal to lighting the menorah, Hanukkah is a time of joy. Toddlers will love swimming along with the pout-pout fish as he turns little pouts into big smiles in this original board book.

Moo, Baa, Fa La La La La!

Sandra Boynton

The cast from the bestselling Moo, Baa, La La La! has returned with a silly holiday twist! ‘Tis the season to be jolly, so sing along with caroling sheep, giggling pigs, and dancing cows as they celebrate Christmas with this merry tune.

How to Catch a Snowman

Adam Wallace

Get ready for snow much fun as you travel through a winter wonderland with running, skating, and bouncing through trap after trap to catch the snowman and claim the winning prize!

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