24 Must-have Christmas Books

Following with my hopes to blog this month about great books and toys for kids, here are 24 must-have Christmas books

must have Christmas books

  • The 12 Bugs of Christmas, by David A. Carter
  • Jingle Bugs, by David A. Carter
  • Santa’s Magic Gifts, by Betty Ann Schwartz
  • Carl’s Christmas, by Alexandra Day
  • Merry Christmas, Mouse, by Laura Numeroff & Felicia Bond (an If you Give … Book)
  • The Elf on the Shelf, by Carol V. Aebersold and Chandra A. Bell
  • Duck & Goose It’s Time for Christmas!, by Tad Hills
  • What Santa Can’t Do, by Douglas Wood


    • Merry Christmas, Stinky Face, by Lisa McCourt
    • The Night Before the Night Before Christmas, by Natasha Wing
    • Christmas Magic, by Michael Garland
    • Olive, the other reindeer, by J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh
    • A Wish to be a Christmas Tree, by Colleen Monroe
    • Counting Christmas, by Karen Katz
    • One Snowy Night, by M. Christina Butler and Tina Macnaughton
    • The Gingerbread Pirates, by Kristin Kladstrup

  • Bear’s First Christmas, by Robert Kinerk
  • Merry Christmas, Curious George, by Margret & H.A. Rey
  • My Penguin, Osbert, by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
  • Cajun Night Before Christmas, by “Trosclair”
  • Santa Mouse, by Michael Brown
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas, by Dr. Seuss
  • The Night Before Christmas, illustrated by Leonard Weisgard
  • Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg



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Laura Hutchison

Laura Hutchison (aka PlayDrMom) is a chubby kid turned competitive figure skater tween turned high school pom pon girl turned MSU Spartan turned grad student turned Mrs. HutcH turned Dr. turned Mom. She adores living in the Mitten, is addicted to Diet Coke, and firmly believes that ice cream is a main food group.

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  1. What Do We Do All Day?

    What a comprehensive list! But it doesn’t include my favorite: Christmas in Noisy Village. 🙂 Thanks for linking up to The Children’s Bookshelf. Pinning, too.

  2. Jar1176

    You should add The Pajama Elves to your Christmas reading list – it is a fun tradition for Christmas Eve!

  3. Laura Hutchison

    Thanks, Julie! I’ll have to check that one out!

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