Christmas Books for Young Readers

The Christmas season is upon us again! While children get excited for Christmas day, it’s also important that we show them there is more to the season than just presents. What better way to do this, than through books!

Fortunately, there are so many Christian authors out there who have penned books sure to capture the imaginations of children. Here are just some of our favorite children’s books sharing the true message of Christmas


Children's Christmas Books - Jesus CallingJesus Calling: The Story of Christmas

by Sarah Young

Featuring bright illustrations, kid-friendly devotions, and Scripture verses, Jesus Calling: The Story of Christmas teaches the Christmas story to your children. Unfolding God’s majestic design, Sarah Young takes your little on from the dawn of creation to the foot of the manger to reveal the babe who would grow up to save the world. Bible verses and Jesus Calling devotions are on every spread of this beautifully illustrated book.


Children's Christmas Books - Mouse's Christmas GiftMouse’s Christmas Gift

by Mindy Baker

When the pastor gets sick and the traditional Christmas Eve service is canceled, can a tiny church mouse find a way to brighten the spirits of his little town? Sweetly illustrated with glitter-enhanced pictures, the Mouse’s Christmas Gift story is sure to bring cheer to your holidays and become a year-round favorite for children and adults alike!


Children's Christmas Books - Twas the Evening of Christmas‘Twas the Evening Before Christmas

by Glenys Nellist

It’s a beloved holiday tradition to read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas aloud. But now, families can gather around to share the real Christmas story – the story of Jesus’ birth. ‘Twas the Evening of Christmas echoes the familiar rhythm and language of the original, but shifts the focus to the birth of Jesus. All families will delight in this simple retelling of the most famous story ever told. It’s sure to become a Christmas classic!


Children's Christmas Books - The Christmas CradleThe Christmas Cradle

by Meadow Rue Merrill

The Christmas Cradle picture book is an engaging illustrated book for children four to seven years old. Every Christmas Eve, Aunt Jenny and Uncle Gerry hold a huge Christmas party at their home – this year, Molly gets to help prepare. Disaster strikes forcing the party has to move to the barn. With help from cousins Jacob and Sammy and neighbor Rosa, the children clean up the barn and decorate cookies, while discovering the story of the Christmas cradle.


Children's Christmas Books - God Gave Us ChristmasGod Gave Us Christmas

by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Another heartwarming story about the polar bear family from the author who wrote God Gave Us You! In the enchanting book God Gave Us Christmas, you can help young children celebrate the most special day of the year and learn the true meaning of Christmas.  It also offers the perfect opportunity for little ones to discover the awesome truth of how much God loves them. Children will discover that at Christmas, Jesus is the best present of all!


Children's Christmas Books - A Very Noisy ChristmasA Very Noisy Christmas

by Tim Thornborough

Here’s a book worth shouting about! This fun and fresh retelling of the Christmas story shows children that at the heart of the Christmas story is something we should all be quiet and see: God’s son Jesus was born, so that we can be friends with God forever. A Very Noisy Christmas comes with sound effects so that children can join in as parents read to them.


Children's Christmas Books - Itsy Bitsy ChristmasItsy Bitsy Christmas You’re Never Too Late for His Love

by Max Lucado

Itsy Bitsy Christmas Board Book by Max Lucado brings the Christmas message to even the smallest of children with a revised edition of his classic book, Itsy Bitsy Christmas. When Itsy and Bitsy – two little mice – hear that a King is coming to Bethlehem, they set off with great enthusiasm to find Him. This is a book that will help children understand God’s great love and know that He sent his son for all of us – little or big, young or old.


Children's Christmas BooksThe Best Christmas Pageant Ever

by Barbara Robinson

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a classic Christmas read for younger readers! The Herdmans are absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world. No one is at all prepared when the Herdmans invade church one Sunday – and decide to take over the annual Christmas pageant. None of the Herdmans has ever even heard of the Christmas story before! Their interpretation of the tale has a lot of people up in arms. But it will make this year’s pageant the most unusual and, just possibly, the best one ever.


Children's Christmas Books - One Small DonkeyOne Small Donkey for Little Ones

by Dandi Daley Mackall

In One Small Donkey, little ones will discover the very first Christmas, seen through the eyes of an unlikely narrator – the donkey that carries Mary to Bethlehem! The donkey is not the biggest, fastest, or strongest of all the animals but he had an important job all the same. The story delivers an important Christmas message to children – God has big plans for little ones. We think this is a story that both children and adults will love!


Children's Christmas Book - The Littlest WatchmanThe Littlest Watchman

by Scott James

Benjamin is a Watchman. It’s his job to watch for the sign that all God’s promises are coming true – to watch a stump. Trouble is, it’s hard just waiting. And one night, Benjamin finally gives in and stops watching. But that same night, as he sits outside Bethlehem, he gets to watch something wonderful. Kids will be gripped by what Benjamin saw, and will be excited by the Christmas story all over again after reading The Littlest Watchman.


Children's Christmas Books - The Legend of the Christmas CookieThe Legend of the Christmas Cookie

by Dandi Daley Mackall

Read along and discover The Legend of the Christmas Cookie written by Dandi Daley Mackall. A young boy named Jack learns that the family who began the Christmas cookie tradition baked the holiday treats for the needy – and told the story of Jesus’ birth while handing them out! A sweet book that encourages kids to become cheerful givers and share the true reason for the season with others.


Children's Christmas Books - Leo's GiftLeo’s Gift

by Susan Blackaby and Joellyn Cicciarelli

In Leo’s Gift, an intensely shy six-year-old boy overcomes his self-doubt to discover that he has beautiful gift to share with the world – just in time for Christmas! With the help of his sister, Leo discovers music and develops a passion that gives him a big voice and helps his confidence soar. A beautifully illustrated book filled with heart and hope that will inspire kids to believe in themselves and learn that not all gifts come wrapped in a box.


Children's Christmas Books - My Merry ChristmasMy Merry Christmas

by Sally Lloyd-Jones

From Sally Lloyd Jones, author of the Jesus Storybook Bible, comes the wonderful My Merry Christmas! What can lovingly wrapped presents tell us about the true meaning of Christmas? How about twinkling lights, angels, and stars?In this illustrated rhyming storybook, children will learn the significance of favorite holiday symbols – and in the end, they’ll discover the sweetest gift of all.


Children's Christmas Books - The Christmas Story for ChildrenThe Christmas Story for Children

by Max Lucado, Randee Frazee and Karen Davis Hill

This retelling of the Christmas story, taken from The Story for Children, is sure to become a favorite family reading tradition. Beautifully illustrated by Fausto, The Christmas Story for Children tells about the birth of a special baby whose story is filled with love for us all. Young readers as well as their parents will appreciate the beautiful words and artwork that convey the message that we are all loved and cherished. A wonderful new tradition to begin this Christmas!

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