Christmas books are so important to read for both adults and children. These books remind us that Christmas is about love, joy, peace, generosity and selfless acts of kindness. When reading any of these books during the holiday season you will be sure to experience the magic and wonder of Christmas, if not through the book itself then through the eyes of the children you are reading them to.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
This is a Christmas classic, published in 1843, and there are so many versions of this story that are illustrated or condensed for a younger audience. Not only does this book have ghosts and demonstrates the importance of family but it emphasizes the importance of giving to people in need during this season.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! By Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss books are so fun to read and this one is no exception! This book is great for a bedtime story in December. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
is important to read because it reminds us that Christmas is not about stuff, it’s about people. It will make the kids giggle at the funny words and the funny Who’s in Whoville. Once you finish reading this, you should also watch the movie adaptations.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis
The third book in the Narnia series and arguably one of the greatest children’s books, takes you on a journey to the fairytale land of Narnia where “it is always winter and never Christmas”. Four siblings travel to this land through a wardrobe to take back this magical kingdom from an evil ice queen and restore it to its former glory. Santa makes an appearance, as do many other loveable characters. Adventure, perseverance, and hope make this a great novel to read during this holiday season.
The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
This classic short story is the perfect example of Christmas spirit. A married couple that don’t have a lot of money for Christmas go to selfless lengths to buy their love something special. It is heartwarming and will be sure to get you thinking about ways to show the people in your life that you love them.
The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
“Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house,” this book was read by everyone, even the mouse. This poem was published in 1823 and has been a Holiday staple ever since. You have probably heard this recited at a Christmas concert or play because it wouldn’t be Christmas without it. The magic of Santa is clearly shown throughout this wonderful poem that has since been adapted in a Children’s story format with illustrations.
We wish you a happy and safe holiday season - happy reading!