It’s that time of the year when we start to rack our brains about the best Christmas presents to buy the children in our lives. One gift that never goes out of style is Christmas books for kids. They make great stocking fillers and keep kids occupied during downtimes over the holiday season.
Kids holiday books are great for teaching your children your favorite holiday traditions. At the same time, you can gift your kids holiday books from other religions and cultures. This will expose them to the diversity of holiday traditions and how other children celebrate the holiday season.
Are you searching for good Christmas presents for kids? Get your kids books that they will love reading. Keep reading for 5 Christmas books for kids that will be a sure hit with the nice kids that deserve a great present from you.
1. The Snowy Day By Ezra Jack Keats
The Snowy Day is a classic Christmas book for kids that has been popular since its release in the ’60s. The illustrations show the beauty of a snowy holiday season through the eyes of a child. It's the story of Peter, a young African American boy who is experiencing his first snowfall.
We follow Peter as he makes his way around his neighborhood in his bright red snowsuit. He watches older buys having a snowball fight and makes snow angels and a snowman. In the end, he is sad when a snowball he collected melts but he is delighted the following morning when he wakes up to another snowy day.
The best thing about “The Snowy Day” is that it now has a great movie out on Amazon Prime. Yes, Christmas books are a great way to decrease screen time during the holidays but a few holiday-themed movies are a must-have tradition. Watching the movie based on this book after reading through it a few times could be an awesome holiday activity for you and your kids.
2. The Tea Party in the Woods by Akiko Miyakoshi
The Tea Party in The Woods is a Japanese book that tells the story of young Kikko. She gets lost in the forest while trying to deliver a pie to her grandmother and ends up at a wondrous tea party with forest animals as her companions. The animals help her to prepare a delicious pie for her grandmother after the original one gets damaged.
Forest stories and talking animals are always a hit with children. Kikko also reminds one of Red Riding Hood or Alice in Wonderland as she makes her way through the beautiful woods. This book can inspire your holiday-themed tea party featuring your kids’ favorite pies.
3. The Twelve Days of Christmas (Illustrations by Britta Teckentrup)
This vivid picture book is based on the Christmas carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. The book is great for toddlers as it has interactive cut-outs and playful illustrations that depict each gift of Christmas. You could also turn it into a holiday activity with your older kids by creating your own Christmas Advent calendar.
If you are looking for a Christmas book that will delight your kids for a few years to come then The Twelve Days of Christmas is a sure bet. Also try teaching the song to your children to make the experience even more engaging.
4. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York by Kim Smith
The Home Alone movies are classic holiday treats that many adults loved when they were kids. Share this experience with the kids in your life by reading this book with them. Kevin and his huge, blended family are flying to Florida for the holidays but he unwittingly ends up on a flight to New York.
Courtesy of his dad’s credit card he gets to stay at a 5-star hotel, go holiday sightseeing in New York and enjoy endless limo rides. But he runs into the criminals that tried to break into their home and decides to foil their plans to steal from a toy store on Christmas eve. Of course, this leads to mayhem.
Kim Smith’s “Home Alone 2” book is an early reader’s picture book that is appropriate for children aged between 4-8. But the whole family can enjoy following Kevin’s antics if the book is read aloud. The illustrations are both sweet and funny and both adults and children will want to flip through the pages to see what Kevin gets up to next.
5. Christmas is Coming! by The Metropolitan Museum of Art
This is a fantastic holiday book that the whole family can enjoy every year during the holiday season. It has stories and poems from some of the best writers in the world that you can read aloud to each other after dinner.
The book also has popular Christmas songs and carols that the family can sing together. There are also some great recipes for holiday treats that have been tried and tested by selected Met chefs.
The photos in the book are of Art found in the museum’s collection. They include famous nativity scenes, different paintings of Santa Claus, beautiful snowy landscapes, and illustrations of ice skaters. This is a book that your kids will enjoy every year and can even be gifted to them when they start families of their own.
Read These Top 5 Christmas Books For Kids
Holidays are a great time to create family memories and traditions. Christmas books for kids are a great enforcer of traditions so holiday books are always a great gift for kids. Grab our 5 recommendations as gifts for the kids in your life to brighten up their holidays.
If you are looking for educational as well as entertaining books that your kids will love reading during the rest of the year, check our books selection for some great reads.