Cozy Stories Full of Christmas Cheer and Traditions

Christmas time is such an exciting time for children. From writing wish lists, to festive events, to the anticipation of Christmas morning… it’s such an exciting time! One of my favorite ways to the fun of the season, is by reading as many Christmas-themed books as we can get through. From the first day of Advent to the end of the 12 Days of Christmas, we enjoy reading our special books by the tree.

This is my list of books that will help you add holiday cheer throughout the season. It’s a mix of favorites from throughout the years and new releases. All of the books are beautifully illustrated, and perfect for reading aloud.

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas (Illustrated by Mr. Boddington’s Studio)

The classic and timeless story based on the poem by Clement Clarke Moore (A Visit from St. Nicholas), is beautifully illustrated by Mr. Boddington’s Studio. The modern style and color palette in this version are delightful.

All is Bright: When God Came Down One Silent Night by Clay Anderson

This is a sweet retelling of the nativity story. It’s a story in verse, so it’s a fun read aloud. The vivid illustrations and storytelling style are likely to make this one a favorite each year.

Santa’s Favorite Story by Hisako Aoki

In this story, Santa tells some forest animals the story about the very first Christmas. Through this story, he teaches them about the real meaning of this season.

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert E. Berry

Mr. Willowby’s tree is too tall for his home, so the top of the tree is cut off. That tree top continues to bring cheer to many, as it’s passed on and everyone takes a piece of it to decorate their own home.

Merry Christmas, Anne by Kallie George

This is a story based on the book Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (my all-time favorite book!). The beautiful illustrations and endearing characters will transport you to Avonlea for Christmas.

The Crayons’ Christmas by Drew Daywalt

See how Duncan, the crayons, and their families celebrate Christmas. This is an interactive book that includes various pop-ups, activities, and actual letters from the crayons that could be taken out of envelopes for reading.

Red & Lulu by Matt Tavares

This is a story about the magic of Christmas in New York, and the role the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree plays in that. It’s a story about change and holiday traditions. The end of the book contains history and facts about the tradition of the Rockefeller Christmas tree.

How Winston Delivered Christmas by Alex T. Smith

Follow Winston along as he tries to deliver a letter he found, which is addressed to Santa. This is a story told in twenty-four-and-a-half chapters, intended to be read from December 1st through Christmas Day.

The Magical Christmas Store by Maudie Powell

This is a story that focuses on family and the magic of Christmas. It’s a reminder that the magic of Christmas is not based on fancy gifts, but being together and giving what you can.

The Nanny Piggins Guide to Conquering Christmas by R.A. Spratt

Whether you’ve read any of the books in the Nanny Piggins series or not, you’ll enjoy this one. This is a stand-alone book that will have you laughing and likely celebrating the holidays in a different way!

Age group recommended: middle grade

See my book review here.

A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig

This story about an eleven-year old boy named Nikolaus is full of adventure and whimsical characters. This book reminds us anything is possible, if you believe in what you must do.

Age group recommended: middle grade

The Christmas Pig by J.K. Rowling

This is a heartwarming story with vivid descriptions of the imaginary world of the Land of the Lost. The short chapters and illustrations make it a great read-aloud for little ones.

Age group recommended: middle grade

See my book review here.