The Best Christmas Books to Read

Christmas is one of if not the biggest holidays and it starts when the clock strikes midnight on October 31st. Halloween is over and the radio stations will be playing Mariah Carry’s All I Want for Christmas for you nonstop for the next two months.

Besides the songs, Christmas has hundreds of movies that families can sit down together and watch. But what if you want to lay on your bed and snuggle in your blanket and enjoy a good book about Christmas? You’ll be happy to know that there are a bunch of Christmas books for children and adults to get you in the Christmas Spirit.

The Best Christmas Books to Read

Best Christmas Books to Read

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

One of the most iconic Christmas books has to be A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Yes, we know there are ghosts in it but the beautiful message fits the meaning of Christmas. If you have only seen the movie and have never read the book, then this should be your next read!

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

I remember watching the animated Polar Express for the first time and being mesmerized by every scene. Movies capture the beauty of winter and Christmas with amazing visuals and the classic children’s book has its own beautiful artwork to offer.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

This is yet another iconic Christmas movie and it was also inspired by a book. Dr. Seuss has a way with words and was able to make the perfect green villain that is synonymous with Christmas.

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry

This book made it onto our list for its beautiful illustrations. It is an adorable children’s story that jumps out for its amazing visuals and that is a must when it comes to Christmas books.

Olive, the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh and J. Otto Seibold

A dog named Olive mishears the lyrics to Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and thinks the song is about her. She hears “all of the other reindeer” as “Olive, the other reindeer” and comes to the conclusion that she is a reindeer. This cute story will melt your heart and let’s be honest, we have all misheard lyrics before.

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The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola

Tomie dePoala shares a traditional Mexican Christmas folklore that explains why poinsettias are associated with Christmas. This is a beautiful tale that captures the Christmas spirit and showcases stories about Christmas in other cultures.

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer by Robert May and Antonio Javier Caparo

Robert May, a copywriter, originally wrote Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer as a giveaway for the department store Montgomery in 1939. Americans loved the book a lot and things snowballed into a song and a TV special. Who would have guessed that Rudolph was created to make some sales?

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore and Niroot Puttapipat

Niroot Puttapipat helps makes this book come to life with amazing illustrations. The poem is beloved by many and Puttapipat tries to capture some of that magic in this children’s book with her breathtaking illustrations.

Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien

Every December, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote letters to his children as Father Christmas detailing his life in the north pole. With this book, you can read the letters written by Tolkien to his children and enjoy more writing from one of the greatest authors who ever lived.

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

Speaking of one of the greatest authors, Agatha Christie has her own Christmas themed story. It isn’t really Christmas unless someone is murdered, right? Christie believes so as Hercule Poirot has to work on Christmas as there has been a murder and only he can solve it.

The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle by Arthur Conan Doyle

Christmas is a big holiday and even Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of Sherlock Holmes, has to write a story about it. Christmas does help sell books and it has led to some unexpected books from some of the most popular authors.


THat wraps up our best Chrismans books list. What book did you think should have made the list? There are many great books and every list is going to have their own perfernces. How many of these books have you read?

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