Holiday Books for Kids

Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, or something else entirely, this list of our favorite children's holiday books will help you make wonderful family memories. Choose from the best of the season and get lost in the imaginative illustrations and unforgettable stories. Happy reading, and happy holidays! For more holiday fun check out our Best Holiday Movies for Kids and Best Holiday Apps

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Christmastime Book Poster Image
Cozy, nostalgic look at the classic elements of the season.
By Alison Jay
(2012)
(2012)
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The Biggest Smallest Christmas Present Book Poster Image
Teensy girl gets jumbo presents in charming Christmas story.
By Harriet Muncaster
(2016)
(2016)
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Christmas Parade Book Poster Image
Cheerful picture book makes Christmas musical.
By Sandra Boynton
(2013)
(2011)
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The Christmas Quiet Book Book Poster Image
Poetic take on quiet moments during the holiday season.
By Deborah Underwood
(2012)
(2012)
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Here Comes Santa Cat Book Poster Image
Cat learns how to make the Nice list in funny holiday tale.
By Deborah Underwood
(2014)
(2014)
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Little Santa Book Poster Image
Cute origin story shows how Santa met elves and reindeer.
By Jon Agee
(2013)
(2013)
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Merry Christmas, Little Elliot Book Poster Image
Elliot and Mouse bring a lonely girl cheer in warm tale.
By Mike Curato
(2018)
(2018)
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The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish Book Poster Image
Cute holiday tale values gifts that come from the heart.
By Deborah Diesen
(2015)
(2015)
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Rory the Dinosaur Needs a Christmas Tree Book Poster Image
Dad comes through in sweet Christmas tale.
By Liz Climo
(2017)
(2017)
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Santa Rex Book Poster Image
Holiday havoc and merry mayhem when dinosaurs are guests.
By Molly Idle
(2017)
(2017)
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A Bad Kitty Christmas Book Poster Image
Funny Bad Kitty mayhem leads to holiday's true meaning.
By Nick Bruel
(2011)
(2011)
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Christmas in the Barn Book Poster Image
Evocative new art enlivens poetic telling of Nativity story.
By Margaret Wise Brown
(2016)
(2016)
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A Christmas Tree for Pyn Book Poster Image
Heartwarming story of getting Papa in the Christmas spirit.
By Olivier Dunrea
(2011)
(2011)
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Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! Book Poster Image
The barnyard pranksters almost block Santa in funny tale.
By Doreen Cronin
(2015)
(2015)
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Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama Book Poster Image
Two-tradition family doubles the holiday fun.
By Selina Alko
(2012)
(2012)
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Eloise at Christmastime Book Poster Image
Eloise skitters through the holiday in charming sequel.
By Kay Thompson
(2003)
(1958)
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Grace at Christmas Book Poster Image
Warm tale of a girl opening heart and home for the holiday.
By Mary Hoffman
(2011)
(2011)
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Hanukkah Book Poster Image
Award winner is perfect for holiday gift-giving.
By Roni Schotter
(2008)
(2008)
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How the Grinch Stole Christmas Book Poster Image
Dr. Seuss subtly exposes greed and commercialism.
By Dr. Seuss
(2004)
(1957)
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Jingle Bells Book Poster Image
Pretty art, wordless ride are fun backdrop to famous carol.
By Susan Jeffers
(2017)
(2017)
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The Lost Gift: A Christmas Story Book Poster Image
Sweet holiday picture book promotes kindness, teamwork.
By Kallie George
(2016)
(2016)
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Miracle on 133rd Street Book Poster Image
Neighbors come together in lively urban Christmas tale.
By Sonia Manzano
(2015)
(2015)
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Nativity Book Poster Image
Simple, kid-friendly rendering of Jesus' birth and message.
By Cynthia Rylant
(2017)
(2017)
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The Nutcracker in Harlem Book Poster Image
Nutcracker and girl are drummers in jazzy holiday update.
By T. E. McMorrow
(2017)
(2017)
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Oskar and the Eight Blessings Book Poster Image
Exquisite Hanukkah story has universal blessings theme.
By Richard Simon, Tanya Simon
(2015)
(2015)
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Penguin's Christmas Wish Book Poster Image
Penguin learns meaning of holiday in warm, snowy romp.
By Salina Yoon
(2016)
(2016)
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Pete the Cat Saves Christmas Book Poster Image
Laid-back cat helps Santa in fun holiday adventure.
By Eric Litwin
(2012)
(2012)
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The Polar Express Book Poster Image
One of the most beautiful Christmas books.
By Chris Van Allsburg
(2004)
(1985)
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Santa Calls Book Poster Image
Dazzling art, high adventure in wild ride to North Pole.
By William Joyce
(2017)
(1993)
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Santa Claus and the Three Bears Book Poster Image
Beautiful art enhances holiday twist on classic fairy tale.
By Maria Modugno
(2013)
(2013)
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Santa, Please Bring Me a Gnome Book Poster Image
Girl hopes for tiny live gift in gentle holiday story.
By An Swerts
(2017)
(2017)
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Simon and the Bear Book Poster Image
Polar bear, faith save boy in sweet Hanukkah miracle tale.
By Eric A. Kimmel
(2014)
(2014)
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The Sound of Kwanzaa Book Poster Image
Colorful look at the principles the holiday celebrates.
By Dimitrea Tokunbo
(2009)
(2009)
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'Twas Nochebuena Book Poster Image
Sweet bilingual tale of Latino Christmas Eve traditions.
By Roseanne Greenfield Thong
(2014)
(2014)
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A Very Fuddles Christmas Book Poster Image
Pampered cat gets into trouble in funny Christmas adventure.
By Frans Vischer
(2013)
(2013)
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Yoon and the Christmas Mitten Book Poster Image
Beautiful lesson on sharing holiday traditions.
By Helen Recorvits
(2006)
(2006)
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The 12 Sleighs of Christmas Book Poster Image
Elves compete to make Santa new sleigh in imaginative tale.
By Sherri Duskey Rinker
(2017)
(2017)
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Letters from Father Christmas Book Poster Image
Tolkien's magical North Pole tales delight all ages.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(2013)
(1976)
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An Otis Christmas Book Poster Image
Tractor brings help to birthing horse in tense holiday tale.
By Loren Long
(2013)
(2013)
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The Santa Trap Book Poster Image
Greedy boy tries to capture Santa in funny, offbeat tale.
By Jonathan Emmett
(2012)
(2012)
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A Christmas Memory Book Poster Image
This tale deserves to be shared every holiday.
By Truman Capote
(2006)
(1969)
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A Child's Christmas in Wales Book Poster Image
Gorgeous holiday treasure for school-age kids.
By Dylan Thomas
(2005)
(1955)
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A Christmas-tastic Carol Book Poster Image
Dickens perennial gets goofy "Adventure Time" treatment.
By Max Brallier
(2014)
(2014)
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The Naughty List Book Poster Image
Goofy humor, warm heart in wild holiday romp.
By Michael Fry, Bradley Jackson
(2015)
(2015)
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A Christmas Carol: In prose, being a ghost story of Christmas Book Poster Image
Scrooge learns compassion in granddaddy of Christmas tales.
By Charles Dickens
(2005)
(1843)
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Nickel Bay Nick Book Poster Image
Tween boy must salvage Christmas in fun, moving adventure.
By Dean Pitchford
(2013)
(2013)
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