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

age 2+

Cozy, nostalgic look at the classic elements of the season.

By: Alison Jay (2012)
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5 More Sleeps 'Til Christmas

age 3+

Happy story, warm illustrations capture holiday excitement.

By: Jimmy Fallon (2020)
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All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah

age 3+

Little sister finds way to contribute in warm holiday story.

By: Emily Jenkins (2018)
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Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border

age 3+

Heartwarming Christmas story set at the U.S.-Mexico border.

By: Mitali Perkins (2019)
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The Biggest Smallest Christmas Present

age 3+

Teensy girl gets jumbo presents in charming Christmas story.

By: Harriet Muncaster (2016)
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Christmas Parade

age 3+

Cheerful picture book makes Christmas musical.

By: Sandra Boynton (2011)
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The Christmas Quiet Book

age 3+

Poetic take on quiet moments during the holiday season.

By: Deborah Underwood (2012)
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Construction Site on Christmas Night

age 3+

Hardworking trucks get perfect gifts in sweet bedtime tale.

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Grumpy Monkey Oh, No! Christmas

age 3+

Mad monkey learns gratitude with funny, expressive images.

By: Suzanne Lang (2021)
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Here Comes Santa Cat

age 3+

Cat learns how to make the Nice list in funny holiday tale.

By: Deborah Underwood (2014)
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Little Santa

age 3+

Cute origin story shows how Santa met elves and reindeer.

By: Jon Agee (2013)
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The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish

age 3+

Cute holiday tale values gifts that come from the heart.

By: Deborah Diesen (2015)
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Rory the Dinosaur Needs a Christmas Tree

age 3+

Dad comes through in sweet Christmas tale.

By: Liz Climo (2017)
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Santa Rex

age 3+

Holiday havoc and merry mayhem when dinosaurs are guests.

By: Molly Idle (2017)
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A Bad Kitty Christmas

age 4+

Funny Bad Kitty mayhem leads to holiday's true meaning.

By: Nick Bruel (2011)
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A Very Mercy Christmas

age 4+

Sweet story about a Christmas caroling pig and her friends.

By: Kate DiCamillo (2022)
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Always Together at Christmas

age 4+

Reassuring look at how Christmas 2020 is a little different.

By: Sara Sargent (2020)
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Carla and the Christmas Cornbread

age 4+

Sweet story highlights a family's holiday tradition.

By: Carla Hall (2021)
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Charlotte and the Nutcracker: The True Story of a Girl Who Made Ballet History

age 4+

Inspiring story of young ballet dancer's leap into history.

By: Charlotte Nebres (2021)
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Christmas in the Barn

age 4+

Evocative new art enlivens poetic telling of Nativity story.

By: Margaret Wise Brown (2016)
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