I love to read aloud with my kids and Christmas books can make such fun read alouds. Here are a list of 9 books we have enjoyed reading together.
Since its first publication in 1947, this tale has been treasured by generations of people young and old. Such a heartwarming story about a white bearded man who steps in last minute at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to fill the role of Santa. Mr. Kringle believes he is Santa, as do children who come to see him at Macy’s and ask for gifts. Even the reindeer at the zoo appear to think he is Santa. But few skeptical group of people try to have him declared insane. This is a story the whole family will enjoy reading together, while the wonder and magic of Santa plays out in its pages.
Ralph, Imogene, Leroy, Claude, Ollie, and Gladys Herdman are an awful bunch. They set fire to Fred Shoemaker’s toolshed, blackmailed Wanda Pierce to get her charm bracelet, and smacked Alice Wendelken across the head. And that’s just the start! When the Herdmans show up at church for the free snacks and suddenly take over the Christmas pageant, the other kids are shocked. It’s obvious that they’re up to no good. But Christmas magic is all around and the Herdmans, who have never heard the Christmas story before, start to reimagine it in their own way. This year’s pageant is definitely like no other, but maybe that’s exactly what makes it so special.
This is such a delightful book and made such a fun read aloud for our family. It is a book that celebrates to love of a big noisy family and a neighborhood filled with people who care about each other. The Vanderbeekers have always lived in the brownstone on 141st Street. It’s practically another member of the family. So when their reclusive, grumpy landlord decides he isn’t going to renew their lease, the five siblings have eleven days to do whatever it takes to stay in their beloved home.
Once upon a time–long, long ago, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth–an egg rolled away from its mother and landed in the ocean, where it froze solid and stayed peacefully for thousands of years. Then one day Santa and his elves discover the frozen egg, and Santa sits on it to see if it will hatch. But he can’t guess what’s inside. . . . A dinosaur! One Christmas, William wishes for a dinosaur. This book is filled with adventure and friendship! I read this with all my kids and everything was fine for them, buuuuut one warning about this book: His father is shot at, by a marksman who is hunting the dinosaur, but he has a necklace on that stops the bullet. It didn’t bother myself of my kids, but I wanted to mention it.
The classic Christmas story you know, but with a Geronimo Stilton touch. Geronimo retells the classic tale of the old cranky mouse, Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge has no Christmas spirit, that is until he is visited by 3 ghosts on the night of Christmas Eve. With lots of full color illustrations and fun text this is a winning read aloud for even the youngest kids.
This is a great book for fans of Charlotte’s Web. A group of mice that live in a theater have their own ballet company, but the theater is trying to exterminate them. One little girl can see that the mice aren’t vermin and tries to save the mice. Meanwhile, the mice are getting ready for their own production of The Nutcracker.
This book is packed with adventure, magic, and mystery. Eleven-year-old Nikolas—nicknamed “Christmas”—has received only one toy in his life: a doll carved out of a turnip. But he’s happy with his turnip doll, because it came from his parents who love him. Then one day his father goes missing, and Nikolas must travel to the North Pole to save him. Along the way, Nikolas makes friends and discovers a hidden world of enchantment in a frozen village.
Santa rocks the North Pole with a surprise announcement—He’s decided this is going to be his last year in the Big Red Suit! He is retiring. So, Santa Claus decides to hold a competition to see who should take over. Santa’s son, elves, and kids are all competing to become the next Top Elf aka Santa. This is a lighthearted silly read that my kids enjoyed.
This book is silly and perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid of Big Nate. This book is set up comic book style (similar to those two book series) with lots of illustrations. When Bobbie’s efforts to help her brother get the BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT EVER, don’t work and end up landing BOTH of them on Santa’s naughty list, she knows she has to set things straight! So she travels to the North Pole to make things right, but she’s not prepared for the adventure that awaits her there. This over the top adventure tale is perfect for kids who like a good silly, laugh out loud story.