Cuddle Up – Favorite Christmas Children’s Books

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1470907_10201847704947576_1989756739_nThis is how you’ll find me most mornings in the fall and winter. . .all curled up with my three little kids, a stack a books, a cup of tea, a fuzzy blanket, and a toasty fireplace. Could there be anything better?

I love to read to my children and they can’t get enough of being read to. At the end of each book I always ask, “Another?” and they always squeal, “Yes!” Typically, a couple of hours will go by and my voice will start to give way and I end up having to call it quits and transitioning to snacks.

I never knew that small children would sit so attentively and eagerly for such a long period of time, but my kids simply adore picture books. Since I began collecting picture books with beautiful illustrations and inspiring prose my kids have learned to truly appreciate a quality story. We have a lot of books in our house–A LOT and I dare say that we’ve read the vast majority of them.

1458980_10201847426900625_785011106_nMy husband would probably not appreciate me showing you this because he’s not done with it yet—no doors or drawers—but you get the idea. We’ve got a lot of books 😉

One of my favorite collections that I’ve built over the past couple of years is of children’s Christmas books. I scour yard sales, library book sales, school sales, E-Bay etc. I look for books that are beautiful and meaningful.

I think it is especially important for Christmas books to be inspiring, as this time of year is extra special to our family as we celebrate the birth of our Savior. Christmas books should tell stories that touch the soul and leave a child with a lesson that helps point them to the character of Jesus.

The books on the list below are only our family favorites—so far (I leave that disclaimer because you know the collection will grow each year!). We have more, but decided to share only the best!

We hope that this list of books inspires you to share stories of love, friendship, sacrifice, and on and on with your children this Christmas season.



An Orange for Frankie

The Gift of the Magi

The Gift of the Christmas Cookie: Sharing the True Meaning of Jesus’ Birth

Annika’s Secret Wish


Silver Packages: An Appalachian Christmas Story

Josie’s Gift

Christmas Oranges

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey


Humphrey’s First Christmas

The Other Wise Man

The Parable Series: The Pine Tree Parable

The Legend of the Candy Cane


Legend of the Christmas Stocking

The Christmas Train: A True Story

The Carpenter’s Gift

The Sparkle Box: A Gift with the Power to Change Christmas


Christmas Day in the Morning

Jotham’s Journey: A Storybook for Advent

Bartholomew’s Passage: A Family Story for Advent

Tabitha’s Travels: A Family Story for Advent

The Lightlings

The Christmas Cat


The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale

Silent Night: The Song and Its Story

The Three Gifts of Christmas: Book with Audio CD

Tiny Baby Jesus

1482290_10201847446421113_1718902959_nThe Crippled Lamb

Jacob’s Gift

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree

The Little Fir Tree


Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story

The 12 Days of Christmas: The Story Behind a Favorite Christmas Song

Mortimer’s Christmas Manger

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story


Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale

One Wintry Night

A Christmas Dress For Ellen

Why Christmas Trees Aren’t Perfect


Night Tree

The First Christmas Night

The Nutcracker

What are your favorite Christmas stories?






I'm Sarah, a contributing writer for Whole Intentions. I'm a follower of Christ, wife to my best friend, Aeron, mother of three small children, home manager and educator, wannabe gourmet chef, candida fighter, and co-author of The Sweeter Side of Candida.


  1. Charissa says

    what a great post :) Thanks for sharing your books! we love books to, and seeing this reminded me of some I want us to read, plus given me other ideas:)

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