Get into the festive spirit with some Christmas-themed bedtime stories – perfect to snuggle up to in front of the tree, sipping hot chocolate 🙂
From wintery classics to new favourites about Father Christmas and his life in the North Pole, this reading list is suitable for all ages.
Here are some classic and popular Christmas books for children of different ages:
Let’s kick off with a wonderful author from The Sue Atkins Book Club
Hop Lola Hop! A Magical Christmas Adventure
Author : Kathy Urban
Age : 3 – 6 years
It’s very nearly Christmas and it promises to be a magical one for Lola and Ella – that is until our little bunny realises that someone else is about to enter their lives and change everything.
Will Ella still have time for her bunny? And what’s Santa got to do with it?
Join the little toy bunny as she Hop! Hop! Hops! … onto her most amazing adventure so far.
For Toddlers and Preschoolers:
“The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg
A beautifully illustrated story about a magical train ride to the North Pole.
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” by Dr. Seuss
A classic tale of the Grinch’s attempt to ruin Christmas in Whoville.
“The Night Before Christmas” by Clement C. Moore
A timeless poem that captures the excitement of Christmas Eve.
“Stick Man” by Julia Donaldson
While not specifically a Christmas book, it’s a delightful winter-themed story suitable for young children.
For Early Primary (Ages 6-8):
“A Charlie Brown Christmas” by Charles M. Schulz
Follow the Peanuts gang as they discover the true meaning of Christmas.
“The Snowman” by Raymond Briggs
A wordless picture book that tells the story of a boy and his magical snowman.
“Olive, the Other Reindeer” by Vivian Walsh
A cute and funny story about a dog who thinks she’s a reindeer and wants to help Santa.
For Middle Primary (Ages 9-12):
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson
A humorous tale about the chaos that ensues when the Herdman kids join the church Christmas pageant.
“The Christmasaurus” by Tom Fletcher
A heartwarming adventure featuring a young boy and a dinosaur who meet on Christmas Eve.
“The Nutcracker” by E.T.A. Hoffmann
A classic story about Clara and her magical journey to the Land of Sweets.
For Tweens and Teens (Ages 13 and up):
“Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares” by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
A charming YA novel set during the holiday season, featuring a scavenger hunt and romance.
“Let It Snow” by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
A collection of three interconnected holiday stories that capture the spirit of Christmas.
“Skipping Christmas” by John Grisham
A humorous novel about a couple who decides to skip Christmas and the unexpected consequences that follow.
Remember, individual preferences vary, so feel free to explore different books within these age categories to find the ones that resonate most with your kids!