Children’s books to read at Christmas time

The tree is lit. The advent calendar is nearly complete. Children speak of Santa wishes, and adults wrap fervently into the night.

Our choir has been doing the rounds – the plaza, the shopping centre and Bunnings – carolling down the aisles and making people smile, while the sausage sizzle tickles nostrils.

love this time of year.

When I was a kid, we used to watch Christmas movies on TV. They played the same ones every year – probably still do. These days, we read Christmas stories with the children – the European dream of Christmas seeps into your blood and soul, and sweet Christmassy stories make hearts burn.

We have a bunch of favourites. These are books we love.

stories to read at christmas

Count my Christmas Kisses by Ruthie May & Tamsin Ainslee

The Nutcracker retold by Margrete Lamond & Ritva Voutila

What Do You Wish For? by Jane Godwin & Anna Walker

The Twelve Days of Christmas by Alison Jay

The Poky Little Puppy’s First Christmas a Little Golden Book

The Nights Before Christmas illustrated by Tony Ross

Have you got any favourite Christmas books to get you and the children in the Christmassy mood? 

  • What a lovely selection, Zanni. The girls love the poky little puppy. My mother in law just brought back from NZ for the girls ‘A kiwi night before Xmas’. It’s an absolute hoot. I think most of it goes over their heads, but they love it all the same.