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12 Days of Christmas Books for Kids

Starting a Christmas tradition with books

Is there anything better than seeing the magic of the Christmas season through your kid’s eyes? Every tradition is made new again by getting to see the wonder and joy Christmastime brings to your little ones.

This Christmas season, start a magical tradition of reading “the 12 books of Christmas” that your family will love for years. Each of the books in this list were specially chosen for your family to read during the month of December.

Here’s everything you need to start your own 12 days of Christmas books tradition with your kids!

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    Our 12 days of Christmas books list has everything you need to find these books in one click and have them delivered to your door!

    These 12 children’s books are especially perfect for Christmas time, because they include themes like friendship, giving, family and togetherness, the winter season, and, of course, Christmas.

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    12 days of Christmas books


    DAY 1: The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

    Start your 12 days of Christmas with this classic Christmas book. Day 1 starts with a wordless picture book’s story that’s told only through its beautiful illustrations, making it easy for all ages to enjoy and discuss. Check out The Snowman movie, too!

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    DAY 2: Little Red Sleigh by Erin Guendelsberger

    Day 2’s book is about dreaming big and the magic of Christmas wishes. Little Red Sleigh is a beautiful book full of snowy scenes and heartwarming moments.

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    DAY 3: The Magic Toyshop: A Dimensional Storybook by Michael Welply

    Get ready for an extra special book for day 3! The Magic Toyshop is an interactive pop-up book that your kids will adore.

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    DAY 4: The Legend of the
    Christmas Tree: The Inspirational Story of a Treasured
    Tradition by Pat Matuszak and Rick Osborne

    Day 4 takes us to a book that answers the question: How did evergreen trees become a symbol of Christmas? This book has many family-centered themes like togetherness, traditions, and love.

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    DAY 5: Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto

    Day 5’s book is a sweet story about a girl that makes a big mistake while helping make tamales at Christmastime, and how her family helps her to fix it once she’s honest about the accident.

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    DAY 6: Green is for Christmas by Drew Daywalt

    If your family already loves The Day the Crayons Quit, you’ll love Day 6’s book, too! The Crayons are unhappy again, but this time they can’t agree which colors are for Christmas.

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    DAY 7: Charlotte and the Nutcracker: The True Story of a Girl Who Made Ballet History by Charlotte Nebres

    Day 7’s book is an inspiring true story about the author, Charlotte, and her experience as the first Black ballerina in the New York City Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker when she was only 12 years old.

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    This video about Charlotte is a great companion resource for the book, Charlotte and the Nutcracker (Day 7)!

    DAY 8: The Legend of the Candy Cane: The Inspirational Story of Our Favorite Christmas Candy by Lori Walburg

    Day 8’s book, The Legend of the Candy Cane, is a hat tip to day 4’s book. This beautiful book explains the Christian symbolism behind the candy cane, and it’s an example of how much joy giving back to others can bring you.

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    DAY 9: Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner 

    From the author of the super popular Snowmen at Night, day 9’s book answers the question: What do Snowmen do at Christmastime? You will LOVE this sweet, funny Christmas book.


    DAY 10: Waiting for Christmas by Monica Greenfield 

    When I was little, my siblings and I were always SO impatient during the days leading up to Christmas. This book perfectly captures that excitement that kids feel and all the things they do to get ready for Christmas Day!

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    DAY 11: There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow by Lucille Colandro

    If you’ve read about the poor old lady who swallowed a fly, she’s back! But, this time, she’s swallowed some snow. This silly rhyming book has pretty much every Christmastime item you can think of, with an unexpected surprise at the end.

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    DAY 12: Olive the Other Reindeer by J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh

    We finish off on day 12 with this book that’s SO cute!! When Santa cancels his annual flight because of a hurt reindeer, a young Christmas loving dog named Olive is convinced she has what it takes to get Santa’s flight off the ground and save Christmas. Watch the movie, too!

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    Conclusion

    Now you’re all set to start 12 days of Christmas fun with our book list. Before you go, please comment below and tell us which kid’s Christmas book you’d add to next year’s list! We look forward to talking with you in the comments, and it would mean the world if you’d consider subscribing to the blog below. For everything homeschool, we can PlanIt! ❤

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