Beautiful books to get into the festive spirit

There’s obviously no shortage of books that explore the magic of Christmas, especially for a child. Here are some of our favorites, both established classics and newcomers, to bring out the child on Christmas morning in readers of all ages.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas by Alison Jay Christmas book list

The Twelve Days of Christmas” by Alison Jay

“When a man buys a woman a partridge in a pear tree for Christmas, neither of them expects the gifts to pile up quite so quickly—or get quite so out of control. Luckily, they can always return to just the partridge!”
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Slinky Malinki’s Christmas Crackers” by Lynley Dodd

“From this enormously popular New Zealand children’s author comes a charming and amusing rhyme about decorative preparations for Christmas. It’s sure to be a favorite.”
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Slinky Malinkis Christmas Crackers by Lynley Dodd Christmas book list
The Christmas Eve Tree by Delia Huddy and Emily Sutton Christmas book list

The Christmas Eve Tree” by Delia Huddy and Emily Sutton

“One fir tree is too little to be considered by most of the families shopping for Christmas trees. But a homeless boy might be able to give this tree a day all its own. A touching, wonderfully illustrated story of togetherness on Christmas Day and all the days surrounding it.”
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Harry the Christmas Mouse” by NGK and Janelle Dimmett

“Harry the Christmas mouse discovers that Santa Claus is in trouble—on Christmas Eve. Luckily, he and his friends know just how to save the day. A colorful story of the kind of adventure that only Christmastime can bring.”
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Harry the Christmas Mouse by NGK and Janelle Dimmett Christmas book list
The First Christmas by Jess Racklyeft Christmas book list

The First Christmas” by Jess Racklyeft

“This vividly rendered story describes the scene of the nativity and the magic it lends to every Christmas.”
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Little Reindeer” by Nicola Killen

“When a little girl meets a lost reindeer in the forest, they strike up an unlikely friendship and stick together. Sure to become a fast Christmastime classic.”
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Little Reindeer by Nicola Killen Christmas book list
The Night Before Christmas by Holly Hobbie and Clement C Moore Christmas book list

The Night Before Christmas” by Holly Hobbie and Clement C. Moore

“Inspired by Clement C. Moore’s classic poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” this beautifully illustrated book, by celebrated watercolorist Holly Hobbie, adds a whole new character to the late-night action and mystery of Christmas Eve.” Storyberries

When Santa Was a Baby” by Linda Bailey and Genevieve Godbout

“Little Santa’s parents just can’t make sense of their kid: he gives his birthday presents away, trains his hamsters to pull a matchbox sleigh, and is fascinated with chimneys. A fun origin story you would never have imagined.”
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When Santa Was a Baby by Linda Bailey and Genevieve Godbout Christmas book list
The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg Christmas book list

The Jolly Christmas Postman” by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

“The Jolly Postman has Christmas deliveries for everyone’s favorite fairytale characters, from Little Red Riding Hood to Humpty Dumpty. Can he deliver them all in time?”
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How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss

“Really, does this one need an introduction? The perfect first Seuss book for any child. Revisit the classic tale that has helped generations to remember—or maybe realize—some important truths about the meaning of Christmas.”
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How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss Christmas book list

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What Shall We Get Our Family For Christmas?

Aubry loves everyone in his big family so much, and wants to get each of them something really special for Christmas. In this delightful story Aubry has a lovely time thinking up gifts, and then invites you to do the same!

The Looong Christmas Stocking

A very timely reminder of the real value of Christmas is conveyed through this beautiful tale of Christmas knitting and stories by the fire.
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Christmas Biscuits

A German Grandma teaches her children about her family tradition of making festive biscuits. A story that’s sure to please – especially as it has a traditional recipe at the end!