Our 10 Favorite Books for the Holidays

set the winter scene with these cute reads

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—cold weather, the scent of pine, s’mores—and it’s only just begun. Cuddle up with your kiddos and read these festive folktales! From stories of Santa’s reindeer to the Yuletide, no matter what (or how) you celebrate, our top children’s book picks for this holiday season will be a festive addition to your reading rituals.


A Day of Skating by Sarah Sullivan // Candlewick Press
Happy people, beautiful scenery—what’s not to love? With charming illustrations, this story follows the perfect winter day that’s full of skating, hot cocoa and an open fire.

Best for ages: 3–7 years

Coming Home by Michael Morpurgo // Candlewick Press
In this endearing tale, a lonely Robin tries to find his way home during a winter storm for Christmas. This story is sure to take you and your little one on an epic Christmas journey.
Best for ages: 3­–7 years

Dasher by Matt Tavares // Candlewick Press
You know Dasher, Santa’s number one reindeer? Have you ever wondered how she became Santa’s number one? Join Dasher as she follows her heart in search for something more and meets Santa and changes Christmas forever.
Best for ages: 4–8 years

Little Robin’s Christmas by Jan Fearnley // Nosy Crow
Highlight giving this holiday season with Little Robin, who leaves his nest the week before Christmas and gives away his sweater to his shivering friends. Read how Robin’s selflessness earns him brownie points with Ol’ Saint Nick (and his reindeers).
Best for ages: 2–5 years

Peppa Pig and the Christmas Play // Candlewick Press
If your child loves anything Peppa Pig, this Christmas tale won’t disappoint! Peppa and friends choose their parts for their Christmas Play—but will Santa arrive in time to watch their performance?
Best for ages: 2–5 years

Snow Still by Holly Surplice // Nosy Crow
This beautiful, winter story follows a fawn as it plays in the snow and experiences all the joy winter has to offer. This book is a perfect (and festive) way to introduce your kiddo to reading aloud.
Best for ages: 0–3 years

The Boy and the Bear by Tracey Corderoy // Nosy Crow
A boy wants a best friend, so is there a better option than a shy bear? This book follows the friendship of a boy and a bear through the seasons as they learn about themselves and each other.
Best for ages: 2–5 years

The Crayon’s Christmas by Drew Daywalt // Penguin’s Workshop
The Crayon series continues its narrative for Christmas, following Duncan as he makes Christmas cards with his crayons! Interactive games and pop–ups run throughout the story as you and your little ones unpack the Crayon holiday traditions. While this is a Christmas story, it also includes Hanukkah celebrations!
Best for ages: 3–7 years

The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper // Candlewick Press
This poem-turned-children’s book describes the winter solstice and the welcome of Yule. A story for everyone and every tradition, this joyful celebration is a great way to introduce new holiday concepts to your child.
Best for ages: 4+ years

There’s An Elf In Your Book by Tom Fletcher // Random House Books for Young Reader’s
For your goofy kiddo, this story is based on an elf putting your child to the test to see if they make Santa’s Nice List (we heard he’s checking it twice). Follow the elf’s instructions, but don’t fall for any of his naughty tricks!
Best for ages: 3–7 years

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