15 Fun and Festive Christmas Books for a Happy Holiday

Looking for some fun Christmas books to enjoy this holiday season? Here are 15 fun options to get you started.

When my 8-year-old was a toddler, we spent an entire summer road trip watching How the  Grinch Stole Christmas; not our idea of fun.

Fortunately, the Grinch is still a family favorite, and the viewing marathon didn’t ruin it for us.

But there are so many other fun Christmas books that your kids will love, and hopefully, you won’t get caught reading one story over and over again.

Fun Christmas Books

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15 Fun and Festive Christmas Books

Dream Snow – Eric Carle

We always love Eric Carle book, and his illustrations are mesmerizing. Also, check out these adorable ornaments inspired by Dream Snow.

Merry Christmas, Curious George – H. A. Rey

Another of our favorite characters is Curious George, or as my oldest would call him, Geoge the Curious Monkey.

Here are some fun Curious George pages and activities that even include some holiday gift tags.

Bear Stays Up for Christmas – Karma Wilson

Little ones are sure to love the bear and his friends as he struggles to stay awake for the Christmas celebration. Syncopated Mama has a fun quilt craft even my older kids would have fun with, patterns and colors!

Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia – Peggy Parish

We’ve been on an Amelia Bedelia kick at our house because my 8-year-old loves the nonsensical things Amelia does.

Looking for books suited to the older kids in your family? Check this list of The Best Christmas Literature to Include in Your Homeschool.

Madeline’s Christmas – Ludwig Bemelmans

Madeline always has an adventure and I find the illustrations so interesting. Kitchen Counter Chronicle has an Eiffel Tower Ornament that would be fun to make.

The Littlest Christmas Tree – R. A. Herman

Will no one take the little Christmas tree home? Don’t worry; it’s a happy ending. The perfect book to go along with making some mini-pinecone Christmas trees.

The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving – Jan and Mike Berenstain

Enjoy the Berenstain Bears while having a bear themed treat.

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story – Gloria Houston

This is a beautiful, heartwarming book that could be used for so many learning activities. Leah, of As We Walk Along the Road, has a great post with so many ideas listed for this great Christmas book.

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree – Robert Barry

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas tree makes its way into seven houses before Christmas is over. I love all these activities to accompany this book, but I especially like the idea of making crystalized pine needles. Science and decoration!

Snowmen at Christmas – Caralyn Buehner

A beautiful, glowing picture book about all the antics of those snowmen. KT, at Lit Homeschool Mama, always has lovely storytime ideas.

Corduroy’s Christmas Surprise – Don Freeman

Corduroy has been a favorite for 16 years in our house, and who wouldn’t love Corduroy at Christmas. I found this cute Corduroy inspired ornament kids would like to make.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! – Dr. Seuss

Without a doubt, a Christmas classic not to be missed. Is it even Christmas if you don’t read the Grinch?  Literary Adventures has a great online book club that will make having fun with the Grinch a snap.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Merry Christmas Mom and Dad – Mercer Mayer

Little ones love Little Critter and all the silly reasons why he didn’t get things quite right this Christmas.

Polar Express – Chris Van Allsburg

Another Christmas book that has become a classic. I’m also a big fan of the movie and its beautiful mix of live action and animation.

Combine the book and the movie and create a magical Polar Express train ride with these ideas.

Arthur’s Christmas: An Arthur Adventure – Marc Brown

Arthur always brings us a great story, and Arthur’s Christmas is no exception. My kids can see people they know in every Arthur character.

Having Some Christmas Fun

Start with a few Christmas books and add some fun activities to bring some holiday cheer.

What’s on your fun Christmas book list?

Here are some more homeschool Christmas ideas:

Science and Nature Activities to Make Christmastime Fun

Christmas Arts and Crafts to Bring Beauty to the Season

How to Connect Christmas and History this Holiday Season

How to Connect Christmas and History this Holiday Season

Fun Christmas Books

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About Bethany Ishee

Bethany is the mom of six, always-homeschooled children, who one day realized she'd lost herself in the process, probably under a pile of laundry. Her eclectic style of homeschooling draws upon Classical to Unschooling and everything in between.  While homeschooling her children and writing about learning outside of school, she tries to find time to read a book, drink coffee, and pay the bills.

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