31 Christmas Books Kids' Love To Read

31 Christmas Books Kids Love to Read

We know you love books just as much as we do, so we are excited to share with you the most cherished Christmas books as recommended by kids.

As Christmas gets closer, the kids are anticipating Santa’s arrival. So reading time turns into a festive celebration! Thanks to our lovely Facebook community, we have put together a list of  classic and much loved Christmas books, recommended by you (and the kids).

Great to see some Aussie themed reads making the list too!

What are your favourite Children’s picture books to read to your kids at Christmas time?

“Our toddler loves The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. It’s a book that sums up everything that is special, wonderful and magical about this time of the year!” – TJ

A Bush Christmas by C.J Dennis. This is our favourite at the moment. The Aussie slang is an absolute crack up, and complemented by good old Aussie cobber voice makes my six and 21 month girls giggle with delight.” – Sharlene

“My children tend to pick seasonal books, or books based on what is happening in their lives. Spot Goes on Holiday and The Jolly Christmas Postman have both gotten a good run during this time.” – Maggie

That’s Not My Santa is a favourite in my house at the moment.” – Kendall

“A good Christmas themed book is hot property right now. We love The Spirit of Christmas by Nancy Tillman. Her wording and illustrations are superb.” – Amanda

Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore is a fond classic. Also Christmas Wombat by Jackie French brings a Christmas down under to life too. Both books are perfect for the kids at Christmas, more pictures than text.” – Scott

Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet & Allan Ahlberg, was our daughter’s favourite. She’s nearly 14 now but still loves reading this each year.” – Jen

“We love the Elf On The Shelf  book at this time of year, and even though Elf has flown back to the North Pole for another year, we are still reading it and talking about all the fun things elf did at our house in December.” – Cathryn

“My kids love An Aussie Day Before Christmas by Kilmeny Niland. We always talk about all of the slang words like ‘dunny’ and ‘Sheila’ which are some of the favourites.” – Yvette

31 Christmas Books Kids' Love To Read

The Magic Of Christmas, which you can get your own child’s name written in to make it extra magical reading.”– Julie

“We love to read picture books about summertime in Australia, with stories of adventure, mischief, the beach, the outback, Christmas in the heat, staying up late and having fun. Anything by Alison Lester or Frané Lessac is always a winner. Illustrations by Andrew Joyner or Marc Greenwood are wonderful too.” – Cath

Australian 12 Days of Christmas. The children delight in seeing all the different Australian animals.” – Marina

“With bingle balls, pantookas, bizilbigs and wums, Dr Suess’s The Grinch Who Stole Christmas is our classical reading FUN!” – Belinda

“One year we wrapped 25 Christmas books for the 25 days before Christmas and unwrapped a new book each day to read with the kids. Our favourite was a new addition of What Do You Wish For by Jane Godwin.” – Jo

“Our favourite is Twas the Night Before Christmas. Both my kids love this book.” – Becca

Santa Claus is Coming to Newcastle. A great Christmas book which will be read for many years to come in our household.” – Krystyna

The Very Cranky Bear by Aussie author Nick Bland. It has a wonderful rhythm and is a joy to read. There’s even a bit of a moral to the story too.” – Blake

“I love to read Christmas books. We enjoy reading Wombat Christmas.” – Lucia

“My girls just love Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, as Dad does all the sounds, voices and wears a red nose whilst reading it to them.” – Tanya

The 12 Dogs of Christmas. When they get to ‘Nine Puppies Pooping’ they squeal that delightful little person squeal.” – Catriona

“Love The Jolly Postman Christmas edition. You can’t go past all the letters to read.” – Kate

My First Story of Christmas by Tim Dowley. This Christmas book helps young children understand the true meaning of the Christmas season with clear and simple text.” – Janetta

The Great Reindeer Rebellion by Lisa Trumbauer, my son loves this story of the reindeers going on strike.” – Mandy

“We like the Little Golden Book Classics like, The Animals’ Christmas Eve.” – Vera

Aussie Night Before Christmas by Yvonne Morrison. It is our favourite by far with Santa in shorts and thongs – what is there not to love.” – Susie

The Polar Express. My daughter loves this book and we always read it before Christmas as a great family tradition.” – Gerard

The Australian Twelve Days of Christmas by Conny Fechner, Christmas in Australia by John Williamson and The Twelve Days of Aussie Christmas.” – Kasey

“We travel to Perth this time of year to visit family, so Santa is Coming to Perth for my 17 month year-old grandson, is a winner.” – Paula

“I have my original set of The Secret Seven that I love to read to my grandchildren when they come visit us for Christmas. They look forward to it as much as I do.” – Heather

Christmas Treasure Hunt by Roger Priddy and Dear Santa by Rod Campbell.” – Naomi

Did we miss any? What are some of your children’s favourites?

For more of our book recommendations check out the our Instagram page and our #CHILDmagsreads picks.


Words + Still-Life Styling by Jenna Templeton

Jenna Templeton
Jenna Templeton
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