25 Christmas Chapter Books for Children

Reading favorite Christmas stories during the holiday season is a fun holiday tradition.  For many, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas is a favorite!  As our children get older, we can create new memories by giving them deeper, richer holiday stories to enjoy.

I set out one year to find Christmas chapter books at a variety of reading levels that could become new holiday classics in our homes.  I have since added a few extra!  The books are organized by age if children were to read them independently.  Any of the books are perfect read alouds for a variety of ages.  We have read many of them, but for the few books we have not read, yet, we noted it next to the title.

Hopefully, you will find some new holiday classics for your home!

Stack of Christmas books in front of a fireplace with the text 25 Christmas Chapter Books for Children.

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Christmas Chapter Books, Ages 6-8

The True Gift by Patrica MacLachlan

This is a sweet, short read.  It is set on a farm with a snowy landscape, maybe in the mid-20th century.  A brother and sister learn about giving while staying with their grandparents a few days before Christmas.  (112 pages) (Available on Audible: Start your FREE trial.)

The True Gift
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • MacLachlan, Patricia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 10/01/2013 (Publication Date) - Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Publisher)


The 24 Days Before Christmas by Madeleine L’Engle

A short book about a family preparing and waiting for Christmas, snow and a new baby.  They count down the days and take part in one Christmas tradition each day. (48 pages)

The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas: An Austin Family Story
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Hardcover Book
  • L'Engle, Madeleine (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 48 Pages - 07/21/1984 (Publication Date) - Shaw Books (Publisher)

Calendar Mysteries #12 December Dog by Ron Roy

The Calendar Mysteries series is by the same author as the A-Z Mysteries.  Both series contain a small group of children solving a mystery in each book.  In December Dog, the children find a lost puppy with a red ribbon around his neck and have to find whose Christmas present he was supposed to be. (80 pages)

Calendar Mysteries #12: December Dog
  • Roy, Ron (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 80 Pages - 09/23/2014 (Publication Date) - Random House Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

Nate the Great and the Crunchy Christmas by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

If you have an a beginning reader that likes mysteries, this is another great book from the Nate the Great series.  Help Nate solve a case involving missing Christmas mail. (80 pages)

Nate the Great and the Crunchy Christmas
  • Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 80 Pages - 10/06/1997 (Publication Date) - Yearling (Publisher)

Junie B. Jones Jingle Bells, Batman Smells by Barbara Park

I am personally not a fan of the Junie B. Jones books, but if you are, then this is the Christmas-themed one.  The children at school are playing Secret Santa and Junie needs to decide if she is going to buy something nice for her Secret Santa or not. (128 pages) (Available on Audible: Start your FREE trial.)

Junie B., First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (P.S. So Does May)
  • Park, Barbara (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 128 Pages - 09/22/2009 (Publication Date) - Random House Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

Magic Tree House: Christmas in Camelot by Mary Pope Osborne

We are big Magic Tree House fans and there are two Christmas books in the the series to choose from.  This is one of the Merlin Mission books in the series, which are meant for 7-10 year olds to read independently.  Jack and Annie visit Camelot in England during the Middles Ages to celebrate Christmas.  However, they end up on a quest to save Camelot instead. (144 pages) (Available on Audible: Start your FREE trial.)

Christmas in Camelot
  • Christmas in Camelot By Osborne Mary Pope
  • Osborne, Mary Pope (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 144 Pages - 08/25/2009 (Publication Date) - Random House Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

Magic Tree House: A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time by Mary Pope Osborne

This is another Merlin Mission book.  Annie and Jack travel to Victorian England to help Charles Dickens get out of jail.  It is a great introduction for younger children to Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol. (144 pages) (Available on Audible: Start your FREE trial.)

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A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time (Magic Tree House Merlin Mission)
  • 2012 EDITION


Judy Moody and Stink: The Holly Joliday by Megan McDonald (Not read, yet.)

If you are a fan of the Judy Moody and Stink series then this one will be perfect for the holiday season.  A new mailman, Mr. Jack Frost, is a key character in this book. (96 pages) (Available on Audible: Start your FREE trial.)

Judy Moody and Stink: The Holly Joliday
  • McDonald, Megan (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 96 Pages - 09/09/2008 (Publication Date) - Candlewick (Publisher)

Horrible Harry and the Christmas Surprise by Suzy Kline

Horrible Harry books are short, funny reads with lots of onomatopoeia.  This one is set against the back drop of Christmas at school, including a Christmas play. (64 pages) (Available on Audible: Start your FREE trial.)

Horrible Harry and the Christmas Surprise
  • Kline, Suzy (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 64 Pages - 10/01/1998 (Publication Date) - Puffin Books (Publisher)

The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson (Not read, yet.)

Armand lives a simple life under a bridge in Paris.  However, one year before Christmas, he takes in a mom and her three children to care for.  He finds he has a ready made family and he needs to find them all a real home. (128 pages)

The Family Under the Bridge: A Newbery Honor Award Winner
  • Carlson, Natalie Savage (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 128 Pages - 11/12/2019 (Publication Date) - HarperCollins (Publisher)

Stanley’s Christmas Adventure by Jeff Brown

If your children are Flat Stanley fans, then check out his book where Stanley has to convince Santa that children still love Christmas. (96 pages)

Stanley's Christmas Adventure (Flat Stanley)
  • English Language
  • Free gift wrap
  • Illustrated
  • Brown, Jeff (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Laugh-Out-Loud Christmas Jokes for Kids by Rob Elliott (Not read, yet.)

If your children love joke books, then this Christmas joke book would be super fun. (144 pages)

Laugh-Out-Loud Christmas Jokes for Kids: A Christmas Holiday Book for Kids (Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids)
  • Elliott, Rob (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 144 Pages - 09/20/2016 (Publication Date) - HarperCollins (Publisher)

My Weird School Christmas 3-Book Box Set by Dan Gutman (Not read, yet.)

This set of three books are perfect for kids who like weird, silly books that play with words.  The stories are set in school. (368 pages total of all three books.)

My Weird School Christmas 3-Book Box Set: Miss Holly Is Too Jolly!, Dr. Carbles Is Losing His Marbles!, Deck the Halls, We're Off the Walls! A Christmas Holiday Book for Kids
  • Gutman, Dan (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 368 Pages - 10/06/2015 (Publication Date) - HarperCollins (Publisher)

Christmas Chapter Books, Ages 9-11

When Santa Fell to Earth by Cornelia Funke

This was my most favorite book out of all the books I read for this post.  After borrowing it from the library, I decided to purchase one for our “permanent collection!”  In addition to having a great story line, it has wonderful descriptive language and several high level vocabulary words sprinkled through out it like ‘precarious’ and ‘spindly’ and so many more.  I would file this book under Modern Classics.

Niklas is the last true Santa and the Great Christmas Council is trying to capture him.  His caravan crashes in small town America where he befriends a local boy who is bullied.  Niklas must try to save Christmas before he is captured and turned into chocolate!  It is a classic tale of the magic of Christmas vs. the commercialization of Christmas. (192 pages) (Available on Audible: Start your FREE trial.)

When Santa Fell To Earth
  • Hardcover Book
  • Funke, Cornelia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 192 Pages - 10/01/2006 (Publication Date) - Chicken House (Publisher)

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

Our local children’s theatre puts on this play each year and it is very funny!  A family of trouble-making children show up at church (for the snacks) and then wants to be in the Christmas pageant.  The other children are shocked and everyone must work together to pull off the show! (128 pages) (Available on Audible: Start your FREE trial.)


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: A Christmas Holiday Book for Kids (The Best Ever)
  • Barbara Robinson (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 128 Pages - 04/12/2005 (Publication Date) - HarperCollins (Publisher)

The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements

This is a less “Christmasy” book than some of the others, but is a good read.  Hart, the most popular kid in the sixth grade, ends up in charge of the holiday concert.  He learns what it really means to be a leader, how to motivate people, and how much freedom to allow each participant.  The holiday concert contains songs and acts from a variety of December holidays. (176 pages) (Available on Audible: Start your FREE trial.)

The Last Holiday Concert
  • Clements, Andrew (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 176 Pages - 10/03/2006 (Publication Date) - Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

A Little House Christmas Treasury by Laura Ingalls Wilder

We are big Little House fans in our house so this is one of our favorites.  It contains 9 Christmas themed stories from a variety of Wilder’s books. Each story is about 10-15 pages. (144 pages)

A Little House Christmas Treasury: Festive Holiday Stories: A Christmas Holiday Book for Kids
  • Hardcover Book
  • Wilder, Laura Ingalls (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 144 Pages - 09/27/2005 (Publication Date) - HarperCollins (Publisher)

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum

As one might expect from L. Frank Baum, this book starts a little differently than one might expect of a book about Christmas. The setting is an ancient forest of immortals where a human baby is left in the grass. A bored nymph adopts him, names his Claus and raises him in the forest. Once he is an adult, Claus decides to be a friend to children and slowly turns into Santa Claus. The book then continues as a more traditional story of Santa Claus’s role as a part of Christmas. (154 pages)

Nicholas (formerly known as The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus)
  • Lane, Julie (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 154 Pages - 10/14/2009 (Publication Date) - Parkhurst Brook Publishers (Publisher)

Nancy and Plum by Betty MacDonald (Not read, yet.)

This book was originally published in 1952 and is by the same author as the Penderwicks series.  Nancy and Plum are two sisters who live in an orphanage.  They devise a plan to never have to spend another Christmas there and an adventure begins. (240 pages)

Nancy and Plum
  • MacDonald, Betty (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 240 Pages - 10/11/2011 (Publication Date) - Yearling (Publisher)

Nutcracked by Susan Adrian (Not read, yet.)

Georgie is going to dance the part of Clara in The Nutcracker ballet.  She finds when she dances with the Nutcracker doll that she enters into the actual world of the Nutcracker.  All is wonderful until it is not wonderful and Georgie has to save her friend and the Nutcracker doll!  (240 pages)


  • Hardcover Book
  • Adrian, Susan (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 240 Pages - 09/26/2017 (Publication Date) - Random House Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig (Not read, yet.)

Nikolas, who is nicknamed Christmas, has received only one toy in his life from his parents.  He is happy with this doll made from a turnip because he knows his parents love him.  But, then his father goes missing and Nikolas travels to the North Pole to find him and help bring Christmas spirit back. (240 pages) (Available on Audible: Start your FREE trial.)

A Boy Called Christmas
  • Hardcover Book
  • Haig, Matt (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 240 Pages - 11/01/2016 (Publication Date) - Knopf Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig (Not read, yet.)

By the same author as A Boy Called Christmas, this book brings us a female main character.  Amelia was the first child to ever receive a Christmas present, giving Santa the magic he needed to make his first trip around the world.  But now, she finds herself in some bad circumstances.  At the same time, the magic levels at the North Pole are dipping and Santa Claus sets out to find Amelia to help him again. (320 pages) (Available on Audible: Start your FREE trial.)

The Girl Who Saved Christmas (Boy Called Christmas)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Haig, Matt (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 320 Pages - 10/31/2017 (Publication Date) - Knopf Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

Winterfrost by Michelle Houts (Not read, yet.)

Introduce your children to Nordic culture and take an adventure into the miniature world of nisse, a mythological creature associated with winter and Christmas. (272 pages)

  • Houts, Michelle (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 272 Pages - 10/18/2016 (Publication Date) - Candlewick (Publisher)

The Box of Delights by Kay Harker (Not read, yet.)

This mysterious adventure will take your reader through time and space in an effort to save Christmas from a gang of criminals.

The Box of Delights (Kay Harker)
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Hardcover Book
  • Masefield, John (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 312 Pages - 10/23/2007 (Publication Date) - NYR Children's Collection (Publisher)

Read Alouds or High School Students

Letters from Father Christmas by J. R. R. Tolkien

This book is a collection of the pictures and letters Tolkien wrote his own children each Christmas as if he were Father Christmas.  How lucky were those children!?  I can imagine how fun it must have been to receive those letters in their stockings each year.  This book is full of pictures of the original letters.  The text of the letters is also printed to make them easier to read.  I list this under ‘read alouds’ because I think children will benefit from help navigating the switching back and forth between pictures of letters and the printed text. (128 pages)

Letters From Father Christmas
  • Tolkien, J.R.R. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 128 Pages - 11/15/2004 (Publication Date) - Mariner Books (Publisher)

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Ah, Dickens!  I find if you can push yourself through his books they are well worth the effort, but they are definitely not easy reads.  Last year was the first year that we read A Christmas Carol aloud.  The boys were 8 and 9 at the time and they really attended to the book much better than I expected.  They eagerly sat (or laid!) down each day when it was time to read it.

Now one had seen the play when he was younger and the other had seen the movie relatively recently so I think that helped.  Not sure they would have been able to follow the story line if they did not bring this prior knowledge to the story.  It would be fun to read this book back to back with the Magic Tree House story above. (64 pages)

A Christmas Carol
  • Dickens, Charles (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 64 Pages - 12/04/2020 (Publication Date) - CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Publisher)

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Have you found a book here you want to read?  Or do you have others you would suggest?  Comment below and let us know!

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Daragh Hourigan

    The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

    1. Randi Smith

      That is a good one! Never actually read the book, but our local children’s theatre outs it on each year!

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