The best Christian Christmas books will help keep the true meaning of Christmas be the focus of your family's celebration of Advent. As we count down the days to Jesus's birthday, these books are perfect for both children and adults to use for meaningful preparation of the holiday.
Take a stroll through any store book aisle this time of year and you'll find dozens of Christmas books that celebrate the holiday from so many different points of view.
However, the true reason for the season often gets glossed over in the endless titles that focus more on snow or Santa.
If you're craving quality, heartwarming books, picture books that share the lessons of Jesus's birth with your young children, or simply want a more meaningful devotional to prepare your own heart for Christmas, Catholic families and Christians of all denominations are sure to find the perfect fit here.
Our family read many of these books together while lighting the candles of our family Advent wreath.
I stocked up on a pile of them in late November and pulled one book out at a time to share with the kids each evening. It was a precious way to celebrate the season as a family.
You could easily mix in a few of these Christian Christmas books with any of the longer Christmas read-aloud books for families to enjoy a nightly reading session with the kids.
And don't forget to bookmark my list of Christian Easter books for kids to use just a couple months from now.
22 Best Christian Christmas Books
These are some of my family's favorite Christmas books to share together as we wait for the celebration of Jesus's birth.
You'll find perfect books for reading together with the kids as well as a few that are meant just for adults to enjoy on their own.
The Very First Christmas
Christopher wants the truth, not fairy tales. So his mother tells the amazing and miraculous story of Jesus' birth.
Along the way, Christopher learns the answers to important questions about Christmas. And all of the answers are right in the Bible!
An illustrated children's book, The Very First Christmas places the focus of Christmas on God's story - His plan for the salvation of mankind through Jesus Christ.
Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story
This fresh perspective on the nativity focuses on h perspective of the animals present for the birth of Jesus.
This beautifully illustrated book is perfect for ages 4-8 and features easy-to-read text. It explores the joy, excitement, and celebration of creation and the coming of Jesus.
Mortimer's Christmas Manger
Mortimer Mouse needs a new house that's not so cold, cramped, and dark. Inside the house he finds, a wee wooden manger just Mortimer's size.
When he overhears a very special story, Mortimer realizes whose house he is sharing and where Mortimer himself belongs. It is the story of Christmas and the night the baby Jesus was born that warms Mortimer's heart.
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
Jonathan Toomey is the best woodcarver in the valley, but he is always alone and never smiles. No one knows about the mementos of his lost wife and child that he keeps in an unopened drawer.
But one early winter’s day, a widow and her young son approach him with a gentle request that leads to a joyful miracle.
Who is Coming to Our House?
You'll love this modern Christmas classic about how the animals prepare a cozy welcome for the baby Jesus. "Who is coming to our house?
"Someone, someone," says Mouse. As Pig makes room, Lamb cleans up, Goose stacks the hay, and Duck lines the crib with eiderdown, Mary and Joseph are on their way by donkey. All the animals are eager to welcome the baby Jesus to their home.
God Gave Us Christmas (God Gave Us Series)
“Who invented Christmas?” Mama’s answer only leads to more questions like “Is God more important than Santa?”
So she and Little Cub head off on a polar expedition to find God and to see how he gave them Christmas. Along the way, they find signs that God is at work all around them.
Through Mama’s gentle guidance, Little Cub learns about the very first Christmas and discovers that Jesus is the best present of all.
The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story
This powerful fictional Appalachian Christmas tale is passed down from the author’s own grandmother and mother. It is many months before Christmas and this year it is Ruthie’s family’s turn to provide all the people in the village a Christmas tree for Pine Grove Church.
Ruthie and her father ride their horse up to a high cliff on Grandfather Mountain and tag the perfect tree to cut down when Christmas arrives. But that summer, Ruthie’s father is called away to war and while he is gone the family must live on very little money.
The Carpenter's Gift: A Christmas Tale about the Rockefeller Center Tree
Opening in Depression-era New York City, The Carpenter's Gift tells the story of eight-year-old Henry and his father selling Christmas trees. They give a Christmas tree to construction workers building Rockefeller Center and celebrate together.
Through the kindness of the construction workers and neighbors, Henry gets his wish for a nice, warm home to replace his family's drafty shack.
The Story of the Three Wise Kings
Three wise men of the East, having seen a new star symbolizing the birth of a great king, follow the star to Bethlehem where they present gifts to the newborn Jesus. This beautiful rendition of the well-known tale is sure to delight young readers.
The Legend of Old Befana: An Italian Christmas Story
Every morning and every afternoon, Old Befana sweeps with her broom. “Cranky old lady,” the children say. “She is always sweeping!” Sweep, sweep, sweep.
But when a brilliant star glows in the eastern sky one night, and Old Befana encounters the glorious procession of three kings on their way to Bethlehem, her world will never be the same.
The Legend of the Poinsettia
In Mexico, the poinsettia is called flor de la Nochebuenao flower of the Holy Night. At Christmastime, the flower blooms and flourishes, the quite exquisite red stars lighting up the countryside.
This Mexican legend tells how the poinsettia came to be, through a little girl's unselfish gift to the Christ Child.
The Night of Las Posadas
Tomie dePaola's glorious paintings are as luminous as the farolitos that light up on the Plaza in Santa Fe for the procession of Las Posadas, the tradition in which Mary and Joseph go from door to door seeking shelter at the inn on Christmas Eve.
This year Sister Angie, who is always in charge of the celebration, has to stay home with the flu, and Lupe and Roberto, who are to play Mary and Joseph, get caught in a snowstorm.
But a man and a woman no one knows arrive in time to take their place in the procession and then mysteriously disappear at the end before they can be thanked.
The Gift of the Magi
In a shabby New York flat, Della sobs as she counts the few coins she has saved to buy a Christmas present for her husband, Jim. A gift worthy of her devotion will require a great sacrifice: selling her long, beautiful hair.
Jim, meanwhile, has made a sacrifice for Della that is no less difficult. As they exchange gifts on Christmas Eve, the discovery of what each has done fills them with despair, until they realize that the true gifts of Christmas can be found more readily in their humble apartment than in any fine store.
The Christmas Baby
Have you heard? A baby is coming! Our baby is here?When Mary and Joseph’s child was born, the good tidings spread from the animals in the manger, to the shepherds in the fields, to the kings in distant lands, and even to the angels in the heavens! Now every time a baby is born, we celebrate and people travel from far and wide to greet the new baby—because every new baby is a small miracle.
Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale
In the stable next to an inn, Kind Ox is just settling in for the night when Old Dog comes into the stable. Kind Ox makes room for Old Dog, who in turn makes room for Stray Cat, who then makes room for Small Mouse, and each time, the larger animal says to the small, "There's always room for a little one here."
Finally, Tired Donkey comes by, carrying Joseph and Mary, who asks "Where will my child be born?" Kind Ox replies, "There is always room for a little one here." And so, Jesus is born in the stable with the animals all around Him.
A Birthday Party for Jesus: God Gave Us Christmas to Celebrate His Birth (Forest of Faith Books)
This book is a heartwarming reminder to children that Christmas isn’t about Santa or asking for presents; it’s about celebrating Jesus’s birthday.
This inviting, full-color, illustrated picture book tells a story of forest animals preparing for a big and exciting event. Each page provides another clue to young readers that somewhere in the forest, one special animal knows the true meaning of Christmas and wants to share it with the rest of his forest friends.
Bring On The Merry: 25 Days of Great Joy for Christmas
This Christmas devotional journal includes a short devotion from Candace Cameron Bure, a fun interactive activity such as a graph or a list to fill in, and a coordinating classic Christmas story. This devotional encourages you to pause and reflect on the reason for the season while making quiet time for inner peace, finding joy in the chaos, and selflessly serving others.
As you read the Christmas devotions and complete the activity journal pages, you'll rediscover the wonder and amazement of the season and draw closer to the Savior. You will personally connect with Jesus in ways that will change your perspective and your response to the timeless Christmas story.
All Is Bright: A Devotional Journey to Color Your Way to Christmas
This Christmas season, celebrate the birth of our Savior through beautiful design and devotion. Grab your colored pencils, cozy up with your favorite blanket and a cup of tea, and settle in for a night of peace and wonder with All Is Bright.
For lovers of the Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest coloring books, All Is Bright is the perfect way to transform the Advent and Christmas seasons for your whole family, re-centering the holidays on the miracle of Jesus’ birth.
Advent and Christmas Wisdom From G. K. Chesterton
In this edition of Advent and Christmas Wisdom, each day's reflection includes a selection from one of Chesterton's finest works, a suitable bible verse, an appropriate prayer and an action-oriented exercise.
Readers will find the format stays the same, but this addition to our bestselling series is truly a refreshing, prayerful preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas.
The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
Thousands of readers have already fallen in love with Ann Voskamp's One Thousand Gifts, and this Christmas, Ann will help readers celebrate the lineage and the majesty of God's greatest gift - Jesus Christ.
In what is sure to become an instant holiday classic, Voskamp reaches back into the pages of the Old Testament to explore the lineage of Jesus via the advent tradition of The Jesse Tree.
Beginning with Jesse, the father of David, The Greatest Gift retraces the epic pageantry of mankind, from Adam to the Messiah, with each day's reading pointing to the coming promise of Christ.
Goodness and Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas
An anthology of inspired readings from cherished writers to enrich you every day of the season
From the first day of Advent through Christmas Eve to the Epiphany, these 45 readings from beloved writers, classical and contemporary, will surprise you, touch your with love, and comfort you with peace.
God Hears Her, A Joyful Christmas: 31 Morning and Evening Devotions
31 morning and evening readings for the month of December so women can begin and end their days allowing the true Spirit of Christmas to fill their hearts, minds, and souls. Each devotion is for women by women.
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