The Best Festive Books for Your Kids to Read

With the holidays right around the corner, we’re sure your children will be looking forward to all the exciting things that are coming in the run up to the festive season, whether that be at school or at home. However, it’s also a good idea to use this season to give your children a reason to read. There are so many fantastic festive books out there, so it really is a great opportunity.

On this note… here’s our top 10 festive books we think are great for your children to read during this holiday. The books are for different age ranges and they range from the silly to the serious. Whatever they do though, they make this time of the year fun, and are sure to keep kids entertained too.


How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Dr. Seuss

Age Range: 4-9

Pages: 56

Fantastic rhymes and funny illustrations, this book is so much fun! The Grinch doesn’t like the holidays and no-one knows the reason why! He’s the meanest creature you’ll ever come across. However, when he plots to steal the holidays, things don’t quite go the way he planned and he’s in for a big surprise.


The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

Susan Wojciechowski

Age Range: 6-9

Pages: 40

A tale about a man named Jonathan Toomey, this book explores the best woodcarver in the valley, Jonathan, who is always alone and sad. He keeps mementoes of his lost wife and child in an unopened drawer that no-one knows about. However, one winter’s day, a widow and her son meet him, and pose a gentle request that leads to a joyful miracle. This book has been hailed as a true festive classic and has been turned into a film adaptation too.


The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever

Steven Kroll

Age Range: 4-8

Pages: 32

Clayton and Desmond feel a chill in the air the day after Thanksgiving. This cold weather reminds them of the holidays and from these, they remember festive holiday trees! However, who will manage to find the biggest one?


Dream Snow

Eric Carle

Age Range: 3-5

Pages: 22

Published more than a decade ago, a Santa-like farmer has only a few animals – four in fact. They are called One, Two, Three and Four. He also has a tree called Tree. One night he dreams that snow falls on the animals and covers them, but wakes up and remembers it’s the holidays. Remembering this, he delivers presents to all his animals and finds that there’s a big surprise in store from Tree. What could it be?


The Snowman

Raymond Briggs

Age Range: 2-6

Pages: 32

One winter’s day, a boy builds a snowman. On that night, an unforgettable adventure begins when the Snowman suddenly comes to life. The boy and the Snowman have a fantastic and magical journey until the sun comes up and it’s time to go home…


Room for a Little One: The Story of Christmas

Martin Waddell

Age Range: 3-8

Pages: 32

Told through the animals’ words, this book brings the Nativity to life and puts forward the message that we should be kind to all types of creatures. It involves Ox, on the first festive night, who lets Old Dog, Stray Cat, Small Mouse, Tired Donkey and finally, the baby Jesus into his stable.


The Polar Express

Chris Van Allsburg

Age Range: 4-7

Pages: 32

It’s Christmas Eve and the town is asleep, but there’s one boy who’s awake. He boards a train that’s waiting for him; it’s the Polar Express bound for the North Pole. Arriving at the North Pole, he meets Santa who offers him any gift he desires. The boy, being modest, asks only for a bell from the reindeer’s harness, but this turns out to be a very special gift as only believers in Santa can hear it ring.


The Night Before Christmas

Clement C. Moore

Age Range: 4-8

Pages: 32

The book starts when it’s Christmas Eve and everyone in the house is asleep. Well, that’s all except one little boy who is woken up by the clatter and bells of reindeer on the roof. The boy tiptoes downstairs, but who do you think he’ll come across?


Letters from Father Christmas

J. R. R. Tolkien

Age Range: 6-11

Pages: 160

This book offers a collection of letters written and illustrated by J. R. R. Tolkien, which he sent to his children between 1920 and 1942, in the voice of Father Christmas. Wonderful tales are told such as how all the reindeer got loose and dropped presents all over the place, and how he broke the moon into four pieces which meant the ‘man’ in it fell into the back garden of his house!