These Christmas Books for Kids Will Get Them So Excited for Santa

Countdown to Christmas with these fun reads.

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Grab a mug of hot cocoa and your favorite little one, and curl up to read some classic (or new!) Christmas books for kids. It's a foolproof way to muster up some extra Christmas spirit during the holidays. Some of these books also are available in the film version, so be sure to have a handful of classic Christmas movies for kids in your arsenal, too.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Suess
$9.97

Oh no! The Grinch is in town. No one understands why the Grinch is so grouchy until Cindy Lou Who turns things wacky, wonderful, and totally upside-down. Let's find the true meaning of Christmas, shall we? 

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The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore
$4.31

This Little Golden Book makes the perfect little Christmas gift for any reader who harbors the spirit of Christmas! Based on the poem from 1949, this sweet story is still relevant for even the most modern kids. You'll appreciate the beautiful illustrations throughout the work, too. 

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Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson
$6.55

In this sweet Christmas book for kids, you'll be able to celebrate the holiday season by getting festive with Bear and all of his friends. Join in on festive activities, like finding the perfect Christmas tree, hanging up stockings, and singing Christmas carols. By the end of the story, you'll realize that giving — just giving — is one of the best gifts.

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The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition by Chanda A. Bell
$6.75

This is one of the hottest Christmas books for kids out there right now. Accompanied by a Scout Elf, this super popular Christmas tale explains how the Scout Elf is sent from The North Pole to keep a careful eye on the kiddos and report back to Santa. If you haven't already started this Christmas tradition at home, just be warned, Christmas will never be the same again without this sneaky elf

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Merry Christmas Mom and Dad by Mercer Mayer
$3.99

This silly, sweet Christmas book is a perfect tale for entertaining little ones who have a funny bone. Whether this little critter is preparing Christmas wreaths, chowing down on gingerbread cookies, or adding the star to the tippy top of the Christmas tree, you'll have a reason to chuckle along.  

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The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving by Jen and Mike Berenstain
$3.99

The Berenstain siblings are so excited for Christmas and all of the gifts that Santa will bring. Join the brother-and-sister duo at the Christmas Eve pageant, and you might just learn a lesson about the joy of giving to others! 

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Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
$17.95

Join in on the adventure and hop aboard the Polar Express — the North Pole is your stop! The book is a fun-filled reminder about the importance of life, self-discovery, and courage. 

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A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz
$7.99

One of the classics, A Charlie Brown Christmas is a must-read during this time of year. Delight in watching Charlie Brown direct the Christmas play as he musters up the spirit of Christmas and brings back a pathetic-looking tree that gets made fun of. But don't worry, it's nothing a little Christmas magic can't fix. 

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Olive, the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh
$12.27

Follow Olive the dog on her mission to save the day on Christmas Eve after it's been reported that one of Santa's reindeer has been injured — or so she thinks. 

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The Nutcracker by Rita Balducci
$4.99

This classic belongs on every kid's bookshelf around the holidays. This version of the Nutcracker is packed with beautiful illustrations and a portrayal of a classic tale that will keep little readers entertained and older readers feeling nostalgic. 

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The Sweet Smell of Christmas by Patricia Scarry
$7.61

This Christmas book for kids will take you on a festive adventure while being able to smell six different scents. So fun! From apple pie to Christmas tree, this scratch-and-sniff book will bring the story to life.