The Most Enjoyable Kids Christmas Books to Share

I’ve been reading kids Christmas books to children aloud for over 20 years as an early childhood teacher. And as a Mum of 2 boys, sharing a good Christmas story is a seasonal favourite. These are a collection of my nine best-loved stories that I guarantee are the most enjoyable kids Christmas books to share with your family. Most of the books are best for 3 year olds and up.

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1
The Christmas Book

Author - Dick Bruna
A delightful and simple book which retells the birth of Jesus using easy text and charming illustrations. This book is a Christmas classic and a seasonal family must.
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2
Dream Snow

Author - Eric Carle
This is a lovely counting Christmas story. It's December 24th, and an old farmer says good night to all the animals in the barn. When he wakens, he remembers something. Putting on his red suit he goes outside, puts some gifts under the tree for his animals, and presses a button near a Christmas tree, creating a most surprising musical treat for children.
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3
How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Author - Dr Seuss
This tale tells the story of the disgruntled Grinch and his fiendish attempts to steal Christmas from the citizens of Who-ville. The Grinch is the meanest creature you'll ever meet. He hates Christmas and the whole festive season. But when he hatches a dastardly plot to steal Christmas, he's in for a big surprise! With hilarious rhymes and beautiful illustrations, this classic seasonal story has become a favourite for good reason and teaches readers the true meaning of Christmas.
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4
The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition

Author - Carol V Aebersold
This is a popular, magical story of Santa’s elves, who are sent to be Santa’s eyes and ears at children’s homes around the world. According to the story, when your little ones are asleep, your personal friendly elf returns to Santa in the North Pole to report whether your child has been naughty or nice. The elf hides in a new spot each time he returns to your house for the morning.
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5
Olivia Helps with Christmas

Author - Ian Falconer
Everyone's favourite pig and #1 Santa enthusiast is helping to make the season brighter than ever. Christmas is coming &Olivia is incredibly busy. She has to wait for Santa, make sure Dad sets up the tree, wait for Santa, watch Mum make the Christmas dinner, wait for Santa, oversee the care with which the stockings are hung and, of course, OPEN HER PRESENTS. Do you see how hard it is to be so helpful during the holidays? A lovingly-told and lavishly-illustrated story, this book is a bright star atop the Olivia series.
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6
Father Christmas Needs a Wee

Author - Nicholas Allan
On Christmas Eve every child leaves out a drink and a snack for Father Christmas. Before long he really, really needs a wee, but what can he do about it? There's a long time to wait before he can get home and when he finally does, he's lost his house key! This is a hilarious take on a dilemma that every toddler and young kid will identify with.
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7
An Aussie Night Before Christmas

Author - Yvonne Morrison
Christmas in the middle of an Australian summer means Santa has to find creative ways to deliver his presents.The obvious solutions are to don a sunhat, shorts and a pair of thongs, not to mention ditching the sleigh and reindeer in favour of some roos and a Ute. Every line of this traditional verse, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, has been given an hilarious Aussie twist. The gentle illustrations are packed with familiar icons cleverly woven into the visual narrative to recreate the family atmosphere that Christmas is all about.
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8
Aussie Jingle Bells

Author - Colin Buchanan
One of the world's best-loved Christmas carols is given a hilarious and very popular Aussie twist. This version has become a staple at end-of-year school concerts. You can enjoy Colin Buchanan singing and then create your very own karaoke session! Nick Bland's comical illustrations show the whole family enjoying Christmas Day.
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9
Bugs at Christmas

Author - Beatrice Alemagna
Christmas is fast approaching in the blanket where the little bugs live. They meet up to plan the Christmas celebrations. But each little bug has his own idea of the right way to celebrate Christmas. For Little Fat Bug, only food matters, while in Little Yellow Bug's family, everyone gathers to sing songs. But the little bugs soon find out that there isn't only one way to celebrate Christmas and that the most important thing of all is to be with the people you love.
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This range of Christmas books are tried and tested by kids and parents. They are wonderful books to give, enjoy and re-read every Christmas.  

The elf on the shelf has become a really popular Christmas toy in the lead up to Christmas. The elf comes with an accompanying elf on the shelf story. For ideas on how to do elf on the shelf with young children, read How do you do Elf on the Shelf? as well as reading the story of our Christmas elf.

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