The snowflakes are dancing, and the nights are getting longer—it's that enchanting time of year again!
It's time to light up the fireplace and sprinkle some cinnamon on your hot chocolate because I've got your Christmas Book Club List for Kids. We're talking tales that will pause the holiday season's hustle and bustle, transporting your children and their friends into worlds sprinkled with holiday magic and wintery wonder.
So, gather the coziest blankets, claim the snuggliest corner of the couch, and crack open these jolly good stories. Then, invite the friends over for a Christmas-themed book club that promises to be the highlight of the season. Trust me, even the gingerbread houses will look on in envy at the joy you're about to unwrap!
Why should your little ones and their friends explore these merry book club selections this holiday season?
The Christmas spirit sets the perfect backdrop for stories that:
- transport you to lands of imagination,
- introduce you to memorable characters, and
- leave your hearts a little fuller.
These holiday books are not just stories but invitations to adventure, calls to gather, and sparks for joyous festivities.
From the playful mischief of How to Catch an Elf to the timeless charm of The Polar Express, these holiday books are as varied as the ornaments on a Christmas tree. So, whether you have a curious kindergartner or a thoughtful fourth-grader, there's a story here that's sure to light up their holiday spirit.
And why not go the extra mile? Pull together your homeschooling community for a holiday book club, and let the festive discussions and activities unfold! After all, is there anything more heartwarming than sharing the gift of a good book with friends during the Christmas season?
Here are our Christmas Book Club Picks for Kids in Elementary
As the world outside whispers of winter's chill, this collection of books is designed for your young readers. These stories are more than just entertainment; they come bearing gifts of lessons and laughter that resonate with the season of giving.
So, transform your learning space into a workshop of imagination and discovery. With these Christmas books, you'll offer your children and their friends the chance to embrace the magic of reading and the wonder of the season.
Let's turn the page to this Christmas book list and discover stories that will make fabulous book clubs!
Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by Robert Barry
This is a charming tale of generosity and community spirit. Mr. Willowby's Christmas tree is too tall for his parlor, so he chops off the top and passes it along, beginning a journey of holiday cheer. As the tree top is passed from one group to the next, readers learn about the joy of sharing and how a simple act can bring happiness to many. It's a delightful story for young readers to discuss the spirit of giving.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss's classic is more than just a story; it's a lesson on the true meaning of Christmas. With his heart "two sizes too small," the Grinch plans to ruin Christmas for the cheerful Whos of Whoville, only to learn that the holiday spirit is about more than gifts and feasts. This book is a fantastic conversation starter for children to explore themes of transformation and the essence of holiday joy.
How Santa Lost His Job by Stephen Krensky
In this book, children discover a humorous and inventive tale exploring modernization's consequences. When a machine replaces Santa, the efficiency seems impressive, but the magic is missing. It's a thought-provoking story that encourages kids to discuss the value of human touch and tradition in the face of innovation.
Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
Jan Brett's story brings to life the adventure of a mischievous gingerbread baby who eludes everyone's grasp. The lively illustrations and story invite children to explore themes of creativity and cleverness, all while enjoying the festive gingerbread tradition. It's a sweet addition to any Christmas book club discussion.
The Nutcracker by E. T. A. Hoffmann
This is a timeless classic that whisks children away to a world of enchantment with Marie and her Nutcracker Prince. Through battles with mice and dances in the Land of Sweets, it's a ballet in text, teaching the beauty of imagination and the arts. This story is perfect for discussing Christmas performance traditions.
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Chris Van Allsburg's classic is a captivating journey of belief and wonder. A young boy's magical train ride to the North Pole on Christmas Eve teaches about faith and the power of believing in the unseen. This beautifully illustrated book is a staple for Christmas reading and encourages children to keep the spirit of Christmas alive in their hearts.
The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett
Jan Brett once again delights her readers with a tale of Teeka, a young girl preparing Santa's reindeer for Christmas Eve. It's a story of patience and gentleness, and the importance of kindness to all creatures. The detailed illustrations and Arctic setting make it a unique book for young readers to discuss.
A World of Cookies for Santa by M.E. Furman
This story takes children on a global tour to see the treats left for Santa around the world. Through this journey, children learn about cultural diversity and the different traditions that surround the Christmas holiday. It's an great read for a book club focused on inclusivity and global customs.
How to Catch an Elf by Adam Wallace
Children dive into a modern Christmas tale of elfish escapades with this story. It's a fun story that sparks the imagination as children follow the narrator's clever traps for the elusive elf. This book is perfect for discussing problem-solving and the joy of Christmas mischief.
A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz
A Charlie Brown Christmas brings the beloved Peanuts characters into the holiday reading mix. Charlie Brown's quest to find the true meaning of Christmas amidst the commercialization of the holiday is a touching story that resonates with the importance of simplicity and sincerity. It's a classic narrative for children to reflect on the holiday's deeper significance.
The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston
This heartwarming tale is set in the Appalachian Mountains during World War I. It narrates the story of a family's determination to fulfill a promise and the community that comes together to support them. This book beautifully captures the spirit of sacrifice and resilience, ideal for meaningful discussions on family and tradition.
Turkey Claus by Wendi Silvano
This is a delightful story about a clever turkey trying to avoid being the main course for Christmas dinner. With a visit to Santa and a disguise or two, Turkey's antics provide laughs and a creative spin on problem-solving. This book is great for a lighthearted and humorous book club meeting.
The Christmas Wish by Lori Evert
A little girl's journey to become an elf leads her through snowy landscapes and encounters with Arctic animals in Lori Evert's story. This heartwarming Nordic tale is rich with themes of determination and the magic of Christmas wishes. The stunning photography illustrations offer a unique visual experience for young readers.
Santa Mouse by Michael Brown
This sweet story is about a little mouse who becomes Santa's helper. The message of small acts of kindness having great importance is beautifully woven into this charming tale. It's an excellent book for discussing the joy of giving and the impact of kindness.
A New Improved Santa by Patricia Rae Wolff
This book by Patricia Rae Wolff is a modern take on Santa's image. When Santa feels out of touch with today's children, he tries to update his look and ways. This humorous and touching story is great for talking about the importance of staying true to oneself and the timeless nature of the Christmas spirit.
Pick A Pine Tree by Patricia Toht
This book is a festive rhyming story about the tradition of choosing and decorating a Christmas tree. It's an interactive read that celebrates the joy and togetherness of the season, perfect for book club friends to share their family traditions and create new ones.
Mooseltoe by Margie Palatini
Have a blast reading this comical story of a moose who becomes the family's Christmas tree. It's an entertaining read that teaches the importance of improvisation and the unexpected joys that can arise from mishaps. This book will spark laughter and lively discussion among young readers.
The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever by Steven Kroll
In this picture book, two mice learn about cooperation and friendship as they work together to find the biggest Christmas tree. This story is a gentle reminder of the value of teamwork and the true gifts of the holidays—love and friendship.
There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Bell by Lucille Colandro
Lucille Colandro's story is a humorous holiday spin on the classic cumulative tale. As the old lady swallows holiday-themed items, children engage in a silly but memorable adventure perfect for a fun and interactive read-aloud experience.
Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore
Finally, no Christmas book club would be complete without the classic "Twas the Night Before Christmas" by Clement C. Moore. This timeless poem captures the anticipation and wonder of Christmas Eve with its iconic verses and magical imagery. It's the perfect book club story, leaving children enchanted by the charm of the night before Christmas.
This Christmas Book Club List for Kids is designed to create a festive and educational experience for your kids.
And the exploration doesn't have to stop with the holiday season. Enjoy great book clubs all year! Be sure to read our other articles for Autumn Book Club Lists and Summer Book Club Lists. Each season brings its own flavor of storytelling magic.
Continue the fun with online learning
As the carols play and the holiday cheer fills the air, our Christmas Book Club List for Kids is set to take your young readers on a sleigh ride through the wonderland of literature. These books are more than just a means to pass the chilly evenings—they're a gateway to creating lasting memories and fostering a lifelong love of reading.
But the journey doesn't end with the turn of the last page. To continue the adventure and bring these stories to life in a way that's both educational and incredibly fun, consider exploring Literary Adventures for Kids' collection of online book clubs for Christmas.
Hi, I’m Dachelle. I’m a homeschooling mom of 3 in the South. I love chocolate and have been known to hide it from my children. I can often be found reading a good book (or even sometimes just an okay book) and enjoying a jar of Nutella — don’t judge. I blog, here, at HideTheChocolate.com when I’m not creating book clubs and making lists…lots and lots of lists (it’s an addiction). Learn more…