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Classic Christmas Stories:

The Christmas Story

by Jane Werner Watson, illustrated by Eloise Wilkin

With beautiful illustrations and a simple retelling of the birth of Christ, this book has become a beloved Christmas classic for families. First published in 1952, it is one of the most popular children’s books about the Christmas story.

The Night Before Christmas

by Clement C. Moore, illustrated by Jan Brett

A young father wakes up to find Santa Claus shimmying down his chimney in this enduring Christmas story. Combining the original poem with Jan Brett’s exquisite illustrations, The Night Before Christmas is a must-have for every child’s home library.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

by Dr. Seuss

The Grinch is isolated, grumpy, and cruel, but he finds redemption and joy by embracing the spirit of Christmas. A holiday staple since publication in 1957, this book has become a modern classic.

Madeline’s Christmas

by Ludwig Bemelmans

When Miss Clavel and 11 little girls fall ill at Christmas, Madeline is left to care for them all. A rug merchant, a kind deed, and a magical journey make this charming holiday story is an essential read for Madeline fans.

The Twelve Days of Christmas

by Emma Randall

Fresh, whimsical artwork breathe new life into the popular Christmas song.

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story

by Gloria Houston, illustrated by Barbara Cooney

Well-known for its heartfelt message, this enduring classic will stay with you long after you read it. Set in a small Appalachian community, it’s a meaningful story about family, sacrifice, and gifts from the heart.

The Litle Drummer Boy

by Ezra Jack Keats

A young drummer boy gives a unique and personal gift to the newborn baby Jesus in this beautifully illustrated book. Ezra Jack Keats’ signature collage artwork makes The Little Drummer Boy a holiday treasure you’ll want to read year after year.

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree

by Robert Barry

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas tree is too tall for his parlor, so he cuts the top off and gives it to the maid, who in turn cuts the top off and gives it away. By the end of the festive tale, the tree has brought joy to a wide assortment of people and animals.

Christmas Carols

by Marjorie Wyckoff, illustrated by Corinne Mavern

Vintage illustrations accompany the sheet music and lyrics of favorite Christmas carols in this Little Golden Book. Originally published in 1946, this collection of yuletide music features popular songs like “Joy to the World” and ”Deck the Halls.”

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

by Susan Wojciechowski, illustrated by P.J. Lynch

When Jonathan Toomey accepts a woodcarving job from a widow and her young son, he never expects to have his heart healed in the process. This beautiful story is a favorite among Christmas lovers and carries strong messages of kindness and hope.

A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens

Three ghosts take Ebenezer Scrooge to visit his past, present, and future in Charles Dickens’ haunting Christmas story. A true classic, A Christmas Carol is a must-read for families about kindness, redemption, and the spirit of Christmas.


By E.T.A. Hoffman, illustrated by Maurice Sendak

Read the original story as it was written by E.T.A. Hoffman over 200 years ago. Paired with Maurice Sendak’s unique and vibrant illustrations, Nutcracker is the perfect book to read aloud as a family during the holidays.

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

by L. Frank Baum, illustrated by Mary Cowles Clark

From the author of The Wizard of Oz, this delightful fairy tale chronicles the life of Santa Claus. From choosing reindeer to sliding down chimneys, this tale of magic and kindness celebrates the jolly old elf.


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