Must Read Christmas Books

Does your Christmas Eve tradition include wearing brand new holiday pajamas and reading some fun Christmas books while cuddled up under blankets on the couch?  Ours too!  So if you are planning for a cozy night waiting for Santa to arrive, I’ve got you covered! So grab your matching pajamas and check this list of “Must Read Christmas Books” to ensure you have the coziest holiday season EVER.

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As I have shared before, I am an avid reader and am raising two little book lovers. Over my ten year career as a teacher and Reading Specialist, I found so many great books–and tons of duds, too–so I can assure you that this list of “Must Read Christmas Books” is filled with ONLY THE BEST ONES. Humor? Heartwarming? Gorgeous Illustrations? Whimsical Tales? I’ve got it all covered on this list.


Rudy’s Windy Christmas

How to Trick a Christmas Elf

The Polar Express

The Night the Lights Went Out on Christmas

The Crayons’ Christmas

Mrs. Clause Takes the Reigns

The Great Santa Stakeout

Snowmen at Christmas

Captain Bling’s Christmas Plunder

10 Little Elves

Construction Site on Christmas Night

A Homemade Together Christmas


Don’t forget to tackle this list of must-read Christmas books with a cup of hot cocoa in hand and with delicious snacks so your marathon reading session never has to end! Oh, and for Interfaith families like mine, check out our favorite books that celebrate different faiths during the holiday season and all Chicago families need a copy of Santa Is Coming to Chicago!



For more ways to have fun this holiday season, from fun traditions to have at home to holiday happenings across Chicagoland.

Happy Holidays!
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  1. Cara (@StylishGeek) says

    Who could resist Christmas books and PJs this holiday? Definitely not me! I love it! It reminds me to cozy up in the fireplace and read a good Christmas story to my niece and nephews. Thanks for sharing your post. It just reminded me one of my family’s favorite holiday traditions!

  2. says

    I have never thought to give my kids special pajamas for the holidays or even purchase special pajamas for them for the occasion. It is always so cold here in Chicago during the holidays that we are usually bundled up in heavy sweatshirts and socks.

  3. Angie says

    As a child, my mother always did PJs on Christmas eve. It was one of my favorite traditions, and I still want a new pair of PJs every Christmas. If I ever have kids, a tradition I’ll keep up as well. PJs for each, and a movie for all to share and watch on the eve of Christmas.

  4. Amanda says

    Since we are Polish, Christmas Eve is our big holiday…and being comfortable and surrounded by great books is a wonderful way to celebrate!

  5. Patricia Woolverton says

    I love a lot of these books. Christmas books are one of my favorite traditions. I love to read them to the kids on Christmas eve. It really helps with the spirit of Christmas.

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