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Jolly Holiday Reading

By Mrs. Peters

December 11, 2015


Here in the elementary library we are checking out many wonderful Christmas stories to read for Accelerated Reading and just for fun. If you parents are searching for a last minute gift for your children or whole family, might I suggest a Christmas storybook?

Spend some special holiday time reading cherished Christmas classics like The Night Before Christmas and A Strega Nona Christmas or read a new holiday story like Little Blue Truck’s Christmas.

Here is a list of recommended Christmas books that will make excellent gifts for your young reader.


Picture books:

Christmas Farm by Mary Lyn Ray              Mr. Willoughby’s Christmas Tree by Robert E. Barry

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski

Dream Snow by Eric Carle                             Baseball Bats for Christmas by Michael Kusugak

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss       Christmas Cricket by Eve Bunting

Night Before the The Night Before Christmas by Natasha Wing   Auntie Claus books by Elise Primavera

Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving by Jan Berenstain              Home For Christmas by Tish Rabe

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg                 Carl’s Christmas by Alexandra Day

Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson                     Santa Calls by William Joyce

The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever by Steven Kroll                Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner

Madeline’s Christmas by Ludwig Bemelmans                      Tacky’s Christmas by Helen Lester

Together at Christmas by Eileen Spinelli                Christmas Tree Ship by Carol Crane

Apple Tree Christmas by Trinka Hakes Noble       The Smallest Gift of Christmas by Peter Reynold

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston              Michael Garland’s Christmas books

Toot and Puddle: I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Holly Hobbie        An Otis Christmas by Loren Long

The Finest Christmas Tree by John Hassett            Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett


Chapter books:

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson   Christmas Genie by Dan Gutman

Christmas Sonata by Gary Paulsen                          Clementine for Christmas by Daphne Benedis-Grab

True Gift: A Christmas Story by Patricia MacLachlan          A Shiloh Christmas by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

There are many more delightful Christmas books than I can ever put on this list. Remember that even though picture books are for primary aged children most books are written on a 2nd-4th grade reading level. We have many of these books in our school libraries but each year we can’t resist adding a couple more because everyone wants to check out a holiday book this time of year and we hope that you add one to your home library too. Reading makes the season bright!

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