2017 Best Children’s Christmas Books
One of the more precious traditions over the Christmas season is reading holiday stories — the top 10 Christmas books for kids are the picks that parents are choosing over the rest to read to their children, and the ones that kids in general love the most. Again this year there are some fun twists in the list! 🙂
What’s here: On this page are the ten best children’s books for the 2017 Christmas holiday season – rankings based on both consumer popularity and high overall ratings. They include both classic favorites and some popular newer releases.
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Post Updated: April 9th, 2017
1. Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Schertle
2. The Polar Express (30th Anniversary Edition) by Chris Van Allsburg
3. What Light by Jay Asher
4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss
5. Llama Llama Jingle Bells by Anna Dewdney
6. The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving by Jan Berenstain
7. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Little Golden Book) by Rick Bunsen
8. Merry Christmas, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
9. The Coloring Book of Cards and Envelopes: Christmas by Rebecca Jones
10. Merry Christmas, Daniel Tiger! by Angela C. Santomero
Top 10 Christmas Books for Kid:
Ages: 3 – 5
For the 2017 holiday season, the #1 pick of the top 10 Christmas books for kids is Alice Schertle’s Little Blue Truck’s Christmas.
Little Blue Truck is a children’s book favorite. She is headed on an entirely new holiday adventure this year. Spreading Christmas cheer, Little Blue Truck is delivering holiday trees to her animal friends and their families. Told in lullaby rhythms.
Ages: 4 – 7
Not a huge surprise, The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg comes in second of the 2017 ten best Christmas books for kids.
Can you believe the Polar Express is 30? Wowwie. This book has made a mega impact on Christmas fanatics worldwide. It’s about a little boy with a bad case of “simply can’t sleep,” who makes a fantastic journey to the North Pole. All on board Santa Claus’s train.
Ages: 12 and up
A new addition to the list – What Light by Jay Asher comes in at 3rd.
For preteens, this book features all of the must-have story elements, like romance, a little drama, lots of humor, and a heartfelt message. This is the tale of Sierra, a teenager caught between a family she loves and a boy she’s in love with. Quite an emotional Christmas story!
Ages: 5 – 9
Always a huge favorite during the holidays, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss makes it to the fourth spot on this year’s “hot list.”
How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a classic that I read every single night in December when I was a kiddo. It was a bedtime ritual. And I still love the story. In true Dr. Seuss fashion, this book is all about rhymes, quirks, and a “humbug” kinda character called The Grinch. He hates the holidays, so he steals it.
Ages: 3 and up
Llama Llama Jingle Bells by Anna Dewdney also makes its mark as one of the top kids’ Christmas books this year.
In dedication to the amazing author, Anna Dewdney, this book is an instant classic that kids would love to read on Christmas Eve. It’s a board book, perfect for toddlers and babies. And it’s told in simple rhymes with pictures.
Ages: 4 – 7
Coming in next on the list – The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving by Jan Berenstain.
The Berenstain Bears are a classic critter family from way back. And this year, Momma and Poppa are teaching the cubs about The Joy of Giving. This story has a huge life lesson about sharing, caring, and making others happy.
Ages: 2 – 5
Based off the seasonal holiday TV special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Rick Bunsen comes in as #7 of kids’ top 2017 Christmas books.
I love this version of Rudolph because it has such a rich and vivid vocabulary. If it were a book without pictures, readers could easily see all of the scenes in vibrant detail because the words are so powerfully, beautifully written. This reindeer tale is the original story from 1939.
Ages: 4 – 8
A rather amusing title enters in as 8th of the best Christmas books for kids this year with Merry Christmas, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt.
I am a huge fan of the author’s other books like, “I Love You, Stinky Face.” It’s a regular bedtime read in my household. So I am delighted about this book! Merry Christmas, Stinky Face is storytelling from a patient, loving mother to a quirky, questioning kiddo. Imaginatively, beautifully illustrated.
Ages: 5 and up
Here is a unique twist on the concept of holiday books! The Coloring Book of Cards and Envelopes: Christmas by Rebecca Jones also holds a place on the list.
For little artists, this Christmas book is actually a coloring book of tear-out cards and mail-away envelopes. Kiddos make a list of their Christmas card recipients, then use colored pencils and markers to color the festive designs. Tear out, seal in an envelope, stamp it, and mail it. Easy peasy!
Ages: 3 – 7
And – the final item on this year’s list of top ten kids’ Christmas books is Merry Christmas, Daniel Tiger! by Angela C. Santomero.
Living in the Neighborhood of Make Believe (just like Mr. Rogers), Daniel Tiger and his family are eager to celebrate Christmas together. In this lift-flap board book, kiddos will decorate the tree with mom, bake cookies for Santa with the local baker, and unwrap presents with Daniel’s baby sister, Margaret.
Update note: This Top 10 Christmas Books for Kids 2017 page was modified to reflect current information on April 9th, 2017.