Children’s Christmas books to read as a family

reading christmas book

by Mother & Baby |

It's such an exciting time of the year, for little and big kids alike - so what better way to send them to sleep in the December nights before Christmas, than with a festive bedtime story.

It's a lovely Christmas tradition to start, gathering the whole family each night, ready for a seasonal tale.

And as there are lots of options to choose from, from personalised Christmas books to the classic 'Night before Christmas', we've listed some of our favourite festive reads for you to pick from.

The Jolly Christmas Postman

The Jolly Christmas Postman
Amazon

View offer

It's Christmas Eve and the Jolly Postman is delivering greetings to everyone's favourite fairy-tale characters.

He has a card for Baby Bear, a game for Red Riding Hood, a get-well jigsaw for poor Humpty Dumpty and lots more packages to deliver!

Peter Rabbit: Christmas is Coming: A Christmas Countdown

Peter Rabbit: Christmas is Coming: A Christmas Countdown
Amazon

View offer

Help Peter Rabbit count down to Christmas with a story and activity for each day of advent!

Featuring 24 brand new stories and an activity to enjoy every day of Advent, including a story for Christmas Eve, this beautiful book makes the perfect Christmas gift and will become a festive tradition for Peter Rabbit fans young and old.

The Story Orchestra: The Nutcracker

The Story Orchestra: The Nutcracker
Amazon

View offer

Follow Clara on a magical Christmas adventure in this interactive retelling of the classic ballet story. Watch the Nutcracker battle the Mouse King, meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and journey to the Land of Sweets, where wonder and excitement await...

Including music from: 'The Dance of the Reed Flutes', 'The Waltz of Flowers' and 'The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy'.

Ten Little Elves Board Book

Ten Little Elves Board Book
Amazon

View offer

A brilliant one for younger children, part traditional counting rhyme, part fun-filled story, Ten Little Elves is perfect for sharing together.

Count from ten to one and back again, as the Little Elves disappear then reappear. Spot and count the details on each page and join in with all the great sound-words!

The Christmas Bear: A Christmas Pop-Up Book

The Christmas Bear: A Christmas Pop-Up Book
Amazon

View offer

With a laugh-out-loud text full of witty rhymes and silly scenarios from Ian Whybrow, and illustrations by Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo, that are bursting with funny details, The Christmas Bear is a Christmas book with a difference – and there's a flap to lift on every page, so children can join in the fun!

Peppa Pig: Peppa's Night Before Christmas

Peppa Pig: Peppau0026#039;s Night Before Christmas
Amazon

View offer

This timeless Christmas classic has been updated for Peppa Pig in a brand new, fully rhyming story!

It's the most magical night of the year... Christmas Eve! Maybe Peppa and George will meet a special visitor.

How Winston Delivered Christmas

How Winston Delivered Christmas
Amazon

View offer

Winston the mouse is on a very important mission. On Christmas Eve, he finds a letter that has gotten lost on its way to Father Christmas – so, with no time to lose, he sets out to deliver it himself in time for Christmas Day!

He has a lot of very exciting adventures on his very important mission and makes some wonderful friends along the way.

The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas
Amazon

View offer

"Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse."

This classic Christmas verse is well known to every parent and child preparing for Christmas and this beautifully illustrated new edition is the perfect Christmas gift for young and old.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Amazon

View offer

The timeless Christmas classic from the iconic Dr. Seuss! Read this favourite story of joy, love and acceptance anytime, anywhere.

With hilarious rhymes and beautiful illustrations, this classic seasonal story has become a favourite for good reason and teaches readers the true meaning of Christmas.

Dear Santa

Dear Santa
Amazon

View offer

Toddlers will love lifting the flaps to open the presents and find out what Santa has sent – and finding the perfect present at the end.

This special 15th anniversary edition has an updated cover with extra gold foil, making it the ideal Christmas gift for fans of Dear Zoo.

Personalised Christmas Eve Children's Book

Personalised Christmas Eve Childrenu0026#039;s Book

View offer

A beautiful personalised children's book featuring Mistletoe the magical Christmas Eve mouse and your child(ren) on a quest to save Christmas Eve!

This lovely book can feature up to 4 children, all of whom are magically transformed into mice for the story, and embark on an adventure. The child(ren)'s name(s) and place where they live also feature in this exciting book, as well as a chance to put the name(s) of the giver(s) of the book at the start.

Personalised Christmas Wishes For You book

Personalised Christmas Wishes For You book

View offer

Your little one is the star in this story as you can add their name and choose their adventurer as well as four wishes to give them including Strength, Adventure, and Patience. You can add your own free dedication to the first page, to make this book a truly special keepsake.

There's an Elf in Your Book

Thereu0026#039;s an Elf in Your Book
Amazon

View offer

In this book by bestselling author and musician Tom Fletcher, an elf is here to test your little one in this participatory read-aloud. But will your child let the elf trick them into being naughty?

We're Going on an Elf Chase

Weu0026#039;re Going on an Elf Chase
Amazon

View offer

Four little bunnies set off on an exciting lift-the-flap adventure. However there are lots of Christmassy obstacles along the way that your youngster will love, including reindeer, polar bears and penguins.

Read more popular articles

Just so you know, whilst we may receive a commission or other compensation from the links on this website, we never allow this to influence product selections - read why you should trust us