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Best Christmas Books for Children Aged 4-7

Our curated list of the best children’s books about Christmas features books that celebrate the traditional Christmas Story as well as stories about the joy of gift-giving, magical snowmen and winter celebrations.

Find awe and wonder in gentle Christmas-time stories like Leah’s Star, a beautifully illustrated tale that captures the essence of the Nativity from a child’s perspective. For young readers eager to let their imaginations soar at the idea of Santa’s workshop, Kid Christmas promises a delightful journey filled with imagination and a good dose of festive kindness. Enjoy the warmth of family traditions with I Love You More than Christmas, a touching story that celebrates the spirit of giving and the joy of togetherness.

Whether you’re seeking tales of festive traditions or recommended Christmas children’s books that capture the essence of the season, get into the festive spirit with our hand-picked recommendations of children’s books all about Christmas. We ho-ho-hope you like these Christmas stories just as much as we do!

NB: This is a Christmas booklist aimed at children in EYFS and KS1 (ages 4-7). You may also be looking for our Christmas Booklist for KS2 or our Christmas Gift Guides.

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Our Favourite Christmas Storytime Books

Delia Huddy
 & Emily Sutton
A tender Christmas story with charming artwork by Emily Sutton, illustrator of Tiny.A poignant, exquisitely illustrated Christmas story, with words by Delia Huddy and pictures by rising star Emily Sutton. When the ugly little fir tree is taken to the city, no one wants to buy him; they prefer the big tall trees. But a homeless boy asks the shopkeeper if he can take the tree, and down by the river in a cardboard box, decorated with a few candles, the tree finds itself at the centre of a magical Christmas Eve it will never forget. A Christmas tale with a classic feel but a modern theme at its heart.
Julia Donaldson
 & Lydia Monks
Packed full of fun, What the Ladybird Heard at Christmas is a fantastically lively rhyming adventure from the bestselling picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks.In a big old house, the ladybird is visiting her friend the spider for the festive season. But those two bad men, Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len, are up to no good again. They have a devious plan - to steal the children's Christmas presents from their stockings! It's a good thing that the clever little ladybird has overheard their awful plotting, and she has a cunning plan to make sure they don't get away with it.
Benji Davies

High in the sky, a tiny snowflake is born and it begins to tumble down, wondering where it is destined to land. Meanwhile, a little girl called Noelle is getting ready for Christmas, decorating her tree and looking for Christmas wonder in everyday activities. The pair come together in a beautiful moment tied up with warmth, hope and the wonder of the little things that make wintertime magical.

Alex T. Smith

A cross between a Christmas story and an advent calendar, this charming hardback book is structured into 24½ chapters – one for each day of advent. Each day’s offering includes the next chapter of the story and easy-to-follow instructions for an accompanying craft to make or activity to try.

Winston is a little mouse who finds himself caught up in a special adventure with a festive theme. When Winston stumbles across a lost letter addressed to Father Christmas, he makes it his mission to deliver the letter to the North Pole in time for Christmas. It’s not an easy expedition, but along the way Winston is helped by a cast of generous friends and helpful strangers. This is a heart-warming story that celebrates simple acts of kindness towards other people and together with the craft activities it makes a wonderful book for families, groups or school classes to enjoy exploring together in the run-up to Christmas.

Jan Fearnley

It is the week before Christmas and it’s getting chilly outside. Little Robin washes and irons seven warm vests to keep him cosy in the frosty evenings leading up to Christmas. As each day goes by, Robin encounters a different shivering animal and, full of compassion, he generously offers each animal one of his vests to wear.

Robin’s kindness may have prevented his animal friends from getting colder, but when Christmas Eve arrives he finds himself with nothing warm left to wear. Fortunately, a festive visitor in a red suit and a soft, white beard spots Robin and finds a joyous way to reward him for his kindness to others.

The tale is likely to inspire children to tap into the spirit of giving that Robin demonstrates so unreservedly.

Children's Nativity Books

Nicholas Allan
A delightful retelling of the nativity through the eyes of a grumpy innkeeper whose sleep is disturbed by unexpected visitors, a shining light and loud singing in the sky…
The innkeeper and his wife settle down to sleep after a hectic day, but a stream of visitors keep showing up, asking for Mary and Joseph. 'Round the back!' the innkeeper shouts, grumpily!

Eventually, desperate for sleep, he flies into a rage and goes to see what all the fuss is about: it sounds like some kind of party out in the stable! But as soon as he sees newborn baby Jesus, the innkeeper softens and joins in the celebration.

Brian Wildsmith
A beautifully illustrated and engaging version of the nativity story.As the wonderful events of the Nativity unfold, Brian Wildsmith tells of the journey of a little girl and a donkey to Bethlehem. It is their perspective on the Christmas story that gives the book such an intimate, innocent and child-centred appeal.This classic story from an internationally acclaimed picture-book writer has deservedly become an enduring favourite with children at Christmas time.
Margaret Bateson-Hill
 & Karin Littlewood

We love this tender retelling of the Nativity story through the eyes of Leah, the innkeeper’s daughter.

The streets of Bethlehem are bustling with people and Leah’s family are rushed off their feet, housing travellers at her father’s inn. When a woman who is just about to have her baby arrives, Leah’s father finds them a place to rest in his stable.

Wide-eyed with wonder, Leah witnesses a series of extraordinary events, including some rather unusual visitors from afar. The story is full of humanity and at its heart it depicts a young girl’s personal encounter with the very special baby at the centre of the nativity story.

Illustrated with Karin Littlewood’s watercolour scenes, this beautiful picture book brings a familiar Christmas story to life through a fresh pair of eyes and is a worthy addition to your collection of nativity storybooks.

Sam Taplin
 & Róisín Hahessy

A sweet story for the gentlest souls is presented in Usborne’s Twinkly. Twinkly Nativity by Sam Taplin and Róisín Hahessy. This is a board book nativity story that brings out the wow-factor behind the Christmas message of joy and hope, by incorporating real lights into every page.

Children's Books about Father Christmas

David Litchfield

Celebrated author–illustrator David Litchfield offers a magical and festive picturebook about generosity and Christmas spirit, which could be enjoyed at different levels across the primary age range.

Kid Christmas of the Claus Brothers Toy Shop is a fresh take on the origin story of Santa Claus (St. Nicholas). It is heartwarming and charming, while teaching about kindness, compassion and love. The illustrations detail Victorian street scenes and the magic of a toy workshop, as well as capturing facial expressions of delight and joy that allow the magic of Christmas to shine through.

When young Nicky discovers that young children are living on the streets and under bridges, he becomes determined to make sure that every child gets the toy they want for Christmas and to give them all a bit of joy in their lives. With the help of his uncles, he sets out on his mission and soon decides that every child in the world must get their most wished-for toy every year at Christmas. Thus the Legend of St. Nick was born.

Kid Christmas is a beautiful and enjoyable book with stunning, rich illustrations accompanying a unique and thoughtful story that will entertain and delight. Older readers in primary classrooms might go on to research the history of St Nicholas, while younger ones will enjoy all the magic of the toy workshop and present delivery drawn out in David Litchfield’s superbly detailed style.

Clement C. Moore
 & Stacey Thomas
A stylishly illustrated edition of the classic Christmas poem ' Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C.Moore - an essential festive favourite transformed by spectacularly talented debut illustrator Stacey Thomas.'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse...Nothing captures the Christmas spirit better than Clement C. Moore's much-loved poem, and with Stacey Thomas's lavish illustrations, this new edition of the traditional poem is an essential advent read for Christmas lovers young and old.
Chris Van Allsburg

A Christmas classic for every train-loving child, The Polar Express is a wonderfully gentle adventure to the North Pole that millions of readers return to again and again. Why? There’s an indescribable magic to trains that this book makes real. Its beautiful illustrations capture the pure joy of watching a steam train rumbling into the distance. Something chuffer nutters young and old can all appreciate.

Recommended Stories about Christmas Trees

Julia Donaldson & Victoria Sandøy

A gentle tale of a famous seasonal traditional is offered in The Christmas Pine by Julia Donaldson and Victoria Sandøy.

The words were originally commissioned by The Poetry Society for their annual poetic welcome to Norway’s gifted Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square, and have since been beautifully illustrated by Norwegian artist Victoria Sandøy and presented in hardback.

The gentle rhyming verse tells the journey of the Christmas tree itself, from its origins in a deep and snowy wood to its final destination in Trafalgar Square. Coupled with pictures that accentuate the joy of children and animals at each stage of the tree’s journey, this makes for a comforting bedtime story that refocuses attention on the aspects of Christmas that become treasured in our hearts long after the season is over.

Yuval Zommer

The story is about a little fir tree that is too small and too imperfect’ to be chosen to be decorated at Christmas time. He is different from the other trees around him and ever since being a sapling he knew it was “plain to see that I was never, ever going to be a perfect, grown-up tree.”

As families choose the other trees as Christmas trees, the little fir tree is left alone in the forest. Before long, the forest animals gather around the lonely little tree to offer festive cheer and encouragement that the creatures great and small appreciate him just as he is. The story ends with a happy springtime scene with the tree providing a home for forest animals and a shelter for two children reading their books, alongside the tree’s warm assertion that he is ‘the tree that’s meant to be.’ At every stage, Zommer’s beautiful illustrations are charming and filled with details and patterns that tell of the joys of looking closely at nature.

This is a hope-filled book with the natural world at its heart, cutting through the commercialism of the festive season to offer a gentle and encouraging message about celebrating difference and finding one’s place in the world.

Christmas Stories about Friends and Family

Ellie Hattie
 & Tim Warnes

Cosy cuddles abound in the Christmas favourite I Love You More than Christmas. Little Bear is full of festive cheer, enthusiastically enjoying cards, ice-skating, tree decorating, carol singers and Christmas baking. But as Bear snuggles down at bedtime, there’s finally time to make himself heard and express that the most wonderful thing about Christmas is sharing it with loved ones

. A lovely read-aloud that prompts readers to reflect upon what really matters among the busyness of the Christmas festivities.

Michael Morpurgo
 & Jim Field

Every year at Christmas time, Mia and her family have a tradition to read out a letter that her Grandpa once wrote to her. In the letter, Grandpa fondly reminisces about the lovely activities they used to enjoy together, such as looking for frogs in the garden or planting flower seeds. At the same time, Grandpa expresses his worries about the world and his heartfelt wishes for it to be a better place for Mia to live her life in. The natural world is in danger, Grandpa muses, and it is up to people like Mia to look after our beautiful planet and make sure we protect our environment as much as we can.

Nostalgic and emotive in both its words and illustrations, this new story steers away from traditional Christmas messages and offers instead a powerful and timely statement about looking after our environment, told through the voice of an old man who treasures his grandchild so much that he longs for a better world for her.

Eoin McLaughlin

This is a delightful tale of two characters, Tortoise and Hedgehog who are experiencing their first Christmas and who do not know what Christmas is. Many children will be familiar with the characters from the story ‘The Hug’ and other stories in this series and will welcome their familiarness. Exploring what Christmas is all about will resonate with younger children – the excitement of presents, food and decorations all feature.

There is opportunity for some more in-depth discussion with children about each of the aspects of Christmas shared by the other animals in the story – for example, Fox’s focus on presents that are all for him and the story climax of the importance of being with those we love.

The illustrations invite children to look closely at each page – particularly to pick out the little white mouse, who has his own particular excitement and engagement with the trappings of Christmas. Children will enjoy retelling the story from the pictures, developing the detail of the story that is not in the main text but found in the illustrations. This is a super addition to any early years class collection, a lovely book to read aloud at school or at home.

Super-Fun Christmas Stories for Children

Mark Sperring
 & Sophie Corrigan
Mince Pies become action heroes in this laugh-out-loud new picture book from Mark Sperring and Sophie Corrigan. Following in the footsteps of The Day the Crayons Quit, Traction Man and Supertato, the book brings plenty of hilarity and a festive twist on the popular theme of everyday objects brought to life and getting into all kinds of unlikely mishaps. Christmas is almost here but all is not calm and bright in the world of the Mince Spies. Somebody or something has been visiting all the supermarkets in town and smashing up the Christmas treats. Soon, every delicious cake, iced biscuit and Christmas pudding is under threat as festive goodies are reported to have been thrown from the shelves and destroyed into a mixed-up sugary mess. Is there anybody who can track down the culprit? This is clearly a job for the Mince Spies, who are sent on a mission to keep watch over the supermarket shelves and catch whoever is responsible for trying to ruin Christmas. With a little help from puff-pastry jetpacks, shortcrust walkie-talkies and Santa Claus himself, the Mince Spies set to work and find a way to restore Christmas cheer. A whimsical and enjoyable festive read that will guarantee giggles from young children. Set in rhyme and brought to life with bright and bold illustrations by Sophie Corrigan, this is a super book to share with EYFS and KS1 in the run-up to Christmas.
Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet

Fans of the Supertato books will be pleased to see the award-winning picture book duo return this Christmas with a hilarious wintertime story full of snow-themed giggles and frolics. The story has a festive setting (complete with robins and Christmas lights in the illustrations) without overtly referring to Christmas itself.

Snowball feels a little lonely, gazing down at the nearby town below and longing for a bit more fun. With a ‘jiggy, jig, jig’ he sets off down the hillside. Snowball underestimates the steepness of the slope and begins to skid and tumble. Rolling faster and faster, he gathers more snow (not to mention a random assortment of other items) as he goes and things soon begin to…well, snowball out of control.

Heaps of fun and tremendously silly, young children will love the rhyming text and the escalating excitement in this story. Perfect for a giggly story time on a cold, wintry day.

Suzy Senior
 & Lucy Semple

‘Santerella’ is a delightful and whimsical tale that fuses the enchantment of a fairy tale with the warmth of the Christmas spirit, making it an excellent addition to primary school libraries and a superb choice for festive classroom reading.

Suzy Senior’s expertise in creating engaging narratives for young audiences shines through in ‘Santerella’. This book takes the reader on a globetrotting adventure with Cinderella as she steps in to save Christmas, offering a fresh twist on two beloved narratives. The story encourages resilience and kindness, presenting Cinderella not just as a damsel in distress but as a proactive heroine ready to tackle challenges head-on.

Lucy Semple’s illustrations bring a lively and humorous dimension to the story, capturing the joy and the unexpected mash-up of Christmas and fairy tale elements with vibrancy. The illustrations will captivate children’s attention and spark imagination, making the read-aloud experience incredibly enjoyable.

For teachers, ‘Santerella’ opens up a world of teaching opportunities. It aligns well with traditional tales, character studies, and discussions about cultural celebrations. It is equally valuable for challenging stereotypes, fitting into lessons about equality and empowerment. Its rhythmic and rhyming text can be used in literacy lessons focused on poetic form and sound patterns, aiding in developing phonemic awareness and reading fluency. ‘Santerella’ is a must-have for educators looking to enrich their classroom with a story that is as heartwarming as it is empowering. It is a reminder that sometimes, the best gifts are not those wrapped in bows but the chance to rewrite our stories for the better.

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