A Christmas Wish — plus 32 other Wonderful Holiday Books

Images and text by Gabrielle.

What are your favorite holiday books? We have a tradition of adding a new Christmas book to our collection each year. I love this tradition because it’s easy, it’s something the whole family can enjoy (and can continue to enjoy for many years), and it’s typically under $20 to get a new book, so it’s a tradition that doesn’t break the bank.

A Christmas Wish — plus 32 other Wonderful Holiday Books

Ben Blair found this year’s pick and it’s a good one! It’s called The Christmas Wish, and it had us reminiscing about our trips to Sweden and Norway. We’re not the only ones who like it, apparently it’s a New York Times Best Seller. And it’s no surprise. It just oozes Christmas and wintertime — her clothes, the polar bear and reindeer she meets — every little detail is delightful.

A Christmas Wish — plus 32 other Wonderful Holiday Books

Looking for more holiday books? I’ve shared tons of great picks over the years — click through for a full list. For those who don’t celebrate Christmas, my apologies in advance, because my list is very-much Christmas focused. But obviously, there are lots of other winter holidays, so if you have favorite non-Christmas holiday titles to share, please do!

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

A Child’s Christmas in Wales (If you can find this one as an audio book, you will especially love it!)

The Christmas Alphabet

A Christmas Carol (You can also try the Young Readers Edition or the Picture Book Edition)

Christmas Day in the Morning


The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

Corgiville Christmas

Dream Snow

Every Man Heart Lay Down

The Gift of the Magi


How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The Night Before Christmas

The Nutcracker

Olive, the Other Reindeer

The Polar Express (I’m not a fan of the movie, but I adore the book. It’s even a Caldecott winner!)


Santa Calls

The Little Match Girl

The Snowy Day (Not holiday related, but a great winter time book that we like to keep with the Christmas titles!)

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Who is Coming to Our House?


– An Orange for Frankie

– Flicka, Ricka, Dicka & Their New Skates

– The Birds of Bethlehem

– The 12 Days of Christmas

– Babar and Father Christmas


– Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama

– The Trees Of The Dancing Goats

– My Wonderful Christmas Tree

– Chanukah Lights

– Stick Man


– The Christmas Quiet Book

– Great Joy