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In years past, I wrapped up 24 Christmas books before December 1st. My kids took turns unwrapping these literary packages everyday and we would snuggle up to read. It was a wonderful tradition for young children. For many years it was one of our favorite Advent activities.
Time marches on though, and my kids aren’t so little anymore. My youngest is nine and now consistently has the attention span to listen to chapter books. My twelve year old has no patience for picture books. I can’t really blame her. She has been listening to these stories for over a decade. Truthfully, I’m a little tired of reading the same books every year too. It is time to invest in a few new Christmas chapter books.
Traditions change as families change.
This year we are going to advance to reading Christmas chapter books. We won’t read a new book everyday, but I’m sure we will still curl up next to the fire together nightly.
Christmas Chapter Books
This Christmas classic is a great way to incorporate classic English literature into the holidays. This short book is ripe with big juicy discussions as you talk about Ebenezer Scrooge and the three ghosts. This storyline is well known, so it is a great choice, even for younger kids (as long as the ghosts won’t scare them).
Already read the book? Watch the movie!
Christmas in Camelot is a book in the Magic Tree House series, making it a great choice for early elementary kids. Jack and Annie receive a special mystical invitation to spend Christmas Eve in Camelot. It wouldn’t be a Magic Tree House book without adventure though! Will Jack and Annie be able to save Camelot?
Judy Moody and her brother Stink are excited about the impending Christmas holiday. There is just one problem. Stink desperately wants a white Christmas. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a snowy Christmas in their town in over 100 years. They start to notice that their new mail carrier resembles a jolly elf…and knows a lot about arctic weather…and works long hours during the Christmas season. Will Stink get his wish?
Judy Moody was a favorite character in my household when my kids were younger. This Christmas chapter book is geared towards early elementary school kids.
The Herdman siblings are a force to be reckoned with. They are known around their town as “the worst kids in the history of the world”…which makes it quite ironic that they are the stars of their local Christmas pageant. Ultimately, this is a tale of the true meaning of Christmas.
We were introduced to this hilarious Christmas story a few years ago in my daughter’s book club. It was a hit with all of the kids! It is one of the easier Christmas chapter books.
Already read the book? Watch the movie!
Nikolas, nicknamed Christmas, must journey to the North Pole to save his father. Along the way he encounters magical creatures and adventure. Will he be able to save his father?
A Boy Called Christmas looks perfect for a variety of ages. I know both of my children (9 and 12) will enjoy this new Christmas chapter book.
No time to read aloud? Try an audio cd!
This is the follow up to A Boy Called Christmas. Amelia was a young girl full of Christmas spirit, in fact, she was the first person to receive a gift from Santa Claus. Unfortunately, she is forced into a hard institutional life and her Christmas spirit suffers. Can Santa save her?
Mitch is really hoping for a new game system for Christmas. Unfortunately, he gets involved in a fight at Thanksgiving dinner and his parents threaten to take away all Christmas presents as punishment. Mitch finds the hidden gifts and must decide what to do – steal the gifts or stay honest.
This book contains a warning from the editor – if there is even a remote chance that your child believes in Santa and Christmas magic, hold off on reading this book for another year or two. The last thing the author wants to do is ruin Christmas magic for anyone.
This Newberry award winning book takes place in the city of Paris. On Christmas Eve, a mother with three children begins to share a spot under a bridge with a homeless gentleman. It doesn’t take long for them to care for each other and act as a family.
What Christmas chapter books are you reading this year? Share in the comments!
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