What fun would Christmas be without our friends and family?
And what fun would Christmas reading be without awesome books that help our kids understand how precious our time is with the people we love?
Check out this list of my favourite Christmas books about family and friends – and maybe you’ll find a new favourite to share with your loved ones!
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Christmas Books About Family
This hilarious story of a stick man separated from his stick family during the holiday season is both touching and fun to read!
Find a related Christmas tree ornament to make HERE.
A large extended family heads to Grandma’s house for Christmas and then unexpectedly have to spend the night when a blizzard hits! Funny, sweet, and a great read-aloud.
Guess Who’s Coming to Santa’s for Dinner?
Tomie dePaola’s story about Santa and his relatives who join him and Mrs. Claus for Christmas dinner, will have the kids giggling and parents knowingly nodding as you’re introduced to annoying in-laws and quirky friends!
I love this beautifully illustrated picture book describing Jesus’s first night. The text is simple, and lovely – and young children will enjoy this touching story of the birth of Christ.
The Berenstain Bears’ Night Before Christmas
If your child likes the Berenstein Bears – this one is guaranteed to please. It’s a tale within a tale as Father Bear reads Mama Bear and the cubs the famous “The Night Before Christmas” poem.
Christmas in the Big Woods (Little House)
A stunningly illustrated picture book that tells Laura Ingall’s tale of a pioneer Christmas.
A young boy runs away on Christmas day to live with the animals of the forest, where he discovers how much his family actually means to him.
The Smallest Gift of Christmas
A young boy learns that the power of a gift has nothing to do with its size!
The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book
In this picture book adaptation of the best-selling novel, a young boy learns that the true meaning of a gift is that it is given with love.
Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama
The perfect story for families who share Christmas and Hanukkah traditions.
Christmas Books About Friendship
A wonderful story of friendship between animals. The forest gang wakes Bear up to celebrate Christmas Eve, and he ends up staying awake all night to make Christmas morning extra special for all his friends.
If you’ve read any of the Little Blue Truck series – you’ll know that Little Blue is a one of a kind friend. This fun Christmas version has Little Blue delivering trees to all his friends – and it finishes with a fun light-up tree!
Find a fun playdough activity to go along with this book HERE.
Let the Jolly Postman take you on a fun romp through a land where fairy tale and nursery rhyme characters are the best of friends – and where Santa Claus is always there to give a friendly postman a lift!
Find a hands-on creative play idea to try after reading this story HERE.
The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever
These best-mouse-friends show kids how to work together and to celebrate the holiday in style!
A Charlie Brown Christmas (Peanuts)
Get nostalgic with this classic tale of the Peanuts gang, and how they discover what Christmas is really all about!
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Wishing you a wonderful Christmas – full of friends and family…and great books!