The Twelve Books of Christmas

by PR by the Book

It’s the holiday season and along with sipping cocoa by the fire, it’s the perfect time to cozy up with a good book. We thought we’d take the time to share some classic titles for your twelve days of Christmas. Maybe we’ll introduce you to a new title or two.


A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – Probably the epitome of “Christmas Classic,” this story has been parodied countless times and always drives home an important moral lesson.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss – Dr. Seuss makes us feel like we can spread the joy of the holidays to the grumpiest of people and reminded us that even if all the presents disappeared, we can still celebrate!

The Elf on the Shelf by Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell – If you’re a parent of tiny children, you probably have embraced this new Christmas tradition of inviting one of Santa’s elves to help keep an eye on what’s going on around the house.

The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore – Another Christmas Classic. Did you know the original poem was titled A Visit From St. Nicholas?

The Birds' Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas Wiggin – This book was shared with us by @writerlulu. It tells the moving story of a young girl with a terminal illness who plans a Christmas celebration with a less fortunate family.

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg – Popular for its great winter illustrations, and fulfills every child’s fantasy of seeing the North Pole.


Mary's Son: A Tale of Christmas by Darryl Nyznyk – From one of our very own authors, Mary’s Son tells the story of two troubled youths who are introduced to the Christmas story in a miraculous way that prevents them from suffering from some almost-made mistakes

Olive, the Other Reindeer by J. Otto Seibold & Vivian Walsh – An adorable children’s book that follows Olive, a dog who mistakenly thinks she is a reindeer meant for Santa’s sleigh.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – Yes, this one is not necessarily holiday-themed and is on the longer side, but a scenic telling of Christmas morning and winter scenes has plenty to cozy up to.

Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus – Any version you can find of this 1897 essay from the New York Sun is perfect for sharing with kids.

The Mitten by Jan Brett - A winter tale of a lost mitten. Maybe not centered around a holiday, but certainly helps us, in Texas, imagine a picturesque winter.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson – A children’s book about a Christmas pageant gone awry…it’s an enjoyable read for parents too.

- Cross-posted courtesy of PR By the Book.


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