Christmas Books for Kids: Top ten children books as Christmas gifts

Browse the top ten Christmas books for children as gifts for Christmas gifts for kids. Which one is Santa going to put in your kid's Christmas stocking this year?

Looking for great Christmas books for kids as gifts? Here's a list of top ten Christmas books for children that would make awesome 2012 Christmas gift books for kids. Browse through the list, and quickly decide which one is going to be there in your kid's Christmas stocking on the 24th night!

The Night before Christmas (Illustrated)

The Night Before Christmas, Clement C MooreRemember the awesome poem by Clement Clarke Moore, A Visit from St. Nicholas? This famous Christmas poem for kids opened with 'Twas the night before Christmas, and a plethora of magical lines would follow to mesmerise children for generations. What Rachel Isadora has added to this already wonderful poem are gorgeous illustrations. The cover shows Santa on his sleigh, with the famous dreadlocks and a funky trouser. The oil paints and collages on every page minutely depicts various scenes of Christmas from snowy fields to elves. The images also add a sense of contemporaneity to this 19th century poem. As Barnes & Nobles put it, these great paintings by Richard Jesse Watson, an American artist, ‘infuse traditional images with pizzazz and flair.’

Our top recommendation as children's Christmas gifts, this book is available at Barnes and Nobles at just $16.99. Published by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, 2009. Total Pages: 32. Suited for 4-9 years of age.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: Barbara Robinson

The Best Christmas Pageants Ever by Barbara RobinsonIf you remember this 1972 classic, your childhood was awesome! Won't you like to let your kids taste this evergreen Christmas book for children? Gift your kid this timeless classic of Barbara Robinson, and I bet you will feel greedy to turn the pages yourself when your kids won't be at home! The Best Christmas Pageants Ever by Barbara Robinson tracks the story of six misbehaving kids taking over the church pageant, and presenting a whole new outlook for the Christmas.

You can meet the "worst kids in the entire history of the world" at only for $5.99. Published by Harper Collins, Reprint 1997. Total Pages: 128. Suited for 8 years and above.

Li'l Rabbit's Kwanzaa

Lil Rabbits Kwanzaa, Kids Christmas book for giftAuthored by Donna L Washington and Illustrated by Shane W Evans, Li'l Rabbit's Kwanzaa narrates the story of a rabbit on a lookout for a special gift for its grandmother for the Kwanzaa feast, Karamu. While Li'l Rabbit ventures out for a special gift for Granna Rabbit so that she can enjoy the Karamu feast anyway, the tale is inspired from the African-American folklore of the trickster Brer Rabbit. Rooted deep into the African tradition, it is one of the best Christmas books as gifts for children especially in Africa as they will recognize the traditions and images more conveniently. Nevertheless, what Li'l Rabbit achieves is actually the true intention of the Kwanzaa feast: coming together in need of others and spread out a helping hand.

Consider making this book a special Christmas gift for your children; they will certainly enjoy the story, and at the same time, will be taught about fellow feeling and camaraderie. Available at Amazon $12.99. Published by Ketherine Tegen Books, 2009. Total Pages: 32. Suited for 4-8 years of age.

The Nightmare before Christmas: Tim Burton

The Nightmare before Christmas by Tim Burton, great Christmas gift book for kidsA graduate from the California Institute of Arts and an animator in the Walt Disney studio, Tim Burton has come up with one of the best Christmas books for kids ever. The Nightmare before Christmas is the story of Jack Skellington, the in-charge of Halloweenland. As he runs out of ideas to make his place the best in the world, he looks out for new ideas and gets one from Christmas Town. Christmas it is! Christmas, Mr. Skellington observes, is the only thing remaining to make Halloweenland the coolest place ever. Accordingly, the lanky skeleton steps into the shoes of Santa and tries to take out the good old elf. What next?

Find out at just $16.99 from Barnes & Nobles. Publisher: Disney Press. Total Pages: 48. Suited for 6 to 10 years of age.

The Polar Express: Chris Van Allsburg

The Polar Express Book CoverSo far we have talked about Christmas gift books for little kids aged between 4 to 8 years. The last one is for a little elder ones. Yes, The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg will make a perfect Christmas gift book for children aged 8-12 years. Catch up with some kids taking a night time train to the North Pole to meet Santa Clause. You will experience fantasy and magic at its purest form, and will probably have another version of the famous Hogwarts Express of the Potter series! And the great thing is, there is an accompanying DVD with the book, containing a read out Liam Neeson. If you are taking your kids out somewhere this Christmas, this DVD can be a perfect thing for them during the journey! Hold on, I don't think I need to introduce The Polar Express with such details. The title is already well known everywhere, thanks to the motion picture with Tom Hanks

Get this great Christmas gift book and DVD for kids from Barnes & Nobles at just $10.76. Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009. Total Pages: 32. Suited for 8 to 12 years of age.

Few more Christmas book gift ideas for children

While I personally think that the five Christmas books for kids listed above are some of the timeless classic and all time popular Christmas gift books for children, here are a few more you can consider.

  • Santa Paws series by Nicholas Edwards and Kris Edwards: Unfold the story of a dog names Santa Paws whose job is to rescue the distressed and help the needy.

  • Last Christmas by Kate Brian: The teens and the young adults have their own problems. Arianna in Kate Brian's Last Christmas portrays a perfect American adolescent girl, looking for the perfect grades, perfect short, a perfect life. What will happen after being trapped in the school by a snowstorm along with the resident bad boy Thomas?

  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis: Mary Hoffman of The Guardian thinks this is &lasquo;possibly the best title of a children's book ever’. First published in 1950, the Narnia Chronicles have really been some of the greatest Christmas books for children through ages. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, undoubtedly the most popular among them, has been translated into 29 languages. So why didn't enlist it earlier? Possibly your kids already have this book in their shelves. Then why are we listing it now? Simple; a list of best books for children to gift in Christmas can never be complete without this title!

  • Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner: Winner of the Oppenheim Best Book Award, this book follows a kid's imagination about the whereabouts of snowmen, as the rest of the world retires to sleep.

  • Santa Kid by James Patterson: Santa Kid is set in the modern times, and we will be introduced to Santa's daughter, Chrissie. And in the form of a children's fantasy, Patterson perhaps teaches the kids (and the adults alike) a big lesson for their life ahead. When enquired about how Santa manages to deliver presents to one and all in his little cute sleigh, Chrissie reveals the secret — you have to believe in something bigger than yourself!

Did you like our list of top ten children's books for Christmas gifts? Which books have you gifted to your kids last Christmas, or have planned to give this year? Do let us know by posting a comment below. And yes, Merry Christmas!


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