45 Must-Read Christmas Books For Tweens (Best Gift Ideas)

Ever thought about finding Christmas books for tweens that encompass the magic and joy of the holiday season through captivating stories? Or if you’re scratching your head, thinking, “What on earth should I gift this year?” then this post is for you! Our oldest is nine, so I totally get the excitement. Inspired by my own experiences, I’ve crafted a list of 45 of the absolute best Christmas books for those in the “tween zone”. These stories are bound to ignite imaginations and make this Christmas season a truly special one.

Two tweens laying on a bed in front of a christmas tree.

The BEST 45 Christmas Books For Tweens


1. “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg

Join a young boy on a magical train journey to the North Pole, where he discovers the true spirit of Christmas.

This is my son’s all-time FAVORITE book to read during the Christmas season!

2. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss

Follow the Grinch’s heartwarming transformation from a Christmas-hating creature to a symbol of holiday joy.

3. “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson

Laugh along with the Herdman kids as they bring chaos and unexpected charm to the annual Christmas pageant.

4. “The Christmas Tree Farm” by Ann Purmell

Experience the excitement of choosing the perfect Christmas tree and creating lasting memories on the family farm.

5. “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens

A great book to introduce tweens to the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s redemption and the true meaning of Christmas.

6. “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry

Explore the timeless sweet story of sacrifice and love as a young couple navigates gift-giving challenges during the holidays.

7. “Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree” by Robert Barry

Follow the charming tale of Mr. Willowby and his Christmas tree that brings joy to various households, spreading festive cheer.

8. “The Night Before Christmas” by Clement Moore

Experience the timeless joy of the holiday season through the enchanting tale of a visit from St. Nicholas, beautifully captured in this New York Times Bestseller.

9. “The Little Drummer Boy” by Ezra Jack Keats

Delight in the story of a young drummer boy who brings a heartfelt gift to the newborn baby Jesus.

10. “The Carpenter’s Gift: A Christmas Tale about the Rockefeller Center Tree” by David Rubel

A heartfelt story about a young boy who discovers the true spirit of Christmas through the story of the iconic Rockefeller Center Tree.

11. “The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving” by Jan and Mike Berenstain

Join the Berenstain Bears as they learn the joy of giving and sharing during the holiday season.

12. “The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit” by Emma Thompson

Follow Peter Rabbit’s misadventures as he sneaks into Mr. McGregor’s garden on Christmas Eve.

13. “Last Christmas” by Julia Williams

A feel good novel about rediscovering the true Christmas spirit through the power of love and community.

14. How Winston Came Home For Christmas” by Alex Smith

Join Winston the Mouse on a fun holiday adventure filled with new friends, delightful mysteries, and charming activities to enjoy each night in December.

15. “A Little SPOT of Christmas: A Story About Santa’s Helper” by Diane Alber

This story follows Santa’s favorite little Christmas SPOT on a journey to spread kindness, patience, and gratitude, realizing that these gifts are all the most meaningful presents.

16. “The Christmas Pig” by J.K. Rowling

Join Jack and his magical toy pig, Dur Pig, on an extraordinary Christmas adventure to save the holiday for everyone.

17. “The Girl Who Saved Christmas” by Matt Haig

Embark on a magical adventure where Amelia Wishart’s Christmas spirit takes center stage as she faces adversity, toils under cruelty, and ultimately holds the key to saving Christmas for Santa with the help of trusty companions at the North Pole.

18. A Boy Called Christmas” by Matt Haig

An eleven-year-old boy nicknamed “Christmas,” sets out to the North Pole to save his missing father, encountering a surly reindeer, troublesome trolls, and a hidden world of enchantment, in this cheeky Christmas classic.

19. Magic in the Mountains: A Christmas Adventure” by T.E. Milburn

Two unsuspecting brothers, Alex and Noah James, hold the key to saving Santa Claus and Christmas itself, guided by a mysterious letter and a magical crystal that promises a journey like no other.

20. “The Christmas Owl” by Gideon Sterer and Ellen Kalish

Based on a true story, a little Owl finds hope and the true meaning of Christmas through kindness, new friends, and the care provided by Ellen, co-author and real-life caretaker of the owl found inside the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.

21. Dasher: How a Brave Little Doe Changed Christmas Forever” by Matt Tavares

A beautiful tale of a brave young reindeer with a wish in her heart who, with the help of a powerful Christmas wish, changes her destiny and forever transforms the spirit of Christmas.

22. “The Naughty List” by Michael Fry

Embark on a humorous and adventurous journey with a group of misfit elves trying to save Christmas from the naughty list.

23. “Top Elf” by Caleb Huett

In the uproarious middle-grade debut, Ollie and Celia find their elfish lives turned topsy-turvy when Santa unexpectedly announces a contest to find his successor, throwing them into a hilariously challenging adventure filled with chimney-squeezing, sleigh-racing, reindeer sweet-talking, and a dose of cookie and milk madness.

24. “Ho Ho Ho-larious Jokes and Riddles for Kids 8-12″ by Scripto Love Press

Get ready for a jolly good time with a hilarious collection of over 250 Christmas-themed jokes that will have kids laughing all the way through the holiday season.

P.S. This silly graphic novel makes the perfect stocking stuffer gift!

25. Deck The Halls We’re Off The Walls” by Dan Gutman

A.J. and his pals from Ella Mentry School navigate holiday chaos, including a kid rapper’s Christmas concert, promising a hilarious and quirky festive adventure for young readers.

26. “The Christmas Star” by Donna VanLiere

32-year-old Amy, guided by seven-year-old matchmaker Maddie, discovers the magic of romance and the true meaning of Christmas at Glory’s Place, depicting a tale of love, hope, and festive joy.

27. The Christmasaurus” by Tom Fletcher

Santa’s accidental delivery of a real dinosaur to young William Trundle sets off the best Christmas ever, until an evil hunter has plans of his own, resulting in a wild and hilarious turn of events.

28. “Sneezy the Snowman” by Maureen Wright

Laughter fills the frosty air as Sneezy, the perpetually chilly snowman, tries various comical methods to warm up, all while the children cleverly find the perfect solution to rebuild him and make him feel “just right.”

29. Weird But True Christmas: 300 Festive Facts to Light Up the Holidays” by National Geographic Kids

Unwrap the weird and wonderful side of Christmas with this collection of wacky facts, stats, and traditions about the holiday season, perfect for bringing joy and laughter to young readers as they discover the quirkiest side of Christmas.

30. “Nate the Great and the Crunchy Christmas” by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Craig Sharmat

Join Nate the Great and his trusty dog, Sludge, in spreading Christmas cheer as they tackle a holiday mystery.

31. “The Girl Who Ruined Christmas” by Cindy Callaghan

When Brady Bancroft, a tween, accidentally ruins a small town’s cherished Christmas tree, her journey to repay the debt becomes a heartwarming tale of discovering the true meaning of the season, transforming her misfortune into a story of holiday redemption and joy.

32. “Santa’s Story” by Will Hillenbrand

Join Santa as he searches for his missing reindeer, discovering that the magic of a shared Christmas story brings joy and togetherness to the heartwarming festivities.

33. “Little Red Sleigh” by Erin Guendelsberger

A determined little sleigh with big dreams, defies the odds with the help of friends to achieve the impossible. A a festive tale of winter joy and holiday magic that reminds readers of all ages that no dream is out of reach if you believe.

34. “How to Catch a Snowman” by Adam Wallace

Prepare for a ton of winter fun as you journey through a snowy landscape, running, skating, and bouncing through various traps to catch the lively snowman and secure the coveted winning prize!

35. “The Candy Cane Fiasco” by Rachel Hilz

This goofy read is inspired by real-life sticky situations, featuring humorous rhymes and a wee bit of stickiness in this delightful addition to the Wee Bit Sticky series.

36. “Bright Winter Night” by Alli Brydon

A diverse group of woodland creatures collaborate to construct something special using forest floor treasures, sparking a race to witness a breathtaking natural phenomenon while celebrating the joy of nature, the gift of friendship, and the magic of togetherness.

37. “A Simple Christmas On The Farm” by Phyllis Alsdurf

A little girl embraces a “simple” Christmas on her family farm, making handmade gifts and decorations, sharing cookies, and inviting everyone to join in the festivities in their little red barn—a warm tale celebrating simplicity, community, and generosity.

38. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” by Vince Guaraldi 

Experience the timeless classic of a kid-favorite story to get you in the Christmas spirit where Charlie and his friends discover the true meaning of the holiday season.

39. “The Wise Men Who Found Christmas” by Raymond Arroyo

Drawing from recently uncovered historical evidence, “The Wise Men Who Found Christmas” unfolds the extraordinary, untold narrative of three seekers who traced a guiding star, discovering themselves in the heart of the greatest story ever told.

40. “Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present” by John Burningham

Join Harvey Slumfenburger in this whimsical Christmas tale as he travels to deliver a present to his grandmother, encountering a series of delightful mishaps along the way.

41. “The Christmas Story” by Jane Werner Watson 

First published in 1952, “The Christmas Story” retells the cherished story of Jesus, making it a perfect holiday gift for faith-based inspiration.

42. “The Promise and the Light” by Katy Morgan

Feel the wonder of the first Christmas through the eyes of Mary, Joseph, and Zechariah, a captivating read written in a lively and engaging style, perfect for tweens, allowing them to delve into the hearts and minds of key players during Advent.

43. “The Christmas Blessing” by  Erin Guendelsberger

A unique nativity story that celebrates acceptance, kindness, and the magic of Christmas.

44. “The Night Nothing Went Right” by Justin Johnson

Join the festive fun in a lively and fast-paced Christmas adventure where an elf’s mistake puts Santa’s efforts at risk.

45. “I Saw Santa’s Underpants” by Bobbie Hinman and Remesh Ram

In this hilariously funny kids’ Christmas book, a young boy and his dog witness Santa’s embarrassing moment, prompting a clever and imaginative way to help jolly old St. Nick out of his predicament.

To Wrap It Up


As we wrap up this festive literary list of 45 of the best Christmas books for tweens, I hope it boosts your holiday spirit and adds a sprinkle of magic to the holidays. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift, a good book to entertain your kiddo over Christmas dinner or winter break, these books stand as the best companions for young children, promising to create a very Merry Christmas!

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