21 Christmas books and Apps for Kids, Children and the Family

From Novels of Christmastime, Christmas books Collectors editions , Chapter books to Children’s books with Santa Clause, kids books for beginner readers with teddy bears and nut crackers,  this list has a Christmas story and Kids book iPad App that will meet every need for the Xmas holiday.  These Holiday books, board books and story books for Children and adults are presented in no particular order of preference.  They are just inspiring stories of hope, faith, belief, friendship and discovering the true meaning of Christmas for children of all ages.

Here is our Christmas book and App list.  What are the Christmas books you would recommend?  Please post your comments for all to see with links.

An Otis Christmas by Loren Long

Due out (October 22, 2013) this book is sure to become a kids book, holiday classic.  Loren long the creator of OTIS, OTIS AND THE PUPPY, and the illustrator of THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD has chuffed and puffed a new holiday adventure for 3-5 year olds.  

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Just out in time for Christmas

If your kids enjoyed other Otis books, they will be enthralled by this tale with a happy ending. 

The Snow Queen Hardcover – Special Limited Edition 
by Hans Christian Andersen (Author) , Vladyslav Yerko (Illustrator) 

Ukrainian artist Vladislav Erko stunning illustrations make this collectors edition a Masterpiece that everyone must have.  This is one of the most breathtaking books with a timeless tale that I have ever seen.  It will take you breath away in awe.

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The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson

 

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The Snow Queen – Modern Look and Classic Spirit, illustrated by award-winning Ukrainian artist, Vladislav Yerko

Stunningly illustrated, this picture book will delight fans of Anderson  classics like Thumbelina, The Fir Tree, The Princess and the Pea, and The Little Mermaid.

This Book is not as widely available as it deserves to be.  You can get this on Amazon or at the Anderson House Foundation for $25.00 plus $4.00 shipping and all collected funds will be used for AHF charitable projects in the US and throughout the world.. Personally I like Companies that pay-it-forward.

Also available this year is the HarperCollins; Reprint edition (October 8, 2013) of The Snow Queen illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline, chose which one is right for you and your family.

Get all the Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Anderson for free on Kindle. 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 

Dr. Seuss classic holiday tale. A must read for all 5-9 year olds and adults alike.  If you hate Christmas and the hole season the Grinch has something in common with you.  One of the best reading aloud books for little Whos.  

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Get a “fuzzle” for Christmas, and eat “who hash in Whoville!

Whos and adults alike will want to read this book again and again until they are ninety nine and a half years old.

Great app version of the classic Christmas story for the iPad… and fun bedtime reading.

Illustrated Christmas Books by Dean Morrissey

Get These amazing collectors additions before they are all gone.  Why? because they contain some of the most incredible artwork combined with captivating story lines geared for older kids ever printed. They are simply fabulous.
 
It appears that HarperCollins is selling out all the stock of these books, which may mean that they will never be printed again at this high level of quality. I hope they will reprint, if you know what the deal is please post below and we will update this page.
 
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The beautiful art in these Holiday books are all painted in Morrissey’s signature style.

My personal favorite is the, Ship of Dreams.  in which Joey sails off into the starry night sky in his “Red Rocket” wagon to fly with the Sandman in his incredible ship. 

I am pleased to announce that the, Ship of Dreams it is available as an Interactive App for iTunes 11 Mac + PC it reads beautifully on an iPad, with educational features that enable different reading levels of text to fun 3d animations that every child will like. WOW!

Whichever book, ebook or interactive app you place under the Christmas tree for family and friends they will pleased. 

Starry Night: A Christmas Novel by Debbie Macomber

The Latest novel  just released (October 8, 2013) by the #1 New York Times bestselling author is sure to be a cozy hit by the fireside.   A light romantic read  that communicates forgiveness, sacrifice and letting go of foolish pride to make room for the new.  

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A tender tale of impractical love at Christmas time!

Not my cup of tea but my wife loves it.  Christmas fans should add this to the gift list.

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg 

The magical tale of a young boy swept away on a express train to the North Pole to discover and receive a  holiday gift from Santa.  The book is fabulously illustrated and the movie is inspiring. 

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A Magical Ride.

This award-winning, Bestseller heirloom gift edition is a keepsake for all the family.  Bring it out year after year at holidays and celebrations and share its memories with all the family or Read it on Kindle by the fire side.

The Sweet Smell of Christmas

Celebrate this holiday season with your preschoolers by reading and scratch-and-sniff your way to Christmas with the Little Bear.  Its sure to excite your senses.

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The Little Bear can smell it — and so can you!

If you read this book when you were a little one, get ready for wafts of nostalgia. This makes a great Christmas gift for 2 – 4 year olds.

Bilbo’s Adventures: A Christmas Wish By Cheri Lucking

In this Kindle ebook, an action packed adventure takes a beat-up bullied little teddy bear on a quest with Santa and the reindeer to become a, “Special Christmas Gift.”

★★★★★ Amazon Review  ~ Betty Jo Tucker movie critic and reviewer, interviewer of the stars of the movie world.

“What a great children’s animated movie this delightful Christmas book would make!  Is  there any tyke who could resist Bilbo, The Little Teddy Bear, as he helps Santa deliver Christmas wishes while being “transported through magical stars” on Christmas Eve?  Of course not. “A Christmas Wish!” boasts dazzling colors, a fun adventure, and a wonderful message to cheer any child, especially one who might be feeling “left out.” Kudos to Cheri and Peter Lucking for creating this little Christmas gem.”  

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Beginner readers who love teddy bears will enjoy this Christmas story.

 

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Get Ready for Christmas Santa’s coming by!

“The Illustrations are a combination of hand painted acrylics combined with computer generated artwork that creates a vibrant color pallet for young kids to enjoy.  Have a very Merry Christmas.” ~ Peter John Lucking, Illustrator.

In the Tradition of classical Children’s books, this Kids book for toddlers and up contains 60 pages verses the standard 40.  You get a better deal for your money.  

The Spirit of Christmas by Nancy Tillman

A splendid  portrait of the Christmas season.  Sleds dash through the snow  to Jingling bells under sparkling stars interspersed with snippets of carols.

I had just nodded off, at a quarter past four,when the Spirit of Christmas stepped in through my door.

The message of the holiday season will resound with both young and old alike.  If you enjoyed this book you may  also enjoy, Santa & The Little Teddy Bear a 16 chapter story book.

A Christmas Carol – Illustrated by Roberto Innocenti

A Completely unabridged version of  Charles Dickens Classic. This is by far the highest quality book  with the most period illustrations that set the tale in a chilly snow-covered grimy London.  It is hard to find but well worth it as it is possibly the best “Christmas Carol” Ever.  The Disney movie settings and characters are almost copies of the illustrations in this 1990 masterpiece. 

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21 Christmas books and Apps for Kids, Children and the Family. A Christmas Carol to treasure for Christmases yet to come

In this unabridged version of  Charles Dickens Classic we see the power of his descriptive writing. “Scrooge, a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old
sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire…”  Which is often simplified to “He was a scraping old sinner, hard and sharp as flint.”  Well its not the same.  Dickens incredible descriptive prose inspired my writing style in the sixteen chapter book, Santa & the Little Teddy Bear.

 Dickens's gritty backdrop and his role in reviving Christmas traditions otherwise forgotten amid rapid urban industrialization.
Dickens’s gritty backdrop – Illustrated by Roberto Innocenti.

The Picture book addition illustrated by Brett Helquist on Kindle is well worth the price.   

Charles Dickens Christmas Story’s

FREE Download PDF: Christmas Stories The Electronic Classics Series Publication Free from The Pennsylvania State University.

    • A Christmas Carol
    • A Christmas Tree
    • What Christmas Is
    • As we Grow Older
    • The Poor relations story
    • The Childs Story
    • The Schoolboys story
    • Nobody’s story

The  Christmas Carol App with interactive additions will encourage reluctant readers in this abridged version.

The Berenstain Bears’ Night Before Christmas

The Bears are Back!  This is Bilbo the little teddy bears favorite book.  Santa reads it to him on the Night before Christmas as they ready the sled.  Just out this year (September 24, 2013) this it will make a wonderful reading gift for any young child.  Cozy up with Mama, Papa, Sister, Brother, and Honey Bear as they welcome in the most magical night of the year with this heartwarming retelling of, Clement Clarke Moore’s classic Christmas tale.   

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Clement Moore’s classic Christmas tale retold

Fun illustrations with comical looks highlight this wonderful book.

For really young kids this App PopOut! The Night Before Christmas is for you. 

God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Tawn Bergren

The title says it all.  A Christian spiritual theme resonates through this enchanting  classically  illustrated  tale.   This book will help young children  discover the meaning of Christmas and celebrate and discover how God loves us all.   

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Great for 3-5 about the true meaning of X-mas without spoiling “Santa.”

Children of all ages will enjoy this Christian book.  They may also enjoy, Bilbo’s Adventures: A Christmas wish.

The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett

You are transformed to a magical snow laden Reindeer wonderland where Teeka, frantically tries to get Bramble, Heather, Windswept, Lichen, Snowball, Crag, Twilight, and Tundra ready for their Christmas Eve outing with Santa. 

Teeka, is bossy and brash and drives every one insane…  

Brett's precise, glowing illustrations, drawing on Swedish folk art, make this a beguiling Advent calendar of a book
The Glowing illustrations, drawing on Swedish folk art, make this an Advent calendar of a book

The Moral to the story shines through at the end – Kindness and love to others shines back on you or “Do unto others as you would have them do unto to you” ~ Luke 6:31.

Check out the LOOK INSIDE on Amazon to see the wonderful side panels that depict what the elves are doing in the 24 days preceding Christmas.

Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story by Sally Lloyd-Jones

A perfect picture book for toddlers that presents the Nativity story in a straightforward way.  The illustrations by Alison Jay, convey the majesty and mystery in a profound manner that is a joy to behold.  You could spend hours together counting all the animals and birds in the book.

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On one quiet night, creation whispered a secret…

 A Great message well illustrated and written.

Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas by Jane O’Connor

Over the top extravagance highlights this merry story of fancying things up in a festive way.  Robin Preiss Glasser’s images will make you laugh and the witty signs in the background are fun, Pinning for the perfect tree… Personally I am not sure that I an comfortable with the gender portrayal, but then again that is the basis of the Fancy Nancy books. 

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“Splendiferous – Nancy says, Only one word describes how magnificent, joyous and sparkly Christmas morning is”

Eloquent vocabulary for 4 – 8 readers, Aroma, heirlooms, delectable, splendiferous – Find out what Nancy says.  

Santa & The Little Teddy Bear

The Spirit of Christmas radiates from the, 2012 Children’s Literary Classics Gold Award for Best Holiday book, Santa & The Little Teddy Bear, by Peter John Lucking . This is a must read. 

It’s a story of hope, faith, belief, friendship and discovering the true meaning of Christmas.

One chapter a night, a read-out-loud for 16 nights adventure that will set the Holiday festivities of to joyous start, with a  crescendo on Christmas eve that will bring tears of joy and laughter to all. 

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Read a bedtime Christmas Christian Holiday book story to all the family. A chapter a night and sing the carols in Blue.

Celebrate Christmas with carols, presents and peace by singing the words in blue and all the carol reprints with all the family to add to the holiday festivities. 

You can get a deal in books on the Hard Cover Limited edition.  This collectors addition is wonderfully bound with full color pages and is available for a limited time at our Holiday gift shop and special sale and save page . This Santa Clause story makes a inspiring Christmas gift for all the family to enjoy.

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by James Dean

A story time message for 4 – 6 year old kids.  This parody of the Night Before Christmas allows us to explore the nuances of the verb “Give” with our children.  A great twist on Christmas tale-telling, interwoven with songs and folksy artwork by Eric Litwin to create a  wonderful combination that will make you smile.  Bedtime reading at its best! Give it your all.  Download free songs and a Pete the Cat App.

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Don’t forget to download FREE songs and the App

The Pete the Cat series of books are great gifts for any time of the year.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays by Ree Drummond

140 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations

As Apples are to Apple Pie, so delicious food is an essential ingredient for Christmas.  What Christmastime or for that mater holiday memories do not include a gathering of friends and relations around a sumptuously decorated mouthwatering spread?

As the Editorial review from the back cover says. “There’s nothing more delicious than a holiday.”  Except perhaps at Scrooge’s house!  Fresh of the press, this Holiday cookbook published by William Morrow Cookbooks (October 29, 2013) should add to the festivities of all occasions.  From Caramel Apple Rolls to the Resolution Smoothie for New Years Day and smile-inducing Christmas cookies, what more could you ask for?

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Ring in your favorite holidays with inspired menus for breakfasts, brunches, lunches, dinners, parties, deliveries, and feasts.

Live every day as if its your last holiday, with this cookbook by the Pioneering Woman. 

Thomas’s Christmas Delivery by Rev. W. Awdry

“Puff, puff. Peep, peep. Snowflakes were just starting to fall as Thomas climbed the steep hill. It was Christmas Eve and Thomas wanted to be back in his shed with his friends.” — Excerpt.

Beautifully written and stunningly illustrated by Tommy Stubbs with lots interesting detail this book should be gifted with a train set.  A joy to read with gorgeous illustrations this book will be a wonderful addition to any child’s library. 

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The first book in the Thomas series was published in 1945.

I grew up with Thomas the engine, and the controversial Noddy and Big Ears,  Rupert the Bear and Asterix and Obelix.  The fond memories of these books last a lifetime. 

You cannot go wrong with the Thomas series of books, this Christmas also check out, the board book Thomas and the Christmas Tree for toddlers and the Thomas’s Nook books.

 The Nutcracker by Susan Jeffers

Take a front row seat and imagine the Nutcracker coming to life in a book that combines the ballet text with exceptional watercolor images.  Every person, especially those in Tutu’s  who dream of the sugar plum fairy and the mouse king will want to relive the delicious memories with this book.   This book captures the essence of The Nutcracker’s first performance in 1892 in the famous Maryinsky  Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. 

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The best Nutcracker book for young children.

An excellent introduction to the ballet for young readers and dancers alike.  Wow!  Buy it as a special gift before you go to the show.

The Nutcracker Musical Storybook App for both iPhone and iPad is a great deal at $2.99.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus by Francis P. Church

So you or your kin don’t believe in Santa Clause?  Neither did Virginia.  So in 1874 she wrote to the editor of The New York Sun inquiring whether Santa Claus was absolutely real – because Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.”  The paper’s response, written as a unsigned editorial by reporter Francis P. Church, has become a endearing historic holiday literary tradition. 

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Clipping from the newspaper Sept 21, 1897

It may be a bit dry for todays taste of 8 year olds and up but then again they may believe.  The Classical Edition is linked above, with elegant pastel Illustrations by Joel Spector a prominent artist who’s work is featured in many of the top magazines of the time. 

For preschoolers’ this addition, Yes, Virginia: There Is a Santa Claus by Chris Plehal Illustrated by James Bernardin a HarperCollins; Reprint edition (September 28, 2010) has brought the classic tale to life in a very fun and exciting way.

 

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