12 Must Read Christmas Books and Activities for Kids

We love the fluff that comes with Christmas like reindeer, elves, gingerbread men but one of my goals every year is to focus on the real reason for this season. Below I share 12 Must Read Christmas Books with Activities for Kids. One of the ways we focus on the real reason for this season is through our Christmas ADVENTures calendar we do daily (sometimes not) at dinner time. It’s easy, fun and it focuses on why Christ came.


My dream one day is to be a children’s book author. A girl can dream, right! So I enjoy filling our home with lots of books and thankfully our kids are still at the age where they enjoy the big beautiful and colorful pages full of adventure and meaning in the picture books we own.

As a result of my love for books, I recently did a 10 Days of Christ-focused Christmas Activities inspired by books with some fabulous bloggers so I wanted to put the book ideas and some of my own favorites all in one place for you.  I hope you enjoy our collection of 12+ must read books and there are lots! There are also some new ones that I can’t wait to add to our collection! Also, you can always add a Christ focus to any book even if it’s not faith-based. For example, with the book the Grinch we talk about greed and unkindness does to our heart but how God can change our hearts.

12 + Must Read Christmas Books and Activities for Kids



Go HERE for the fun book details and see how we made reindeer cookies from gingerbread men to give to street kids.


This book is new to me but it looks like so much fun! I can’t wait to read it! Hop on over to Sunshine Whispers to get the details on the book and fun activity.


I love the whole series of “The Legend…” books. Such great stories that build character.  Stop by Teaching Mama to get the details on the book and cute ornament.


M is for Manger is another book I had not come across but I’m loving it for little ones. Stop by Happy Home Fairy for the Baby Jesus hand print craft idea and book details.


This is not a Christmas book but you can definitely use it at Christmas as True Aim blogger did to make an ornament and teach kindness to her kiddos.


What a fun activity! Stop by Creative Family Fun to see this super cute craft and book details.


This adorable Christmas book and craft is simple and absolutely fun! Stop by Simple Home Blessings for the details.


I Spy Christmas is a fun book you can add a character building activity or fun activity to it. Stop by The Chaos and the Clutter to see what this blogger did.


Stop by and see the fun idea Beautiful Messy Motherhood blogger came up with for this book!


A fun handprint manger idea is shared by Meaningful Mama stop by an check it out!

christmas manger craft

One of my favorite Christmas books and simple activity for kids to make! Stop by HERE to get the details.

santa book and craft

This is a family favorite book of ours and I especially love how they bring in Santa but making Jesus the focus! Stop by here to get all the details.


A fun nativity craft made from toilet paper tubes with this adorable book! You can see how to make this and the book details over HERE.

Your Turn!

Tell us in the comments below what are your family favorite Christ centered Christmas books?

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2 Responses to “12 Must Read Christmas Books and Activities for Kids”

  1. December 12, 2016 at 10:19 am #

    So fun! Thank you so very much for including me in this!!!
    Happy Home Fairy recently posted…M is for Manger Book Activity and Baby Jesus CraftMy Profile

  2. December 27, 2016 at 6:40 pm #

    This was such a fun series! I love seeing the ideas all in one place.
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