10 Must-Have Christmas Books for Children

It's no secret, my family and I love books! With Christmas swiftly approaching, I wanted to put together a list of ten must-have holiday books for children. Toys are fun, but books can be equally (or even more) enjoyable, and they make wonderful gifts for young ones.

1) A Charlie Brown Christmas: There's nothing like Charlie Brown during the holidays. I grew up with this book, and always looked forward to the cartoon special that aired on television every year. All children should experience the story of Charlie Brown's Christmas.

2) Goodnight, Manger: Adds a fun twist on the manger story. Jesus was just born, so every person and creature is ready to celebrate, but Mary is trying to put her little bundle of joy to bed. How will it all pan out? The humor and wonder of this book is a true joy! You can find my full review here.

3) Song of the Stars: A unique story, unlike any others I've read. It follows the world's creatures as they anxiously await our Savior's birth. Children will take delight in looking at all of the beautiful illustrations of animals as they anticipate this joyous occasion. You can find my full review here.

4) Christmas Time: This book offers a sweet way to tell the miraculous story of Jesus' birth, the real reason for the season, and why we celebrate it. Children are going to love the colorful illustrations, which are absolutely adorable! You can find my full review here.

5) How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: No Christmas book collection can be complete without this one. The Grinch is a true classic holiday tale! Children will learn how even the grumpiest of holiday naysayers can have a change of heart about Christmas.

6) A Very Merry Christmas Prayer: A happy story that shows woodland creatures enjoying all of the holiday's favorite pastimes, but also reminds little ones about the true meaning of Christmas. You can find my full review here.

7) My Christmas Stocking: Filled with God's Love: Children will learn the real story of St. Nick (AKA Santa Claus), his generosity, and how the Christmas stocking came to be. This story wraps it all up in an adorable stocking shaped board book. You can find my full review here.

8) Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Little Golden Book): Growing up, I always delighted in watching the old Rankin/Bass animations during the holiday season. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was one of my favorites, and my son loves it, too. This story also offers children a valuable lesson in acceptance, tolerance, and helping others.

9) Little Blue Truck's Christmas: Little Blue Truck has become a favorite in my home. Follow Blue on his Christmas tree shopping adventure, and learn about his generosity throughout. Children will love the grand finale at the end, which displays a mini light show on Blue's tree (battery operated).

10) Jingle Bells (Little Golden Book): An oldie, but goodie. Animals take an adventure on Santa's sleigh, helping him deliver all of the Christmas presents as they sing...you've guessed it...Jingle Bells!

I could honestly think of a ton of other books that should be on this list, but for now I'm keeping it short and sweet. I hope this collection will help give you some great holiday book ideas for the little ones in your life. Now that we're on the topic, what are some of your favorite Christmas books?