20 Best Christmas Read Aloud Books for Homeschoolers

Christmas time is always the time of year when I am looking to take a break from our homeschool curriculum, and spend some time doing some fun Christmas activities with my kids. And there is nothing that we like better than curling up with a good book! Here are a few of our favorite Christmas read aloud books for homeschoolers. Click on any of the titles or cover images to purchase the books, or add them to your wish list!

These are some of the best Christmas books for kids, to enjoy with your holiday traditions this year. Check out these read alouds, from books for toddlers through chapter books. Find classic books, Christian books, and fun winter holiday books for kids in preschool, kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade through upper elementary.
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Classic Christmas Books

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

The rhyming text and silly illustrations make this book a classic my kids want to read over and over again. I love the message about remembering what’s really important at Christmastime.

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Christmas read aloud books for Homeschoolers

This book is one of our all time favorites! The book tells the story of a boy who takes a special train ride to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. The illustrations are beautiful and keep my kids captivated while we read, and the message about choosing to believe is positive and hopeful.

Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

There are many editions of this classic poem, but we love this one because of it’s beautiful pictures. There is even a large fold out section in the middle of the book! This book makes a great yearly tradition to read together on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Read Aloud Books for Homeschoolers

The Christmas Cat by Efner Tudor Holmes

Christmas read aloud books for Homeschoolers

This book is perfect for the animal lover in your family! The story of the cat’s rescue on Christmas Eve is encouraging and hopeful, and the book is a great read for elementary school aged kids.

An Orange for Frankie

This book tells the story of Frankie, whose dad is away on a trip and has promised to bring back oranges for the family. It’s a great historical account of what Christmas was like long ago.

Bear Stays Up for Christmas

Christmas read aloud books for Homeschoolers

This cute book tells the story of a bear whose friends try to help him stay awake at Christmastime by doing lots of Christmas activities with him. The message about the importance of giving is perfect for this time of year.

The Story Orchestra: The Nutcracker by Katy Flint

This classic Christmas story is a fun read for kids of all ages. This edition gets great reviews because there is a button to push on each page to play an excerpt from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. This would make a great homeschool music lesson!

Christmas Tapestry by Patricia Polacco

Christmas read aloud books for Homeschoolers

This book tells the story of a church that gets a leak at Christmastime. The boy finds a beautiful tapestry to cover the leak, and discovers a special surprise. The surprise ending of this book will make you want to read it over and over again!

Night Tree by Eve Bunting

In this book, a boy and his family decorate a tree in the woods to that the animals can enjoy Christmas, too. The descriptions in this book and the beautiful illustrations make you feel like you are there, too.

Books about the Christmas Story

The Night of His Birth by Katherine Paterson

Christmas read aloud books for Homeschoolers

This book tells the story of Jesus’ birth from Mary’s perspective. Beautiful text and captivating illustrations make this book a great read. There are some more mature themes here that make this book best for older elementary-aged kids.

The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado

This book tells the story of a lamb named Joshua who has a crippled leg and can’t play with the other lambs. God has a special plan for his life, and this story is a great encouragement for anyone who feels different or left out.

The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg

Christmas read aloud books for Homeschoolers

This is one of my family’s favorite books to read at Christmastime! We love the enchanting story about Lucy, who helps a new shop owner set up his store and discovers a special treasure. We also love the way this story explains the symbolism of the candy cane, and how it points to Jesus.

The Legend of the Christmas Tree by Pat Matuszak

This book tells the story of a family who visits the Christmas tree lot to pick out a tree. The book shares the history behind the Christmas Tree and how Christmas Trees are used to symbolize Jesus. This is the perfect read for an elementary school aged kid who is looking to learn more about the symbolism behind the Christmas Tree!

Legend of the Christmas Stocking by Pat Matuszak

Christmas read aloud books for Homeschoolers

This book is a fascinating historical look at St. Nicholas, Christmas stockings, and how we can show God’s love to others through giving. This is an encouraging and heartwarming read perfect for this season!

God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Tawn Bergren

This book is the perfect introduction to the story of Christmas for preschoolers and younger elementary aged kids. The bear in the story asks his mom many of the questions that kids might have about Christmas, including “Who invented Christmas?” and “Is God more important than Santa?” This book is a great way to start a discussion about the meaning of the season.

One Wintry Night by Ruth Bell Graham

Christmas read aloud books for Homeschoolers

This is a longer read-aloud book that tells the story of a boy who finds shelter in a cabin in the woods during a snowstorm. There he hears the Christmas story for the first time, from Creation through Resurrection. This is the perfect Christmas read-aloud book for homeschoolers!

Chapter Books to Read Aloud

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Although Charles Dickens’ British writing style takes some getting used to especially for younger kids, it is worth it to be able to enjoy this iconic story. This edition includes over 30 original illustrations, which will help kids stay engaged while you read.

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

Christmas read aloud books for Homeschoolers

This classic Christmas story shares an important message about sacrificial giving. Jim and Della, the husband and wife in the story, each give up the thing that matters most to them to buy something special for each other. This book is appropriate for older readers.

The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder

This one isn’t technically a Christmas book, but the family does celebrate Christmas in the book. And the Little House books are fantastic for making history come alive for kids. This would be a fun supplement to any history curriculum during the month of December!

The True Gift by Patricia MacLachlan

Christmas read aloud books for Homeschoolers

This is a short chapter book that’s perfect for younger readers to read on their own. It tells the story of Lily and Liam, who are spending Christmas at their grandparents’ farm. This inspirational story about love, kindness, and compassion is perfect for a collection of Christmas read-aloud books for homeschoolers.

Looking for more recommendations for homeschoolers? Check out our list of educational toys recommended by moms and loved by kids or our homeschool curriculum reviews!

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  1. These is a great list! We’re planning out our activities this December and we just finished writing the movies we plan to watch. We also believe that having a reading list is also nice so this is really helpful.

    Will try to get a copy of the Christmas Cat and Christmas Tapestry

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