Christmas Chapter Books for Kids

I could talk all day about my favorite Christmas picture books, but every year I hear from a lot of parents and teachers who have a hard time finding the perfect Christmas chapter books for their older readers.

Christmas Chapter Books

Today I’ve compiled a list of 10 of my favorite Christmas chapter books, including five early chapter books for ages 6 and up and five middle-grade books for ages 8 and up. Keep in mind that any of these Christmas chapter books would also be excellent read-aloud books for the whole family!

For more holiday reading, be sure to check out some of my other Christmas book lists!

Nate the Great and the Crunchy Christmas by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Craig Sharmat

It’s one week until Christmas and Nate the Great must solve a case involving a piece of missing mail to ensure that his neighbor Annie and her dog Fang have a happy holiday. Ages 6-8.

Judy Moody and Stink: The Holly Joliday by Megan McDonald

As Judy Moody and her brother, Stink, prepare for Christmas, Stink has only one thing on his Christmas list: snow. There hasn’t been snow in Virginia on Christmas in more than 100 years, but when Stink meets the mysterious new mailman (who bears a striking resemblance to jolly old Saint Nick) he starts to believe that perhaps his wish might come true after all.  Ages 6-9.

Amy’s Very Merry Christmas (The Critter Club) by Callie Barkley

As Christmas approaches, Amy and her friends set out to bring some holiday cheer to the animals at the vet clinic, find a new home for a pair of guinea pigs, and keep their kind neighbor from spending the holiday alone. Ages 6-9.

Holly the Christmas Fairy by Daisy Meadows

Best friends Rachel and Kirsty travel to Fairyland and team up with Holly the Christmas Fairy to retrieve Santa’s sleigh, which has been stolen by the nefarious Jack Frost. This is one of five standalone books in the Rainbow Magic Christmas Fairies series. Ages 6-9.

The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas by Madeleine L’Engle

This delightful novella, aimed at a slightly younger audience than the rest of L’Engle’s Austin family books, is narrated by 7-year-old Vicky Austin. As the family counts down the days of the Advent, Vicky worries that the impending arrival of her new baby brother will cause her mother to miss spending Christmas at home. Ages 7-10.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

In this hilarious holiday classic, the six children of the Herdman clan, dubbed the “worst kids in the history of the world,” decide to invade the local church’s ho-hum Christmas pageant, with surprising results. Ages 8-12.

Have Fun, Anna Hibiscus! by Atinuke

Anna Hibiscus has never been away from her home in Africa, but this year she is traveling all the way to Canada to spend Christmas with her grandmother. Anna misses her home and her family, but she soon learns that even though Canada and Africa are as different as can be, they are both just as wonderful! Ages 8-12.

The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements

Fed up with his unruly and disinterested students, school music teacher Mr. Meinert decides to put the kids in charge of organizing the sixth-grade holiday concert. When Hart Evans, the most popular boy in school, gets elected to run the show, Hart quickly learns that there’s a big difference between popularity and leadership. I’m a huge fan of Andrew Clements and this funny, relatable holiday tale did not disappoint. Ages 8-12.

Nutcracked by Susan Adrian

When Georgie achieves her lifelong dream of being cast as Clara in The Nutcracker ballet, she ends up getting more than she bargained for. Every time Georgie dances with the antique nutcracker doll, she finds herself transported to another world where a real enchanted nutcracker needs her help to break his curse. This story effortlessly combines a realistic middle school setting with the magical world of The Nutcracker. Even though most of the story doesn’t take place at Christmastime, reading about The Nutcracker definitely got me in the holiday spirit! Ages 8-12.

The Naughty List by Michael Fry

After breaking her arm in an accident involving a rooftop Santa decoration, 12-year-old Bobbie decides she wants nothing to do with Christmas. But when two of the real Santa’s elves show up to warn Bobbie that her little brother has been accidentally added to the naughty list, Bobbie must travel to the North Pole to set things straight and ensure that her family has a merry Christmas. This hilarious book will appeal to fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kids series. Ages 8-12.

What is your favorite book to read during the holiday season? Know any good Christmas chapter books that didn’t make the list? Let me know in the comments!!

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