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10 Totally Awesome Christmas Books – Our Personal Favorites

Lemony Snicket's Lump Of Coal

Any list of favorite this or best that is going to be subjective. And when you make a list like “10 Totally Awesome Christmas Books,” you’re really gonna get some variances. Some list makers like old school Christmas classics, others like something south of silly, and others insist on Christmas books with a religious leaning.  This list? These are some of our personal favorites. Ones that I read as a kid that I still love now, and books that my child requests not just during the holidays but all year long. But I should mention, my daughter is a five, and as you could have guessed, a girl, so of course some girly-girl picks made the list.

Check out our pick for the top 10 Christmas Books to read now, next year and always.  Do you have any family favorites that you read each and every year? nggallery id=’123804′

  • The Lump of Coal 1 of 10
    The Lump of Coal
    by Lemony Snicket (Author), Brett Helquist (Illustrator)
    Of course it takes a wordsmith like Lemony Snicket to bring us a cute, funny and at the same time joyfully dark holiday tale. The aptly named Lump of Coal tells the tale of a lump of said coal trying to find a purpose in life.
    Available here.
  • Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree 2 of 10
    Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree
    By Robert Barry (Author, Illustrator)
    This classic from 1963 has a timeless quality. It's sweet, amusing and the illustrations are an amazing feast for little and big eyes alike.
    Available here.
  • The Polar Express 3 of 10
    The Polar Express
    By Chris Van Allsburg
    I have a confession. I was scared of this book because of the creepy mo-cap movie of the same name. But it turns out, Chris Van Allsburg's classic is nothing like the movie. And since receiving it as a gift for my daughter, we have become avid Van Allsburg fans from Jumanji to The Sweetest Fig. The Polar Express really is a Xmas masterpiece.
    Available here.
  • Madeline’s Christmas 4 of 10
    Madeline's Christmas
    By Ludwig Bemelmans
    My kid? She's a sucker for all things Madeline. She was even Madeline for Halloween. So of course this is one of our personal favorites.
    Available here.
  • The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition 5 of 10
    The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition
    by The Elf on the Shelf
    Since an Elf has taken to appearing in our house each month of December, the month is also sprinkled with reading from the book that originally moved in with him.
    Available here.
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 6 of 10
    How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
    By Dr. Seuss
    The Grinch has been a Christmas staple for generations in many forms. But the purest? The original Dr. Seuss book. It's a must for any Christmas collection, and I really do mean a must .
    Available here.
  • The Nutcracker: A Pop-Up Book 7 of 10
    The Nutcracker: A Pop-Up Book
    Patricia Fry (Author, Illustrator)
    In our house, we are big Nutcracker fans. We go see the ballet, we play the music, have miniature nutcrackers on our mantle and flip through this beautifully executed pop-up take on The Nutcracker each year.
    Available here.
  • Angelina’s Christmas 8 of 10
    Angelina's Christmas
    By Katharine Holabird (Author), Helen Craig (Illustrator)
    This is a gorgeously illustrated book and girls who have a thing for Angelina? Well, they'll love it. It really is a touching, sweet and beautiful part of the Angelina Ballerina collection.
    Available here.
  • Little Bunny and the Magic Christmas Tree 9 of 10
    Little Bunny and the Magic Christmas Tree
    David Martin (Author), Valeri Gorbachev (Illustrator)
    We're big on ornaments in our house, so a tale where these inanimate objects become alive holds a certain allure. In Little Bunny and the Magic Christmas Tree that's just what happens, and it's pretty darn adorable.
    Available here.
  • Elphland: The story of Santa’s Elves 10 of 10
    Elphland: The story of Santa's Elves
    by B.F. Parajon
    The story of Santa's Elves has been told many times over--but what about before the elves came to Mr. Claus' workshop? Enter: Elphland: the new holiday story of Yanyk, Krysta and their motley Elphland crew, who combat Unmarked Elves, a wolf-polar bear duel, and crippling icebergs (among other things) as they make their escape from Baadnvask all the way to the North Pole. Your kids will love the captivating characters (and super-clever names!) and you'll get a break from reading The Polar Express for the 12th time. Win/win. (Bonus: Parajon is a toy designer himself, so believe us when we say: he knows his stuff almost as well as the jolly man himself.)
    Available here.
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