17 Books Your Christmas List is Missing

A Christmas CarolA Christmas Carol, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Chimes  (by Charles Dickens)

Of course, the top of our Christmas list is the story of old Ebenezer Scrooge. But A Christmas Carol was not the only Christmas story Dickens ever wrote, and there are quite a few collections that have all three of these stories bound together.

The Sweet Smell of Christmas (by Patricia M. Scarry)The Sweet Smell of Christmas

Finally, a book you can smell! This children’s book talks about some common Christmas traditions, with scratch-and-sniff stickers for added fun.

A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story (by Jean Shepherd)

Jean Shepherd takes you on a nostalgic journey through his childhood in the American midwest, where he feverishly spends his Christmas season concocting plans to get a Red Ryder BB gun under the Christmas tree with his name on it.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (by C.S. Lewis)The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe

Another juvenile fantasy, C.S. Lewis’s classic tale of Narnia begins with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, a wintery story about an evil ice queen, a majestic lion, and even Father Christmas.

in the dark streets shineth

In the Dark Streets Shineth (by David McCullough)

Historian, author, and Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough tells what Christmas was like during World War II, including Christmas speeches by Winston Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. This wonderful Christmas story was presented with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and the book contains a CD of the performance.

The Snowman (by Raymond Briggs)The_Snowman

Some of the best stories have no words at all. The illustrations of this picture-book beautifully tell about a small child whose snowman comes magically to life, and the two go on adventures together.

The Christmas boxThe Christmas Box (by Richard Paul Evans)

This heartwarming story tells about a young family who moves in with a grieving widow, Mary, who quickly becomes part of the family. Rick, the father of the family, finds an old bible box – a “Christmas box,” as he calls it – full of letters, and begins to learn more about Mary’s life and loss.

The Gift of the Magi (by O. Henry)The-Gift-of-Magi

This Christmas classic has long been celebrated for the unconditional love in its pages. A young married couple sell their finest possessions to buy gifts for one another – only to discover their gifts are now useless. But rather than showing us the frustration of a poorly-planned Christmas gift, Henry praises the giving spirit of those who will give their all to make another person happy.

How_the_Grinch_Stole_Christmas_coverHow the Grinch Stole Christmas (by Dr. Seuss)

“Every Who down in Whoville loved Christmas a lot,
But the Grinch – who lived just north of Whoville – did not!”

No childhood Christmas is complete without Dr. Seuss’s classic story about an old miser whose heart was “two sizes too small.”

Little Women (by Louisa May Alcott)little women

This beloved story of four girls growing older and wiser has been read by generations – and the book both begins and ends with Christmas.

the dark is risingThe Dark is Rising (by Susan Cooper)

This juvenile fantasy is far from a traditional Christmas book. While young Will is preparing to celebrate Christmas with his family, he learns that he has been chosen as one of the Old Ones, immortal beings destined to protect the world from the forces of the Dark. This mix of old magic and nostalgic Christmas tradition is an excellent way to bring both winter and warmth into your home.

Various Stories (by Hans Christian Andersen)the snow queen

Andersen’s well-known fairy tales include such wintery stores as “The Little Match Girl,” “The Snow Queen,” “The Ice Maiden,” and “The Fir Tree.” There are countless collections of Andersen’s works, and in addition to finding good Christmas stories, you may also find such titles as “The Metal Pig” or “The Galoshes of Fortune”.

letters from father christmasLetters from Father Christmas (by J.R.R. Tolkien)

One of Tolkien’s lesser-known works, the Father Christmas letters were written and illustrated for Tolkien’s children, presumably written by Father Christmas himself. The collection was published in 1976, three years after Tolkien’s death.

The Crippled Lamb (by Max Lucado)the crippled lamb

This picture-book tells the story of a lamb whose crippled leg keeps him from doing the same things the other lambs can do. When the other lambs move to a new pasture, he feels left out – until Mary and Joseph come to stay in the stable with him.

christmas jarsChristmas Jars (by Jason F. Wright)

Hope Jensen, grieving the loss of her mother, finds her apartment has been robbed on Christmas Eve. In the midst of it all, she receives a “Christmas jar” – a jar full of money left anonymously on her doorstep, and investigates who else has found these jars, and where they might be coming from.

The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming (by Lemony Snicket)Latke_Who_Couldn't_Stop_Screaming_lores

Lemony Snicket’s absurd humor shines through this book about a latke who escapes a frying pan, only to encounter a tidal wave of other inanimate objects who seem to know nothing whatsoever about Hanukkah.

santas twinSanta’s Twin (by Dean Koontz)

Suspense writer Dean Koontz brings us a picture-book for older children, featuring Santa’s evil twin, Bob. One year, when Bob Claus will stop at nothing to ruin his brother’s reputation, two sisters team up with the real Santa to take him down. This hilarious book brings a sinister spin to the holiday.