12 Holiday Books Perfect for Reading Out Loud

12 Holiday Books Perfect for Reading Out Loud

By Megan Habel , Nov 17th 2015

holiday books to read out loud

Ring in the season with these holiday read-aloud books!

The holidays are a busy time for everyone, but you don’t want to miss out on reading a few festive titles. Gather your students and read your favorite holiday books out loud to celebrate this season together. Storytelling is a great way to get in the holiday spirit!

12 holiday books to read out loud this season:

1. The Itsy Bitsy Snowman

the itsy bitsy snowman

This holiday title is a unique rendition of the nursery rhyme classic, “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”. Share the adventures of the itsy bitsy snowman with young readers and spark their imagination with this clever tale.

2. The Snowman and the Snowdog

the snowman and the snowdog

Based on Raymond Briggs’s holiday favorite The Snowman, this new story brings back the lovable snowman character, as well as a snow puppy. This awesome story will fill your students' heads with magic and wonder.

3. Pete the Cat Saves Christmas

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas

Pete the Cat is back with his own take on “The Night Before Christmas.” Get into the holiay spirit with Pete the Cat and enjoy some fun stickers!

4. Olaf's Night Before Christmas

olaf's night before christmas

What’s more fun than an Olaf Christmas? Frozen fans will particularly love this “Night Before Christmas” tale featuring the world's favorite kind-hearted, goofball character. This book even comes with a CD featuring an audio narration by Olaf himself!

5. Bear Stays Up for Christmas

bear stays up for christmas

Follow the holiday story of Bear as his woodland friends who do everything to keep him awake for Christmas. They find a Christmas tree, hang stockings and make treats, but Bear is still sleepy. Read along to find out what really keeps bear awake!

6. Olive, the Other Reindeer

olive the other reindeer

What happens when a dog wants to be a reindeer? Lots of laughs and learning occurs as Olive, “the other reindeer,” becomes a valued part of Santa’s team. Enjoy bright, vivid illustrations that are sure to invoke the holiday spirit.  

7. Dear Santa, Love Rachel Rosenstein

dear santa, love, rachel rosenstein

Little Rachel Rosenstein is going to celebrate Christmas this year, whether her family is Jewish or not. Accompany Rachel as she learns about her own culture, customs and identity through a series of funny encounters and touching adventures.

8. My First Kwanzaa

my first kwanzaa

Teach children about a different holiday by reading them this clearly written and neatly illustrated book explaining the seven days of Kwanzaa. Young children will enjoy learning about the a very important holiday that values family, friends and community.

9. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

how the grinch stole christmas

Whether you are young or old, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is a holiday must-read. Embrace the spirit of Cindy-Lou and jump right into the holiday season. The classic Dr. Seuss book will remind everyone of what truly matters during the holidays.

10. The Christmas Wish

the christmas wish

The beautiful illustrations of this book will warm the hearts of readers of all ages. Little Anja’s story truly embraces the holiday spirit, as she bravely makes her way to meet Santa in hopes of becoming one of his elves.

11. The Polar Express

the polar express

Christmas isn’t complete without sharing the joy of this holiday classic. Everyone is sure to love the beautifully remastered design of Chris Van Allsburg’s elegant artwork in this 30th anniversary edition.

12. A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree

a wish to be a christmas tree

Not all Christmas trees get taken home to be decorated and adorned by families. But this Christmas tree longs to be a part of someone’s Christmas. Luckily, this special tree has woodland friends who just might make wish come true this year.


Share these holiday stories and more with your students! Reading aloud helps develop literacy and language skills, so purchase a class set of books and have your kids follow along as you read. Purchase your next classroom book set from BookPal, a leading resource for school in all 50 states!

Looking for more holiday reading recommendations?

From board books and children's books, to chapter books and other classroom book sets, BookPal can find and provide you with the books you need to spread the cheer this holiday season. Browse our Holiday Books category for more title suggestions:

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This post was written by Sydney Moorhead, a customer service associate at BookPal. She is currently reading Eat Move Sleep by Tom Rath, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, and Stir by Jessica Fechtor. 

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