Children’s Christmas Advent Book Guide

The holiday period is the perfect time to celebrate by gathering with friends and family! What better way to gather than to read with loved ones or give the gift of a book, especially to little ones.

That’s why we have created this children’s Christmas advent book guide with 25 Christmas themed books for reading and gifting inspiration! You can even use our book guide as an advent calendar, starting from December 1st. Each line of book recommendations is grouped by age. We have recommendations for babies all the way up to 16 years; from the young to young at heart, there is truly something for everyone!

Books for Babies to 2 Year Olds | Days 1-5

That’s not my Christmas fairy…

Babies and toddlers will love this tactile Christmas book! Enjoy a story that follows five colourful fairies in the beloved ‘That’s not my‘… series.

Bluey 12 Days of Christmas book, on top of a green background with white stars.

Bluey – 12 Days of Christmas

Who doesn’t love Bluey? Why not join Bluey and count down the 12 days of Christmas with this gorgeous tabbed board book!

Book Cover of The Christmas Story

The Christmas Story

Introduce the nativity story to young children with this magical illustrated board book! Share the story of the first Christmas.

Book cover of The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Peekaboo Christmas

The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Peekaboo Christmas

What does the classic character The Very Hungry Caterpillar get up to at Christmas? Find out in this festive search-and-find book!

Book cover of You’re My Little Christmas Wish

You’re My Little Christmas Wish

Celebrate Christmas with a Christmas wish! This book features a sweet and colourful rhyming story perfect for little ones.

Books for 3 to 5 Year Olds | Days 6-10

Book cover of Grug And His First Christmas

Grug And His First Christmas

It’s Grug’s first Christmas! Join Grug as he surprises his bush friends and learns what Christmas is all about.

Book cover of Whose Bum at Christmas?

Whose Bum at Christmas?

It’s a cheeky Christmas, as you open each page of this book to reveal whose bum is under each flap.

Book cover of Excuse Me Santa with Letter to Santa

Excuse Me Santa with Letter to Santa

Find out what happens when Martha May the sheep gives Santa a giant pudding. This story is set to be explosive!

The book cover for Anna, Else and the Enchanting Holiday, on a green background with white stars.

Anna, Elsa and the Enchanting Holiday

Let it Go is something Anna and Else won’t do to Christmas! Join the two sisters as they celebrate the holiday season.

Book cover of Pick a Pine Tree

Pick a Pine Tree

It’s time to pick a pine tree! Enjoy a story that celebrates the familiar ritual of decorating the Christmas tree.

Books for 6 to 8 Year Olds | Days 11-15

The Christmas Princess

Guess what… Mariah Carey wrote a Christmas book! The book is an instant modern fairytale with a sweet story about finding your voice.

Book cover of How to Catch an Elf

How to Catch an Elf

What happens when you try to catch a Christmas elf? Will this be the year you finally catch one? Find out in this book!

Book cover of The Christmasaurus

The Christmasaurus

Christmas + a dinosaur = one magical story! Find out how a boy meets a Christmasaurus and makes the impossible… possible.

Book cover of How Winston Delivered Christmas

How Winston Delivered Christmas

Winston the mouse has a very important mission! He must deliver a lost letter to Santa in time for Christmas Day.

Book cover of Where’s Wally? Santa Spectacular

Where’s Wally? Santa Spectacular

It’s another Where’s Wally activity book but with a sensational Santa theme! Have fun with spot the differences, games and more…

Books for 9 to 12 Year Olds | Days 16-20

Book cover of The Twelve Days Of Christmas

The Twelve Days Of Christmas

Roald Dahl is back again with a Christmas story full of activities, stories, recipes and more from all of your favourite characters!

Book cover of Nancy Drew Christmas

Nancy Drew Christmas

Just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean crime stops. Can Nancy Drew save the day again and solve the holiday mystery?

The Nutcracker book cover on a green background with white stars.

The Nutcracker

From generation to generation, The Nutcracker is classic Christmas story. Find out what happens when a nutcracker comes to life!

Book cover of Diary of a Christmas Elf

Diary of a Christmas Elf

Tog the apprentice Christmas elf has been framed for stealing! Can Tog use Christmas magic to uncover the real thief?

Book cover of The Night I Met Father Christmas

The Night I Met Father Christmas

Jackson has always wanted to meet Santa, and one night his dream becomes reality! But, the story takes an unexpected turn…

Books for 13 to 16 Year Olds | Days 21-25

Book cover of Greenglass House

Greenglass House

Milo should be relaxing during the holidays, but the Greenglass House has mysteries and truths to be discovered.

Book cover of The Afterlife of Holly Chase

The Afterlife of Holly Chase

In a spin on the classic A Christmas Carol, Holly has to find a way to get over her selfish and spoiled ways and change her life!

Book cover of Talk Santa to Me

Talk Santa to Me

Francie dreams of kissing the cute boy who works at the Christmas tree lot next door – can she make her holiday dream come true?

Book cover of What Light

What Light

What happens when Sierra’s two lives melt into the other during Christmas, and things get more confusing when she meets a mysterious boy!

The book cover for Let It Snow on a green background with white stars.

Let it Snow

Enjoy reading through not just one but three different holiday romance stories from three different bestselling authors!

Just keep reading…

If Christmas themed books don’t interest you, we also have a variety of non-Christmas book recommendations! Here are some recent favourites:

  • Read our recent review of My Deadly Books –  a thoughtful and empowering story about finding confidence within yourself.
  • Read our recent review of Polly Pecornio – a story that explores themes of adventure, kindness and knowing right from wrong.

You can find other book reviews and recommendations on our Pyjama Foundation blog! Merry Christmas!