The Christmas countdown is on! If you are looking for some great stories about Santa to share in the classroom with your students (or at home with your children), here is a list of 25 books about Santa to get you started.
Auntie Claus is just another eccentric New Yorker–or is she? Young Sophie has often wondered about her unusual great-aunt, Auntie Claus. She lives in penthouse 25C at the Bing Cherry Hotel and is so curioso! After all, Auntie Claus serves Christmas cookies all year long and her tree is always the best-decorated in the city. And then there’s her annual “business trip,” right around the holidays. This year Sophie is determined to get to the bottom of Auntie Claus’s mysterious ways. Put on your mittens and bundle up for an adventure beyond your wildest dreams. Ho, ho, ho! Find it on Amazon.
Bear Stays Up For Christmas
Bear’s friends are determined to keep Bear awake for Christmas! So they wake Bear up and have him help them find a Christmas tree, bake cakes, hang up stockings, and sing Christmas songs. Bear stays up — by discovering that giving is one of the best Christmas presents!
A Cookie for Santa
In this clever twist on the Night Before Christmas story, a gingerbread boy cookie is carefully crafted and placed on a plate. He was made special to serve as Santa’s nighttime snack, a homemade thank-you for all the presents he will deliver. The cookie wonders if he is brave enough to face up to his holiday duty. But instead of spending the evening contemplating his fate, the gingerbread boy finds himself facing two rambunctious puppies experiencing their very first Christmas. Their mischief includes a tug-of-war with presents, leaving a big mess. And it’s up to the gingerbread boy to save the day…and Christmas! Find it on Amazon.
Dear Santa Claus
A determined little girl puts Santa through his paces — and exchanges several removable messages — in this sweet Christmas story full of holiday surprises. Find it on Amazon.
It’s December 24th, and the old farmer settles down for a winter’s nap, wondering how Christmas can come when there is no snow! It is in his dream that he imagines a snowstorm coming and covering him and his animals—named One, Two, Three, Four and Five—in a snowy blanket. But when the farmer awakens, he finds that it has really snowed outside, and now he remembers something! Putting on his red suit, he goes outside, puts some gifts under the tree for his animals, and presses a button near a Christmas tree, creating a most surprising musical treat for children everywhere. Find it on Amazon.
Here Comes Santa: A Mini Holiday Pop Up
It’s Christmas Eve, and Santa Claus is ready to deliver toys and goodies to all of the lucky girls and boys. Join Santa in this fantastic mini pop-up as he guides his trusty reindeer through a sleepy town to bring cheer and laughter to all on Christmas Day! This paper-over-board book has a pop-up on each spread. The book has a foil-stamped cover and is packaged in a resealable polybag with a sell sheet. Find it on Amazon.
How Santa Got His Job
When Santa was young and needed a job, no one was looking for a man in a red suit to deliver gifts on Christmas. So Santa tried just about everything — from a chimney sweep to a postman to a circus performer. But none of these worked out. It wasn’t until he met a group of elves who helped him use all his special talents, that Santa was able to find his dream job. Find it on Amazon.
When his alarm clock fails to go off, Santa oversleeps on Christmas Eve and then encounters a series of disasters that threaten to prevent him from delivering his presents on time. Find it on Amazon.
Twas The Night Before Christmas
Gold Medal Winner 2012 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Best Holiday Book. 1st place winner for the Global International Best Christian Children’s Book. This colorful and bright edition was created for young readers in mind. Attracting global media attention, The BBC, The View, The Colbert Report, New York Post, Huffington Post and many others for what the Kirkus Review calls a legitimate editing of the reference to the pipe and wreath of smoke for the first time in the history of this the most famous poem in the English language. This is the edition that is credited with having Santa stop smoking after 189 years and for taking a small bite out of history. The public health sector, parents, educators and grandparents have applauded and welcomed the addition of this child friendly edition. Find it on Amazon.
Olive, the Other Reindeer
Olive is merrily preparing for Christmas when suddenly she realizes “Olive… the other Reindeer… I thought I was a dog. Hmmm, I must be a Reindeer!” So she quickly hops aboard the polar express and heads to the North Pole. And while Santa and the other reindeer are a bit surprised that a dog wants to join the their team, in the end Olive and her unusual reindeer skills are just what Santa and his veteran reindeer team need. Colorful graphic illustrations accompany this zany dog story from the well-known author and artist team, Vivian and J.otto Seibold. Adorable Olive and her hilarious adventures are sure to make anyone’s Christmas merry. Find it on Amazon.
The Polar Express
For twenty years, The Polar Express has been a worldwide bestseller and Christmas classic. A perfect keepsake for any family, this beautiful edition can be handed down to each new generation of readers. In 1986 The Polar Express was awarded the prestigious Caldecott Medal and hit the New York Times bestseller list. Since that time, more than six and a half million copies have been sold, and every December it faithfully reappears on national bestseller lists. In 2004, The Polar Express became a blockbuster holiday movie. The DVD release in 2005 assures, that like the book, the movie will become a holiday classic. Find it on Amazon.
Santa, Are You Ready?
The clock is nearing Christmas Eve and boys and girls around the world are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus, but the jolly little man has a problem — he can’t find his clothes and boots! Can Mrs. Claus help to get him out the door in time to make his annual flight? Find it on Amazon.
Santa is in trouble again when Doc Holiday, therapist to the holiday stars, diagnoses him with a severe case of Santa Claustrophobia. The Doc takes it on himself to gather up the rest of the holiday stars to fill in for Santa while the big guy recuperates in Aruba. The challenges become immediately apparent as the Easter Bunny paints all of the toys in pastels, Lincoln and Washington fight over who should run things, Columbus insists he must sail West to go East to make the deliveries, and the April Fool manages to do everything wrong! Christmas is out of control, and it becomes clear to Doc Holiday that there’s only one person who can set things right. Find it on Amazon.
Santa’s Book of Names
Illustrated throughout with stunning watercolor nightscapes of snowy winter scenes, Santa’s Book of Names depicts all the warmth and spirit of this special time of year in a story about a young boy who learns to read with Santa’s help. David McPhail’s inspirational holiday story emphasizes the importance of literacy while reminding readers that with patience and practice, you can achieve just about anything. Find it on Amazon.
Santa Claus and the Three Bears
Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear weren’t expecting any company when they went for a walk on Christmas Eve, but that’s exactly what they got! Debut author Maria Modugno teams up with award-winning artists Jane and Brooke Dyer to deliver a festive twist on Goldilocks and the Three Bears, with Santa Claus stepping in as the cheerful intruder. With sparkling prose and splendid watercolor paintings, this delicious holiday treat glows with warmth and humor that will delight readers page after page. Find it on Amazon.
Santa Claus: The Magical World of Father Christmas
Come visit the magical world of Santa Claus! This enchanting book whisks children to the North Pole. Kids can enjoy a glimpse of Santa’s house; his workshop, where all the toys are built; Elf Village; and, of course, the mailroom, where all the letters from good girls and boys get sorted. Every secret is revealed, from how Santa chooses and trains his reindeer to how his sleigh spans the globe fast enough to bring gifts to everyone in time for Christmas morn. Find it on Amazon.
Santa Claus: The World’s #1 Toy Expert
He knows because he’s the world’s number one kid and toy and gift expert, and he works long, long hours the whole year through, taking notes, compiling his research, thinking and testing and changing his mind. Then, at last, he gets it all figured out, and on Christmas morning, he makes magic happen. Find it on Amazon.
Santa Gets Stuck (Sparkly Christmas)
Santa’s been eating a few too many mince pies and gets stuck in a chimney! This title helps you to follow Santa’s hilarious diet and exercise regime – which includes pulling his own sleigh – and find out if he manages to fit into his suit again in time for Christmas Eve. This is a sparkly, foily, festive treat with a fabulous Santa press-out tree decoration on the last page. No stocking should be without this book! Find it on Amazon.
Santa’s Birthday Gift
If your child or grandchild has ever wondered where Santa fits in with the traditional Christmas story, now you can read them Santa’s Birthday Gift. Finally, a book that ties two holiday traditions into one inspirational tale of wonder – as Santa brings gifts to baby Jesus. The cleverly-written, rhyming book reveals Santa’s adventure from toymaker to star follower — right into the heart of Bethlehem where he meets Baby Jesus in the manger. Delivering toys to a king is a touching experience for both Santa and readers alike, as they discover where the tradition began — Santa makes a promise to Jesus to bring gifts to good boys and girls each year on Jesus’ birthday. Find it on Amazon.
This playful picture book answers the age-old question: Just how does Santa shimmy up and down chimneys? Not very easily sometimes! When the rotund fellow with a sweet tooth overdoes it on the snacks, he gets stuck inside a chimney. The reindeer on the roof try pulling him out, to no avail. A dog, a cat, and some kittens try pushing from below, with no luck. It takes a tiny, ingenious mouse to come up with the way to POP! Santa out so that Christmas can go on. Good show—ho, ho, ho! Find it on Amazon.
Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight?
Santa has a big job, and needs some help. He was looking for a team. Who would he get? Tigers? …too rough! Mice? … too weak! Giraffes? … too tall! Read this delightful book to all your children old and new. They’ll all love it. Find it on Amazon.
Who Will Help Santa this Year?
“When Santa needs help in his workshop, he tries everything from dragons and fairies to unicorns, with hilarious results. Will he find the perfect helpers in time for Christmas? From well-known author Jerry Pallotta and talented illustrator David Biedrzycki comes this charming companion to “Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight?” Find it on Amazon.
The Year Without Santa Claus
Santa has woken up on the wrong side of the bed. He’s got a crick in his neck, a cold in his nose, and aches in his fingers and all ten toes. So Santa decides to take his first vacation in one thousand years. The Elves, the reindeer, the Gnomes, and, most of all, the children around the world are upset when they find out. But then one six-year old boy comes to Santa’s rescue, and children everywhere band together to give Santa a Christmas he’ll never forget! Find it on Amazon.
Santa’s New Jet
Santa’s reindeer won’t be able to fly on Christmas Eve. They’re too out of shape. Fortunately the elves build Santa a fancy jet in time to deliver all the gifts. But the new jet crash-lands on rooftops and doesn’t have a light as bright as Rudolph’s nose. What’s more, Blitzen’s not on board to help choose which toys to give each child. Santa is in need of some serious help this Christmas! Find it on Amazon.
The Great Reindeer Rebellion
Oh, no! There’s trouble brewing in the North Pole: Santa’s reindeer have gone on strike and he’s auditioning other animals to take their place. But when the cats abandon station to chase some mice and the elephants fall through the roof, what’s Santa to do? Will his eight trusty reindeer ever fly again? This playful take on “The Night Before Christmas” gives kids a fun behind-the-scenes peek into Santa’s workshop. Find it on Amazon.
More Holiday Fun
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