15 Inspirational Children’s Christmas Books: All 5-Star Amazon Prime

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15 Inspirational Children's Christmas Books: All 5-Star Amazon Prime

15 Inspirational Children’s Christmas Books: All 5-Star Amazon Prime

There are all kinds of Christmas books available for the children in your life, but my favorites are inspirational ones…those that inspire children in some way, teach them a lesson, show the true meaning of Christmas, or set them in the mood for the holiday of giving.

After searching Amazon, I came up with this list of 15 Inspirational Children’s Christmas Books: All 5-Star Amazon Prime. I hope that you will take the time to check over my list and consider purchasing one or more from my affiliate links. Thanks in advance and happy shopping!


15 Inspirational Children’s Christmas Books: All 5-Star Amazon Prime

The Littlest Christmas Tree –  The Littlest Christmas Tree wants to find a home for Christmas in this companion to the bestselling favorite The Littlest Pumpkin.

There are only five days until Christmas, and the Littlest Christmas Tree is still waiting for a home. All it wants is for a family to take it home, decorate it, and sing its favorite song, “Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree, how lovely are thy branches…”

But as Christmas nears, and one by one the other trees find homes, the Littlest Christmas Tree begins to think that no one will ever take it home. And then, on Christmas Eve, its wish comes true when the man who runs the Christmas tree stand takes it home to his family.

A Wish to be a Christmas Tree – This charming tale of an overgrown pine always being passed by for Christmas, and what his woodland friends do to help him, is sure to become a Christmas classic. With delightful illustrations by wildlife artist Michael Monroe and enchanting text from Colleen Monroe, the birds, deer and squirrel of this story help make their special friend’s wish come true.

Room for a Little One – Two new animals are added to the traditional Christmas nativity scene — a dog and a cat, and yes even a tiny mouse. All are the little ones who gradually find room in the Kind Ox’s stable. As each animal arrives, the next larger animal — and usually the predator of the smaller animal — invites the little one to enter. Dog, cat, mouse, and ox are curled up warmly next to each other when Mary and Joseph arrive with the baby Jesus. “Come inside,” Kind Ox called to Tired Donkey. “There’s always room for a little one here.” It is the essence of the Christmas story — welcoming the unaccepted, befriending the enemy — in a simple story that the youngest child can understand. The illustrations have a soft, ethereal quality on this snowy night and the animals look so real you think the dog’s nose must be wet and that must be a purr you hear behind the huge glassy eyes of the cat. Just before the holy family arrives, all the animals are sound asleep with the mouse barely more than a dot in the hay and the huge ox keeping a sleepy eye just barely open to watch over everyone else. It is a perfect bedtime story for the holidays.

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey – Jonathan Toomey is the best woodcarver in the valley, but he is always alone and never smiles. No one knows about the mementos of his lost wife and child that he keeps in an unopened drawer. But one early winter’s day, a widow and her young son approach him with a gentle request that leads to a joyful miracle. The moving, lyrical tale, gloriously illustrated by P.J. Lynch, has been widely hailed as a true Christmas classic. This beautiful anniversary edition includes a new note from the author and an audio narration by James Earl Jones available as a complimentary download.

The Year of the Perfect Christmas TreeThe Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree is a fictional Appalachian Christmas tale passed down from the author’s own grandmother and mother. It is the story of Ruthie and her mother and father who live in the valley of Pine Grove.  It is many months before Christmas and this year it is Ruthie’s family’s turn to provide all the people in the village a Christmas tree for Pine Grove Church.  Ruthie and her father ride their horse up to a high cliff on Grandfather Mountain and tag the perfect tree to cut down when Christmas arrives.  But that summer, Ruthie’s father is called away to war and while he is gone the family must live on very little money.  They cannot afford new clothes or extra food or toys.  Christmas Eve arrives and Ruthie’s father has yet to return so the preacher from Pine Grove Church comes to the house and tells them that someone else has offered to provide the town Christmas tree.  Ruthie’s mother insists that they gave their word and will provide the tree and she and Ruthie climb up the hill late at night with a horse and a big sled to cut down the tree.  They sneak it into the church while everyone is sleeping and on Christmas day townspeople gather together to celebrate the tree and watch the Christmas play.  Each child then receives a gift and Ruthie is overjoyed when she is given the beautiful angel from the top of the tree, which her mother had secretly made for her the night before. She is so distracted by her new doll that she doesn’t see her father standing outside the church as they leave to go home. The story closes with Ruthie hugging her family as the townspeople sing Silent Night and the narrator says, “That’s how it happened.  The Christmas of the heavenly angel and the perfect balsam Christmas tree.  Grandma Ruthie told me so.

Mortimer’s Christmas Manger – Mortimer Mouse needs a new house — a house that’s not so cold, cramped, and dark. Where can he go?

He sees a huge tree covered with twinkling lights. And next to the tree, a mouse-size house. And inside the house, a wee wooden manager just Mortimer’s size. But statue people seem to already live there! One by one, Mortimer lugs and tugs the statues out of the house — only to find them all put back in their places each evening! What is Mortimer to do?

It’s not until he overhears a very special story that Mortimer realizes whose house he is sharing and where Mortimer himself belongs. It is the story of Christmas and the night the baby Jesus was born that warms Mortimer’s heart in this magical holiday offering from award winners Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman.

Home for Christmas – A wild little troll runs away from home because he doesn’t want to do his chores. Rollo tries living with various woodland animals, but he finds out that there is no place like home, and returns to his family just in time for “the best Christmas ever.”

Among the animals who take him in are an owl family, a mother bear and two rambunctious cubs, some playful river otters, a hungry lynx and a friendly moose family.

Jan Brett creates an irresistible, mischievous character that kids will recognize in themselves. Jan transports us to a glorious Scandinavian landscape where a beautiful fall turns into a magnificent snowy winter. Her signature borders depict the troll family missing Rollo, and animals as appealing as those found in The Mitten.

A warm, fun-loving Christmas picture book for families to share and love and laugh over together.

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree – Mr. Willowby’s Christmas tree
Came by special delivery. Full and fresh and glistening green–
The biggest tree he’d ever seen.

That was the trouble. The tree was so tall, it couldn’t stand up straight in his parlor. Mr. Willowby asked his butler to chop off the top of the tree. What happens to the treetop? Where will it be for Christmas? Snuggle up with this story and follow along through a forest full of friendly creatures who get to share in a bit of Christmas joy.

There’s many a lesson to be taken from this tale, about recycling and supply-side economics just for starters. But the cheerful illustrations of Robert Barry ensure that you’ll have fun just watching as the ever-tinier tree gets passed on to ever-tinier families. (Ages 5 to 8)

The Spirit of Christmas – Bells jingle, sleds dash through the snow, trees are topped with sparkling stars, and children everywhere dream of candy canes and presents. But the best gift of all, the most magical gift of the season, is when we spend Christmas with those we love.

Once again, this New York Times-bestselling author and artist has created a special, beautiful book that families will want to share year after year. (And readers will want to look for the Spirit of Christmas image that Nancy Tillman has hidden on every page!)

The Carpenter’s Gift –  This new classic Christmas gift book “brings together two great traditions: the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and the neighbor-helping-neighbor program of Habitat for Humanity.” Opening in Depression-era New York City, The Carpenter’s Gift tells the story of eight-year-old Henry and his father selling Christmas trees. They give a Christmas tree to construction workers building Rockefeller Center and celebrate together. Through the kindness of the construction workers and neighbors, Henry gets his wish for a nice, warm home to replace his family’s drafty shack. He plants a pinecone from that first Rockefeller Center Tree. As an old man, Henry repays the gift by donating the enormous tree that has grown from that pinecone. After bringing joy to thousands as the Rockefeller Center tree, its wood will be used to build a home for another family in need.

The Sparkle Box – The moving story of an uncommon gift and how giving to others shows a little boy the true meaning of Christmas.

Sam is so excited about Christmas! He’s thinking about his Christmas list, anticipating holiday parties, and puzzling over one very mysterious gift — a sparkly box sitting on the mantel above the fireplace. In the midst of the festivities, Sam and his family participate in various acts of kindness to others. On Christmas morning, when Sam finally opens the Sparkle Box, he finds only slips of paper that record the family’s good deeds. Sam’s parents explain that the things that they’ve been doing for others are, in fact, a gift for Jesus — for Jesus said that whatever we do for the least of these, we do for Him. This heartfelt story will inspire readers to adopt this faith-centered tradition in their own homes. Ages 4-8.

Christmas in the Manger – With a simple, lyrical text and radiant artwork, this book is perfect for the youngest child to be a part of the wonder of the Nativity.

The Christmas Story for Children – Follow the events of Jesus’ birth as you read this lovely picture book written by Max Lucado with Randy Frazee and Karen Hill and illustrated by Fausto. The Christmas Story for Children tells readers about the birth of a special baby whose story is filled with love for us all. Young readers as well as their parents will appreciate the beautiful words and artwork that convey the message that we are loved and cherished.

Why Christmas Trees Aren’t Perfect –  Long, long ago, in a land far away, lived a perfect little tree named Small Pine. Small Pine hoped to maintain its perfect form and be selected by the Queen as her Christmas tree. But as the warm-hearted little tree gave shelter to birds, rabbits, and deer in the forest, its branches became damaged. Fortunately, the Queen had a different idea of perfection…

Young readers will want to read and reread the story of how Small Pine’s love and charity for its friends helps make it the most “perfect” Christmas Tree of all.

This magnificently illustrated story of a warm-hearted Christmas tree will surely become one of the most beloved classics of future generations. Schneider’s storytelling will enthrall children and adults alike.

A Christmas Wish –  In the tradition of The Snowman, The Polar Express, and the many books of Jan Brett this cozy Nordic tale filled with extraordinary photographs will have readers of all ages believing in the magic of Christmas. This is one to pull out every year and savor.

Long ago, a brave little girl named Anja wanted to be one of Santa’s elves. So she leaves a note for her family and helps her elderly neighbor prepare for the holiday, then she straps on her skis, and heads out into the snowy landscape. From a red bird to a polar bear to a reindeer, a menagerie of winter animals help Anja make her way to Santa. A generous trim-size, matte cover, and foiled title make this a special book for the holiday season.

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