Once Thanksgiving is over, our preparations for Christmas begin. That night, Christmas songs blast from the Echo and we slowly pull out decorations and lights.
One Christmas tradition we cling to is our December Book Basket. Each year we fill it with old standbys and new favorites. Since December is our month of a home and homeschool that is more relaxed and connected, we slow down and cuddle more, we gather together under blankets with hot cocoa and peppermint sticks, we read and read and read some more.
Below you find the books that keep us coming back and some that will be new to us this year. A simple tradition that lets us slow down and come together to share stories. These also make awesome gifts to give.
Of course, you might also fill your basket before Christmas, and in that case, this guide can help you have a month full of gifts to share, one book at a time.
Whether you need poetry books, books celebrating Christmas traditions from around the world, chapter books or December book basket recommends by beloved authors like Jan Brett or Tomie DePaola, you will find suggestions below.
Think of it as our gift to you and yours this holiday season! Merry Christmas and Happy Reading!
December Book Basket: A Holiday List for You
The Best Christmas Pageant EverA Christmas Carol (Dover Thrift Editions)The Great Christmas Kidnapping CaperThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)Christmas in Camelot (Magic Tree House, No. 29)
Compilations and Treasuries
Jan Brett’s Christmas TreasuryA Little House Christmas: Holiday Stories From the Little House BooksA Little House Christmas: Volume 2The Children’s Illustrated Treasury of Christmas Carols & StoriesMerry Christmas: Treasury of Stories and SongsA Yuletide Treasury of Poems, Carols and Songs: Words that Celebrate the SeasonJoy to the World by dePaola, Tomie [Hardcover]
The Little Match GirlThe Velveteen RabbitThe Gift of the MagiThe Christmas Miracle of Jonathan ToomeyThe Story of Holly and IvyCranberry Christmas (Cranberryport)The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story [Hardcover]  (Author) Gloria Houston, Barbara CooneyChristmas Day in the MorningThe Little Drummer BoyThe Night Before Christmas
The Legend of the PoinsettiaThe Birds of BethlehemThe Night of Las Posadas (Picture Puffin Books)The First Christmas (Festive Pop-Up Book)An Early American ChristmasThe Night Before ChristmasThe Miracles of Jesus
Merry Christmas, Ollie board book (Gossie & Friends)MooseltoeOlive, the Other ReindeerHow Santa Got His JobBear Stays Up for Christmas (The Bear Books)Sneezy the SnowmanSnowmen at ChristmasAuntie Claus deluxe editionTurkey ClausHow to Catch Santa
Christmas Around the World
Christmas Around the WorldWalk This World at ChristmastimeLucia Morning in SwedenThe TomtenChristmas Down Under (Christmas Around the World Book 1)Baboushka and the Three KingsMadeline’s ChristmasToo Many TamalesA Stork in a Baobab Tree: An African 12 Days of Christmas