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21 Amazing Holiday Books You Need To Read ASAP

What better way to celebrate the holidays than reading a book by a warm fire?

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We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about their favorite holiday books. Here are some of their responses.

1. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

The Polar Express is so beautifully illustrated. I’ll never forget hearing it read aloud to us in elementary school. I love it still today! — lindseys45601a394
Houghton Mifflin

The Polar Express is so beautifully illustrated. I’ll never forget hearing it read aloud to us in elementary school. I love it still today!

lindseys45601a394

2. The Donkey's Dream by Barbara Helen Berger

The Donkey's Dream is one of my favorites. It's a very simple, yet lovely picture book focusing on the donkey who carried Mary to Bethlehem.— Morgan Pulitzer, Facebook
Philomel Books

The Donkey's Dream is one of my favorites. It's a very simple, yet lovely picture book focusing on the donkey who carried Mary to Bethlehem.

— Morgan Pulitzer, Facebook

3. The Legend of Holly Claus by Brittney Ryan

It has romance, it's dark enough that age only makes it better, and it's full of AWESOME. Think Princess Bride, but Christmas. — Michaela Gomes, Facebook
Open Road Media Teen & Tween

It has romance, it's dark enough that age only makes it better, and it's full of AWESOME. Think Princess Bride, but Christmas.

— Michaela Gomes, Facebook

4. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

It gives a whole new perspective on the Christmas story. — notatwinofkilis
HarperCollins

It gives a whole new perspective on the Christmas story.

notatwinofkilis

5. The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell

Until my Dad passed he read The Littlest Angel to my sisters and me every Christmas Eve. It’s a beautifully written and illustrated story on how the star of Bethlehem was put in the night sky. — s4f4a0db66
Ideals

Until my Dad passed he read The Littlest Angel to my sisters and me every Christmas Eve. It’s a beautifully written and illustrated story on how the star of Bethlehem was put in the night sky.

s4f4a0db66

6. A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz

I love A Charlie Brown Christmas! Peanuts are always a classic for all holidays! — EVHLover
Running Press Kid

I love A Charlie Brown Christmas! Peanuts are always a classic for all holidays!

EVHLover

7. The Night Before the Night Before Christmas by Natasha Wing

My first grade teacher gave us all a copy and I loved it so much. It’s about a family on December 23, scrambling to get ready for Christmas but eventually seeing they don’t need a special tree or tons of gifts. So cute but also hilarious. — divya326
Grosset & Dunlap

My first grade teacher gave us all a copy and I loved it so much. It’s about a family on December 23, scrambling to get ready for Christmas but eventually seeing they don’t need a special tree or tons of gifts. So cute but also hilarious.

divya326

8. Letters from Father Christmas by J. R. R. Tolkien

Tolkien would write these letters to his children each year, pretending to be 'Father Christmas,' and he would describe the North Pole and stuff like that. It’s beyond endearing. I love it. — Bespectacled Heroine
HarperCollins

Tolkien would write these letters to his children each year, pretending to be 'Father Christmas,' and he would describe the North Pole and stuff like that. It’s beyond endearing. I love it.

Bespectacled Heroine

9. A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

I love the journey they go on to make fruit cakes for all their friends and family and the bond Buddy and his cousin have. And I also love The Snowman. — Michayla Brock, Facebook
Knopf Books for Young Readers

I love the journey they go on to make fruit cakes for all their friends and family and the bond Buddy and his cousin have. And I also love The Snowman.

— Michayla Brock, Facebook

10. Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel

It will always be a loved and cherished holiday must-read. — Jcd3811
Holiday House

It will always be a loved and cherished holiday must-read.

Jcd3811

11. Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle

It’s a young adult book that just makes you feel all happy and warm!— ellanoramary
Speak

It’s a young adult book that just makes you feel all happy and warm!

ellanoramary

12. The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden

It’s a beautiful book and the illustrations are amazing!— annam42402f76f
Viking Books for Young Readers

It’s a beautiful book and the illustrations are amazing!

annam42402f76f

13. The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Gaarder

It tells the story of Christmas in a roundabout way, starting each chapter with an opening from the Advent calendar. — kirstinpeter82
Moyer Bell

It tells the story of Christmas in a roundabout way, starting each chapter with an opening from the Advent calendar.

kirstinpeter82

14. The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

Every Christmas Eve before anyone goes to bed, my family sits around someone’s bed and reads The Night Before Christmas. Been doing it ever since I can remember. — julianav4a4dfec70
Albert Whitman & Company

Every Christmas Eve before anyone goes to bed, my family sits around someone’s bed and reads The Night Before Christmas. Been doing it ever since I can remember.

julianav4a4dfec70

15. The Autobiography of Santa Claus by Jeff Guinn

It’s so delightful, and throws in some history of how Christmas traditions came to be. — lindseym496523e19
Tarcher

It’s so delightful, and throws in some history of how Christmas traditions came to be.

lindseym496523e19

16. Auntie Claus by Elise Primavera

Auntie Claus was the book my grandma read to the cousins every Christmas. Adorable.— Hooper01
HMH Books for Young Readers

Auntie Claus was the book my grandma read to the cousins every Christmas. Adorable.

Hooper01

17. Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

I’ve read it every year between Christmas and New Year’s since sophomore year of high school (now a junior in college). — jordanf466ea2eb7
Ember

I’ve read it every year between Christmas and New Year’s since sophomore year of high school (now a junior in college).

jordanf466ea2eb7

18. Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

I love the reminder that Christmas isn’t about all the material stuff; it’s about opening your heart to the joy of the season and being with the people you love!— daisyvv
Dell

I love the reminder that Christmas isn’t about all the material stuff; it’s about opening your heart to the joy of the season and being with the people you love!

daisyvv

19. A Wish for Wings That Work by Berkeley Breathed

This is my favorite Christmas book of all time. It’s about a penguin, Opus, and all he wants is to be able to fly. He helps Santa and gets his wish. — elizabethp44e9aa7cd
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

This is my favorite Christmas book of all time. It’s about a penguin, Opus, and all he wants is to be able to fly. He helps Santa and gets his wish.

elizabethp44e9aa7cd

20. The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere

I bawl every time.— Christianna Novakovic, Facebook
St. Martin's Press

I bawl every time.

— Christianna Novakovic, Facebook

21. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

I’ve read it every year since I was a kid and it never fails to bring out the Christmas spirit and hope for the coming year! — CrimsonBlack
Signet

I’ve read it every year since I was a kid and it never fails to bring out the Christmas spirit and hope for the coming year!

CrimsonBlack

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