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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.

2. The Donkey's Dream by Barbara Helen Berger

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

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

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.


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

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.



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.

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9. A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

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


14. The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

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.



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!


19. A Wish for Wings That Work by Berkeley Breathed

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.


Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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