Best Christmas Books Featuring Santa

The magic of Santa brings happiness to all.  I’ve gathered a list of the best Santa books in different categories: Classics, Animal Santas, Humorous, Unique, Santa Assistances and new releases.  All I want for Christmas is a good book, how about you?

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The Night Before Christmas Pop-up by Robert Sabuda (This is a traditional story with many versions but Robert Sabuda’s is one of my favorites.  I think the pop up features are so detailed and amazing!) The Night Before Christmas (Little Golden Book)

Polar Express 30th anniversary edition by Chris Van Allsburg

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Classic Seuss) by Dr. Seuss

The Elf on the Shelf [Book Only] by Chanda A. Bell

Yes, Virginia by Neil Patrick Harris


The Animals’ Santa  by Jan Brett

Turkey Claus by Wendi Silvano

Santa Mouse  by Michael Brown

Santa Cows by Cooper Edens

The Dinosaurs’ Night Before Christmas by Anne Muecke with the CD voiced by Al Roker (This story is a twist on the classic tale and takes place at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC.)


How Santa Got His Job and How Santa Lost His Job  by Stephen Krensky

Santa Claus the World’s Number One Toy Expert by Marla Frazee

Santa’s Twin  by Dean Koontz (Best Selling author Dean Koontz delivers another great story.  This one will keep you laughing and entertained.  Also, don’t forget to search for the hidden snowmen in every picture.)

Auntie Claus deluxe edition  by Elise Primavera and the sequel Auntie Claus and the Key to Christmas

How to Catch Santa by Jean Reagan

Santa’s Stuck by Rhonda Gowler Green


Santa!: A Scanimation Picture Book by Rufus Butler Seder (It is really cool how the pictures on this book move.)

The Jolly Christmas Postman  by Allan Ahlberg (Just like in the original version kids will be delighted to read the little notes and postcards that are tucked inside these pages.  The Jolly Postman delivers letters to fairy tale characters so it is exciting to see where he stops along the way.)

Santa Assistances

These characters step in when Santa is unable to do the job!

How Murray Saved Christmas by Mike Reiss (writer for the Simpson so you know this one is funny!)

Santa Claustrophobia by Mike Reiss (same author as above)

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by James Dean (Kids seem to really love Pete the Cat so I had to include him on the list.)

Memoirs of an Elf by Devin Scillian

New Releases

The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish (A Pout-Pout Fish Adventure)  by Deborah Diesen is such a cute book!  Read my review HERE.

Rudolph Shines Again by Robert L. May is the sequel to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.  It is just as cute as the original and one of my newest favorites.

Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein by Amanda Peet (actress) Rachel Rosenstein loves everything about Christmas but the only dilemma is her family is Jewish and doesn’t celebrate.  She decides to write Santa a letter and decorate for the holiday.  Many children can relate to this story.

Visit The Jenny Evolution site for a lists of holiday books in a variety of categories such as snowmen, reindeer, board books for toddlers, the spirit of Christmas, winter hibernating animals, snow day and many more.  Screen Shot 2015-11-28 at 5.13.06 PM

Not only will these books be kid pleasers but adults will find humor and joy in reading them too.  Many of these books are bound to make it onto your annual must read list.  It’s hard to decide, but comment below the title of your favorite holiday book!  Enjoy this list of Christmas books featuring Santa and make sure to follow Local Busy Bees on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest  to stay up to date on all the fun!  Happy Holidays!

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    • localbusybees says

      Faye- glad you found some new ones to add to your list. I love revisiting our favorites but it is fun to try out some new ones each year. I love the wide variety of holiday books out there!

  1. says

    I can’t wait to pull out our Christmas books. The Grinch is my favorite. There are several here that are new to me. We need to look for them at the library.

  2. says

    My kids aren’t very little anymore, but you have a lot of great suggestions here. I am going to head to the library and see if I can’t find a few to share with them over the holidays.


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