Heartwarming Holiday Books for Kids

Holiday books with the feel-good spirit of the season

For Tree Huggers and Climbers

“The Great Spruce” Alec loves to climb trees, and is heartbroken when he hears that his favorite great spruce may be chopped down for a Christmas celebration. The clever Alec devises a plan that allows the tree to be enjoyed by all for the holidays and keeps it intact for him to climb for years to come. Ages 5-8. (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, $17.99)


For Appreciating Love and Friendship

“The Christmas Boot” When a lonely girl discovers a single black boot deep in the snow on Christmas morning, she slips it over her foot. It’s a perfect fit, but she needs the other to match. The following morning she finds the other one, then all her wishes start coming true. She meets a man in a red suit who is missing a boot. She gives the boot she found to him and finds the magic of friendship — a reminder that some of the best things can’t be wrapped. Ages 4-8. (Dial Books, $17.99)

For Finding the Christmas Spirit

“Merry Christmas Mr. Mouse” When Mr. Mouse and his family move into the warm spot beneath the kitchen in a big house, they find an evergreen tree decorated with lights and cookies baking in the oven. They hear about a child born long ago and a jolly man named Santa. As they learn about the traditions of Christmas, they also find the love in celebrating it as a family. Ages 3-5. (Dial Books, $17.99)


For When You Don’t Get What You Want

“The Biggest Smallest Christmas Present” Clementine is a teeny-tiny girl who lives with her average-sized family. She’s mostly happy being the smallest in her family, until Santa brings average-size toys that suit her brothers but are never the right size for her. With a creative spirit, she figures out how to play with not-quite-right gifts. The playful story encourages young kids to find the joy in the gifts they receive, even if they aren’t what they expect. Ages 3-5. (Putnam Books, $16.99)

For Unexpected Upsets

“Maple & Willow’s Christmas Tree” Children (and parents) with allergies can relate to this tale of two sisters who get to pick out their first real Christmas tree only to discover when they get home that one of the sisters, Maple, is allergic to the tree. The tree has to go and Maple’s sister, Willow, is not happy. Through sisterly love and a lot of imagination, Willow comes up with a solution so the sisters can have a happy and bright Christmas without the tree. Ages 3-5. (Nancy Paulsen Books, $16.99)