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Best Christmas Books For Tweens

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Whether you are looking for a fun gift for your tween during the holidays or want the kids to get into the Christmas spirit, these Christmas books for tweens are perfect.

Not only will these Christmas books for tweens make the perfect gift, but they will be a gift that keeps on giving. Each year, your tween can read the stories to help them remember what the holidays are all about. They can even laugh at some stories as they follow the crazy characters through their holiday adventures.

With the holidays approaching quickly, you won’t want to miss out on grabbing these memorable Christmas books for tweens.

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Andi’s Circle C Christmas

By Susan K. Marlow – Reading ages 8-12

When Andi’s holiday break is spoiled by a grumpy visitor who’s bossy, Andi learns that she can help her unfriendly guest in a way she never imagined during the holidays.


The Legend of Christmas

By Theresa White – Reading ages 8-14

While his mother is telling the story, Nicholas can sense something isn’t well but listens to the stories of dark childhood memories that tell how he was persecuted for his faith.

The Legend of Christmas gives parents a story for their children to not only believe in but to follow as an example of living the Christian life throughout the year.


Christmas Carol and the Shimmering Elf

By Robert L. Fouch – Reading ages 8-12

When Christmas Carol, the defender of Claus, is suddenly yanked into a portal by her grandmother, it becomes clear that the North Pole has changed and that the Elf Kingdom has been destroyed.

Carol, her grandmother, and two ragged boys who have lost everything try to help undo the damage.


Flight of the Reindeer

By Robert Sullivan – Reading ages 8-12

The Flight of the Reindeer explores the reason behind Santa Clause, his history, and the tale of Santa that we have been told our entire lives.

The book is more about figuring out if “Santa” is a myth and provides documentation from Santalogists, historians, zoologists, and Arctic explorers to confirm or deny things about the stories we have been told.


The Girl Who Saved Christmas

By Matt Haig – Reading ages 8-12

Amelia Wishart was the first child to ever receive a present for Christmas, but it was her Christmas spirit that gave Santa an extra boost of magic.

That extra boost of magic allowed Santa to make his first trip around the world, delivering presents to other boys and girls.


The Nightmare Before Christmas

By Mallory Reaves – Reading age 8 and up

The story of Jack Skellington and how he dreams of bringing his spooky expertise to the rest of the holidays.

As Sally, his official Halloween planner, coordinates the residents to help, it becomes clear that something is wrong and that she needs to get to the bottom of the mystery to save the celebrations.


A Boy Called Christmas

By Matt Haig – Reading ages 7-12

When Nikolas’s father goes missing, he must travel to the North Pole to save him.

Along the way, he befriends a reindeer, gets the best of troublesome trolls, and discovers a hidden world of enchantment where the elves have trouble with their Christmas spirit.


A Very Archer Christmas

By Archie Superstars – Reading ages 9-12

Archie and the gang are doing the last of their Christmas shopping. Will he get his Christmas decorating done in time for the big day and get his friend’s name off Santa’s naughty list?

He has a lot to do before the big day comes but he is determined to do it all.


A Shiloh Christmas

By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor – Reading ages 8-12

With Christmas coming, Marty and his rescued pup Shiloh find that their town is running low on love and understanding.

In his troubled small town, he hopes that he can bring the joy of the holidays and the spirit that it lacks.


A Nancy Drew Christmas

By Carolyn Keene – Reading ages 8-12

This year, Nancy is spending her winter vacation at the most beautiful ski resort in Montana. Even though everything looks perfect, Nancy realized that the town isn’t as jolly as it seems.

Go on an adventure with Nancy Drew as she solves the mystery and helps fix their Christmas spirit.


A Child’s Christmas in Wales

By Dylan Thomas – Reading ages 8-12

This holiday, the kids can read about the story of a magical time in Wales.

The story captures a child’s view and an adult’s fond memories of the magical time with family,  the fallen snow, and the memories of a Christmas in Wales. It’s a great way for your tween to see how Christmas is celebrated in another part of the world.


Horse Diaries: Jingle Bells

By Catherine Hapka – Reading ages 8-12

Set in 1915, Jingle Bells is a strong Clydesdale gelding who lives in Wisconsin and enjoys working on the farm, pulling the hay in the summer and the sleigh in the winter.

But when his human friend Kari has her brother bring a new Model T Ford, will he still be needed?


The Promise and the Light

By Katy Morgan – Reading ages 8-12

With The Promise and the Light, the kids will hear the stories of Mary, Joseph, and Zechariah’s journey as they experience the events of the first Christmas.

The stories are vivid and set in first-person accounts that will allow children to learn more about the powerful events.


Rosco the Rascal and the Holiday Lights

By Shana Gorian – Reading ages 8-10

When James and Mandy’s neighborhood has taken first place in the holiday lights Best Block contest, Rosco attempts to wreak havoc on opening night.

This is a heartwarming Christmas adventure about a fifth-grade boy, his sister, and a fun-loving German shepherd.


Christmas Tapestry

By Patricia Polacco – Reading age 7 and up

When a leak ruins the sacristy wall in his father’s church, Jonathan Jefferson Weeks thinks that the Christmas Eve service will be ruined.

Luckily, he and his father find a beautiful tapestry to cover the damaged wall and give the church more of a festive look for the holidays.


The Nightmare Before Christmas – Zero’s Journey

From D.J Milky – Reading age 8 and up

Jack Skellington and his faithful pup Zero are inseparable. But soon, Zero finds himself lost in a curious land of baked goods, hand-wrapped presents, decorated trees, and joyful caroling.

In order to find his way home, Zero must traverse the unfamiliar world of Christmas Town.


The Christmas Star

By Alta Halverson Seymour –Reading ages 8-12

Far out to sea, the freighter Stjerne, fought the storm bravely. At home in the little Norwegian fishing village, twelve-year-old Arne and his family waited and prayed.

It was the Christmas season, and the Stjerne was the Christmas ship this year, bearing Yuletide gifts and other good things for the village.


The Christmas Genie

By Dan Gutman – Reading ages 8-12

It’s the last day of school before Christmas vacation and Alex, Chase, and the rest of the fifth-grade class can’t wait for the final bell to ring.

Suddenly, a mysterious meteorite crashes through the classroom window and a genie pops out. With only one wish to grant for the class to share, will they agree on something for the holidays?


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