20 Best Christmas Books for Tweens, Teens, and Middle Schoolers for 2022

Best Christmas Books for Teens and Middle Schoolers

20 minutes a day! That has been browbeaten into me ever since I was pregnant. I loved it when they were small. But at this busy time of year, it can be tough to carve out even 20 minutes. That’s why I loved doing a Christmas book advent calendar.

When they’re little, it’s easy to read one book a day to them. Now that they’re older, their age-appropriate books take longer than 20 minutes to read.

best christmas books for kids

Still, with sports in full swing and darker nights, the daily reading schedule often goes out the window. A good book or Christmas book for teens can help keep them engaged.

I have a middle schooler and one in high school. We may even stray away from reading Christmas books and into things like Mad Libs and Would You Rather. But you know what? Both of those options still encourage language skills.

Christmas Book Advent Calendar

Have you heard of the trend of a Christmas book advent calendar? I love the idea! It will be such a great memory for your kids, it encourages literacy, and it’s something to do together rather than just a gift.

I just received a new Scholastic book order from my son’s school, so now is the time to look at those $1 books that they sell. If you don’t want to invest in 24 or 25 books right now, you can always do 5 days this year, 10 days next year, and so on.

It’s not about getting a gift each day, it’s about spending time reading each day. Admittedly, this is a tradition that is harder to do as they get older.

The Girl Who Saved Christmas (Boy Called Christmas)
1,618 Reviews
The Girl Who Saved Christmas (Boy Called Christmas)
  • Haig, Matt (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 320 Pages - 10/16/2018 (Publication Date) - Yearling (Publisher)

I also go to used book sales to help with this task. Even when you have 24 or 25 books for a Christmas advent calendar, you may want to update them. As kids grow, they may feel that some of the books are too babyish for a teenage or middle schooler.

Krampus & The Thief of Christmas: A Christmas Novel
107 Reviews
Krampus & The Thief of Christmas: A Christmas Novel
  • Black, Eldritch (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 246 Pages - 11/17/2016 (Publication Date) - CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Publisher)

Best Christmas Books for Teens

These books were picked using bestseller lists and teacher recommendation lists.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul - Christmas Magic: 101 Holiday Tales of Inspiration, Love, and Wonder
138 Reviews
Chicken Soup for the Soul - Christmas Magic: 101 Holiday Tales of Inspiration, Love, and Wonder
  • Audible Audiobook
  • Jack Canfield (Author) - Jean Barrett (Narrator)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 05/28/2013 (Publication Date) - Audible Studios (Publisher)

All of these links should be clickable. I double-checked all of them (for this update) and they all were working.

Would You Rather? Christmas Edition: Laugh-Out-Loud Holiday Game for Kids
12 Reviews
Would You Rather? Christmas Edition: Laugh-Out-Loud Holiday Game for Kids
  • Daly, Lindsey (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 128 Pages - 09/06/2022 (Publication Date) - Z Kids (Publisher)
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Tessa and Weston: The Best Christmas Ever
196 Reviews
Tessa and Weston: The Best Christmas Ever
  • Emmons, Abbie (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 218 Pages - 11/01/2021 (Publication Date) - Abbie Emmons (Publisher)

Christmas Books for Upper Elementary Students

If your child isn’t quite ready for chapter books, some of these options may work for them.

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Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree
2,484 Reviews
Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree
  • Hardcover Book
  • Robert Barry (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 10/17/2000 (Publication Date) - Doubleday Books for Young Readers (Publisher)
Christmas Stories: 7 Original Short Stories
347 Reviews
Christmas Stories: 7 Original Short Stories
  • Moore, Kevin (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 110 Pages - 07/09/2016 (Publication Date) - CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Publisher)
  1. Olivia Helps with Christmas by Ian Falconer-Hardback $14.90, Board Book $7.19, Kindle $6.83
  2. Why We Give Gifts at Christmas Time by Corine Hyman-Paperback $10.34, Kindle $4.99
  3. Olive, the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh-Hardcover $12.02, Kindle $3.99
Would You Rather Book for Kids: Christmas & Winter Edition - Fun, Hilarious, Ridiculous and Challenging Questions for Kids, Teens and the Whole Family
389 Reviews
Would You Rather Book for Kids: Christmas & Winter Edition - Fun, Hilarious, Ridiculous and Challenging Questions for Kids, Teens and the Whole Family
  • Jokester, Jake (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 108 Pages - 10/25/2019 (Publication Date) - Independently published (Publisher)
A Head Over Heels Christmas: Book 3 in the Head Over Heels series
21 Reviews
A Head Over Heels Christmas: Book 3 in the Head Over Heels series
  • Downing, Sara (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 111 Pages - 10/28/2020 (Publication Date) - Independently published (Publisher)

Christmas books for Teens and Tweens

  1. The Christmas Quiet Book: Deborah UnderwoodHardcover $10.33
  2. A Christmas Carol: Charles DickensHardcover $8.96
  3. Christmas Fun Mad LibsPaperback only $3.59

Here are the best-selling books for Tweens and Teens on Amazon right now.

# Preview Product Rating Price
1 AHHHH I'm So Bored! Christmas Edition Activity Book for Teens Made By Teens: 102 Page Pencil Games and Coloring Book for the Holiday Gift Giving Season; Stocking Stuffer for ages 11-17 AHHHH I'm So Bored! Christmas Edition Activity Book for Teens Made By Teens: 102 Page Pencil Games... No ratings yet $7.99
2 Chicken Soup for the Soul - Christmas Magic: 101 Holiday Tales of Inspiration, Love, and Wonder Chicken Soup for the Soul - Christmas Magic: 101 Holiday Tales of Inspiration, Love, and Wonder 138 Reviews $17.99
3 The Promise and the Light: A Captivating Retelling of the Christmas Story for Kids Ages 8-12 The Promise and the Light: A Captivating Retelling of the Christmas Story for Kids Ages 8-12 57 Reviews $11.69
4 So, This Is Christmas So, This Is Christmas 170 Reviews $10.79
5 It's Laugh O'Clock: Would You Rather? Christmas Edition: A Hilarious and Interactive Question Game Book for Boys and Girls - Stocking Stuffer for Kids It's Laugh O'Clock: Would You Rather? Christmas Edition: A Hilarious and Interactive Question Game... 712 Reviews $9.90
6 The Girl Who Ruined Christmas The Girl Who Ruined Christmas 49 Reviews $12.95
7 Christmas Fun Mad Libs: Stocking Stuffer Mad Libs Christmas Fun Mad Libs: Stocking Stuffer Mad Libs 3,802 Reviews $4.99
8 A Boy Called Christmas A Boy Called Christmas 2,805 Reviews $7.99
9 Krampus & The Thief of Christmas: A Christmas Novel Krampus & The Thief of Christmas: A Christmas Novel 107 Reviews $13.99
10 Little Red Sleigh: A Heartwarming Christmas Book For Children Little Red Sleigh: A Heartwarming Christmas Book For Children 2,590 Reviews $11.73
11 The Girl Who Saved Christmas (Boy Called Christmas) The Girl Who Saved Christmas (Boy Called Christmas) 1,618 Reviews $8.99
12 Nordic Tales: Folktales from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark (Nordic Folklore and Stories, Illustrated Nordic Book for Teens and Adults) (Tales of) Nordic Tales: Folktales from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark (Nordic Folklore and... 2,343 Reviews $16.79
13 Christmas Joke Book for Kids, Teens, and Adults : Stocking Stuffers: 200 Funny Jokes : Perfect Christmas Gift For Girls and Boys (Stocking Stuffers for Kids 1) Christmas Joke Book for Kids, Teens, and Adults : Stocking Stuffers: 200 Funny Jokes : Perfect... No ratings yet $2.99
14 The Christmas Clash The Christmas Clash 44 Reviews $10.99
15 Christmas Jars Christmas Jars 1,494 Reviews $3.99
16 Ugly Sweater: Christmas Coloring Book with Holiday Quotes Ugly Sweater: Christmas Coloring Book with Holiday Quotes No ratings yet $7.99
17 Christmas Stories: 7 Original Short Stories Christmas Stories: 7 Original Short Stories 347 Reviews $5.99
18 The Christmas Task The Christmas Task 112 Reviews $0.99
19 The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal) The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal) 20,192 Reviews $10.66
20 Divergent Series Four-Book Paperback Box Set: Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, Four Divergent Series Four-Book Paperback Box Set: Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, Four 10,197 Reviews $24.30

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