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.

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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.

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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
  • 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.

Chicken Soup for the Soul - Christmas Magic: 101 Holiday Tales of Inspiration, Love, and Wonder
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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.

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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

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1 Letters From Father Christmas Letters From Father Christmas No ratings yet $11.99
2 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 $8.99Amazon Prime
3 A Boy Called Christmas Movie Tie-In Edition A Boy Called Christmas Movie Tie-In Edition No ratings yet $17.95
4 The Christmas Pig The Christmas Pig No ratings yet $12.49Amazon Prime
5 Life Skills for Tweens: How to Cook, Make Friends, Be Self Confident and Healthy. Everything a Pre Teen Should Know to Be a Brilliant Teenager (Essential Life Skills for Teens) Life Skills for Tweens: How to Cook, Make Friends, Be Self Confident and Healthy. Everything a Pre... No ratings yet $11.52Amazon Prime
6 A Nancy Drew Christmas: Nancy Drew Diaries, Book 18 A Nancy Drew Christmas: Nancy Drew Diaries, Book 18 No ratings yet $12.29
7 A Christmas Carol: Book and Bible Study Guide for Teenagers Based on the Charles Dickens Classic A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol: Book and Bible Study Guide for Teenagers Based on the Charles Dickens Classic A... No ratings yet $9.99Amazon Prime
8 Stocking Stuffers: Would You Rather: Game Book for Kids Teens and Adults: 300+ Christmas & General Questions: Fun Activity Book for Girls and Boys ... Gift for Teens: Fun for the Whole Family! Stocking Stuffers: Would You Rather: Game Book for Kids Teens and Adults: 300+ Christmas & General... No ratings yet $7.97Amazon Prime
9 INSGEN Book Nook Bookshelf Inserts Miniature Scenes Dollhouse Kit, 3D Wooden Bookend Puzzle DIY Craft Christmas Booknook Decor Diorama Kits Gifts for Adults Teens, with Music & Inductive Lighting INSGEN Book Nook Bookshelf Inserts Miniature Scenes Dollhouse Kit, 3D Wooden Bookend Puzzle DIY... No ratings yet $29.49Amazon Prime
10 Sfodiary Reading Book Gift for Women Makeup Bag Book Lovers Gifts Birthday Gift for Reader Girl Teen Best Friend Gift Cosmetic Bag Bookworm gifts for women Travel Cosmetic Pouch Christmas Gift Sfodiary Reading Book Gift for Women Makeup Bag Book Lovers Gifts Birthday Gift for Reader Girl Teen... No ratings yet $9.59Amazon Prime
11 The Hope of Christmas Past The Hope of Christmas Past No ratings yet $5.99Amazon Prime
12 Christmas Jars Christmas Jars No ratings yet $6.69Amazon Prime
13 So, This Is Christmas So, This Is Christmas No ratings yet $8.77Amazon Prime
14 Christmas Joke Book for Kids, Teens, and Adults : Stocking Stuffers: 200 Funny Jokes : Perfect Christmas Gift For Girls and Boys Christmas Joke Book for Kids, Teens, and Adults : Stocking Stuffers: 200 Funny Jokes : Perfect... No ratings yet $6.99Amazon Prime
15 Christian Bookmark Gifts for Women Men Religious Baptism Gifts Easter Inspirational Bible Verse Book Mark for Bible Prayer Godchild Son Daughter Teens Birthday Christmas Gift for Best Friends Sister Christian Bookmark Gifts for Women Men Religious Baptism Gifts Easter Inspirational Bible Verse Book... No ratings yet $7.99Amazon Prime
16 HAPPYPOP Funny Socks Crazy Socks Cool Socks Silly Socks for Women Teen Girls, Book Lovers Gifts for Students Book Gifts Reading Gifts, Book Socks HAPPYPOP Funny Socks Crazy Socks Cool Socks Silly Socks for Women Teen Girls, Book Lovers Gifts for... No ratings yet $14.99Amazon Prime
17 Christmas Activity Book for Teens: Stocking Stuffer for Teenager Girls and Boys, Holiday and Winter Themed Puzzles with Word Search, Cryptogram, Mazes, Sudoku, and More! Christmas Activity Book for Teens: Stocking Stuffer for Teenager Girls and Boys, Holiday and Winter... No ratings yet $7.99Amazon Prime
18 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 No ratings yet $11.39Amazon Prime
19 Long Live the Pumpkin Queen: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas Long Live the Pumpkin Queen: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas No ratings yet $13.16Amazon Prime
20 A Very Keatyn Christmas (The Keatyn Chronicles® Book 13) A Very Keatyn Christmas (The Keatyn Chronicles® Book 13) No ratings yet $3.99

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