A wonderful list of FREE Christmas books for kids is sure to inspire holiday reading!
One of our most loved and read posts is Finding Free Kids Books Online -- so I thought we should create a special Holiday Edition as our gift to each of you!
So many families are traveling at this time of the year but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a story with your kids or 'bring along' some seasonal favorites. These are especially great to take on family road trips during holiday travel!
The following links will take you to FREE online editions of great kids holiday books for reading on your iPad, Kindle, computer or smartphone! Then you won't have to worry if you didn't get to pack some books (or if you get stuck in line at Target and need something to keep the kids happy ;)
Plus, we've included a few holiday 'treats' that feature audio books & music too!
UPDATED: This is always such a popular post during the holidays and some of the online sites have changed their book selections. We have updated our highlighted books along with adding some new ones for 2015!
Free Christmas Books for Kids
I've included details about how to best download and read books from each of our highlighted websites. Some of the sites include books with illustrations, other sites include audio versions, etc. There's a wide variety of topics and book types -- something for everyone!
If you're looking for activities to pair with the books, try some of these:
The text links will bring you to the free online version of the books. The thumbnail pictures of the books will take you to our Amazon affiliate links if you are interested in learning more about the paperback or hardcover version of each book.
Project Gutenburg also has a wonderful Children's Christmas Bookshelf!
These are all vintage or classic stories, poems and children's books that you probably can't find at most libraries or bookstores. Books can be read on iPad, laptop and Kindle (and maybe even on your phone depending on how big your screen might be).
Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
Project Gutenburg also has downloads for your computer and Kindle:
This is a wonderful place to go when you are unexpectedly waiting in line -- at the doctor, airport, stuck in traffic during holiday travel. Many of these stories make excellent read-alouds and will keep the kids entertained.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (the book includes the old pencil images too)
The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry (also with an audio version)
Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum
The Children's Library has a wonderful collection of culturally diverse literature in many languages will illustrations! For the holidays, try these stories (written in English but some can also be found in French, German, Dutch and other languages):
Family Christmas Online
This site include both illustrated and text-only Christmas stories and they add new ones each year. Here's a few that kids will enjoy:
The Tailor of Glouchester (beautifully illustrated version!)
Babouscka: A Russian Christmas Story (a classic cultural tale!)
Father Christmas by A.A. Milne
The Young Readers section at Classic Reader
This site also has some great vintage books for the season! These books are best read on an iPad or laptop.
American Literature also has a nice Christmas Stories collection which includes many classics!
If you have a Nook, Barnes & Noble has a few free holiday titles available:
For younger kids:
Santa's Greatest Gift by Rebecca Whitecotton
A Camp Edson Christmas by Cynthia Davis
Free Read Aloud Books & Audio Books for Christmas
If you'd rather listen to a book, there's also a great selection of FREE downloads for your iPod, iPhone, Android, Kindle & mp3 (the text link will take you to a download for the audio file). Also visit the Free Read Aloud Stories for Kids too!
Storyline Online has two books that are read via videos by celebrity readers! Kids can enjoy both:
Image credit: Storynory
StoryNory has a wonderful selection of short holiday audio books that are perfect for kids to listen to this time of the year! With more than 30+ holiday books, this is definately a site to bookmark for kids who love to listen to a good tale!
A few highlighted titles you'll find on this website:
A Christmas Nutcracker
Christmas in Iceland
The Elves & the Shoemaker
The Snow Queen
MORE HOLIDAY AUDIO BOOKS:
A Christmas Carol at iTunes
Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus at Books Should be Free
Robert Munsch reads one of his own - listen to 50 Below Zero at his website
Little Women (which includes a great Christmas chapter) at Books Should be Free
The 5 Little Peppers and How They Grew (includes a few great Christmas-themed chapters) at Books Should be Free
The Enchanted Castle at Books Should be Free
The Christmas Angel at Books Should be Free
And our last little treasure this season --
Kiddie Records Weekly is a really fun site with vintage Christmas music! And quite a few of them include the recorded Christmas stories we listened to as kids.
Remember those old records -- yes, records! And some of the songs sound like a record with that scratchiness. There are some great old songs and carols that kids will enjoy, along with the cover art.
Try starting at Week 48 with the Assorted Holiday Singles!
Wishing you all a Wonderful Holiday Season!
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