A wonderful list of FREE read aloud books online for Christmas and winter holidays 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. 

free kids books online for holidays

Free Online Read Aloud 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:

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12 Days of Christmas Activities

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.

And if you're a book lover, be sure to Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks!



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):

Schnitzel's First Christmas

A Christmas Journey

Waldo's Christmas Surprise

The Christmas Tree Ship


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.

The Bobbsey Twins at Snow Lodge

The Eskimo Twins

5 Little Peppers Grown Up


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:

Jingle All The Way

Christmas Stories for Kids

Santa's Helper

For teens:

The Path to Christmas: A Short Christmas Play

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:

Brave Irene

Hanukkah in Alaska


image credit: storynory

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




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 --

week 50

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!

~ Jacquie



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