I’m continuing to recommend some Christmas books today with 15 middle grade books perfect for the holiday season!
I really love middle grade books. They’re easy to read, lighthearted and just so enjoyable. They also tend to be amazing books to transition readers into more complex storylines!
Today I’m sharing 15 great books for the Christmas season. Whether you’re looking for recommendations for students, gifts to give or suggestions for you kids, this list is for you!
If you’re looking for picture books, be sure to check out yesterday’s post which features 24 wonderful and festive picture books.
15 Merry Middle Grade Books for Christmas
1. A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig: The start of a Christmas trilogy, this book does not disappoint. It tells the story of Nikolas who becomes Father Christmas. It’s sweet and heartwarming but also has some serious undertones!
2. Arthur Christmas: The Novel by Justine Korman Fontes: I absolutely adore the Arthur Christmas movie, and if you haven’t watched it, I highly recommend. This is an adapted version in book form, and it’s just as sweet!
3. Bah! Humbug by Michael Rosen: A Christmas Carol is a classic story and this reimagined version is just as good. It follows a young boy who plays Scrooge in his school play who hopes to change his father’s scrooge-like-heart.
4. Christmas Carol and the Defenders of Claus by Robert L. Fouch: For those looking for a bit more fantasy in their Christmas reading, this is for you! It follows Carol (who loves Christmas) and discovers she’s from a long line of people who defend and protect Santa!
5. Nutcracked by Susan Adrian: Who doesn’t love the Nutcracker ballet at Christmas time? This one follows Georgie who enters a magical experience everytime she dances with the Nutcracker doll! This book is also super tiny so it’s the perfect stocking stuffer!
6. Flat Stanley’s Christmas Adventure by Jeff Brown: In all the classrooms I’ve worked in Flat Stanley is super popular! The kids really love this Christmas version where Stanley convinces Santa that there are great kids in the world!
7. The 12 Dares of Christa by Marissa Burt: I absolutely love books that have travelling elements in it and this Christmas version is no different! This one follows Christa who is away for the holidays but has a scavenger hunt across Europe because of her Dad. It’s adorable!
8. The Angel Tree by Daphne-Benedis Grab: This book is a super sweet Christmas story! It follows a group of kids who try and discover the mystery of an angel Christmas tree that shows up in their town each year.
9. The Best Pageant by Barbara Robinson: This is an older release and definitely should use a little caution when deciding if it’s the right fit for you! It’s a funny story that follows a group of siblings as they takeover the annual Christmas pageant. Probably better for older middle grade readers.
10. The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher: There are so many unique stories written by Tom Fletcher and this one is no different! This one takes you on a magical adventure when a young boy meets a Christmas dinosaur on Christmas Eve. It’s so fun!
11. The Lottery’s More or Less by Emma Donoghue: While this one isn’t totally Christmas themed, it focuses on different cultural traditions. This makes for a perfect learning experience throughout the Holiday season – plus, it’s a great read too!
12. The Naughty List by Michael Fry: This one is PERFECT for anyone who is a fan of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. In this hilarious story, Bobbie tries to give her brother an amazing Christmas but actually lands him on the naughty list! It’s a great adventure of trying to fix it!
14. Top Elf by Caleb Zane Huett: This is a hilarious and adorable story that every middle grader (or adult) will love! It follows Ollie the elf who competes to be the next Santa Claus. It’s so fun and cute!
13. The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser: This one is another recommendation that isn’t super Christmas themed, but still perfect for this time of year. It’s emotional and unbelievably sweet, with incredible characters.
I hope you all find some new middle grade reads that are perfect for the Christmas season!
Be sure to check out my other Christmas recommendation posts for more choices. Happy reading, everyone!