Classic and Modern Christmas Books for Children

This unique list contains the best classic and modern Christmas books chosen among some lists of well-known sources. Kids, teens and even the parents will surely enjoy these Christmas stories. 


Auntie Claus (1999)

Written by Elise Primavera

Auntie Claus is just another eccentric New Yorker—or is she? Young Sophie has often wondered about her unusual great-aunt, Auntie Claus. She lives in penthouse 25C at the Bing Cherry Hotel and is so curioso! After all, Auntie Claus serves Christmas cookies all year long and her tree is always the best-decorated in the city. And then there's her annual "business trip," right around the holidays.

This year Sophie is determined to get to the bottom of Auntie Claus's mysterious ways. Put on your mittens and bundle up for an adventure beyond your wildest dreams. Ho, ho, ho! This book is recommended for children ages 4 and up. (Copyright © Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.)

Source:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

Elise Primavera has been writing and illustrating books for children for over twenty-five years.

Primavera's illustrations for Raising Dragons (1998) by Jerdine Nolen received a 1999 Christopher Award, the 1999 Irma S. and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children¹s Literature from the Bank Street College of Education, and an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award. Newsweek, Sesame Street Parent¹s magazine, and Smithsonian Magazine selected the book as one of the best of 1998. In 1999, she created her national best-selling book Auntie Claus which has since sold over half a million copies and is in active development for an animated feature film. In 2004, she was asked to illustrate the Christmas Brochure for the White House.

In 2006, Primavera wrote and illustrated her first novel, The Secret Order of the Gumm Street Girls which was optioned by Sony Pictures Animation. Since then, she has written and illustrated Libby of High Hopes and Ms. Rascott’s Girls which was an Indie’s Next Pick, an Amazon Best Book of the Month and a SIBA bestseller. She lives in New York City. 



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