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. 


Great Joy (2007)

Written by Kate DiCamillo

Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

In her first picture book, America’s beloved storyteller Kate DiCamillo reunites with Bagram Ibatoulline to offer readers an unforgettable holiday gift.

It is just before Christmas when an organ grinder and monkey appear on the street corner outside Frances’s apartment. Frances can see them from her window and, sometimes, when it’s quiet, she can hear their music. In fact, Frances can’t stop thinking about them, especially after she sees the man and his monkey sleeping outside on the cold street at midnight. When the day of the Christmas pageant arrives, and it’s Frances’s turn to speak, everyone waits silently. But all Frances can think about is the organ grinder’s sad eyes—until, just in time, she finds the perfect words to share. 

Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo pairs once again with acclaimed artist Bagram Ibatoulline as she presents a timeless story of compassion and joy. This book is recommended for children ages 4 and up. (Copyright © Candlewick/Random House. All rights reserved.)

Source:  Penguin Random House Company.

Kate DiCamillo is an American writer of children's fiction for all reading levels, usually featuring animals. Her first children's book, Because of Winn-Dixie, was a 2001 Newbery Honor Book and her second book, The Tiger Rising, was a National Book Award finalist. Kate DiCamillo was awarded the the 2004 Newbery Medal, one of the most prestigious awards in children's literature, for her novel The Tale of Despereaux. DiCamillo is also known for the Mercy Watson series of picture books, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen.

For more information on Kate DiCamillo and her works, visit her website at


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