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15 Best Children's and Teens’ Books for Christmas

You can almost smell the gingerbread, hear the holiday songs, and taste the hot chocolate. Christmas is quickly approaching. And we at Common Deer Press are excited for its' arrival. So to celebrate this time of year, we have chosen our top 15 books to buy your children and teens for Christmas.

We hope you enjoy!

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

The Polat Express

A young boy who wonders if he truly believes in Christmas finds his way on the Polar Express. This well-loved illustrated treat will entertain every reader.

Rex by Cody B. Stewart, Adam Rocke, and Mark Rogers


When eleven-year-old TJ finds a weird looking egg in the Florida Everglades after a tropical storm rips through, naturally he takes it home for identification. It could be the egg of a mutant duck or something, which would be awesome. Then one day he comes home from school and it's as though a cyclone has gone through his bedroom. Suddenly, TJ knows he's dealing with something a little more interesting—and a little more deadly—than a duck.

In this illustrated picture book edition, readers will explore the exciting lives of four black women who helped NASA get men into space.

The Math Kids: The Prime-Time Burglars

Best friends, Jordan and Justin are the only two students in the advanced math group, until Stephanie Lewis walks into their lives. While the trio forms The Math Kids, they must find a solution to two new problems: the string of burglaries plaguing their town and the unwanted attention from the class bully. Their Math skills will be put to the test so they can solve them.

Once Upon a Snowstorm by Richard Johnson

Once Upon a Snowstorm

In a cabin in the woods live a father and his son. One day, as they are separated, the son awakens from his sleep to find a variety of wildlife surrounding him. They soon become fast friends, but the boy misses his father and must find his way back home.

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

As four siblings step through a wardrobe, they soon discover a magical world frozen in an eternal winter and governed by the White Witch. With the help from the Great Lion, Aslan, they must find to save the land.

The Nutcracker by the New York City Ballet

The Nutcracker

Based by George Balanchine's production, this well-known ballet tale is now told on paper. Readers will be enchanted by whimsical illustrations inspired by the ballet’s backdrops.

Just like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard

Just Like Jackie

In this coming-of-age story, Robinson Hart wants nothing more than to protect her grandfather, who has given her everything. But as his memory starts to fade, and she fears being taken away from him, she must keep her family together.

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

Mason suffers from the loss of his best friend, Benny Kilmartin, and doesn’t understand why the police won’t believe what happened that night. So he and his friend Calvin create an underground club so they can avoid the bullying at school. But Calvin goes missing, and Mason will need to find a way to save his friend and himself.

The Unicorn Quest by Kamilla Benko

The Unicorn Quest

Claire Martinson and her older sister Sophie get their lives back to normal once they move into Windermere Manor. But that all ends when they find a way into the magical land of Arden. But this world is in chaos. But as the girls return home, Sophie disappears, and Claire will need to find the strength to travel back and save her sister.

Sisters of the Winter Wood

As Liba and Laya’s parents travel to their ailing grandfather, the sisters discover that their Tati and Mami can transform into animals and soon realize the old stories hold meaning. But Liba must protect them. When men appear in town, and Laya fall under their allure, the sisters will need the strength of each other so they can save their people.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

In this beloved classic, the Grinch, a creature who hates Christmas and the Whos, concocts a mischievous plan to steal Christmas with the help from his dog, Max.

Letters from Father Christmas by J. R. R. Tolkien

Letters from Father Christmas

Every December, J. R. R Tolkien's children receive an envelope addressed from Santa. Inside, a beautifully coloured drawing and a letter surprise them. Each one tells of the wonderful tales from the North Pole.

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Told in a beautiful poetic prose, 'Twas the Night before Christmas is a timeless tale beloved and cherished by all children and adults.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol

Christmas is just another day, a day Ebenezer Scrooge hates. But as three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve, he must changes his ways before it's too late.

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