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Family Christmas Picture Books: Kindle Edition

Merry early Christmas, friends! 

If you’re like me, you may be still scrambling to finish your shopping for your family and friends. Lists are long or ideas may be running short, but I can tell you that a book for a Christmas gift is never, ever a bad idea. Even a book the recipient may never have heard of – many of our favorite gifts at Christmas came from our Uncle Phil who carefully chose new books for us to read together as a family – and we were always so glad to see his packages come in the mail ever December.

But if you’re too late for shipping or can’t make it to a bookstore, or even running low on funds: I may have something to offer to help you. I have curated a short list of Christmas picture books on Kindle for children and families – and most are on Kindle Unlimited, so if you subscribe to KU, they are free to you, or they are also very inexpensive to purchase. If you have any kind of device, even a smartphone, you can read these special books with your kids this Christmas with the free Kindle app. Happy reading!

Christmas Picture Books on Kindle

Apple Tree Christmas 

by Trinka Hakes Noble

This sweet story centers on a pioneer family who lives in an old barn. It follows their story as they make their way through winter life and the Christmas season. The family, including young Katrina and her sister, love their old apple tree outside the barn. Its vines make a swing and one large branch serves as Katrina’s art “studio”. But then a blizzard and ice storm interrupts everything, but Mama and Papa make sure Christmas is still extra special for their family.

The book was illustrated by the author as a gift to her father, who believed in her art when she was a young child, and encouraged her to follow her dream. She says on her author page that she painted each illustration for the book on the drawing board he gave to her one Christmas when she was a girl.

A whimsical story of family, love, and Christmas – this would be a great one to read curled up under blankets with your kiddos and steaming mugs of hot chocolate.

The Christmas Tree Ship

by Carol Crane

This is an absolutely beautifully illustrated book about a story from author Carol Crane’s family history, centered around a piece of Great Lakes history from the early 1900s.

For years and years, a captain affectionately called “Captain Santa” brought thousands of Christmas trees from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula across Lake Michigan to Chicago, Illinois. He would sell them at a market, or give them away to poorer families. But on his last voyage, the ship was taken down in a horrible storm. But then… someone else very special takes up the mission, and the trees are once again sold at the market…

The author spins the story her Swedish grandfather used to tell her when she was little from his “remembering rocker”, which he had brought from Sweden to Michigan. It is a beautiful example of weaving family history stories in with local history. It would be a great story to share with older children – and a perfect tale for Christmas.

The Twelve Days Of Christmas

by Gennady Spirin

This is a newer book featuring the old carol The Twelve Days of Christmas. The illustrations, done in watercolor and colored pencil, beautifully detail the lyrics. Included are the sheet music and a historical note.

Lola’s Christmas Traditions

by Stephanie Pitcher Fishman

Written and illustrated by longtime family historian and author, Stephanie Pitcher Fishman, this book is perfect for very young children. Stephanie says that she had her toddler daughter in mind when she wrote the book, and the other books in the Lola series. This particular book follows Lola and her family through their special Christmas Eve traditions. It would be a great book to read while setting out milk and cookies for Santa, just before bed on your Christmas Eve this year.

I hope you may have found a new e-book to read with your family – and I truly hope you enjoy these beautifully told tales with both family and historical themes.

Don’t forget to subscribe to enjoy our Christmas crafts and writing prompts with your kids this holiday, always free in our resource library.

The blog will return after Christmas as I take time with my family this week. I can’t wait.

Have a very merry Christmas, friends and family! 


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