Hello, fellow educators! As the holiday season approaches, what better way to infuse your classroom with the warmth and magic of Christmas than through the joy of read-alouds? While our upper elementary students may be growing up, the Christmas spirit is timeless, and sharing these enchanting stories can foster a sense of togetherness and wonder. I have curated a list of 15 delightful read alouds Christmas edition ideally suited for children aged 9-13. These stories are not just engaging; they’re short enough to read in one sitting or divided into 10-15 minute chunks throughout the festive month.
Let’s take a look at this list of heartwarming read alouds Christmas style, filling your classroom with the festive cheer that only the holiday season can bring.
“The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg
Embark on a mesmerizing train journey to the North Pole with a young boy who learns to believe in the magic of Christmas. This beautifully illustrated tale is a celebration of wonder and the power of imagination. When you think about read alouds Christmas is the perfect time to read this one.
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” by Dr. Seuss
Join the Grinch, a grouchy character with a heart two sizes too small, as he discovers the true meaning of Christmas. Dr. Seuss’s whimsical storytelling and timeless rhymes make this a holiday classic about the power of kindness and transformation.
“A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens
Introduce your students to Ebenezer Scrooge and the visitations of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Dickens’s classic story explores the importance of compassion, generosity, and the joy of giving.
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson
Share the laughter and heartwarming chaos that ensues when the unruly Herdman kids take over the annual Christmas pageant. This story beautifully portrays the magic that can happen when unlikely characters embrace the spirit of the season. This is an amazing addition to your read alouds Christmas!
“The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by E.T.A. Hoffmann
Dive into the enchanting world of Clara and her beloved Nutcracker as they journey through a realm of magic, dreams, and adventure. This classic story captures the essence of holiday wonder and imagination.
“Olive, the Other Reindeer” by J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh
Follow Olive, a lovable dog who believes she’s a reindeer, on her delightful and humorous journey to the North Pole. This whimsical tale is sure to tickle your students’ funny bones.
“The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry
Share the touching story of a young couple who selflessly give up their most treasured possessions to buy each other Christmas gifts. This tale reminds us of the power of love, sacrifice, and the true spirit of giving.
“The Snowman” by Raymond Briggs
Immerse your students in a wordless tale of friendship and adventure as a young boy’s snowman comes to life, leading to a magical journey to the North Pole. This heartwarming story is filled with wonder and emotion. This is a wonderful addition to your read alouds Christmas!
“The Little Match Girl” by Hans Christian Andersen
Explore the poignant story of a young girl’s struggle in the cold and her dreams of a better life, emphasizing the importance of compassion and kindness during the holiday season. Andersen’s storytelling is both touching and thought-provoking.
“The Christmas Sweater” by Glenn Beck
Follow the young protagonist’s journey of understanding the true spirit of Christmas through a heartwarming tale of transformation, love, and the power of hope. This story encourages reflection and personal growth during the holiday season.
“The Legend of the Poinsettia” by Tomie dePaola
Discover the enchanting Mexican tradition of the poinsettia flower and its connection to Christmas as young Maria learns the true meaning of a gift from the heart. Tomie dePaola’s storytelling is rich with culture and warmth.
“The Great Santa Search” by Jeff Guinn
Join Santa Claus and his reindeer as they prepare for Christmas, solving mysteries and experiencing delightful adventures. This whimsical tale takes your students behind the scenes of Santa’s preparations and spreads the joy of the holiday season. This is a fabulous addition to your read alouds Christmas!
“The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree” by Gloria Houston
Experience a heartwarming story of love, resilience, and the true meaning of Christmas as a small Appalachian community comes together to share their Christmas tree with the town. This story exemplifies the spirit of giving and community during the holidays.
“Merry Christmas, Strega Nona” by Tomie dePaola
Dive into the charming world of Strega Nona, where she prepares her delightful holiday celebrations, showcasing the magic of family traditions and the warmth of the season. Tomie dePaola’s storytelling captures the essence of cherished holiday customs.
“Silver Packages” by Cynthia Rylant
Share the story of a young boy who discovers the magic of Christmas through a train delivering silver packages to Appalachian communities. This heartwarming tale emphasizes the joy of giving and the spirit of the holiday season.
There you have it: 15 heartwarming read alouds Christmas edition that will fill your classroom with joy, wonder, and the season’s true spirit. These stories are not just for kids but for the young at heart, reminding us that the magic of Christmas is something we can cherish at any age. So, gather your students, cozy up with some hot cocoa, and let the magic of these tales light up your holiday season. Happy reading, and may your classroom be filled with the warmth of Christmas!
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