Funny Christmas Books

Our family loves to laugh and finding funny holiday stories always puts my kids in the best mood. We’ve collected our favorites below to spread the holiday cheer!

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Santa Baby Jonathon Stutzman; illustrated by Heather Fox, 2020

(Ages 4 and up)

Our family absolutely adores Jonathon Stutzman’s quirky sense of humor, so we were thrilled to see a new holiday book from him. This year, Santa is feeling his age and calls upon the magic of Christmas to make him young again. Unfortunately, instead of becoming a young man, he turns into a baby! The elves attempt to help Baby Santa fulfill his role of delivering presents with hilarious outcomes!

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The 12 Days of Christmas by Greg Pizzoli, 2017

(Ages 3  and up)

This adaptation of the classic holiday song is so much fun! Greg Pizzoli’s comical illustrations feature a parental elephant who grows more and more distraught by the number of strange gifts their child receives from a suitor.

Whether you read the book or sing it, many kids will love chiming in during the “5 Golden Rings” refrain. As the number of gifts grow, our family loves singing the story faster and faster making this a high energy read that always ends in a fit of laughter.

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If You Ever Want to Bring a Pirate to Meet Santa, Don’t! by Elise Parsley, 2018

(Ages 4  and up)

Magnolia thinks it will be a great idea to introduce a pirate to Santa, but while waiting in line to meet him at the mall, she soon discovers the reason pirates are on the naughty list. Full of humorous hijinks and giggle-inducing illustrations, you won’t want to miss this comical holiday book.

This series is a favorite of my son’s and I highly recommend you pick up the first few installments.

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Tough Cookie: A Christmas Story by Edward Hemingway, 2018

(Ages 4  and up)

When a freshly baked gingerbread man pops out of the oven, he challenges a fox to catch him. When Fox tries to bite him, however, he discovers that this cookie is hard and tastes awful. The two journey through Christmastown to try to sweeten him up. After failing each attempt, Cookie finally discovers his true purpose. He is an ornament!

My children cannot get enough of this sweet story and ask for repeated readings. Best of all there are recipes in the back of the book for both edible cookies and ornaments that our family loved baking together!

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A Mustache Baby Christmas by Bridget Heos; illustrated by Joy Ang, 2019

(Ages 4 and up)

In this silly series, Billy and his friend Javier are born with a comical amount of facial hair. Readers discover that on Christmas Eve, Javier’s beard turns white making him Santa’s helper who is in charge of delivering toys to all the babies of the world. Luckily his friend, Billy, is here to help. Comical hijinks ensue and the babies learn a valuable lesson about giving.

This series is always one of my go-to read alouds for a group of children. The thought of a baby with a mustache is just too funny.

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I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas by John Rox; illustrated by Bruce Whately, 2020

(Ages 3 and up)

Inspired by the 1950’s song of the same name, I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas stars a girl who imagines what it would be like to receive a hippo on Christmas morning. The illustrations featuring a giant purple hippo are laugh-out-loud funny. As an added bonus, the music and song lyrics are included.

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The Night Baafore Christmas by Dawn Young; illustrated by Pablo Pino, 2019

(Ages 4 and up)

It’s the night before Christmas and Bo can’t sleep. He tries counting sheep, but tired of performing, the rowdy sheep head downstairs causing mischief at every turn. The flowing rhymes are a joy to read aloud while the vibrant illustrations add humor to this riotous holiday romp.

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Peppermint Post by Bruce Hale; illustrated by Steph Laberis, 2020

(Ages 4 and up)

Buck, a polar bear, proudly serves as the post master of the Peppermint Post, which sifts through all the letters for Santa. When he discovers a lost letter, Buck does his best to deliver the coveted toy to a special child with comical results. The cartoony illustrations are pure fun and children will want to write their own letters to Santa with new vigor!

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The Great Santa Stakeout by Betsy Bird; illustrated by Dan Santat, 2019

(Ages 4 and up)

Freddy Melcher is Santa’s #1 fan. He dresses up as Santa every chance he can and fills his room with holiday paraphernalia. This year he is determined to snap a photo of his hero to add to his Christmas collection and begins preparations for the great Santa stakeout.

The amusing text is enhanced by Dan Santat’s engaging and humorous illustrations. There is no doubt that this will be a popular holiday read aloud!

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Comet The Unstoppable Reindeer by Jim Benton, 2020

(Ages 4 and up)

Readers looking for a little humor in their holiday stories, will be excited to meet Comet! When the famous reindeer breaks his arm, he is forced to stay home and rest on Christmas Eve. When he realizes Santa forgot his bag of toys, however, he must save the day!

The lively rhymes and comical illustrations make this a good choice for a read aloud to a group of children. My kids especially loved the slapstick scenes of Comet clumsily delivering the toys around the world.

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Mrs. Claus Takes the Reins by Sue Fliess; illustrated by Mark Chambers, 2018

(Ages 3 – 8)

While Mrs. Claus takes a backseat in many holiday stories, she shines in Sue Fliess’ entertaining holiday book, Mrs. Claus Takes the Reins! When Santa becomes too sick to deliver presents on Christmas Eve, Mrs. Claus steps up to take his place. She is brave, smart, and determined to save Christmas. You aren’t going to want to miss this delightful story full of girl-power and whimsy!

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