Merry and Bright Christmas Books for 9-12 Year-Olds

Book Roundup, Middle Grade
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If you’re looking for some great holiday reads for the whole family or your kids want to get into the Christmas spirit, a great way to do that is to read a Christmas chapter book (aka middle grade book).

The great thing about middle grade books is that the entire family can enjoy them. They are great to read aloud or for independent reading time for kids in the 9-12 age range.

It’s not just little kids that like reading Christmas books. Big kids (and adults!) like reading them too. So here are some Christmas chapter books to add to your holiday reading list!

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Merry and Bright Christmas Books for 9-12 Year-Olds

 

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser

This is the sweetest Christmas chapter book I’ve read this year! I read it aloud to my kids and it was absolutely charming. It’s one of those books that celebrate the love of a big, noisy family and a neighborhood where people care for each other.

I can’t recommend this book enough. If you’re looking for a Christmas middle grade book to read every December, you’ll definitely want to check this one out. It’s a keeper!

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Ghosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford. Book 2 in the Greenglass House series. Perfect Christmas chapter books to read with your kids this winter break. Christmas chapter books for middle grade readers. Christmas mystery novels for kids. Holiday books for older kids. Books to read at Christmas time with kids. | batchofbooks.comGhosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford

This is another delightful book to read at Christmas time. It makes a good family read too, especially if you’ve read the first book, Greenglass House.

It’s a charming mystery set at Christmas time when Greenglass House fills with unusual guests, their enchanting stories, and a cozy mystery that will keep readers guessing.

For kids that like cozy winter reads set at Christmas, the Greenglass House books will hit the spot.

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Weird But True Christmas: 300 Festive Facts to Light Up the Holidays by National Geographic KidsWeird But True Christmas: 300 Festive Facts to Light Up the Holidays by National Geographic Kids

This is such a fun book! National Geographic Kids comes up with some interesting books for kids, and this one is perfect for the holidays.

Kids that like fact books, trivia, or almanacs will love reading up on their favorite time of year. They’ll learn things like the different names for Santa Claus throughout the world, towns that have been named after Christmas, and amazing advent calendars around the globe.

It’s a small book full of big, bright pictures and amazing facts about Christmas.

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The Nutcracker Mice by Kristin Kladstrup, illustrated by Brett Helquist. Chapter books for kids to read at Christmas. Holiday books for middle grade readers. Christmas chapter books for kids during the holiday season. Books about The Nutcracker ballet. Fairy tales to read at Christmas. | batchofbooks.comThe Nutcracker Mice by Kristin Kladstrup, illustrated by Brett Helquist

The age recommendation for this book is 7-10 years old, but I think kids even a little older than that would like it.

A group of mice that live in a theater have their own ballet company, but the humans are trying to exterminate them. One little girl can see that the mice aren’t vermin and tries to save the mice. Meanwhile, the mice are getting ready for their own production of The Nutcracker.

This is a sweet book in the same vein as Charlotte’s Web. Plus, the illustrator is the same artist from A Series of Unfortunate Events.

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A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig. Middle grade novel about Santa Claus as a child and how he came to be Father Christmas.A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig

A Boy Called Christmas has so many beautiful parts where my kids and I got swept up in the story. We got lost in the story and kept reading long after bedtime. The pages are loaded with adventure, magic, and friendship. I loved the way things fell into place for Nikolas, teaching him the skills he would later combine when he decides to take on the role of Santa Claus.

And don’t miss the follow-up sequel, The Girl Who Saved Christmas.

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The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig. Christmas chapter books for middle grade readers. Christmas books for ten year olds. Holiday books for kids to read independently. Books about Christmas for eleven year olds. This is a tale of sadness, hardship, and a lot of Christmas magic. Best books to read with kids before Christmas. | batchofbooks.comThe Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig

This is the follow-up to A Boy Called Christmas. It’s about a girl named Amelia who gets sent to the workhouse when her mother gets sick. The terrible conditions there wear down her spirit—and Santa’s magic is directly tied to it.

When it comes to middle grade books about Christmas, these two are unique in their approach. They’re full of hardship and sadness, but that makes the happy moments so much sweeter.

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Top Elf by Caleb Huett. Chrismtas middle grade books. Holiday chapter books for 8 year old boys. Christmas chapter books for 9 year old girls. Middle grade books for Christmas. Chapter books for winter break. Chapter books about Santa. Funny books about Christmas for kids. | batchofbooks.comTop Elf by Caleb Huett

The Amazing Race meets Santa in this unusual survival tale. Santa decides that he’s going to retire and will hold a contest to determine his replacement.

Kids, elves, and Santa’s own son enter into a competition for the name of Top Elf (aka Santa). But racing around the world and consuming vast quantities of cookies and milk is harder than it looks.

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. This is THE BEST Christmas chapter book for kids. A must-read for the holiday season. It gives you a new perspective on the reason for the season and the birth of Christ. | batchofbooks.comThe Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

This is such a sweet book! I read this to my kids at Christmas time a couple of years ago. It was a lovely reminder of the true meaning of Christmas and makes you look at it from another angle. My kids and I all loved the story and the underlying message it contains.

If you haven’t read it yet, you’ll love experiencing the chaos of preparing for the pageant as well as the disaster wonderful production it turned out to be.

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The 12 Dares of Christa by Marissa Burt. Christmas chapter books for middle grade readers this holiday season. Chapter books about travel and Christmas. Holidays in Europe. Tween reads for the holidays. Books for pre-teen girls during Christmas holidays. | batchofbooks.comThe 12 Dares of Christa by Marissa Burt

A heartbroken girl, a dozen dares, and an adventure-filled trip across Europe makes for a delightful holiday read.

Older middle grade readers and kids that are starting to move into young adult literature will appreciate this story. An sweet and uplifting story full of holiday cheer, this book is perfect for pre-teens looking for a heartwarming Christmas novel to dive into.

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Tru & Nelle A Christmas Tale by G. Neri. Christmas chapter books for middle grade readers to read this holiday season. Christmas books for third graders, fourth graders, fifth graders. Holiday books for eight year olds, nine year olds, ten year olds, eleven year olds. A sweet book based on real events (true story) about Harper Lee and Truman Capote. Set in the 1930s. | batchofbooks.comTru & Nelle: A Christmas Tale by G. Neri

With the popularity of the first Tru & Nelle book, I’m not surprised to see a Christmas chapter book starring Harper Lee and Truman Capote.

This book is based on true events in the lives of two well-known authors and set at Christmas time. While it’s a continuation of the story from the first book, this novel can be read by itself.

If you’re looking for middle grade books based on true events that feature real people, this is a great choice to read during the holiday season.

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Christmas Carol and the Defenders of Claus by Robert Fouch. Christmas chapter books for middle grade readers to read this holiday season. Books for kids to read at Christmas. Holiday books to read over winter break. Christmas books for third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade. Christmas books for eight year olds, nine year olds, ten year olds, eleven year olds. | batchofbooks.comChristmas Carol and the Defenders of Claus by Robert Fouch

This is the action-packed adventure of a young girl named Carol who has descended from a long line of “defenders”. Her family has protected Santa Claus for generations. Before she knows it, Carol is whisked off to the North Pole to defend the head elf himself from a masked villain intent on ruining Christmas.

Equal parts adventure and holiday story, this high-flying tale is perfect for kids that liked the movie Rise of the Guardians.

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The Naughty List by Michael Fry and Bradley Jackson. Christmas chapter books for eight year olds, nine year olds, and ten year olds. Holiday middle grade books to read during winter break. Books about santa for kids in fourth grade, fifth grade, third grade. Christmas middle grade books and Christmas chapter books for kids. Books to read as a family during Christmas. Books for the whole family to enjoy. | batchofbooks.comThe Naughty List by Michael Fry and Bradley Jackson

If the cover for this book isn’t a dead giveaway, then let me tell you—this book is a hilarious romp from start to finish.

Bobbie’s efforts to help her brother actually land him on Santa’s naughty list. So she travels to the North Pole to set things right, but she’s not prepared for the adventure that awaits her there.

This outlandish adventure tale is perfect for kids that like diary-style novels with lots of cartoon illustrations like Big Nate or Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

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Kringle by Tony Abbott. Classic Christmas stories for middle grade readers. Christmas chapter books for older kids. Magical Christmas books for middle schoolers. | batchofbooks.comKringle by Tony Abbott

This is an older Christmas novel for kids, but it’s pretty popular to read in December.

In the same vein as A Boy Called Christmas, this story is about an orphan who lives in a violent time where goblins kidnap children to make them slave in underground mines. This story is full of magic, creatures, and a boy who becomes a legend.

Since this is an older title, it’s only available through third-party sellers on Amazon.

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The Legend of Holly Claus by Brittney Ryan, illustrated by Laurel Long. Christmas chapter books for kids to read this holiday season. This beautiful story is about the daughter of Santa Claus and her quest to free her people from a frozen prison. Christmas books for middle grade readers. Books for kids about christmas. Chapter books about Christmas. Holiday books about Christmas for older kids. Christmas books for nine year olds, ten year olds, eleven year olds. Christmas books for third graders, fourth graders, fifth graders. | batchofbooks.comThe Legend of Holly Claus by Brittney Ryan

Have you ever wondered what Santa wants for Christmas? One boy decided to ask, and when he did, Santa and Mrs. Claus are blessed with a baby girl. This is the story of their daughter and her magical quest to set her people free from a curse that holds them prisoner.

This is another Christmas chapter book that’s a little older, so it’s only available for the Kindle or through third-party sellers, but it’s a keeper. It was a New York Times bestseller and a holiday favorite for many readers. It gains new fans every year.

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Winterfrost by Michelle Houts. Christmas chapter books for kids to read this holiday season. Books to read for Christmas. Books about santa for middle grade readers. Christmas and holiday stories for older kids. Chapter books about christmas. Christmas adventures for kids in third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade. Holiday books for eight year olds, nine year olds, ten year olds, eleven year olds. | batchofbooks.comWinterfrost by Michelle Houts

A big adventure of miniature proportions! When Bettina forgets to set out the traditional rice pudding for the nisse on Christmas, they steal her baby sister as payback. Bettina must venture into their world to save her sister and set things right.

Set in Denmark, this Christmas chapter book is a modern folktale based on real Danish customs. It’s perfect for kids that like cute and tiny things, adventure, and heartwarming stories.

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    Laurel
    December 15, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Great recommendations here. Another family favorite for us we do as a read-aloud but that would be good for middle grade readers is a real oldie—JRR Tolkien’s Father Christmas Letters

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