The Christmas season is soon to be upon us! As December draws near, it’s only natural to start thinking about Christmas traditions.
Are you a big fan of audiobooks? If so, you might be interested to know that many of your favorite Christmas classics are available also in audio formats.
Listening to your favorite children’s audiobooks with your kids can be great entertainment. Christmas audiobooks are a great option for holiday travel, long car rides, or spending quiet moments together at home.
Here is a list of the 10 best Christmas audiobooks for children we are sure you will enjoy!
1. The Night Before Christmas – by Clement Clarke Moore
Of all the Christmas stories, this famous poem is the most iconic of all. Originally published in 1823, this poem has come to represent the Christmas season.
To enjoy this poem in audiobook format, there are a few different options. You can choose different versions narrated by either Meryl Streep, Peter Lynz, Chris Hendrie, or B.J. Harrison.
We believe that Meryl Streep’s version is the most entertaining and engaging version available. In her reading, Christmas carols, background music, and sound effects accentuate the famous poem.
If you want a straightforward reading of this Christmas classic, consider Chris Hendrie’s or B.J. Harrison’s versions. They offer simple renditions of this classic in animated voices and with high energy.
2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas – by Dr. Seuss
In terms of Christmas audiobooks for children, this one is hard to beat!
You will love the classic narration by Walter Matthau. With its musical background, animated reading, and voice effects, this audiobook is as entertaining as the classic Christmas movie.
This audiobook is 12 minutes long.
3. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – by Barbara Robinson
It’s amazing how many people do not know the story of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. In the world of Christmas books, it’s a classic.
This book came out in 1976. It is a realistic, and sometimes crude, story of a hard-knocks family at Christmas time.
The story centers around the planning of one church’s Christmas pageant – a tradition in churches and communities all around the world. Unfortunately, things don’t go quite as planned when a new family joins the church and gets involved.
Normally, children between 8 and 12 most enjoy the story. The older kids will pick up on some more difficult themes while younger listeners will enjoy the rambunctious humor.
Save time for family discussion after this book. The book covers many themes that deal with poverty, fairness, bullying, and violence, all within a Christmas context.
Elaine Stritch narrates this audiobook, and it runs for 1 hour and 26 minutes.
4. The Gruffalo’s Child – by Julia Donaldson
Luckily for us, it is beautifully read aloud by Imelda Staunton and Axel Scheffler. As readers, they make great sound effects and bring the story to life.
This audiobook is a quick and engaging story, lasting just over 20 minutes.
Have you ever read The Gruffalo? If not, we recommended it. This book is a follow up to the award-winning classic and won’t leave you disappointed.
Younger children, especially those under five, will love this book and want to hear it over and over. The subtle rhythm of this story will keep them hanging on to every word.
5. A Boy Called Christmas – by Matt Haig, read by Stephen Fry
When it comes to Christmas audiobooks for children, this one is the real deal.
This story is a full unabridged reading of a chapter book that runs for nearly four and a half hours.
This is the story of Nikolas, the boy who went on to become Santa Claus. Unfortunately, 11-year-old Nikolas has had a pretty tough life. Incredibly, his life turns into one fantastical adventure after another. Everything starts when he has to set out to find his father, who has disappeared on a mission to the north.
This story is perfect for all ages and will keep your entire family entertained.
6. The Girl Who Saved Christmas – by Matt Haig
Carey Mulligan reads this book aloud for us throughout 5 hours and 20 minutes. It’s long, but it’s worth it!
The Girl Who Saved Christmas is the sequel to A Boy Called Christmas. Matt Haig does an amazing job of keeping the listener hanging on to every detail.
It all starts with 9-year-old Amelia, who has to hold on to the magic of Christmas through some pretty tough trials in her young life.
This book is for children ages 8 and up. All the same, I am confident that the whole family will love it.
7. The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas – by Dougie Poynter and Tom Fletcher
We recommend listening to it after hearing A Boy Called Christmas.
Read by the authors, this audiobook for children is a silly Christmas story. It’s perfect for the smallest kids with short attention spans, lasting only 9 minutes. It is a hilarious tale of a boy who gets his wish of a Dinosaur for Christmas.
8. Pete the Cat Saves Christmas – by Eric Litwin
This story is part of the long collection of Pete the Cat books and is read by Teddy Walsh.
Typical of the series, Pete the Cat Saves Christmas is a quick listen, lasting only 4 minutes. It tells the tale of how Santa asks Pete to save Christmas. Young fans of Pete the Cat will especially like this children’s audiobook.
9. The Night I Met Father Christmas – by Ben Miller
This Christmas audiobook is best listened to chapter by chapter. Why? Because each chapter is another tale in the life of Father Christmas, as told to the young boy Jackson.
Jackson is determined to meet Father Christmas and unintentionally causes a near disaster. Fortunately, he is up to the task and helps save Christmas. In the process, we all get to learn about how Father Christmas came to be.
This whole reading lasts just over three hours and is read by the author himself.
10. Letters from Father Christmas – by J.R.R. Tolkien
Letters from Father Christmas is a compilation of letters written by J.R.R. Tolkein (author of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit).
Each year, throughout 24 years, he lovingly wrote a new letter for his children at Christmas time. Handwritten and with original drawings, these letters detail the happenings at the North Pole in the busy life of Father Christmas. In 1974 the family decided to share the writings publicly.
This audiobook is a complete and unabridged edition of Tolkein’s original letters. It runs just over 2 hours in length.
The only disadvantage of this audiobook is that you don’t get to enjoy the fantastical drawings and artistic calligraphy of the original letters. However, the stories told in the letters are brought to life by the talented readers Derek Jacobi, John Moffat, and Christian Rodska. Additionally, the audiobook has nice background music that adds to the telling of the tales.
Happy Listening! (And Merry Christmas!)
When you delve into the world of audiobooks for children, you will find that a whole world of entertainment awaits your family.
The books we list here are all found on Amazon audiobooks. We hope that you enjoy the selections on this list of the best Christmas audiobooks for children as much as we do!
Which ones will become part of your Christmas traditions?