The Best Christmas Novels for Upper Elementary

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You all know I love all books. But I LOOOOVE Christmas books. There's something about the iconic characters and themes that get to me every year. So many Christmas memories are wrapped up in these reads!

Today I've rounded up my favorite Christmas novels for upper elementary. These books have amazing messages will be favorites with your children and students!

The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements

When his teacher steps aside, Hart Evans must direct the sixth grade holiday concert. Little does he know, his teacher is giving him the best lesson of all by handing over the class. If you like Frindle, you will LOVE this holiday book! 

The Last Holiday Concert Ever - Best Christmas Novels for Upper Elementary

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson 

This story brings laughs every holiday season! When the troublesome Herdmans take over the Christmas Pageant, everyone predicts disaster. But in the end, the town learns about acceptance and the love of the holidays. 

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Best Christmas Novels for Upper Elementary

The True Gift by Patricia MacLachlan

This sweet holiday story is sure to put your class in the giving spirit. Liam and Lily are visiting family when they notice a cow in need of a friend. Together, with the help of their community and a little Christmas magic, they reach their goal. This book is by the same classic author as Sarah, Plain, and Tall.

The True Gift - Best Christmas Novels for Upper Elementary

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

I'm sure you are very familiar with this classic novel. But are your students? This is a story all students should read! If you have higher level readers, they are well equipped to start this one. If your students are younger, this would be a great read aloud! 

A Christmas Carol - Best Christmas Novels for Upper Elementary

The Christmas Pig by J.K Rowling

In The Christmas Pig by J.K. Rowling, the story unfolds with the heartwarming tale of Jack and his beloved toy, Dur Pig. When Dur Pig disappears on Christmas Eve, Jack embarks on a magical adventure to rescue his companion. Rowling weaves a captivating narrative filled with friendship, courage, and the enchantment of the holiday season.

The Christmas Pig - Best Christmas Novels for Upper Elementary

The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson

This short novel introduces readers to Armand, a Parisian hobo with a heart of gold. Armand's life takes an unexpected turn when he discovers a homeless family living beneath a bridge. Although he tries to resist, Armand gradually becomes intertwined with the single mother and her three children, leading to heartwarming and humorous adventures.

The Family Under the Bridge - Best Christmas Novels for Upper Elementary
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The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

A visit from Father Christmas makes this the perfect, unexpected Christmas novel! Take your students on a magical journey that begins when four siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy—find themselves transported to Narnia. The siblings learn lessons of courage, sacrifice, and the enduring power of good over evil in this timeless and captivating fantasy tale.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - Best Christmas Novels for Upper Elementary

A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck

Mrs. Dowdel is back for Christmas! In this rendition, Bethany Huff (the newly arrived preacher's daughter) navigates the challenges and joys of small-town life. With Peck's signature humor and wit, the novel explores themes of community, acceptance, and the true meaning of generosity.

A Season of Gifts - Best Christmas Novels for Upper Elementary

Nancy and Plum by Betty MacDonald

Nancy and Plum by Betty MacDonald follows the misadventures of two orphaned sisters, Nancy and Plum, as they navigate life in a tyrannical boarding house. The duo, armed with determination and creativity, devises clever schemes to outwit Mrs. Monday and bring joy to their fellow orphans during the holiday season. MacDonald's classic tale is a blend of humor, resilience, and the power of sisterly bonds.

Nancy and Plum - Best Christmas Novels for Upper Elementary

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