Magical Christmas Reads: Must-Have Books for 12-Year-Olds
Christmas is the festival that people love celebrating and reading about and learning some interesting facts about. Children especially love reading books about the festival of Christmas and Santa.
The holiday season is there during Christmas, and everyone wants something adventurous and exciting. I have included a handful of Christmas books for 9–12-year-olds.
Whether you and your children have a basket of books as I do or just countdown to Christmas so that new books can be added to the collection, you are at the right place, so here follows the list of the most appropriate Christmas books for 12-year-olds.
1. DIARY OF A CHRISTMAS ELF
Written by Ben Miller, Diary of a Christmas is the story of Tog the Elf, who always dreamed of becoming a toymaker. When he was finally given this opportunity, he was not up for the job.
Something strange happens, so Tog has a mystery to solve. This astonishing novel will make your child interested in knowing whether Tog was able to solve the mystery before the Christmas deadline or not.
2. EDDIE VERSUS THE SHADOW SHIFTERS IN THE BATTLE FOR CHRISTMAS
Written by Brandon Stevenson, Eddie versus the Shadow Shifters in the Battle for Christmas is the story of Eddie and his challenges. Eddie moves to Brockville just a few days before Christmas and, curiously, finds that no one in the town knows Christmas is just days away.
His keen curiosity led him to discover Santa’s Elf Rangers, the protectors of Christmas, and the evil Shadow Shifters behind the mysterious disappearance of Christmas in his new hometown.
3. A BOY CALLED CHRISTMAS
Written by Matt Haig, A boy called Christmas is the one who will let your 12-year-old read about the true story of Father Christmas.
This book is full of impossible things and is one of the best Christmas books for 9–12-year-olds.
If your child believes in something impossible, or if you want them to believe in such things, then it is for sure that you should put this book down right away.
4. THE CHRISTMAS CARROLLS
Written by Mel Taylor-Besent, The Christmas Carrolls is the story that shows how it would be if every day of the year could be Christmas.
It’s the story of nine-year-old Holly Carol and her family, who are living their merriest lives and try to spread cheer wherever they go.
The twist comes in the story when she is sent to school; not everyone appreciates her festival spirit. This is a captivating story about the importance of spreading cheer and the magic of friendship.
Written by Susan Adrian, The Nutcracker is one of the most appropriate Christmas books for 12-year-olds.
It is the story of Georgia, who has waited her whole life to dance the part of Clara in the Nutcracker ballet. It’s almost like a dream come true when Georgie finally gets the part; she enters a world where everything is magical whenever she dances with the Nutcracker doll.
Georgia has to save herself, the Nutcracker, and her friend when the Nutcracker’s magic steps into real life.
6. THE GIRL WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS
Written by Matt Haig, The Girl Who Saved Christmas is an amazing story about Christmas Eve when everything is not well.
It is the story of when Christmas is in jeopardy, and Amelia Wishart is trapped in Mr. Creeper’s workhouse. For Christmas, Amelia needs to be found by Father Christmas.
Her search begins with the help of eight reindeer, some elves, the queen, and Charles Dickens.
7. THE MIRACLE OF EBENEZER STREET
Written by Catherine Doyle, The Miracle of Ebenezer Street is the story of George. George stumbles at Marley’s curiosity shop at the Christmas fair as he finds a mysterious snow globe.
Before anything else happens, George and his Scrooge of a dad have swept away on a hilarious adventure to Christmas’ future, present, and past.
This story is something of a suspense thriller to know whether George will find a way to bring the joy of Christmas home once again or if he fails in everything.
8. THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE
Written by C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the story of four siblings: Peter, Edmund, Susan, and Lucy.
When they all step through a wardrobe into the land of Narnia, they discover something very strange. That strange thing was a land frozen in eternal winter due to the power of an evil white witch.
This story is about whether or not the four siblings could help the true leader of the land, the great lion Aslan, save the land of Narnia.
9. FATHER CHRISTMAS AND ME
Written by Matt Haig, Father Christmas and Me is one of the best Christmas books for 12-year-olds. It is the story of Amelia Wishart, who lives in Elfhelm with her new adoptive parents, Father Christmas, and Mary Christmas.
The school in which Amelia studied was the one where she was taller than all the other students, including her adults.
Elf’s school work was not like human school work, and this story shows whether Amelia should return to the human world or stay there only.
10. THE NIGHT I MET FATHER CHRISTMAS
Written by Ben Miller, The Night I Met Father Christmas is a mind-blowing story by Jackson, who loves Christmas.
As he loved the festival of Christmas, he was aware of almost everything, but there was just one thing that he wished he could ask Santa.
He wanted to ask Santa, “How did he become Father Christmas?” On Christmas Eve, he stays awake so that he can talk to Santa, but his expectations are not fulfilled.
11. THE CHRISTMAS GENIE
Written by Dan Gutman, The Christmas Genie is one of the most appropriate Christmas novels for 9–12-year-olds.
This story is about when Christmas vacation was just hours away, and the 5th-grade class of Mrs.
Walter could almost taste it. A genie pops out of the classroom windows and grants the class one wish, but if the class can’t agree on one wish in an hour, then Christmas vacation will be canceled.
12. TINSEL: THE GIRLS WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS
Written by Sibeal Pounder, Tinsel: The Girl Who Invented Christmas is a story that will let your child know much about Christmas.
What happens is that Blanche Claus aims to deliver gifts to every child on Earth with the help of her best friend and aspiring chef, Santa.
It’s somewhat about that if we all got the Santa story wrong. It’s a funny, festive ride that your child will never forget.
13. THE CHRISTMASAURUS
Written by Tom Fletcher, The Christmasaurus is the story of ten-year-old William, who wants a dinosaur for Christmas even after knowing that all the dinosaurs are extinct.
Christmasaurus lands in William’s home on Christmas Eve due to a mix-up at the North Pole, and the two form an instant friendship.
After their friendship, they attempt to get Christmasaurus home to Santa at the North Pole; hence, they find themselves on the adventure of a lifetime.
14. THE CHRISTMASAURUS AND THE WINTER WITCH
Written by Tom Fletcher, The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch is one of the most attractive sequels in which Santa visits William and his family.
Not only did Santa visit William’s house, but he also invited all of them to the North Pole.
By visiting the North Pole, they all discover how Christmas works; they meet the mysterious and magical winter witch and learn of her power to control time so that Santa can easily travel all around the world on Christmas Eve.
15. THE LAST HOLIDAY CONCERT
Written by Andrew Clements, The Last Holiday Concert is an amazing novel by Hart Evans.
It is the story of when the popular sixth grader, Hart Evans, is put in charge of the big holiday concert by his exasperated music teacher.
After this, he soon discovers a big difference between popularity and leadership. Due to all this, the entire class learns lessons about the importance of working together, democracy, and the true meaning of Christmas.
16. THE NAUGHTY LIST
Written by Michael Fry and Bradley Jackson, The Naughty List is one of the ideal Christmas books for 9–12-year-olds.
This story concerns Bobbie, whose hilariously bumbling efforts to save her brother’s Christmas land him in trouble. Not trouble, but it’s Santa’s naughty list, so she must travel to the North Pole to make things right on Christmas Eve.
So finally, she found herself on an epic adventure full of rogue elves, dysfunctional reindeer, a lazy Santa, and much more.
This was the list of must-read Christmas books for 12-year-olds. Let’s celebrate this festival of joy with some creative and compelling books.
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Sourabh Sharma is a hobbyist book reader, Entrepreneur, and a literature student at Delhi University. A blog writer by day and a book reader by night, he is oathed to discuss himself in a third person but can be persuaded to do so from time to time.