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A long, cold December night is a great time to share favorite Christmas stories! There are many holiday classics to choose from to get your family into the holiday spirit. You can listen to a video read aloud of the favorite, Llama Llama Holiday Drama, by Anna Dewdney, right now! More free video read alouds are listed below along with printable activities and Christmas favorites you can check out with your IndyPL library card. Have a wonderful holiday!

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Talk!

After listening to the story, talk about some of the things that happened in it.

  • What does your family like to do during the holidays? Which thing is your favorite?
  • Does the llama on the cover look happy? Sad? Worried?
  • Have you ever had to wait a long time for something you were excited about? Was it hard to wait? Were there any things that you did to help pass the time?
  • Would you rather go to a quiet holiday event or a noisy and crowded holiday event?
  • Why is llama happy at the end of the story?

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Read!

Click on one of the book covers below and listen to more Christmas stories read aloud.


A Christmas Wish for CorduroyAll the colors of ChristmasMerry Christmas from the Very Hungry CaterpillarMerry Christmas SplatPeppermint PostMerry PinkmasThe Nutcracker in HarlemClark the Shark Loves ChristmasBiscuit's Christmas EveCharlie and the Christmas KittyThe Twelve Days of ChristmasLlama Llama Holiday DramaGoodnight MangerHoHoHoTuckerMaisyGingerbread

Find more FREE online reading at 100+ Free Video Read Alouds or try storytime at home!

Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books about Christmas at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device. If you have never used OverDrive before, you can learn how to use it for both e-books and audiobooks.

Need help? Ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or call, text, or email Ask-a-Librarian. The Tinker Station helpline at (317) 275-4500 is also available. It is staffed by device experts who can answer questions about how to read, watch and listen on a PC, tablet or phone.


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Sing!

Have a jingle bells sing along with Abby, Elmo, a horse, and even some snowballs!


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Write!

Find some crayons or makers to color a picture, practice writing the letters, or see if you can follow your way through a maze without getting stuck.


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Play!

Take a walk and read a story as you go! We invite you to visit StoryWalk® in Ruckle Street Park at 3025 Ruckle Street. Stroll through the park and read a book displayed in mounted frames. Or Skip. Or gallop!

  • Instead of "Simon Says" play "Santa Says." Practice the names of body parts and left and right.
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Favorite and Classic Christmas Stories for Kids

There are many holiday favorites to get your family in the holiday spirit from illustrated versions of the Bible to stories about family traditions to the silly antics of favorite book characters celebrating the holiday in their own unique way. Can Bad Kitty even get on Santa's nice list?

Brown Baby Jesus

Williamson, Dorena

A simple telling of the story of Joseph, Mary and Jesus that shows a many-stranded family tree for a loved and celebrated child.

12 Days of Kindness

Latham, Irene

Count 12 ways to be kind while celebrating peace on earth and good will to all!

Little Santa's Workshop

Watkins, Lala

A toddlers first look inside Santa's workshop as Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and the elves get everything ready for the big day.