Book Lover Christmas Ornaments, some based on children’s books

I’m not really into Christmas. I used to hate it, though the last few years I’ve started to learn to love aspects of it. When you can make it your own celebration, it gets better. And what better way than to celebrate books and reading, as well?

There are some neat book lover Christmas ornaments out there.


This wonderful ornament is originally from Hallmark, made in 2003, and is now available at HookedOnOrnaments.com. It’s called “Adventures of a Book Lover.” I love it! I want one! 🙂 Since it’s not being produced any more, you may also be able to get one on eBay.
The OLAStore has one of my favorite Christmas ornaments–a brass ornament that says “Read”. Lovely.

Milestone Books have a ton of book-related ornaments. Among my favorites are their “I love books” girl ornament, their C.S. Lewis quote “You can’t get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”,“Read” patchwork ornament. They also have some cool librarian ornaments on the bottom of page 8, and some cool “read to your children” and “eat sleep read” ones on page 9. You can browse all their ornaments starting from page 1.

Signals has a really neat and different book ornament–one with quote from Louisa May Alcott that says “She is too fond of books, and it has addled her brain.” It looks playful to me.


Hallmark has done a lot of book-related ornaments over the years–both general book ornaments, and ornaments based on children’s books. You can purchase many of them through HookedOnOrnaments.com or eBay. There are some general book-related ornaments (if you don’t mind them being too cutsey), including a super-cute “Reader to the Core” ornament; a 2001 “Gouda Reading” ornament, and some wonderful ornaments based on children’s books, including:
a Dr. Seuss Cat In the Hat stamp ornament and a Cat In the Hat figurine ornament; a 2002 Winnie the Pooh #5 inside a book ornament; a great Dr. Seuss Grinch ornament “What a Grinchy Trick, Dr. Seuss”; a Madeline ornament; and many, many more, including Harry Potter, Curious George, The Wizard of Oz, and Pat the Bunny, and many more Dr. Seuss books including Green Eggs and Ham; One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish; and more. Carlton also did one of Clifford the Red Dog.
Okay, maybe I’m just a Christmas newbie, but I had NO idea that there were some great Christmas ornaments based on Children’s books–and some of my favorite ones, at that. That makes me feel a whole lot better about having a Christmas tree. 🙂
Girl-ish Things @ Cafe Press has a neat “I read at the Table” Christmas ornament. They also have a “Books Rock” ornament.
CafePets @ CafePress has a nifty Bookworm ornament. It comes in an oval or a circle. It reminds me of Jen Robinson’s great book blog.
The Hunger Site used to sell these book ornaments. ThinkQuest gives you detailed instructions on how to make a mini book (so you could make the ornaments yourself), and SantaMouse has some tips on how to make the ornaments yourself.

If you have a writer in the family, this ornament might appeal to you. It has a quote from James Michener that says “I love the swirl & swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.” The angel or fairy has a typewriter, and is handcrafted by artist Laini Taylor. $12.95 US

Here’s another do-it-yourself book /ornament for those of you who want to create your own–Mini Star Booklet Ornament from Martie’s Creative Universe.

I’m sure there are more out there. Anyone have a favorite one?


14 Responses to “Book Lover Christmas Ornaments, some based on children’s books”

  1. Jen Robinson Says:

    Those are neat. I covet the Madeleine one, for some reason. Thanks for the mention. I think technically I could make ornaments with my own bookworm character (because I paid for the sort of license that lets you do that). Maybe that will be a project for next year… Anyway, I enjoyed this one and your other gifts post.

  2. Cheryl Says:

    I really like the Madeleine one, too, Jen. 🙂 And the grinch. And yeah, I think you could make your own bookworm character ornaments; that’d be neat! Thanks for letting me know you liked this and the gift post. 🙂

  3. susan pumilio Says:

    I am looking for a Curios George christmas ornament.

  4. Cheryl Says:

    Susan, if you search eBay for “Curious George Christmas ornament,” you’ll come up with a few–I found 8 different sellers selling Curious George ornaments.

  5. Dale Burley Says:

    When I googled your site, it stated a
    Curious George ornament listing. I didn’t see this ornament pictured when I visited your webpage. Do you know of a Curious George ornament?

  6. stella feeney Says:

    I purchased a metal tree for my daughter who is a librarian in Washington state. I have been looking in vain for miniature book ornaments. Please give me some leads. thanks

  7. Cheryl Says:

    Dale, there is a Curious George ornament–but you’d have to buy it on eBay or somewhere like that, since it’s not out any more.

  8. Cheryl Says:

    Stella, the metal tree to hang mini book ornaments sounds lovely; what a great gift idea for your daughter!

    If you go to eBay.com and type in “mini book ornament” you’ll come up with one result where someone made some by hand.

    There are also these handmade mini book ornaments on Etsy for $5: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18299335

    There is also a set of 6 colorful sequined mini book ornaments from the Hunger Site for $10.95: http://shop.thehungersite.com/store/item.do?itemId=30814&siteId=220&sourceId=220&sourceClass=StoreSearch&index=1

    Hope that helps.

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  11. Personalized Christmas Ornament Says:

    Great article. I loved the ornaments a lot.

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  13. Wrighty Says:

    Love these!! I included a link to this on my blog. I just posted about decorating ideas using books in different ways and this tied in nicely. Thanks for showing us such beautiful ornaments!

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  14. Cheryl Rainfield Says:

    thanks, Wrighty! love the idea of decorating using books.

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