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We’ve hand-picked a selection of books for every age, so there’s something for everyone. May we suggest pairing them with fuzzy socks, twinkling lights, and time spent together.

Kindergarten to Second Grade (K-2) 

No Two Alike by Keith Baker

A great independent read for emerging readers, this story follows two tiny birds on a journey across a snowy landscape and the celebration of all that is unique! 

Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht

Capturing the magic of the season, this story is sure to have you thinking about your family’s own holiday traditions! 

Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story by Angela Shelf Medearis

The author uses the Nguzo Saba, or “seven principles” of Kwanzaa, to show how seven bickering brothers can learn to work together. 

Eight Winter Nights: A Family Hanukkah Book by Laura Krauss Melmed

You will have a blast while reading a collection of rhymes and short poems celebrating each night of Hanukkah. 

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

With beautiful descriptive language and imagery, this tells the story of a little girl owling with her father on a quiet night. Try whisper reading aloud to create the mood!


Third to Fifth Grade (3-5)

Jackie’s Gift by Sharon Robinson

When a kind family welcomes the Robinsons to the neighborhood, Jackie buys the family a Christmas tree, not realizing that the Satlows are Jewish. Based on the true story of Jackie Robinson’s family and their first Christmas in Brooklyn, this picture book is a story of friendship, acceptance, and understanding. 

Blizzard by John Rocco

Based on Rocco’s own childhood experience of the Blizzard of 1978, this is a great read-aloud for practicing your story telling skills, too. 

Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto

Maria’s Christmas Eve is off to the perfect start until uh, oh! She realizes something very important has gone missing. This heartwarming story will keep your family smiling all year long!

Winterfrost by Michelle Houts

If you enjoy fantasy chapter books with a bit of suspense, you’ll enjoy Bettina’s adventure to find her little sister, inspired by Danish folklore. 

The Vanderbeekeers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser

This charming novel, set during the holidays and the first of the series, is about five siblings working together to stay in their beloved family home. 

Sixth to Eighth Grade (6-8)

Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick

Set in small, picturesque Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire, Truly Lovejoy’s story is a page turner. It’s full of interesting characters as well as puzzles and twists. Be sure to check out the rest of the Pumpkin Falls Mystery series. 

Eddie Versus the Shadow Shifters: in the Battle for Christmas by Brandon Stevenson

Looking for a different take on a holiday story? Look no further! Eddie moves to a new town right before Christmas and can’t believe that no one seems to be celebrating. In hopes of uncovering the truth, Eddie embarks on a wild journey to the North Pole where he must square off against the Shadow King, himself! 

May B. by Caroline Starr Rose

May has been sent to work at a neighbor’s farm through the winter. You can’t help but get invested in May’s inspirational pioneer tale, beautifully written in verse, as she faces hardships with grace and bravery. 


Greenglass House by Kate Milford

Twelve-year old Milo was planning on an uneventful winter season at the inn this year. That is, until some unusual guests arrive and things begin to go missing! This is book one in the five book series, so curl up!  

Nutcracked by Susan Adrian

If you’re a fan of the The Nutcracker ballet, you will love how Georgie brings the story to life when she dances the part of Clara. Root for Georgie as she must figure out how to save a friend in trouble as well as mend her friendship with her closest pal, Kaitlyn. 


Ninth to Twelfth Grade (9-12)

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

A classic short story, The Gift of the Magi skillfully illustrates the themes of love, generosity, kindness, and selflessness, all great reminders for the holiday season. 

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

This year, try reading this cherished holiday novel and comparing/contrasting it to other versions you know! 

Trapped by Michael Northrup

This fast-paced YA novel documents a group of teens stranded in their high school during a snowstorm. You will be hooked from the first chapter. 

Woodsong by Gary Paulsen

Up for a memoir with an adventurous flair? Paulsen shares his experiences training sled dogs and running the Iditarod race. You may also enjoy some of his other works, The Winter Room, Winterdance, and Northwind.

Amazing Peace:  A Christmas Poem by Maya Angelou

A promise of hope, light, peace, and togetherness for all! 


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