Holiday Book List

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Brighten your holiday season with our Holiday Book List, featuring a diverse array of classics, mysteries, romances, fascinating non fiction, cookbooks, young adult, and children's books!


Christmas at the New Yorker: Stories, Poems, Humor, and Art


Anthology of holiday writing featured in the New Yorker magazine from 1925 to 2002. Seasonal poetry and prose highlight themes like the spirit of giving, family, Santa Claus, and Christmas carols. Contributing authors include James Thurber, H.L. Mencken, Alice Munro, E.B. White, and foreword author John Updike. 2003.

Literature, Poetry, Short Stories, Download Only

What Happens at Christmas

Victoria Alexander


London, 1886. Lady Camille hires actors to impersonate her family and staff to offer her prospective husband, Prince Nikolai, a traditional English Christmas. But Grayson Elliott, a friend from the past who loves Camille, appears and wrecks her carefully arranged plans. 2012.

Bestseller, Romance, Unrated Commercial Audiobook

A Little Yuletide Murder

Donald Bain  


Mystery writer Jessica Fletcher is in Cabot Cove for the holidays when local farmer Rory Brent, who plays Santa Claus, is found murdered. Rumor points to Jake Walther as the main suspect. Jessica, concerned by the rush to judgment, investigates the case in time for the upcoming Christmas festival. 1998.


The Christmas Train

David Baldacci


Journalist Tom Langdon takes a cross-country train from the East Coast to Los Angeles to spend Christmas with his girlfriend. On the trip he meets a host of zany characters, including one who happens to be his former lover. Sparks fly until Tom's girlfriend shows up in Chicago. 2002.

Bestseller, Humor, Romance

Under the Mistletoe

Mary Balogh         


Regency England, early 1800s. Five holiday stories whose lonely characters unexpectedly find love and joy. In "A Family Christmas" the return of commoner Edwin Chambers to his young wife transforms her noble family's austere gathering into a joyous celebration and mends the rift in the couple's arranged marriage. 2003.

Romance, Short Stories

Making Spirits Bright

Elizabeth Bass   


Four Christmas novellas filled with romance. In the title story, single Melanie McLaughlin applies to an adoption agency to fulfill her wish for children. Meanwhile, her friend's brother, professor Bryce Landry, falls in love with Melanie--and comes through for her when two orphaned siblings need a home. 2011.

Bestseller, Romance, Short Stories

Kissing Christmas Goodbye

M.C. Beaton


English Cotswolds. Wealthy matriarch Phyllis Tamworthy, suspecting that a family member is trying to kill her, hires detective Agatha Raisin. Soon after, Phyllis is fatally poisoned. Agatha investigates while planning a holiday dinner to woo her ex, James, and training a teenaged new employee who makes her feel old. 2007.


The Snow Angel

Glenn Beck


Rachel, stuck in an abusive marriage, is afraid to leave her husband. But that starts to change when an old friend asks for help. And on a magical Christmas Eve, Rachel realizes that her daughter and her senile father need her and finds the courage to change her life. 2011.

Bestseller, Inspirational

This Year Will be Different and Other Stories

Maeve Binchy


Fifteen tales set in England, Ireland, and Australia telling how family members come to terms with Christmases that circumstances make "different." In the title story, a mother's listlessness leads to a change in the way her family observes the holiday. In another a resentful stepdaughter finds love within her new family. 1996.

Bestseller, Short Stories

Secret Santa

Marie Bostwick and Others


Four short Christmas tales. In Fern Michaels's "Mister Christmas," attorney Claire O'Brien must postpone her holiday trip home when her wealthiest client summons her to Ireland. Also includes Marie Bostwick's "The Yellow Rose of Christmas," Laura Levine's "Nightmare on Elf Street," and Cindy Myers's "Room at the Inn." 2013.

Bestseller, Romance, Short Stories

Santa Clawed

Rita Mae Brown


Crozet, Virginia. While visiting the Brothers of Love Christmas-tree farm, former postmistress Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen, her husband Fair, and their sleuthy four-footed friends discover the body of monk Christopher Hewitt, a former insider trader. But Christopher is only the first murder victim of the holiday season. 2008.


Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Cheer

Jack Canfield


Inspirational stories center on the true meaning of Christmas and on traditions, memories, the spirit of giving, and love of family. 2008.

Bestseller, Short Stories, Inspirational, Commercial Audiobook

The Christmas Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel

J. Chiaverini


Sarah discovers an unfinished Christmas quilt, along with antique ornaments and heirlooms, in the attic of her elderly friend Sylvia. Although Sylvia prefers a quiet holiday reminiscing about her family's traditions and the hardships they endured, Sarah infuses the season with joy. 2005.

Family Story

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas

Agatha Christie


As the holiday guest of Colonel Johnson, chief constable of his county, the little Belgian detective Poirot spends his Christmas investigating the brutal and baffling murder of rich, eccentric old Simeon Lee. 1939.


The Christmas Thief

Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark


During a vacation weekend in Stowe, Vermont, lottery winner Alvirah Meehan and her friend private investigator Regan Reilly become involved in the case of a stolen Christmas tree. The tree, designated for Rockefeller Center, connects a scam artist, a swindled waitress, and a sparkling treasure. 2004.


A Piggly Wiggly Christmas

Rob Dalby


Second Creek, Mississippi. In September, Mayor Dunbar and his new wife Gaylie Girl enlist the help of the Nitwitts--the wealthy ladies of the town--to organize a Christmas Eve gala in the town square. But obstacles arise, including a premature birth, a diva, and a fire. 2010.


Miracle on 34th Street

Valentine Davies


Humorous twentieth-century Christmas story about an old man who says he is Santa Claus. The reindeer in the zoo eat out of his hand and the children who come to Macy's are convinced he is Santa. His sanity is questioned and the case goes to court. 1947.

Humor, Classic

Christmas on Mimosa Lane

Anna DeStefano


Chandlerville, Georgia. School nurse and social worker Mallory Phillips survived a turbulent childhood. When she finds motherless seven-year-old neighbor Polly hiding near a Christmas tree, she decides to take a chance on love and help Polly and her father grieve. 2013.

Romance, Commercial Audiobook

The Cricket on the Hearth, and Other Christmas Stories

Charles Dickens


Three short Christmas tales written in the 1850s. In "The Cricket on the Hearth" and "The Holly-Tree," misunderstandings between lovers are cleared up in time to make the holiday cheerful. Similarly, in "The Haunted House," lovers are eventually united.

Literature, Short Stories

Visions of Sugar Plums

Janet Evanovich


Trenton, New Jersey, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is searching for toy-store owner Sandy Claws, who skipped bail just before Christmas. Diesel, a mysterious stranger, appears at Plum's doorstep also seeking a lawbreaker. Together they deal with Plum's zany family, a parcel of elves, and the missing men. 2002.

Bestseller, Mystery, Humor

The Christmas Box

Richard Paul Evans


Richard and Keri Evans and their four-year-old daughter, Jenna, are living in a cramped one-room apartment when a unique opportunity arises. MaryAnne Parkin, an elderly woman with a large home, is looking for a live-in couple who can cook and do light housekeeping. And children are welcome. As the four become a family, Richard, who is starting his own business, learns a valuable lesson from MaryAnne and her Christmas box. 1993.

Bestseller, Family

Snowy Night with a Stranger

Jane Feather and Others


Three short seasonal romances. In "A Holiday Gamble," Ned Vasey, the viscount Allenton, is caught in a blizzard on Christmas Eve. He finds refuge at Selby Hall, where he encounters the beautiful Lady Georgiana. Includes "When Sparks Fly" and "Snowy Night with a Highlander." 2008.

Romance, Short Stories

Gingerbread Cookie Murder

JoAnn Fluke and Others


Three short Christmas mysteries. In the title piece, bakery owner Hannah Swensen of Lake Eden, Minnesota, discovers the body of her neighbor Ernie Kusak in his condo. Suspects in the murder of the recent lottery winner include his ex-wife. Includes recipes. 2010.

Mystery, Short Stories

Christmas at Harmony Hill: A Shaker Story

Ann Gabhart


1864. Pregnant Heather Worth joins her aunt Sophrena at the Harmony Hill Shaker community in Kentucky after Heather's father disowns her for marrying a Yankee. Both women struggle with the Shakers' beliefs--but a miracle happens on Christmas. 2013.

Historical Fiction, Christian

Skipping Christmas

John Grisham


Tax accountant Luther Krank calculates that a Caribbean cruise will cost less than what he and his wife, Nora, spent celebrating the holidays last year. Since daughter Blair is in the Peace Corps, they plan to skip Christmas. Luther, however, doesn't anticipate the town's reaction. 2001.

Bestseller, Family

The Body in the Sleigh: A Faith Fairchild Mystery

Katherine Hall


Caterer Faith Fairchild and her family are spending Christmas at their cottage on Sanpere Island, Maine. When Faith discovers a young woman's body in a holiday display and a neighbor finds a baby boy in the barn, Faith looks for a connection. 2009.


A Big Sky Christmas

William W. Johnstone  


Against his better judgment, Jamie MacCallister agrees to lead a wagon train of settlers from Kansas City to Montana by Christmas. They meet up with a reluctant outlaw who saves an actress. MacCallister also gets help from frontiersman Smoke Jensen and a mountain man called Preacher. 2013.

Bestseller, Western

A Family Christmas

Caroline Kennedy


Anthology of Kennedy's holiday favorites. Encompasses poems, stories, scriptures, songs, and essays of the Christmas season. Includes her own 1962 letter to Santa as well as works by Irving Berlin, Robert Frost, George Washington, Langston Hughes, and other notables. 2007.

Bestseller, Literature

A Dog Named Christmas

Gregory Kincaid


Discovering that a local shelter is looking for temporary homes for their dogs over the Christmas holidays, Todd, a developmentally challenged young man, persuades his reluctant family to take in a special canine named Christmas, who teaches an entire community a lesson in the transforming power of love and goodwill. 2008.

Family, Animals, Download Only

Christmas Treasures: A Cape Light Novel

Thomas Kinkade


Widowed missionary Isabel Lawrence arrives at Cape Light to fill in for Reverend Ben after he suffers a heart attack shoveling snow. While Ben ponders retirement Isabel administers to the townspeople, including a teen who has vandalized the church. Sequel to On Christmas Eve (DB 75583) and part of the Cape Light series. 2011.


Wishin and Hopin: A Christmas Story

Wally Lamb


Felix Funicello, now a professor, reminisces about life as a fifth grader in 1964 Three Rivers, Connecticut. That eventful year includes Sister Dymphna's mental breakdown, which Felix may have caused; a mishap-filled Christmas pageant; his mom's appearance in the Pillsbury Bake-off; and his television debut on a kid's show. 2009.


1225 Christmas Tree Lane

Debbie Macomber


Cedar Cove. Christmas-tree-farm owner Beth Morehouse looks forward to the holidays, until her college-age daughters invite Kent, who is their father and Beth's ex-husband, to the celebration. Beth considers a reconciliation, but Kent brings a young woman with him. 2011.

Bestseller, Romance, Commercial Audiobook

Something to Celebrate

Felicia Mason and Others


Three stories of holiday romance by African American authors. As the New Year approaches in Monica Jackson's "Truly Everlasting," Trask and Felicia discover they are meant for each other. Others find love in "The First Noel" by Felicia Mason and Margie Walker's "Kwanzaa Kupendi." 1999.

Romance, Short Stories, Kwanzaa, Download Only

Nora Bonesetter’s Christmas Past 

Sharyn McCrumb


Sheriff Spencer Arrowood and Deputy Joe LeDonne reluctantly set out on Christmas Eve to arrest an elderly farmer for a traffic accident. Meanwhile, Nora Bonesteel revisits her past to help neighboring summer people who stayed on for Christmas figure out if they have a ghost in their old mansion. 2014.


A Winter Wonderland

Fern Michaels and Others


Four Christmas love stories. In Fern Michaels's title piece an actress/bartender and a trauma surgeon vacationing at a ski resort question their career choices. Also includes Leslie Meier's "The Christmas Thief," Holly Chamberlin's "The Joy of Christmas," and Kristina McMorris's "The Christmas Collector."  2012.

Bestseller, Romance, Short Stories

An Outlaw’s Christmas: A McKettricks of Texas Novel

Linda Miller


1915. Before Christmas Sawyer McKettrick leaves Arizona for Blue River, Texas, to join his cousin Clay. When Sawyer is ambushed during a snowstorm, he finds shelter with teacher Piper St. James. But by rescuing Sawyer, Piper has put her reputation at risk. 2012.

Western, Romance

The Stupidest Angel

Christopher Moore


Pine Cove, California. Seven-year-old Josh Barker sees Lena Marquez murder her ex-husband Dale Pearson, the "evil developer," as he returns home from playing Santa Claus. Meanwhile dimwitted archangel Raziel, who is sent to Earth to grant a child's Christmas wish, discovers that Josh wants to resurrect Santa. 2004.


A Rumpole Christmas

John Mortimer  


Five Rumpole short stories, previously published in magazines, that are centered around the Yuletide season. In "Rumpole's Slimmed-Down Christmas," the barrister and his wife Hilda are spending the holiday at a health farm when another guest is murdered. Rumpole looks for the culprit. 1994.

Short Stories, Mystery

Hanukkah Lights: Stories of the Season from NPR’s Annual Holiday Special

National Public Radio


Twelve stories celebrating Hanukkah by contemporary authors Myra Goldberg, Daniel Pinkwater, Harlan Ellison, Dani Shapiro, Elie Wiesel, Mark Helprin, and others. In Anne Roiphe's "The Demon Foiled," a new Jewish mayor attempts to light the family Hanukkah candles while he is being filmed for local TV. 2005.

Short Stories, Jewish Interest, Download Only

A New Christmas Treasury

Jack Newcombe


Eighty-seven old-fashioned and contemporary poems, stories, and essays that celebrate the joys of the Christmas season. In addition to many traditional tales such as Hans Christian Andersen's The Fir Tree, O. Henry's Gifts of the Magi, and Clement C. Moore's A Visit from Saint Nicholas, there are stories by Cleveland Amory, Willa Cather, Eugene Field, Arthur C. Clarke, Thomas Hardy, George Plimpton, and Queen Victoria. 1991

Literature, Poetry, Short Stories, Download Only

Merry Christmas, Alex Cross

James Patterson


Metro detective Alex Cross's family is dismayed when he must go out on Christmas Eve to handle a hostage situation in a ritzy D.C. neighborhood. Twelve hours later the Cross family Christmas is again interrupted when a terrorist targets Union Station. 2012.

Bestseller, Mystery

Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop

Otto Penzler


Seventeen short holiday mysteries that involve Otto Penzler's New York City bookstore. In Mary Higgins Clark's "What's in a Name?" a valuable handwritten manuscript is misplaced. 2010.

Mystery, Short Stories

Ann Perry’s Christmas Vigil: Two Victorian Holiday Mysteries

Ann Perry


Two novellas set in Victorian London shortly before Christmas. In A Christmas Promise teenager Gracie helps young Maude after someone robs and murders Maude's uncle. In A Christmas Odyssey an odd trio assists a man who is searching for his wayward son. 2010.

Mystery, Historical Fiction

Winter Solstice

Rosamunde Pilcher


Elfrida, a retired actress; Oscar, a recent widower; Carrie, recovering from a love affair; Lucy, Carrie's niece; and Sam, deserted by his wife, spend the winter solstice in a Scottish cottage, where they form a lasting bond that allows them to recover from their various challenges and losses. 2000.

Bestseller, Psychological Fiction, Download Only

Winter Nights

Francis Ray and Others


Three holiday romances featuring African Americans. In "Until Christmas" Samantha becomes a housekeeper for Principal Rawlings and his twins. "Kwanzaa Angel" finds Erin being reintroduced to an old high school crush. In "'Round Midnight" radio talk-show host Summer falls in love with her director. 1998.

Romance, Short Stories, Kwanzaa, Download Only

The Gift

Nora Roberts


Holiday stories of love and romance. In Home for Christmas a young man returns to his hometown after a ten-year absence. In All I Want for Christmas twin boys ask Santa for a mom. Includes three holiday recipes. 1986.

Romance, Short Stories

A Christmas Prayer

Kimberla Roby


Alexis Fletcher hasn't had a merry Christmas since her mother passed away. And even as she prepares to start a new family with her fiance, Chase Dupont, outside forces threaten to destroy her potential happiness. But fate has one more surprise in store for Alexis. 2014.

Family, Unrated Commercial Audiobook

Holidays on Ice   

David Sedaris


Short Christmas tales by humorist, playwright, and National Public Radio commentator. Sedaris relives his stint as a department store elf in "SantaLand Diaries." In "Seasons Greetings to Our Friends and Family!!!," a housewife facing homicide charges updates loved ones in her annual holiday newsletter. 1997.

Bestseller, Humor, Short Stories

Merry Christmas, Baby: A Lucky Harbor Short Story

Jill Shalvis


A very pregnant Chloe plans to escape her marital troubles at the town Christmas party. Sheriff Sawyer Thompson hopes to surprise Chloe at the holiday shindig and get a chance to set things right, but a blizzard blows in with an unexpected arrival. 2014.

Romance, Unrated Commercial Audiobook

In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash

Jean Shepherd


Ralph returns to the Indiana mill town that he grew up in. When he walks into his childhood friend's bar, the two reminisce about their boyhood, which included Red Ryder BB guns, Orphan Annie, fishing, the Chicago World's Fair, and Fibber McGee and Molly. The movie "A Christmas Story" is based on the book. 1966.

Humor, Download Only

The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas

Ann Voskamp


The author of One Thousand Gifts (DB 74783) uses the Old Testament to trace Jesus's lineage and offers her interpretation of the true meaning of Christmas. Includes devotional readings and ideas for reflection. 2013.

Bestseller, Christian

The Purpose of Christmas

Richard Warren


Rick Warren, pastor of California's Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven Life (RC 55648, BR 17785), uses biblical scripture to examine the origins of Christmas. Describes the holiday as a time of celebration, salvation, and reconciliation for all people. 2008.

Bestseller, Christian

Candlelight Christmas: The Lakeshore Chronicles

Susan Wiggs


Avalon, New York. Logan's sister introduces him to divorcee Darcy. Single dad Logan is smitten, but Darcy is hesitant to get involved with a man with children. During a wintry Christmas at the ski resort Logan operates, the two gain new appreciation of the importance of family. Includes recipes. 2013.


The First Love Cookie Club

Lori Wilde


Twilight, Texas. As a fifteen-year-old, Sarah humiliated herself by interrupting Travis's wedding to declare herself his soul mate. Now Travis's daughter, who is ill, and the Twilight Cookie Club invite Sarah, a children's book author, home to attend Christmas festivities. 2010.


Mischief of the Mistletoe: A Pink Carnation Christmas

Lauren Willing


Christmas, 1803. Arabella Dempsey, a friend of Jane Austen, takes a teaching position after her suitor marries her wealthy aunt. Arabella meets a pupil's brother, Reginald "Turnip" Fitzhugh, and becomes drawn into international intrigue when a message in French is found on a pudding wrapper. 2010.

Historical Romance

A Seaside Christmas: A Chesapeake Shores Novel

Sherryl Woods


Nashville songwriter Jenny Collins returns to Chesapeake Shores, Maryland, for Christmas to reconnect with her mother, who married into the O'Brien clan. Country superstar Caleb Green, Jenny's ex-boyfriend, follows Jenny in hopes of winning her back. 2013.


Friendly Fire: A Duet

Abraham Yehoshua and Stuart Schoffman


Ya'ari spends the week of Hanukkah at home in Israel while his fifty-seven-year-old wife Daniela visits her dead sister's widower Yirmiyahu at his archaeological site in Africa. She finds Yirmiyahu agonizing over his sense of Jewish identity and his soldier son's death from "friendly fire." First published in Hebrew. 2008.

Family, Jewish Interest

Non Fiction

Cat Who Came for Christmas

Cleveland Amory


As head of the Fund for Animals, the author is forever saving and housing homeless dogs, cats, and birds in his New York City apartment. But he never allows himself to keep one as a pet because of his heavy travel schedule. Everything changes one fateful Christmas Eve, however, when Amory rescues and brings home an injured, terrified cat, and finds that he can't part with it. This is the story of their first year together, as the lives of man and cat intertwine.

Bestseller, Animals, Biography

Hanukkah in America: A History

Dianne Ashton


Professor of religion examines regional variants of the ancient Jewish tradition. In New Orleans, Hanukkah means decorating a door with a menorah made of hominy grits; latkes in Texas are seasoned with cilantro and cayenne pepper; children in Cincinnati sing Hanukkah songs and eat oranges and ice cream. 2013.

Religion, History

Christmas in Plains: Memories

Jimmy Carter


Carter, who served as the thirty-ninth president of the United States, reminisces about family Christmases over the years, beginning with his childhood on a Georgia farm, through his years in the U.S. Navy, the Georgia governor's mansion, the White House, and then back to Plains. 2001.

Bestseller, Autobiography, Download Only

Christmas! Traditions, Celebrations, and Food across Europe

Stella Ross Collins


Discusses the observance of Christmas in more than forty European countries. Also covers Advent, Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, Epiphany, and New Year's traditions. Provides information on decorating for the season and offers recipes from the various cultures. 1999.

Culture, Download Only

Kwanzaa: An African-American Celebration of Culture and Cooking

Eric Copage


Kwanzaa is a week-long (December 26-January 1) African-American celebration of the "first fruits." The author has compiled a sourcebook for the observance. Included are selections from historical works, folklore, and biographies that illustrate the "Nguzo Saba" (seven principles of Kwanzaa,) interspersed with a host of recipes from the African diaspora. 1991.

Culture, Cookbook, Biography, Download Only

Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook

Betty Crocker


Collection of more than 250 recipes for Christmas treats from appetizers to main dishes, and from breads to desserts. Also includes holiday decorating tips, make-ahead ideas, food gifts to give, and new twists to standard recipes. 2006.

Cookbook, Download Only

Cookies for Christmas

Jennifer Darling


Collection of more than one hundred Christmas cookie recipes from the Better Homes and Gardens test kitchen. Includes cutout, shaped, sliced, dropped, and bar cookies that feature old world favorites and new cookie ideas with a flavor twist. 1999.

Cookbook, Download Only

Christmas with Paula Deen: Recipes and Stories from My Favorite Holiday

Paula Deen


Television chef presents recipes for the Christmas holiday including ideas for giving gifts of food and for hosting an open house. Also covers baking traditional cookies and preparing breakfast and dinner on the special day. Shares her memories of celebrating the season with family and friends. 2007.

Bestseller, Cookbook

A Secret Gift: How one man’s kindness- and a trove of letters- revealed the hidden history of the Great Depression

Ted Gup


A few days before Christmas in 1933, a man who called himself B. Virdot offered cash gifts to dozens of struggling families in Canton, Ohio. More than 70 years later, the benefactor's grandson, a distinguished investigative reporter, traces the lasting impact of those gifts and untangles the story of his grandfather's life.

History, Family

The Physics of Christmas: from the Aerodynamics of Reindeer to the Thermodynamics of Turkey

Roger Highfield


A British scientist probes the origins of Christmas and its trappings. Discusses icons and rituals. Topics range from "who was Santa?" to a history of gift giving, to an analysis of chocolate addiction, to an explanation of snowflakes' individuality. Speculates about future possibilities in "Christmas 2020."

Science, Humor, Culture

A Simple Christmas: Twelve Stories that Celebrate the True Holiday Spirit

Mike Huckabee


Talk-show host Mike Huckabee--a former presidential candidate, Arkansas governor, and pastor--shares experiences that taught him the true meaning of Christmas, emphasizing God, family, love, and hope instead of shopping and presents. 2009.

Bestseller, Christian, Biography

Kevin Kling’s Holiday Inn

Kevin Kling


National Public Radio commentator pens good-humored autobiographical stories about holidays throughout the year. Describes celebrating his fourth birthday inside a glass "cage" at the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, after measles postponed his operation, and holding his breath--and fainting--during Easter services at church. 2009.

Family, Humor, Autobiography

The Thirteenth Gift: A True Story of a Christmas Miracle

JoAnne Smith


Journalist describes receiving mysterious gifts on the twelve days leading up to her first Christmas alone following the death of her husband. Details her efforts, with the help of her three children, to identify the sender of the gifts, and the impact the gifts had on them. 2014.

Autobiography, Inspirational, Unrated Commercial Audiobook

Young Adult

Tidings of Comfort and Joy

T. Davis Bunn


It was supposed to be a wonderful Christmas in Hawaii for fourteen-year-old Marissa and her family. But she has come down with a mysterious illness and must spend the holiday with Gran. As they come to terms with the change in their plans, Gran tells Marissa about a Christmas many years before. 1997.

Young Adult, Family, Download Only

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens


Classic nineteenth-century Christmas story set in England describes the conversion of grasping old miser Ebenezer Scrooge when he is visited by ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future.

Young Adult, Classics, English Fiction

What Child is This? A Christmas Story

Caroline Cooney


Sixteen-year-old Matt and eight-year-old Katie have both had enough of foster homes. Matt, however, dreads facing Katie's disappointment when her Christmas wish of being adopted doesn't come true. Meanwhile his classmate Liz, who appears to have the perfect family, is dismayed by her parents' hypocrisy during the holidays. For junior and senior high readers. 1997.

Young Adult, Family, Download Only

Let It Snow

John Green and Others


In three interconnected short stories set in a small southern town, six teens discover unexpected romance after a train is stranded by a blizzard. In "The Jubilee Express" Jubilee takes refuge in a Waffle House and meets local boy Stuart. 2008.

Young Adult, Short Stories, Romance

Starry, Starry Night: Three Holiday Stories

Lurlene McDaniel


Three short stories taking place at Christmas time. In "Christmas Child" a teenager confronts the death of her newborn sister. In "Last Dance" Brenda is confused by a cancer patient's love for her. In "Kathy's Life" Ellie learns to reject high school pettiness. 1998.

Young Adult, Short Stories

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

Stephanie Perkins and Others


Twelve romantic holiday stories featuring authors such as Holly Black, Ally Carter, Gayle Forman, Rainbow Rowell, and more. In "Midnights," Mags expresses how she feels about the past New Year's Eves and finally levels with her best friend Noel. 2014.

Young Adult, Romance, Short Stories, Unrated Commercial Audiobook

The Complete Kwanzaa: Celebrating Our Cultural Harvest

D. Winbush Riley


An anthology of essays, folktales, poems, personal profiles, and recipes on the African American festival of Kwanzaa. The selections serve to illuminate the seven principles of the event and to guide in its celebration. 1995.

Young Adult, Literature, Poetry, Culture, Download Only

Boyfriend Shopping

Earl Sewell and Others


Three teen holiday romances. In Earl Sewell's "Shopping for My Boyfriend," Anna's longtime crush, Jeremy, finally asks her to be his girlfriend. Thrilled, she does something amazing to get him the perfect gift. Includes stories by Caridad Ferrer and Deidre Berry. 2014.

Young Adult, Romance, Short Stories


A Christmas Treasury: Very Merry Stories and Poems


An anthology that includes a selection from Wind in the Willows (RC 24592) depicting Mole's hospitality and Rat's resourcefulness; "Christmas at the Hollow Tree Inn," a story featuring a dog who plays Santa Claus; two traditional carols; and Clement Moore's poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas." 2001.

Grades 3-6, Poems, Short Stories, Download Only

Julie Andrew’s Treasure for All Seasons

Julie Andrew


Collection of poems and songs that celebrate different holidays and special moments throughout the year. Features works by Andrews, Sandra Cisneros, Emily Dickinson, Dr. Seuss, Jack Prelutsky, John Updike, and others. 2012.

Grades 2-4, Poetry, Literature

The Angel Tree

Daphne Benedis-Grab


Every Christmas in the small town of Pine River, a tree appears in the town square and people tie wishes to it; but nobody knows where the tree comes from. This year, four children are determined to solve the mystery of the Angel Tree. 2014.

Grades 4-7, Mystery

Kwanzaa Karamu: Cooking and Crafts for a Kwanzaa Feast

April Brady


Explains the meaning of this African American celebration. Provides recipes for children and adults to prepare together for the feast and instructions for making decorations and gifts. 1995.

Grades 3-6, Download Only

Christmas: A Book of Stories Old and New

Alice Dalgliesh


A rich collection of stories, poems, legends, and carols. Includes less familiar selections and such favorites as 'A Visit from St. Nicholas', Dickens' 'The Crachits' Christmas Dinner,' and a Christmas story by Laura Ingalls Wilder. 1962.

Grades 4-7, Poetry, Stories, Download Only

A Christmas Tapestry

Anthony Davis


A tapestry that is being used to cover a hole in a church wall at Christmas brings together an elderly couple who were separated during World War II. 2002.

Grades 3-6

The Bell Bandit

Jacqueline Davis


Every Christmas nine-year-old Jessie and her family travel to grandmother's home, but this year grandmother accidentally set the house on fire. Then someone steals the bell the family uses to ring in the New Year, so Jessie investigates. Sequel to The Lemonade Crime (DB 74316). 2012.

Grades 3-6, Mystery

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens


Stingy Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by four ghosts who convince him to be kinder to people. Scrooge learns the meaning of Christmas and helps Tiny Tim and his family. A shorter version of the 1843 classic tale. 2009.

Grades 2-4, Classics

The Mystery of Cabin Island: The Hardy Boys

Franklin Dixon


Frank and Joe Hardy are elated to spend Christmas vacation with wealthy Elroy Jefferson on Cabin Island. Soon the brothers are investigating two mysteries: the disappearance of Mr. Jefferson's grandson and the theft of antique medals. 1929.

Grades 4-7, Mystery

The Big Question

John Erickson


It's the day before Christmas, and Loper and Sally May have left Slim to manage the ranch while they go off to visit relatives for the holidays. But a storm blows in and the electric fence separating a herd of steers from the highway shorts out. Now it's up to Slim, Viola and the ranch's Security Division to jump into action! 2012.

Grades 3-6

One Christmas in Old Tascosa

Casandra Firman


In this memoir, Quintille Speck-Firman Garmany, who was seven in 1931, recalls her Christmas pageant that year in Old Tascosa's one-room schoolhouse, how the Depression and Dust Bowl affected her and her classmates' lives, and how an unpredicted blizzard introduced her to Frenchie McCormick. 2014.

Grades 3-6, Download Only

It’s Kwanzaa Time!

Linda Goss


Collection of stories, songs, and poems celebrating the seven principles of Kwanzaa, an African American observance based on old African festivals and traditions. Also includes games and recipes. 1995.

Grades 4-7, Download Only

Guinea Pigs Online: Christmas Quest

Jennifer Grey


It's Christmas in Strawberry Park and squeaky guinea pig pals Coco and Fuzzy are decorating the hutch and rocking around their broccoli Christmas tree. But when something valuable is stolen, the furry friends find themselves on their way to Peru for a thrilling adventure. 2014.

Grades K-3, Adventure, Commercial Audiobook

Candlelight for Rebecca

Jacqueline Green


As Hanukkah approaches, Rebecca worries about taking home the Christmas centerpiece her teacher insists that each student make. But her grandmother praises Rebecca's handiwork, and Rebecca finds just the right person in her apartment building to give the Christmas decoration to. 2009.

Grades 3-6, Hanukkah, Historical Fiction

Newbery Christmas: Fourteen Stories of Christmas by Newbery Award

Martin Greenberg


The American Library Association has presented the John Newbery Award annually since 1922 to the "most distinguished contribution" to children's literature. This collection includes Christmas stories by more than a dozen Newbery Award-winning authors.

Grades 3-6, Short Stories

The Mr. Men and Little Miss Christmas Collection

Roger Hargreaves


Collection of holiday stories includes Mr. Men: Twelve Days of Christmas; Mr. Men: A Christmas Carol; Mr. Men: The Night Before Christmas; Little Miss Christmas; and Mr. Christmas. 2014.

Grades K-3, Humor, Commercial Audiobook

Celebrate Hanukkah

Deborah Heiligman


Explains the Jewish holiday called Hanukkah or the Festival of Lights. Discusses the menorah, prayers, traditional foods, and the game of spinning the dreidel. Includes instructions for lighting candles and playing dreidel, and a recipe for latkes, or potato pancakes. 2006.

Grades K-3, Download Only

The Nutcracker

E.T.A. Hoffman and Susan Koppe


Godfather Drosselmeier gives young Marie a nutcracker for Christmas. When Marie finds herself in a magical realm, she saves a boy from an evil curse. A retelling of the 1816 German story by E.T.A. Hoffmann. 2003.

Grades 3-6, Classics, Download Only

Christmas Stories Round the World

Lois Johnson


A Christmas tour of twelve countries, showing how children in other lands, as well as our own, enjoy the happiness and excitement of the holiday. Includes stories and descriptions of Christmas customs in each country. 1980.

Grades 3-6

The Spotted Pony: A Collection of Hanukkah Stories

Eric Kimmel


A collection of eight Jewish folktales, each preceded by a brief "shammes" story, to be read on the eight nights of Hanukkah. Includes "Leviathan and the Fox," "Did the Rabbi Have a Head?" and "The Caliph and the Cobbler." 1992.

Grades 3-6, Download Only

Forever Rose

Hilary McKay


As Christmas approaches, eleven-year-old Rose, the youngest member of the eccentric Casson family, discovers that life is filled with both catastrophic problems and wonderful surprises. 2008.

Grades 4-7

A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time

Mary Osborne


Jack and Annie travel back to Victorian London after Merlin asks them to use their magic to inspire Charles Dickens to write A Christmas Carol (DB 70685). 2010.

Grades 2-4, Adventure

A Season of Gifts

Richard Peck


Rural Illinois, 1958. The new preacher and his family learn to appreciate their seemingly gruff neighbor Mrs. Dowdel, who is no church woman. Mrs. Dowdel doesn't celebrate Christmas, but she does give surprising gifts--all the time. 2009.

Grades 5-8

Elijah’s Angel: A Story for Chanukah and Christmas

Michael Rosen


Michael, a nine-year-old Jewish boy, spends long hours at the barbershop of Elijah, an elderly black man who is Christian and is a woodcarver. Michael loves Elijah's work. When Elijah gives Michael an angel on a day during Chanukah that is also Christmas Eve, Michael worries it is a "graven image"--until his father assures him it is a symbol of friendship, which is universal. 1992.

Grades K-3, Download Only

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Dr. Seuss


The Grinch, whose heart is two sizes too small, tries to abolish Christmas by stealing all the presents from the people in the valley. 1957.

Espanol DB072998

Grades K-3, Classics

The Power of Light: Eight Stories for Hanukkah

Isaac Bashevis Singer


A collection of eight tales--one for each night of Hanukkah--by Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991). In "The Parakeet Named Dreidel" a pet lost in Brooklyn on the eighth night of Hanukkah eventually unites his former and current owners through love. 1980.

Grades 4-7

Letters from Father Christmas

J.R.R. Tolkien


A collection of Christmas letters penned by J.R.R. Tolkien and signed as Father Christmas that were sent to Tolkien's children from 1920-1943. Each recapped activities of the preceding year at the North Pole, including reindeer running amok and the North Polar Bear breaking the moon into four pieces. 2004.

Grades K+, Literature

The Polar Express

Chris Van Allsburg


On a dark Christmas Eve, a boy who believes in Santa Claus boards a mysterious train, the Polar Express. He and the other children, still in their nightclothes, drink hot chocolate and sing carols as the train races through snowy landscapes carrying them to a huge city at the North Pole to visit Santa Claus. Caldecott Medal. 1985.

Grades K-3, Award Winner, Download Only

Willimena Rules: 9 Steps to the Best, Worst, Greatest Holiday Ever!

Valerie Wilson Wesley


A Christmas-Kwanzaa Story. Christmas and Kwanzaa are right around the corner and Willimena is usually excited about her favorite time of the year. But this year, no one feels much like celebrating because Aunt Laura lost her job. Willie's cousin Teddy--who is usually nice and friendly--is sad, mad, and downright rude. He doesn't seem to want to celebrate the holidays at all and nothing Willie does to cheer him up is working. Can Willie find a way to bring 'happy' back to the holidays? 2015.

Grades 3-6, Download Only