New Christmas Books 2016

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Tis the season to be jolly...with our new short list of recently added Christmas books! Get festive with holiday classics, cozy mysteries, and more! And don't forget to revisit our extensive Holiday Book List from 2015! 


Christmas Bells

Jennifer Chiaverini


Even as she learns of budget cuts to the school system where she works, Sophia takes comfort in leading her church's children's holiday concert. The featured piece is set to the poem "Christmas Bells," by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Longfellow's own family's tribulations in 1863 contributed to the poem's creation. 2015.

Historical Fiction

Santa in Montana

Janet Dailey


The Calders are hosting a family Christmas reunion, and Chase is determined to make this a memorable holiday for his widowed daughter, Cat. With a little matchmaking effort, Chase introduces her to his acquaintance Wade Rogers, and a bit of holiday magic occurs. 2010.

Western Romance

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens


Classic Christmas story in which the miser Scrooge finds the true spirit of Christmas. For readers young and old. Originally published in 1843.

English Literature, Download Only

Christmas: A Candid History

Bruce David Forbes


The story of Christmas-from its pre-Christian roots, through the birth of Jesus, to the holiday's spread across Europe into the Americas and beyond, and its transformation through modern consumer culture. 2008.

History, Religion, Download Only

Miracle in the Wilderness: A Christmas Story of Colonial America

Paul Gallico


A touching Christmas story about a frontier family in colonial America. On Christmas Eve of 1755, Jasper Adams, his wife, and their infant son are captured by an Algonkin raiding party. Without a miracle to save them, the family will perish. 1975.

Historical Fiction

Seaside Knitters

Sally Goldenbaum


Two mysteries, written in 2015 and 2016, featuring a group of knitters who double as amateur sleuths in their seaside village. In ‘Trimmed with Murder,’ the holiday season is marred by the murder of a young woman who returned to claim an inheritance. Also includes Murder at Lambswool Farm. 2016.


The Forgotten Friend And Other Stories

Grace Livingston Hill


Gordon Pierce has bought Christmas gifts for everyone on his list. Then a sudden hailstorm drives Gordon into the shelter of a small church and he is reminded of someone for whom he forgot to shop, someone who gave him the greatest gift of all. Includes six other stories. "The Forgotten Friend" was originally published in 1916.

Religious Fiction, Romance, Short Stories

Twelve Days of Christmas: A Novel

Debbie Macomber


Julia Padden tries to spread joy in her life, especially around Christmas, but grouchy neighbor Cain Maddox doesn't seem to have the holiday spirit. Julia decides to chronicle her attempts to be nice to Cain in an online blog. 2016.

Romance, Commercial Audiobook

Christmas Cookie Murder: A Lucy Stone Mystery

Leslie Meier


A Lucy Stone murder mystery. Despite all of the ingredients for danger, Lucy sets out on the trail of a murderer and soon uncovers a Christmas secret best left wrapped. 2000.


The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries

Otto Penzler


Anthology of fifty-nine holiday crime stories from Victorian to twenty-first century authors, including Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, John D. MacDonald, Mary Higgins Clark, and O. Henry. In Ed McBain's "All Through the House," a squad room is the scene of a Christmas birth. 2013.

Mystery, Short Stories, Literature

A Christmas Hope

Anne Perry


At an 1868 London holiday party, well-to-do Claudine Burroughs no sooner meets and is charmed by poet Dai Traggaron than he is accused of murdering a streetwalker smuggled into the party. Certain he is being scapegoated, Claudine vows to prove his innocence. 2013.

Mystery, Historical Fiction

The Snowball Fight Professional

Angela Ruth Strong


I, Joey Michaels, am the Snowball Fight Professional. Basically this means that customers pay me to shoot snowballs at other people. I'll use my profits to buy Grandma a gift so impressive that she'll give me a puppy for Christmas. Unless of course, My Cousin Winston has anything to do with it... 2014.

Grades 3-6, Download Only

A Christmas Card

Paul Theroux


Lost in a New England snowstorm, a family finds shelter with a mysterious old man who vanishes the next morning, leaving behind a magical Christmas card. A delicate fantasy for grades 5-8 and older interested readers. 1978.

Grades 5-8, Download Only

Aunt Sass: Christmas Stories

P.L. Travers


The famous author of Mary Poppins (DB 13725) wrote a small set of semiautobiographical Christmas stories, which she originally gave as Christmas gifts to friends. These stories are gathered together in this collection. 1941.

English fiction, Commercial Audiobook