Reading Recommendations · Holiday Books
Brighten up your holidays with one of these new books from our collection! The list includes nonfiction, fiction and books for kids and teens!
Entertaining & Food
These kid-friendly cooking and craft projects include easy-to-make dinners, snacks, ornaments, and gift ideas.
Hosting a cookie swap is a great way to celebrate the holidays. Dazzle your friends and family with one of the yummy recipes in this collection from the folks at Good Housekeeping.
Instead of heading out to the mall, why not make some homemade goodies this year? Brennan's suggestions are organized into five sections: cookies; cakes, bars, and breads; candies and confections, savory treats; and preserved delights.
Mouthwatering recipes and creative ideas for decorating and entertaining from the editors of Southern Living magazine.
Take some of the stress out of the holidays with Nigella's "reliable easy-to-follow recipes and reassuring advice about planning and cooking ahead."
Peterson offers readers step-by-step directions for creating these elaborately-decorated cookies.
The authors of the Jewish Princess Cookbook return with a collection of recipes for holidays such as Chanukkah, Purim, Passover, and Rosh Hashanah.
Sure, we all have our tried and true cookie recipes but it’s always fun to look for new favorites, right?! Zwirn’s new book also includes child-friendly recipes, storage suggestions, and tips for hosting a cookie swap/decorating party.
A state-by-state tour of holiday recipes, from Amish Christmas Caramel Corn to Christmas Pea Salad to Williamsburg Wassail.
In addition to plenty of suggestions for hosting a festive holiday feast, Morgan shares her twelve planning tips of Christmas, recipes for leftovers, and ideas for food gifts that can be made in the kitchen.
Food Network host Paula Deen shows you how to prepare tasty dishes and celebrate the holidays with southern flair. Deen’s faithful followers will also appreciate the family photographs and anecdotes sprinkled throughout the text.
A bakery owner shares recipes “reflecting her made-with-love-from scratch philosophy and the tastes of small town Texas.” Recipes are organized by occasion (“Holiday Open House,” “Ranch Barn Brunch,” “Edible Gifts,” etc.) and include a splendid variety of possibilities, including Cornbread Dressing, Hot Mocha Cakes, Mustard Baked Ham, Old Fashioned Egg Nog, and Cheese Crispies.
Between cooking, shopping, and entertaining, getting ready for the holidays can be overwhelming. Diane Worthington has plenty of useful suggestions for taking the stress out of your holiday preparations.
A collection of over 250 “cherished family recipes” from the readers of American Profile magazine.
Kornfeld’s “flexitarian” menus are designed to take the struggle out of accommodating the dietary preferences of your dinner table guests. The menus include recipes to appeal to just about everyone—from vegetarians to carnivores to those who are allergic to dairy products or nuts.
Tons of recipes for chocolate dessert that will dazzle your guests!
Discover the roles that food and fellowship play in the celebration of Kwanzaa and other holidays to people of African descent.
Arts & Crafts
Lots of fun gift ideas (including some for your four-legged friends!) for both the novice and expert knitter. Most are relatively simple projects that can be completed in a fairly short period of time.
Quick and easy projects--including wreaths, cards, and gift bags--to add some sparkle to the holidays.
Beginning crafters will find plenty of gift ideas in this collection. Lots of full-color, step-by-step instructions and technique tips guide you along the way.
The editors of FamilyFun magazine make it easy for you to get the whole family involved in preparing for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa!
"Whether you love a traditional approach or like to mix it up from year to year," the folks at Better Homes and Gardens have you covered with decorating suggestions and gift ideas.
Christmas With Artful Offerings: Delicious Cookie-Cutter Designs for Quilting, Sewing and Punchneedle
Hittle offers readers projects inspired by Christmas cookie shapes.
Why not make your own tree topper this year? Emma Hardy’s new book contains 25 different projects, all supported with detailed, step-by-step instructions.
Eighteen quick and easy projects for crafters who want to make their own Christmas tree decoration, cards, or table decorations. Templates are also included.
Holiday Paper Crafts from Japan: 17 Easy Projects to Brighten Your Holiday Season - Inspired by Traditional Japanese Washi Paper
Washi, a colorful printed paper used by many Japanese crafters, is used to spectacular effect in this collection of holiday project ideas.
Beginner and experienced beaders are sure to find something that captures their fancy in this new book from Wood (Quick and Clever Beading). How about a ribbon gift bag? Or a string of pompom lights?
A real-estate magnate is afforded the chance to read his own obituary before he dies. The Christmas season is time to make amends in this yuletide story of redemption.
The bestselling Ohio native and Northern Kentucky resident offers four delightful tales of love and romance during the Christmas season.
A Revolutionary War hero is whisked from a British gallows to the 21st century, where he runs into (literally) artist Melody Tarleton on an icy road. A magical tale of love during the holiday.
Serving in combat in Iraq, Petey Pat Kane is killed by a suicide bomber. But he gets a second chance at life and love through a spiritual awakening.
At work on a cake cookbook, four friends of Hope Springs, North Carolina embark on a cross-country journey of mercy and compassion to discover the most inspirational and loving Christmas ever!
As an ice storm gathers, a soldier on leave treks out to the countryside to check on the safety of a woman who does not want to see him. With armed intruders spotted in her house, the soldier initiates a rescue in a tense and chilly holiday thriller.
In this yuletide knitting novel, Dakota spends Christmas with her Gran in Scotland, where cherished memories of Dakotaï¿½s mother are shared. A warm holiday story of family and friends.
Widowed Lela faces a lonely Christmas, but through a bible study group, and the inspiration of the Virgin Mary, Lela finds a spiritual path through the yuletide season.
Stranded by a North Dakota blizzard, a wealthy, but unhappy, traveler undergoes a Scrooge-like spiritual rehabilitation in a holiday fable from the esteemed Minnesota storyteller.
At the Pennyfoot Hotel, in Edwardian England, a Christmas curse seems accountable after a body s found in the duck pond. Holiday murder is afoot in this yuletide cozy.
Itï¿½s 1964 in small-town Connecticut, where 5th-grader Felix Funicello (cousin of Annette) is waiting, somewhat guiltily, for Christmas. A charming evocation of Christmas in the mid-1960s.
Cassie Beaumont consults a professional matchmaker to find her the perfect man, but she falls in love a less-than-ideal guy in a holiday love story full of seasonal fun.
The holdiday collection from the late John Mortimer features the gruff, droll barrister, beloved by all. A Christmas treat for Rumpoleï¿½s legion of fans.
Each December in Ann Arbor, a dozen women friends gather with 13 dozen cookies (one is for charity) to celebrate another year of their friendship during the holiday season.
As director of the annual holiday pageant, Christmas on Willow Lake is extra special for librarian Maureen Davenport. However, she might require a storybook Christmas miracle to achieve her dream production.
A trio of authors provide lovely and heartwarming novellas concerning Amish life during the Christmas season, in this moving and inspirational collection.
Books for Kids
Joseph asks innkeeper after innkeeper to no avail, until he reaches a group of barnyard animals who happily make room. Joseph's refrain is echoed by angels and heard by shepherds and kings, who gather to peer at the child who ï¿½smiled at the world with God's own smile.ï¿½ The final pages shift to the birth of a modern infant whose family gathers around its crib. Ages 2-5
This next installment of the wildly popular Bugs series captures what everyone loves about chilly weather! From snowflakes and ski lifts to hot chocolate and snow angels, this new title is a perfect way to stay warm during the cold days of winter! All Ages
A collection of advice, lore, and tips to get you ready for Christmas- includes gift ideas, super sneaky gift hiding spots, and ideas for wrapping. Get the stories behind some traditions as well as jokes, trivia, and spoof thank-you letters! Ages 10+
Not sure what to get your parents? Wondering where your presents are hidden? Those topics, plus gift wrap ideas, and the stories behind Christmas traditions can be found in this silly handbook for ages 10+
It's the last day of school before Christmas vacation and Alex, Chase, and the rest of Mrs. Walter's fifth-grade class couldn't wish more for that final bell to ring. But the day takes a crazy turn when a mysterious meteorite crashes through their classroom window and a genie (named Bob) pops out! He grants the students a collective wish as reward for his release. Thereï¿½s just one hitchï¿½they have only an hour to decide what that wish will be (Bob is cranky after being cooped up for thirteen million light years). Be careful what you wish for! Ages 9-11
Taking a mouse to the movies can lead to letting him do other things, such as making a snowman, listening to Christmas carols, and decorating the Christmas tree. The creators of the best-selling If You Give series have brought their stories, recipes, songs, games, and activities to this deluxe edition. Ages 3+
The high-strung but well-meaning Splat, from Splat the Cat and Love, Splat, returns with a special request for Santa Claus. Splat wonders if he's been a good enough cat this year to deserve a really big present. Just to make sure, he offers some last-minute help to his mom, in typical Splat fashion, of course! Ages 3-7
We’ll leave it to Mr. Snicket himself to describe his latest book: “This is a story about a lump of coal who can think, talk, and move itself around. Is there a more charming holiday tale to behold? Probably, but Lemony Snicket has not written one.”
Far, far North, Santaï¿½s whiskers begin to tingle, which means that Christmas magic will soon arrive. Readers see the white-haired gent taking care of the pre-Christmas chores: grooming the reindeer, repairing his extra warm socks, cleaning the sleigh, and selecting the perfect gift for each girl and boy. When all is ready, the magic comes and Santa flies off to share it with the world. Ages 5-8
Lively verse and colorful illustrations guide you through the seven principles of this festive holiday. Come close, gather round, and discover what Kwanzaa is all about! All ages.
Books for Teens
These four short stories about love during the holidays will warm you up on a chilly night!
While her parents are on vacation, Lila Beckwith plans to throw the Christmas party of the year. That is until her little brother and his best friend run away to save Santa from global warming. It's up to Lila and her ex-boyfriend to find the two before her parents get home.
Looking for the best gift suggestions, fashion tips, party ideas, recipes and craft ideas for this holiday season? Look no further! Princess Mia has the complete guide to help make the most of your holiday season.
Arianna Osgood should be in Vermont with her boyfriend but she is stranded at Easton with Thomas Pearson. And someone is watching them…
Three short stories from young adult writers about the heartbreaks and joys romance can bring during a Christmas Eve snowstorm in a small town.
While spending the winter holidays in Paris participating in a promotional video for the S.A.S.S. program, Nicole Larson fights her feelings for Luc, the boy she met during her semester abroad the year before.
Secret Santa gifts and a winter dance populate this tale of romantic mishaps and mistaken identities.
When a disgruntled elf creates an army of evil teddies, Santa breaks out his ancient samurai swords to save Christmas.
During her first celebration of Kwanzaa, a sixteen-year-old girl finds the strength to deal with her troubled mother and her own blindness.
A historical and contemporary overview of customs and ceremonies as practiced by Jews from Biblical times to the present, discussing the changes that have taken place through the centuries.
A Few More Titles Worth a Look
This amusing guide from the man behind the Chrismukkah website has everything the interfaith family needs to celebrate the holidays--including recipes ("Fa La La Latkes"), decorations (menorahments and dreidel wreaths), games, and songs.
Known for his two bestselling memoirs, Running with Scissors and A Wolf at the Table, Augusten Burroughs remembers Christmases past and present in this funny yet poignant holiday collection.
This new book from environmental advocate Getty is packed with practical suggestions for reducing your carbon footprint and saving money this holiday season.
“Food and lifestyle maven” Sheherazade Goldsmith offers ideas for hand-crafted gifts and cards, natural decorations for your home, and traditional recipes that use ingredients from local farms.
Easy, affordable ways to celebrate the holidays in an environment-friendly fashion.
Retro enthusiasts will enjoy Smith’s lavishly illustrated chronicle of the highs and lows of Christmas decor.
An eclectic collection of “anecdotes, customs, tips, and recipes” about holiday traditions. A great choice for a trivia buff.
Make your house the envy of your neighbors with this handy little guide from the owner of an outdoor decorating business. Finkle starts with the basics and then walks you through the planning and installation stages. And, in case you’re stuck for ideas, he also offers 12 different decorating schemes!
Through her research for this anthology, which includes poems, carols, short fiction, letters (including one from a five-year-old Caroline to Santa), and scriptural passages, Kennedy “learned about the history of Christmas in America, the layers of meaning and experience, and the powerful and often conflicting emotions that are wound up in the holiday.”
“From the hilarious to the snarky, the poignant to the poetic, this collection proves there are as many ways to spell Chanukah as there are ways to celebrate it.”
Need more suggestions? Contact your local library and a reference librarian will be happy to assist you.