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Christmas! It’s a holiday that most people celebrate, love, or participate in some form or fashion. It brings cheer, joy, the love of giving, and a secret love for getting as well. We all know Halloween is my favorite holiday, but I’ll admit it, Christmas is a close second. And who doesn’t love the books that you can read?! It’s probably the most popular holiday in writing, and well, really anywhere. Here are some of my favorite books to share with your family and yourself. ❀️

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The “little” little ones!

  • Christmas in the Manger by Nola Buck. This might be an older book, but the message is still there and it’s a classic. ❀️
  • Dream Snow by Eric Carle. You might recognize this author’s name and his unique style of books. Anyone remember the Very Hungry Caterpillar? πŸ› It was one of my favorite’s growing up.
  • Where Do Diggers Celebrate Christmas? by Brianna Caplan Sayres. There is a good chance you have come across her books in your local bookstore or library, I believe kids of all ages and genders love her books.


For your older kiddos, or maybe some classics to share with the family. πŸ“š

  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Β by Dr. Seuss. Who has not read this book?! It is a classic that can be shared over and over. And even better, you can watch the movies right after. I prefer the Jim Carrey version.
  • The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. Another classic to be shared with the family when you are all bundled under the blankets by the Christmas tree. It’s another favorite with families when it comes to the movie. πŸš‚
  • Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson. I feel like just recently have I seen these books around and becoming more and more popular with families. And I mean, who can blame them? It’s an adorable book. 🐻
  • How to Catch an Elf by Adam Wallace. Does your family participate in Elf on the Shelf? Here’s a great book to get started with it! Who knows, maybe even your little elf could be reading it?

For your pre-teens and up. We all know we could get them to read more nowadays!

  • Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances by John Green. Green is a hit with the youth of today, so your teens are sure to love these three fun stories on winter break.
  • My High School Christmas Boyfriend by Kylie Key. I try to avoid putting Kindle books on these lists because I’m old school and love print books, but hey, the kids these days are all about those E-readers. Do them a solid and fill their tablets with good books to read!
    My High School Christmas Boyfriend: A Sweet YA Holiday Romance (The Boyfriend Series Book 1) by [Key, Kylie]
  • Decked With Holly by Marni Bates. This is a quick read, perfect for when the snow is falling and you’re procrastinating shoveling the sidewalk. It’s quirky, it’s cute, and it’s set on a cruise ship, not your average snowy cabin/small-town vibe like most winter books.

And of course, we gotta think about Mom and Dad too!

  • A Vintage Christmas: A Collection of Classic Stories and Poems by various authors. It’s easy to forget all those classic tales from Charles Dickens and Harriet Beecher Stowe, so do yourself a favor and pick up this book. Or even head to your local library and find their classical section. πŸ“–
  • The White Christmas Inn: A Novel by Colleen Wright. This book has everything you need for a good Christmas story. A cozy New England inn? Check. Snowstorm? Check. A Christmas miracle? Well, you gotta read to find out! β›„
  • The Christmas Town by Donna VanLiere. If this doesn’t look like a Hallmark Christmas movie, I don’t know what does. And look! It has an adorable red truck, I’ve seen those everywhere in Hobby Lobby. You know it’s a cute book now. ❄️

Ah Christmas, you gotta love it. It’s a great time for hot drinks, traditions, pulling your hair out while wrapping presents, and if you are into it, snow. Me, I don’t care for the snow. Maybe for like… ten minutes. 🌨️

Make sure you are subscribed for the last couple of book reviews for the year coming up! I’m almost to my goal of 50 books read this year, woohoo! Also, I might have time for another suggestion list of books you need to buy for your loved ones (or yourself, hey no judging here) for Christmas 2019. 🎁

Love always,
The Library Lady β™‘

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