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Holiday Themed Reading List

To help get you geared up for the 2011 Holiday Reading Challenge I thought I'd get together a list of Holiday themed books I've enjoyed and books I'm looking forward to reading this year. I'd love to hear your suggestions as well-I'm always looking for new Holiday themed books!

Sarah's Suggestions:

Thank You Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Halse Anderson-A great look at the story behind Thanksgiving.

Red Ranger Came Calling by Berkeley Breathed-I discovered this book several years back and it's now a tradition that Mr. GreenBeanSexyMan and I read this book every year. Last year, we had friends over for Christmas and I held "storytime" and read this book aloud! I'll be taking it to my in-laws and sharing it this year. I love the magic of the story.

Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle-Christmas and romance goes together and this short story collection of three romances that intertwine is perfect with hot chocolate!

Duck for Turkey Day by Jacqueline Jules-I discovered this book this year and I love the sweet look at how different families celebrate "Turkey Day"

Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas-I read this in one sitting last year! It's a nice holiday romance that doesn't have a ton of cheese. I'm eagerly awaiting the next installment in the series.

The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber-OK, don't roll your eyes! (I know, I always think of Grandma's reading Debbie Macomber's books too!) I was surprised by how much I liked this book. It read a lot like a romantic comedy which I liked.

If Only in My Dreams by Wendy Markham-Christmas, Romance, Time Travel,  and 1940s-that's I all I need to know-I'm sold!!

Books in my TBR pile that I'm looking forward to reading:

The Gift by Cecelia Ahern
Ex-Mas by Kate Brian
Home In Time for Christmas by Heather Graham
A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas
Let It Snow by Fern Michaels, Virgina Henley, Holly Chamberlin, Marcia Evanick
Holiday Affair by Lisa Plumley
Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis

Even More Holiday Reading:

The Prince and the Snowgirl by Simon Cheshire
Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Winter's Child by Cameron Dokey
Ice by Sarah Beth Durst
Winter's Kiss: The Ex Games and The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jennifer Echols & Catherine Hapka
Wintertown by Stephen Emond
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
Mistletoe by Aimee Friedman, Hailey Abbott, Nina Malkin, Melissa De La Cruz
French Kissmass by Catherine Hapka
The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman
Snowed In by Rachel Hawthorne
North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
Babymouse: A Very Babymouse Christmas by Jennifer Holm & Matthew Holm
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney
Fury by Elizabeth Miles
Snow in Love by Claire Ray
Jingle Boy by Kieran Scott
Kissing Snowflakes by Abby Sher
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater


  1. I love Lisa Kleypas! I'm reading her February 2012 release right now. It's been way too long since she's had a new release.

  2. I just discovered the "Thank You, Sarah" book at Barnes and Noble a few weeks ago and decided to give it a try. The kids at my school loved it! Even read it to the 4th and 5th graders. The author does a great job of making it a factual book that is a lot of fun (I mean, "Pilgrim Man" and "Turkey Dude" are some pretty funny possible superheroes!).


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Hello! My name is Sarah and I am a Youth Services Manager who works with kids, tweens and teens. I love being asked about great books to read! I started my blog in 2008 as a way to keep track of what I've been reading and to use a reference tool for reader's advisory and it's grown into much more than I could have ever anticipated. In addition to book reviews, I also enjoy posting audiobook reviews, booklists and my adventures in being a librarian. 2017 Library Journal Mover and Shaker Committees: 2021 Newbery Committee 2018 Odyssey Committee 2016 Caldecott Award 2013 Michael L. Printz Committee- Fabulous Films Committee I have also served on the Cybils, Missouri State Library Association Readers Selection Lists, and as an Audies judge. Presentations :  I have offered various presentations at local, state and national libraries and conferences. Topics have included:  What's New in Children's & Teen Literature Engaging Teens in Reader's Advisory Gee