Great December reads

Posted by Jane R. Deacle on December 16, 2012 

Looking for some holiday reading suggestions?  Search no further, check out the list below and then visit your local library for the book or books of your choice.
 
Board Books

Picture Books
Snowmen at Work. (Dial, ages 3 & up, $16.99) by Caralyn Buehner.
When winter sidewalks seem to have been mysteriously shoveled, a child wonders if snowmen are magic and have nighttime jobs while the people sleep. Includes hidden pictures.

Snowballs. (Sandpiper, ages 4 & up, $7.00) by Lois Ehlert.
Pull on your mittens and head outside with Lois Ehlert for a snowball day! Grab some snow and start rolling. With a few found objects, like buttons and fabric and seeds, and a little imagination, you can create a whole family out of snow.

Duck at the Door. (HarperCollins, ages 4 & up, $6.99) by Jackie Urbanovic.
When Max the duck decides to stay behind when his flock flies south, Irene invites him to stay with her for the winter.

Bear Snores On.  (Margaret K. McElderry Books, ages 3 & up, $16.99) by Karma Wilson.
On a cold winter night many animals gather to party in the cave of a sleeping bear, who then awakes and protests that he has missed the food and the fun.

Owl Moon. (Philomel, ages 3 & up, $16.99) by Jane Yolen.
On a winter's night under a full moon, a father and daughter trek into the woods to see the Great Horned Owl.

Easy Reader
Frog and Toad All Year. (HarperCollins, ages 4 & up, $3.99) by Arnold Lobel.
Two friends share experiences in each season of the year.

Mouse and Mole: A Winter Wonderland.(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, ages 6 & up, $15.00) by Wong Herbert Yee.
Best friends Mouse and Mole enjoy playing in the snow with Sno-Mouse and Sno-Mole, two more best friends.

Henry and Mudge in the Sparkle Days.(Simon Spotlight, ages 5 & up, $15.99) by Cynthia Rylant.
In the winter Henry and his big dog Mudge play in the snow, share a family Christmas dinner, and gather around a crackling winter fireplace.


Juvenile
Winter According to Humphrey. (Putnam Juvenile, ages 7 & up, $14.99) by Betty Birney.
Humphrey the hamster and the students in Mrs. Brisbane's class get ready for the holidays and a special Winter Wonderland program.

The Abominable Snowman Doesn’t Roast Marshmallows. (Scholastic Paperbacks, ages 7 & up, $4.99) by Debbie Dadey.
The Bailey School kids investigate to see if a frosty stranger who visits their town's winter festival is really the Abominable Snowman.

Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates.(Dover Publications, ages 9 & up, $4.99) by Mary Mapes Dodge.
A Dutch brother and sister work toward two goals, finding the doctor who can restore their father's memory and winning the competition for the silver skates.

 Icefall. (ages 8 & up) by Matthew Kirby.
Princess Solveig and her siblings are trapped in a hidden fortress tucked between towering mountains and a frozen fjord, along with her best friend and an army of restless soldiers, all awaiting news of the king's victory in battle, but as they wait for winter's end and the all-encompassing ice to break, acts of treachery make it clear that a traitor lurks in their midst.

Gabriella, the Snow Kingdom Fairy.(Scholastic Paperbooks, ages 7 & up, $6.99) by Daisy Meadows.
When Jack Frost steals three magic tokens from Gabriella the snow kingdom fairy, Rachel and Kirsty try to help her recover the tokens before their winter break is ruined.

Tracker. (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, ages 10 & up, $5.99) by Gary Paulsen.
Only thirteen, John must track a deer in the Minnesota woods for his family's winter meat, and in doing so finds himself drawn to the doe who leads him and hating his role as hunter.

The Christmas Toy Factory. (Scholastic Paperbacks, ages 7 & up, $6.99) by Geronimo Stilton.
Geronimo Stilton regrets that he is too busy to celebrate Christmas in New Mouse City and wishes he could fly to Santa's toy factory.

The Long Winter. (HarperCollins, ages 8 & up, $8.99) by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
After an October blizzard, Laura's family moves from the claim shanty into town for the winter, a winter that an Indian has predicted will be seven months of bad weather.

YA
The Trap. (Square Fish, grades 6 & up, $7.99) by John E. Smelcer.
In alternating chapters, seventeen-year-old Johnny Least-Weasel, who is better known for brains than brawn, worries about his missing grandfather, and the grandfather, Albert Least-Weasel, struggles to survive, caught in his own steel trap in the Alaskan winter.

Far North. (Harper Teen, grades 6 & up, $8.99) by Will Hobbs.
After the destruction of their floatplane, sixteen-year-old Gabe and his Dene friend, Raymond, struggle to survive a winter in the wilderness of the Northwest Territories.

East. (Graphia, grades 6 & up, $8.95) by Edith Pattou.
A young woman journeys to a distant castle on the back of a great white bear who is the victim of a cruel enchantment.

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