The holiday season presents an ideal setting and subject for many authors. Contemporary era stories by popular authors, as well as classic stories that have endured for more than a decade or century, are represented here.
The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck was an inspirational hit with adults last season; the new picture book version is a hit with families this season.
Mystery writer Anne Perry offers a series of holiday themed books; A Christmas Visitor (2005) is among the most enduring.
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg won the Caldecott Medal in 1986 and made a much deserved come back when Tom Hanks took to the book to film.
We haven't yet figured out exactly why but NPR favorite Garrison Keillor's recent holiday story, Christmas Blizzard, pairs nicely with CT-based author Wally Lamb's Wishin' & Hopin'.
The Christmas title books (Christmas Box, Christmas Candle, and most recently, Christmas List) by Richard Paul Evans attract readers in need of a pick-me-up year round.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Dr. Seuss) is a perennial hit and don't miss Barbara Robinson's wildly funny The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Add in Clement Clarke Moore's The Night Before Christmas and The Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (the Muppets and Barbie know a great story when they see it) and you have a full menu of classic favorites.
Ask our staff for other holiday recommendations for adults and kids, written by a wide range of very or less famous authors you may have missed.
More Seasonal Read Posts Coming Up
Hanukkah begins at sundown on Friday, December 11; Las Posodas on December 16. Over the course of the next few weeks, we'll offer reading suggestions about these and many other religious or secular December holidays celebrated by our neighbors and friends.