Christmas may be over and people everywhere are heading back to work and school this week, but holiday books, both those written about the holidays and those that just make good holiday gifts, are still high on many people’s lists of enjoyable activities during the holiday season.
From those who have small children to whom they read bedtime stories to those who want their own holiday stories and other top books, there are always classic and new books to turn to. As Family Share suggested, one of the best ways of keeping the holiday spirit alive, even after the Christmas decorations have come down, is to continue celebrating.
Yahoo! recommends books for children of all ages.
For ages 2 to 6, there is Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin, Miracle on 133rd Street by Sonia Manzano and illustrated by Marjorie Priceman, and Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Richard Simon and Tanya Simon and illustrated by Mark Siegel.
— Margie Myers-Culver (@Loveofxena) December 27, 2015
— Alex Baugh (@RandomlyReading) December 24, 2015
For ages 7 to 12, top holiday books include The Naughty List by Michael Fry and Bradley Jackson, The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon, and The Boy Who Became Buffalo Bill: Growing Up Billy Cody in Bleeding Kansas by Andrea Warren.
Children’s Book of the Week: THE DOLDRUMS by NICHOLAS GANNON, HarperCollins £12.99, Age 8-11 pic.twitter.com/V35eBC52os
— DCC Enrichment (@cyfoeth_enrich) November 8, 2015
Top holiday books for ages 13 to 17 include A Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern, The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, and The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song from Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed by Shea Serrano.
— TCK reads (@TCKreads) December 9, 2015
There are top holiday books for adults, too; books that will suit any set of interests from literary and genre fiction to great non-fiction reads. The Record reports that local bookstore owners have recommendations for holiday books this holiday season. When it comes to how to choose a book out of the 300,000 published every year, Walter Boyer, co-owner of Bookends in Ridgewood says that’s what their role is.
“That’s why independent bookstores exist.”
Bob Kutik, owner of Womrath’s Bookstore in Tenafly, agrees with this sentiment, saying that shopping online just isn’t the same.
“[Shopping for books online] just isn’t the same as discussing a book with somebody knowledgeable.”
The top recommended holiday books according to local bookstore owners interviewed by The Record include Gratitude, by Oliver Sacks; Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart; Ultimate Star Wars, by Tricia Barr, Adam Bray, Ryder Windham, and Daniel Wallace; Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling and illustrated by Jim Kay; and Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill, by Sonia Purnell.
Forbes also has a selection of holiday books they suggest for those who need something uplifting or just plain captivating. Their suggestions include The Wright Brothers by David McCullough; Homer’s Odyssey, translated by Joe Sachs; Wilder and Sunny: The Adventures of Wilder Good by S. J. Dahlstrom; The Meaning of Human Existence by Edward O. Wilson; and Levels of Life by Julian Barnes.
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough (one of my fave authors and a true American Treasure) pic.twitter.com/UaohkRgdww
— Adam Hasner (@AdamHasner) January 1, 2016
Considering giving holiday books as gifts this year is something that is promoted everywhere. There is even a Holiday Books Twitter handle that allows authors and publishers to suggest their books to those who are shopping for themselves or for gifts. Even CBC has its own CBC Books Twitter feed, presenting their 15 favorite holiday books for the world to see.
— CBC Books (@cbcbooks) December 5, 2015
For those who have the luxury of spending hours with a good book in hand, these holiday book suggestions might be just the tip of the ice berg. But if you have the time and can browse through a bookstore, you will be able to find the best holiday books for yourself; and even if you may not have received the holidays books that you were hoping for this holiday season, now is the time to go out and treat yourself.
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