December Staff Reading Recommendations

This month's recommendations come from Cheri Ramsey, Circulation Specialist at TCPL. 

If you’re looking for something that truly captures the spirit of Christmas, give these reads a try. Some of them give you that wonderful feeling that the miracle of Christmas is still with us! I hope you enjoy these witty, humorous, fun reads. I thought they were filled with likable characters and detailed depictions of a winter wonderland.

Adult Books:

Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg
Oswald T. Campbell, given the news that he only has a short time left to live, takes his doctor's recommendation that he leave Chicago and move to a milder climate. He ends up in Redbird, Alabama, where his involvement with a young orphan, a matchmaking widow, and a redbird named Jack restores his heart and his health.

The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans
This book presents the story of a widow and a young family who moves in with her. Together they discover the first gift of Christmas and learn what the holiday is really all about.

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
Luther and Nora Krank are fed up with the chaos of Christmas. The endless shopping lists, the frenzied dashes through the mall, the hassle of decorating the tree...where has all the joy gone? This year, celebrating seems like too much effort. With their only child off in Peru, they decide that just this once, they'll skip the holidays. They spend their Christmas budget on a Caribbean cruise set to sail on December 25, and happily settle in for a restful holiday season free of rooftop snowmen and festive parties.

Christmas Carol Murder by Leslie Meier
When Jake Marlowe, a co-owner of Downeast Mortgage in Tinker's Cove, Maine, is murdered, and his partner, Ben Scriber, begins receiving death threats after claiming to be visited by Marlowe's ghost, Lucy Stone is on the case.

Children’s Books:

Mary Did You Know? The Story of God’s Great Plan by Mark Lowry
This is the story of the first Christmas as told from Mary's point of view.

Carl’s Christmas by Alexandra Day
A family's faithful dog and the baby left in his charge share an adventure-filled Christmas Eve.

Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner
It’s Christmas Eve and people are snug in their beds, but something is stirring outside: the snowmen are preparing to celebrate! Under the glow of moonlight, all the snow families are slipping away to gather in the town square for a night of caroling, dancing, and an exciting visit from the snowman Santa Claus.

A Bad Kitty Christmas by Nick Bruel
After destroying all of the gifts and decorations at home, Bad Kitty escapes from the car on Christmas Eve and finds a new friend who helps her learn the true meaning of Christmas.

Librarian’s Night Before Christmas by David Davis
This is a rhyming story in which Santa Claus and his six elves help a lonely librarian and her suffering library on Christmas Eve, arriving suddenly in a flying red bookmobile and setting to work.

Where is Christmas, Jesse Bear? by Nancy White Carlstrom
Jesse Bear is looking for Christmas, and he finds it everywhere--when trimming the tree, baking cookies, and going ice-skating in the park. But Jesse Bear feels Christmas most of all when he's with his family on Christmas Eve and tucked in his bed waiting for Santa!

Itsy Bitsy Christmas by Max Lucado
Do you ever feel like you are too small or too ordinary? That is just how Itsy and Bitsy feel. When these two charming little mice hear that a King is coming to Bethlehem, they set off with great enthusiasm to find Him. Along the way, they are met with discouraging words telling them they are too little and unimportant for any king. 

Merry Christmas, Splat by Rob Scotton
Splat the cat is worried that he has not been good enough to deserve a visit and a present from Santa Claus.

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