December 8, 2020Reindeer Reader Recommendations

Reindeer Reader Recommendations

This year’s winter might look a little different, with more time at home with your family than going out for holiday parties. Why not spend some time reading? The Lancaster Public Library has got you covered, with everything from picture books for kids to novels for adults.

Want some great holiday reading recommendations, no matter what winter holidays you celebrate? Look no further! 

All of the books listed below are available through the Lancaster Public Library. To sign up for a library card or request a book for curbside pickup, go to

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Early Reader 
Christmas City – Michael Garland 
The All-I’ll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll – Pat McKissack 
An Angel Just Like Me – Mary Hoffman 
The Beautiful Christmas Tree – Charlotte Zolotow 
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – Barbara Robinson 
The Child in the Manger – Liesbet Slegers 
Christmas Cricket – Eve Bunting 
Christmas for 10 – Cathryn Falwell 
A Kenya Christmas – Tony Johnston 
Miracle on 133rd Street – Sonia Manzano 
The Most Wonderful Gift in the World – Mark Sperring 
Norman’s Gift – Michelle Olson 
Who’s that Knocking on Christmas Eve – Jan Brett 
The Wild Christmas Reindeer – Jan Brett 

Juvenile Fiction 
A Boy Called Christmas – Matt Haig  
Kringle – Tony Abbott  
Addy’s Surprise: A Christmas Story – Connie Rose Porter 
Certain Poor Shepherds: A Christmas Story – Elizabeth Marshall Thomas 
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens 
Felicity’s Surprise: A Christmas Story – Valerie Tripp 
Josefina’s Surprise: A Christmas Story – Valerie Tripp 
Kit’s Surprise: A Christmas Story – Valerie Tripp 
Nancy and Plum – Betty Bard MacDonald 

Young Adult 
Let it Snow – John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle  
10 Blind Dates – Ashley Elston  
One Way or Another – Kara McDowell  
The Afterlife of Holly Chase – Cynthia Hand 
Ex-Mas – Kate Brian 
The Winter of Candy Canes – Debbie Viguie 

Spanish Christmas  

Picture Books 
‘Twas Nochebuena – Roseanne Greenfield Thong  
A Piñata in a Pine Tree – Pat Mora  
Between Us and Abuela – Mitali Perkins 
El Expreso Polar – Chris Van Allsburg 
The Santero’s Miracle – Rudolfo Anaya 

Juvenile Fiction 
Nine Days to Christmas – Marie Hall Ets & Aurora Labastida  
The Santero’s Miracle – Rudolfo Anaya  


Picture Books 
Oskar and the Eight Blessings – Richard & Tanya Simons  
All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah – Emily Jenkins 
The Gift – Aliana Brodmann-Menkes 
Hanukkah Bear – Eric A. Kimmel 
The Hanukkah Mice – Ronne Randall 
One Candle – Eve Bunting 
Simon and the Bear – Eric A. Kimmel 

Juvenile Fiction 
Dreidels On The Brain – Joel Ben Izzy  
Candlelight for Rebecca – Jacqueline Dembar Greene  
A Dreidel in Time – Marcia Berneger  
Elijah’s Angel – Michael Rosen  

Young Adult 
Recommended for You – Laura Silverman  


Picture Books 
Seven Spools of Thread – Angela Shelf Medearis  
My First Kwanzaa – Karen Katz 

The Gifts of Kwanzaa – Synthia Saint James 
Seven Candles for Kwanzaa – Andrea Davis Pinkney 

Winter Solstice  

Picture Books 
The Shortest Day – Susan Cooper  
Sun Bread – Elisa Kleven  

Juvenile Fiction 
Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold – Joyce Sidman 

Young Adult 
A Court of Frost and Starlight – Sarah J. Maas 
Tears of Frost – Bree Barton 

Multicultural Holiday 

Juvenile Fiction 
Horrible Harry and the Holidaze – Suzy Kline 

Young Adult 
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories – edited by Stephanie Perkins  


Juvenile Fiction 
Odd and the Frost Giants – Neil Gaiman  
Breadcrumbs – Anne Ursu  
The Greenglass House – Kate Milford   

Young Adult 
Shadow & Bone – Leigh Bardugo  
The Edge of Everything – Jeff Giles  


Snowy & Wintery:  

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik  
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott  
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey  
A Wild Winter Swan by Gregory Maguire  
One Day in December by Josie Silver  
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden  
Bleak House by Charles Dickens  
Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak  
Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand  
Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah  
Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield  
In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende  


An Ivy Hill Christmas by Julie Klassen  
Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella  
Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb  
A Baxter Family Christmas by Karen Kingsbury  
1225 Christmas Tree Lane by Debbie Macomber  
Let it Snow by Nancy Thayer  
The Christmas Boutique by Jennifer Chiaverini  
The Noel Letters by Richard Paul Evans  

Cozy Mysteries:  

Silent Bite by David Rosenfelt  
Still Life by Louise Penny  
Christmas Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke  
A Christmas Resolution by Anne Perry  
Christmas Sweets by Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine, & Leslie Meier  
Aunt Dimity and the Heart of Gold by Nancy Atherton  
Owl be home for Christmas by Donna Andrews  


Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris  
Christmas: a biography by Judith Flanders  
Christmas in Pennsylvania: a folk-cultural study by Alfred L. Shoemaker