Enjoy these Hanukkah and Christmas-themed books during the month of December. Recommended for children ages 8-12.

  • Quentin Blake's A Christmas Carol
    Dickens, Charles

    A miser learns the true meaning of Christmas when three ghostly visitors review his past and foretell his future.

  • The Holly Joliday
    McDonald, Megan

    Stink wants snow for the holidays but it hasn't snowed on Christmas in Virginia in more than a hundred years. Will the new mailman, Mr. Jack Frost, be able to make his wish come true?

  • The Naughty List
    Fry, Michael

    "Twelve-year-old Bobbie travels to the North Pole to remove her brother from Santa's unimpeachable Naughty List in this Christmas adventure"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Top Elf
    Huett, Caleb

    Ollie has always been happy just being an elf and inventing new games for Christmas with his best friend Celia--but then the current Santa (descendent of the original) decides to retire and announces that there will be an open competition for the position of next Santa (his son Klaus is not pleased) and suddenly Ollie and the other elves are vying with the Santa children for the Big Red Suit.

  • The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming
    Snicket, Lemony

    Latkes are potato pancakes served at Hanukkah. Lemony Snicket is an alleged children's author. For the first time in literary history, these two elements are combined in one book.

  • Princess Posey and the Christmas Magic
    Greene, Stephanie

    Posey and her family and friends prepare for the holidays.

  • A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time
    Osborne, Mary Pope

    Jack and Annie travel back to Victorian London when Merlin asks them to use their magic to inspire Charles Dickens to write "A Christmas Carol."

  • EllRay Jakes Rocks the Holidays!
    Warner, Sally

    Third-grader EllRay dreads the upcoming Winter Wonderland school assembly in which he must emcee and sing "Jingle Bell Rock."

  • Candlelight for Rebecca
    Greene, Jacqueline Dembar

    Rebecca Rubin, the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants living in New York in 1914, does not know what to do when her teacher assigns the class to make Christmas decorations which she is sure will up set her family, but she gets some good advice from an unexpected place.

  • A Boy Called Christmas
    Haig, Matt

    "Nikolas, the boy who would one day be known as Santa Claus, goes on a life-changing quest to the North Pole"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Winterfrost
    Houts, Michelle

    Left in charge of her home and infant sibling when her parents are called away at Christmastime, Bettina disregards a family custom about leaving out rice pudding for the nisse, who make their magic known when the baby disappears.

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
    Kinney, Jeff

    "Greg struggles to stay on Santa's 'nice' list while snowed in with the rest of the Heffley family in the days leading up to Christmas"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Jingle
    Korman, Gordon

    Santa's Workshop Holiday Spectacular at the Colchester mansion is a long standing tradition in Cedarville, however Griffin, Ben, and Antonia are not happy to find that they have been volunteered as elves by their friend Logan and can not get out of it--but this year the pageant seem plagued by frequent electrical outages, and during one of them the valuable antique known as the Star of Prague disappears from the giant Christmas tree, and as they are the chief suspects, the friends set out to find who took it.

  • Tru & Nelle: A Christmas Tale
    Neri, Greg

    Two years after choosing his mother in a Christmas-season custody hearing, Truman Capote runs away to spend Christmas in Monroeville, Alabama, with best friend, Nelle Harper Lee, who gives him courage to stay true to himself.

  • Young Scrooge
    Stine, R. L.

    Rick Scroogeman hates Christmas and he hates being called Scrooge, but everything starts to change when three ghosts visit him, and he realizes this nightmare might be real.

  • Revenge of the Angels
    Ziegler, Jennifer

    The eleven-year-old Brewster triplets, Dawn, Darby, and Delaney, are afraid this is going to be the worst Christmas ever--they have been cast as angels in their local Christmas pageant just because they are girls, their mother, older sister, and aunt are stuck in Boston because of the snow, someone is stealing outdoor Christmas decorations and baked goods, and their father is just too busy for Christmas.

  • While the Candles Burn
    Goldin, Barbara Diamond

    Day by day: Faith -- An extra twelve: Miracles -- Life is like a dreidel: Traditions -- The River of Torah: Religious commitment -- Shalom/Salam: Peace -- The women's reward: Honoring women -- A different story: Charity -- Remembering Rivka: Rededication.

  • The Very Best Hanukkah Gift
    Rocklin, Joanne

    During his family's eight-day celebration of Hanukkah, eight-year-old Henry learns the pleasure of giving and overcomes his fear of dogs.

  • How I Saved Hanukkah
    Koss, Amy Goldman

    Marla, the only Jewish student in her fourth-grade class, wishes she celebrated Christmas like her best friend Lucy, until one year when she decides to learn all about Hanukkah and to teach her family about it too.

  • Horrible Harry and the Holidays
    Kline, Suzy

    Miss Mackle's third graders share December holiday traditions--Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Three Kings Day, and Korean New Year--with each other and with Harry's great grandfather, who has just moved to a nursing home.