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Holiday Reading for Everyone!

Best wishes to all for a warm and wonderful holiday season! As holiday books are always fun to read and can add meaningful traditions to the season, we wanted to share a few titles with our readers.

If you are looking for something to read this holiday, browse these titles. They are by no means all the holiday books in the collection; if you have a favorite and it isn’t listed, please search for it. The library has many more!

A popular list of holiday titles:

Twelve Holiday Books for All Ages

Recent additions to Bookshare’s holiday collection:

Inventing the Christmas Tree by Benjamin A. Smith and Bernd Brunner. A colorfully decorated Christmas tree, lit with twinkling lights, provokes awe and delight. We understand the lighted tree as a central symbol of the Christmas season, but what are the roots of the tradition?

Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama by Selina Alko.  Sadie shares how her family celebrates the season in two rich traditions. (with images)

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry.  Mr. Willowby’s tree is so beautiful – but too tall to fit in his parlor! (with images)

Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat by Naomi Howland. A girl’s Chanukah generosity wins her a magic latke pan – but what will happen when her little brothers start to use it? (with images)

Christmas at the New Yorker: Stories, Poems, Humor, and Art.  From James Thurber to Garrison Keillor, here are eight decades of seasonal entertainment from a stellar roster of artists and writers.

Holiday cookbooks

Recipes are popular with many members. As one member recently said, “Books, magazines, newspapers and recipes, these are all things that I cannot wait to look up and read on Bookshare. I have been able to share recipes that I have found on Bookshare with many people; it has also made it easy to make up my very own recipe book.”

Joan Nathan’s Jewish Holiday – Jewish holidays are defined by food. Yet Jewish cooking is always changing, encompassing the flavors of the world, embracing local culinary traditions of every place in which Jews have lived and adapting them to Jewish observance.

Debbie Macomber’s Christmas Cookbook – We call her the “Official Storyteller of Christmas”-but Debbie Macomber is more than that. She’s someone who loves the holiday and all its traditions. Now she shares more than one hundred of her favorite recipes to help you enjoy this most joyous of seasons.

The Christmas Cookie Cookbook The perfect holiday companion for new and seasoned bakers alike, this cookbook is packed with tips, anecdotes, and tons of recipes. This cookbook is a must-have for anyone looking for a new holiday tradition or simply a fresh way to spread holiday cheer throughout the year.

Faye Levy’s International Jewish Cookbook Classic Jewish dishes as well as holiday cookery, foods for every day, and a bit on how to observe the laws of Kashrut (what is acceptable or forbidden when one is keeping kosher).

It’s Kwanzaa Time! Celebrate the unique spirit of Kwanzaa with this collection of stories, games, recipes, crafts and songs.

Happy reading to all!


  1. LeAnna MacDonald

    I downloaded the Mr. Willowby book on the iPad, but the images don’t show up even with the images bottom “on”. Ideas?

    • Betsy Burgess

      To see images, transfer the book to you iPad with iTunes. You can read how to do that in our Support Center, The instructions are in the Read2Go answers. Or you can search for the answer.

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