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2012 Recommended Holiday Reading

Commissioner Stewart announces the K-12 Recommended Holiday Reading List which parents and educators can use to encourage students to continue reading during the holiday season. There are a variety of interesting books available to spark the interest, imagination and most of all the love of reading for children of all ages.

Elementary (Pre K – Grade 2)

  • A New Coat for Anna - Harriet Ziefert
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Barbara Robinson
  • Inside Out Grandma ~ A Hanukkah Story - Joan Rothenberg
  • The Polar Express - Chris Van Allsburg
  • Feliz Navidad: Two Stories Celebrating Christmas - Jose Feliciano
  • Biscuit Celebrates Hanukkah - Ayssa Satin Capucilli
  • Las Posadas: An Hispanic Christmas Celebration - Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
  • A Kwanzaa Celebration Pop-up Book - Nancy Williams
  • D Is for Dreidel: A Hanukkah Alphabet Book - Tanya Lee Stone
  • Christmas Alphabet 10th Anniversary Edition [pop-up book] - Robert Sabuda
  • Feliz Navidad: Two Stories Celebrating Christmas - Jose Feliciano, David Diaz (illus.)
  • Festival of Lights: The Story of Hanukkah - Maida Silverman, Carolyn Ewing (illus.)
  • Lanterns and Firecrackers: A Chinese New Year Story - Jonny Zucker, Jan Barger Cohen
  • The Legend of the Poinsettia - Tomie dePaola
  • Carlos, Light the Farolito - Jean Carlos Ciavonne
  • A Hanukkah Treasury - Eric A. Kimmel
  • Feliz Nochebuena, Feliz Navidad
  • New Year's Day - Dana Meachen Rau
  • Olive, the Other Reindeer - J. Otto Seibold
  • Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve? - Jan Brett (illus.)
  • A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree - Colleen Monroe
  • Mooseltoe - Margie Palatini
  • Farolitos of Christmas – Rudolfo Anaya
  • Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree - Robert Barry
  • Anna's Wish - Friederike Rave
  • Baby Polar Bears' Snow-Day - Michael Teitelbaum
  • Houndsley and Catina and the Quiet Time - James Howe
  • Jan Brett's Snowy Treasury - Jan Brett
  • The Mitten - Retold by Jim Aylesworth
  • Snowflakes - Martha E.H. Rustad
  • Menorah Under the Sea - Esther Susan Heller
  • Bella's Tree - Janet Russell
  • The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever - Steven Kroll
  • Christmas in Many Cultures - Martha E.H. Rustad
  • Curious George Christmas Countdown - Tish Rabe
  • A Piñata in a Pine Tree: A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas - Pat Mora
  • The Snowy Day – Ezra Jack Keats
  • A Wish to Be A Christmas Tree - Colleen Monroe
  • Was That Christmas? - Hilary McKay
  • What's Cooking, Jamela? - Niki Daly
  • Llama Llama Holiday Drama - Anna Dewdneg
  • My Two Holidays: A Hanukkah and Christmas Story - Danielle Novack
  • Children Just Like Me: Celebrations! - Anabel Kindersley and Barnabas Kindersley
  • Celebrate: A Book of Jewish Holidays - Judith Gross and Bari Weissman
  • Thank you, World - Alice McGinty
  • The Three Questions - Jon J. Muth
  • D IS for Dragon Dance - Ying Chang Compestine

Elementary (Grades 3 – 5)

  • Hurray For Three Kings’ Day! - Lori Marie Carlson
  • Reindeer Crunch and other Christmas Recipes - Kristi Johnson
  • Blizzards - Jenny Vaughan
  • Carl's Snowy Afternoon - Alexandra Day
  • Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins - Eric A. Kimmel
  • Light the Lights! A Story about Celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas - Margaret Moorman
  • The Velveteen Rabbit - Margery Williams
  • Gift of the Magi - O. Henry
  • Ramadan - Suhaib Hamaid Ghazi
  • The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story - Gloria Houston
  • Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story - Angela Shelf Medearis
  • Christmas Around the World - Mary Lankford
  • Seven Candles for Kwanzaa - Andrea Davis Pinkney
  • By the Hanukkah Light - Sheldon Oberman
  • Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat - Naomi Howland
  • Seven Days of Kwanzaa - Angela Shelf Medearis
  • Christmas House - Ann Turner
  • Children of Christmas - Cynthia Rylant
  • Prairie Winter - Bonnie Geisert
  • Christmas in the Trenches - John McCutcheon
  • O Christmas Tree - Vashanti Rahaman
  • On Christmas Eve - Ann M. Martin
  • A Child's Christmas in Wales - Dylan Thomas, Trina Schart Hyman, Illustrator
  • The Jar of Fools - Eric A. Kimmel
  • Four Sides, Eight Nights: A New Spin on Hanukkah - Rebecca Tova Ben-Zvi, Illustrated by Susannah Natti
  • Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor - Lisa Kleypas

Middle School (Grades 6 – 8)

  • 1621:  A New Look at Thanksgiving – Catherine O’Neill Grace; Sissee Brimberg
  • William Bradford:  Plymouth’s Faithful Pilgrim – Gary D. Schmidt
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Barbara Robinson
  • Amazing Peace – Maya Angelou
  • Feast of Lights – Ellen S. Jaffe
  • Timothy Cratchitt’s Christmas Carol – Dale Powell, Charles Dickens
  • The Christmas Box – Richard Paul Evans
  • A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens, Dean Morrissey (illus.)
  • Christmas Treasury: Heirloom Edition - Christian Birmingham
  • Circle of Wonder: A Native American Christmas Story - N. Scott Momaday
  • Hallelujah Handel - Douglas Cowling, Jason Walker (illus.)
  • The Power of Light: Eight Stories for Hanukkah - Isaac Bashevis Singer, Irene Lieblich (illus.)
  • Ramadan - Susan L. Douglass, Jeni Reeves (illus.)
  • Seven Days of Kwanzaa - Angela Shelf Medearis
  • A Kwanzaa Story: Or How One Gentleman Found His Way - Nancy Guthorn Harrington
  • Hanukkah Lights: Stories of the Season - Harlan Ellison, Anne Roiphe, Elie Wiesel
  • The Gift of the Magi and Other Stories - O. Henry
  • Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem - Maya Angelou
  • Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting – Jim Murphy
  • Christmas With Ida Early – Robert Burch
  • Papa’s Angles: A Christmas Story – Collin Wilcox Paxton and Gary Carden
  • Dream Soul – Laurence Yep
  • Angels and Other Stories – retold by Sue Stauffacher
  • The Christmas story: told through paintings – Commentary by Richard Mühlberger
  • Zlateh the goat, and other stories - Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • Christmas After All: the Great Depression Diary of Minnie Swift - Kathryn Lasky
  • The Stone Lamp: Eight Stories of Hanukkah through History - Karen Hesse
  • The Bells of Christmas - Virginia Hamilton
  • The Best Christmas Present in the World - Michael Foreman
  • A Holiday Memory - Lauren Brooke
  • My Brother's Hero - Adrian Fogelin

High School (Grades 9 – 12)

  • The Special Guest - Lee Allen
  • The Angel Doll - Jerry Bledsoe
  • All Through the Night - Mary Higgins Clark
  • Miracle on 34th Street - Valentine Davies
  • A Different Kind of Christmas - Alex Haley
  • A Cup of Christmas Tea - Tom Hegg
  • The Christmas Cross - Max Lucado
  • The Modern Magi - Carol Lynn Pearson
  • The Christmas Tree - Julie Salamon
  • The Christmas Wish - Richard Siddoway
  • The Christmas Store - Ray Sipherd
  • The Christmas Letters - Lee Smith
  • Certain Poor Shepherds - Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
  • A Stranger for Christmas - Carol Lynn Pearson
  • The Complete Kwanzaa: Celebrating Our Cultural Harvest - D. Winbush Riley
  • Hanukkah Lights: Stories of the Season - Harlan Ellison, Anne Roiphe, Elie Wiesel
  • Recipes for Ramadan - Indrani Ibrahim
  • Celebrating Ramadan - Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith, Lawrence Migdale
  • The Story of the Trapp Family Singers - Maria Augusta Trapp, Maria Augusta Von Trapp
  • A Christmas Memory, One Christmas and the Thanksgiving Visitor - Truman Capote
  • It's a Wonderful Life - Stephen Cox
  • Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas - Ace Collins
  • Kwanzaa: From Holiday to Every Day - Maitefa Angaza
  • Angels and Other Strangers: Family Christmas Stories - Katherine Paterson
  • Hanukkah Trivia: 150 Fun & Fascinating Facts About Hanukkah - Jennie Miller Helderman, Mary Caulkins
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Making of a Tradition - Lee Mendelson, Bill Melendez
  • A Christmas Treasury: Twelve Unforgettable Holiday Stories – L. Frank Baum
  • Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr – Deborah Heiligman
  • A Different Light: The Hanukkah Book of Celebration – Noam Zion
  • Dash & Lily's Book of Dares – Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  • Call Me Mrs. Miracle – Debbie Macomber
  • Today I Will: A Year of Quotes, Notes, and Promises to Myself – Jerry Spinelli Eileen Spinelli
  • The Power of Light: Eight Stories for Hanukkah – Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • Celebrate Christmas : With Carols, Presents, and Peace - Deborah Heiligman
  • The Ten-year Century : Explaining the First Decade of the New Millennium - James Sutherland
  • Christmas Remembered - Tomie dePaola
  • Christmas Day in the Morning - Pearl S. Buck, Mark Buehner (Illustrator)
  • The Christmas Truce - Malcolm Brown, Shirley Seaton
  • The Tricksters - Margaret Mahy