Magical Christmas Books

Merry Christmas, Strega Nona

By Tomie DePaola

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Strega Nona fans will enjoy this warm holiday tale in which Big Anthony plans a surprise Christmas party for Strega Nona.

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Christmas at Long Pond

By William T. George

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A father and son set off at dawn to find a Christmas tree in a field by Long Pond. They pass a doe and her two fawns, a wood pecker searching for carpenter ants, and a fox. The tree they choose - like the landscape - is beautiful.

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Carl's Christmas

By Alexandra Day

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A family's faithful dog and the baby left in his charge share an adventure-filled Christmas Eve in this wordless picture book.

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The Gift of the Magi

By O Henry

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A husband and wife sacrifice treasured possessions in order to buy each other Christmas presents.

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

By Barbara Robinson

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The six mean Herdman kids lie, steal, smoke cigars (even the girls) and then become involved in the community Christmas pageant.

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Children of Christmas: Stories for the Season

By Cynthia Rylant

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Rylant shares stories of the season mostly set in the hills of West Virginia and western Virginia where she grew up. All these stories deal with sad, lonely, displaced people and how they find a spot of warmth and happiness on Christmas Eve. I’ve read “All the Stars in the Sky” to my son, when he would listen, or myself for years now and still cry each time. Rylant understands the spirit of the season.

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A Little House Christmas: Holiday Stories from the Little House Books

By Laura Ingalls Wilder

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A collection of stories which describe the experiences of a pioneer girl and her family as they celebrate various Christmases in the big woods in Wisconsin, on the prairie in Indian Territory, and on the banks of Plum Creek.

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A Christmas Memory

By Truman Capote

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A reminiscence of a Christmas shared by a seven-year-old boy and his eccentric and elderly cousin, with its rituals and its special love.

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A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens

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The classic ghost story in which Mr. Scrooge learns the true meaning of Christmas.

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A Child's Christmas in Wales

By Dylan Thomas

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A Welsh poet recalls the celebration of Christmas in Wales and the feelings it evoked in him as a child. Also available as a video and an audio book.

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