Christmas Reading Recommendations

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On December 5, we hosted a Christmas book giveaway on the Bas Bleu Facebook page. To enter, readers shared their favorite Christmas read. The result? An impromptu, “crowd-sourced” holiday reading list from the Bas Bleu community! Several beloved classics made the list (Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is an overwhelming favorite). Other books have been featured in past editions of the Bas Bleu catalog. And we were thrilled to see so many titles we weren’t familiar with…because our editors love recommendations, too! With December 25 just around the corner, we compiled a list of these Christmas reading recommendations for your holiday bookshelf. Feel free to tell us in the comments section about your own favorite seasonal reads!

Religious

  • The Nativity Story, from the Gospel of Luke
  • Bright Christmas: An Angel Remembers, by Andrew Clements
  • “A Thrilling Christmas Time on the Frontier,” by a pastor’s wife
  • “The House of Christmas,” a poem by G. K. Chesterton
  • Miracle on 10th Street and Other Christmas Writings, by Madeleine L’Engle

 Classics

  • The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, by L. Frank Baum
  • The Night Before Christmas, by C. Clement Moore
  • The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas, by Dr. Seuss
  • “A Christmas Memory,” by Truman Capote
  • A Miracle on 34th Street, by Valentine Davis
  • O Christmas Three, by O. Henry, Leo Tolstoy, and Charles Dickens
  • “Christmas Fancies,” a poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  • The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry
  • British Library Crime Classics Christmas titles, including Mystery in White by J. Jefferson Farjeon

 For Young (and Young at Heart) Readers

  • The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters, by Janet and Allen Alhberg
  • The Littlest Angel, by Charles Tazewell
  • The Father Christmas Letters, by JRR Tolkien
  • The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg
  • Why the Chimes Rang, by Raymond MacDonald Alden
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson
  • Emmett Otter’s Jugband Christmas, by Russell Hoban
  • Favor Johnson, by Willem Lange
  • Dasher, by Matt Taveres
  • Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree, by Robert Barry
  • “Squeegie the Mouse,” from Jack and Jill Magazine
  • Silver Packages: An Appalachian Christmas Story, by Cynthia Rylant

Contemporary-ish

  • Raphael and the Noble Task, by Catherine Salton
  • The Christmas Pearl, by Dorothea Benton Frank
  • Debbie Macomber’s Christmas titles
  • The Christmas Wish, by Richard Siddoway
  • Winter Solstice, by Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Home for the Holidays, Johanna Lindsey
  • Skipping Christmas, by John Grisham
  • “The Shepherd,” by Frederick Forsyth
  • “The Boy Who Laughed at Santa Clause,” by Ogden Nash
  • A Rumpole Christmas, by John Mortimer
  • The Autobiography of Santa Claus, as told to Jeff Guinn
  • Anne Perry’s Christmas novellas

 Merry Christmas reading, bluestockings!

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2 thoughts on “Christmas Reading Recommendations

  1. What about A Child’s Christmas in Wales? My daughter and I (she’s grown now) read it every year, along with The Night Before Christmas and The Polar Express.

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