December reading suggestions
The Scandinavia Public Library doesn't hold a book group in December, but that doesn't stop us from recommending a few books!
The beginning of Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved story of a pioneer girl and her family.
I read this book early on in the eighth grade. I remember standing in Barnes and Noble debating whether or not to read it, thinking that I had never (not for leisure, anyway) read anything by a male author. This novel is truly touching and warms the soul. It revives the so often lost spirit of Christmas and reminds us what it means to be a neighbor.
Rising newspaper reporter Hope Jensen uncovers the secret behind the "Christmas Jars" – glass jars filled with coins and bills anonymously given to people in need. But Hope discovers much more than she bargained for when some unexpected news sets off a chain reaction of kindness and brings about a Christmas Eve wish come true.
The beginning of winter is marked by the solstice, the shortest day of the year. Long ago, people grew afraid when each day had fewer hours of sunshine than the day before. Over time, they realized that one day each year the sun started moving toward them again. In lyrical prose and cozy illustrations, this book explains what the winter solstice is and how it has been observed by various cultures throughout history.
The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice
Get ideas for classic and new snow play!
Rose's Christmas Cookies contains a huge variety of recipes to make for yourself or others (including the dog).
Read this picture book with a child to discover why "Winter is the Warmest Season."
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson is a chapter book that can be read together or independently.
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey is the story of a lonely carver hired to carve a Christmas crèche for a woman and her son. Warm illustrations accompany the text.
The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter's Wonder by Mark Cassino with Jon Nelson, PhD. Embrace Wisconsin's winter weather by learning more about snow in this nonfiction picture book.
Jim Dale is one of my favorite narrators. In this audiobook he reads "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. --Sue