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!
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
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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson is a chapter book that can be read together or independently.