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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.

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 famous veterinarian/writer shares the true story of how an independent-minded stray cat gives a woman and her three Basset hounds a Christmas present.

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."

Winter World by Bernd Heinrich explores how animals survive and thrive during the coldest part of the year.

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

This classic short story (The Gift of the Magi) features a couple selecting the perfect gift for each other and giving up a beloved object to purchase it.