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!
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The beginning of Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved story of a pioneer girl and her family.

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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.

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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.

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The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice

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Get ideas for classic and new snow play!

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Rose's Christmas Cookies contains a huge variety of recipes to make for yourself or others (including the dog).

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Read this picture book with a child to discover why "Winter is the Warmest Season."

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

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

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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.

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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.

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Jim Dale is one of my favorite narrators. In this audiobook he reads "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. --Sue

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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.

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