November 2010

Reading Recommendations · Holiday Reading and Movies

Brighten up your holidays with one of these new titles from our collection! The list includes nonfiction, DVDs, fiction and books for kids and teens!

Entertaining & Food

Cookie Craft Christmas: Dozens of Decorating Ideas for a Sweet Holiday

Valerie Peterson
Peterson offers readers step-by-step directions for creating these elaborately-decorated cookies.

Kids in the Holiday Kitchen: Making, Baking, Giving

Jessica Strand
These kid-friendly cooking and craft projects include easy-to-make dinners, snacks, ornaments, and gift ideas.

Nigella Christmas: Food, Family, Friends, Festivities

Nigella Lawson
Take some of the stress out of the holidays with Nigella's "reliable easy-to-follow recipes and reassuring advice about planning and cooking ahead."

Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook

This all-in-one guide from Betty Crocker features delicious recipes, entertaining essentials, festive decorating tips, and creative gift-giving ideas.

Fix-It and Forget-It Christmas Cookbook: 600 Slow Cooker Holiday Recipes

Phyllis Pellman Good
The author of The Fix-It and Forget-It Big Cookbook (2008) returns with another stress-free compilation of holiday slow-cooker recipes from home cooks across the country.

Gorgeous Christmas: Over 100 Delicious Fail-Safe Recipes to Fill Your Holiday with Joy

Annie Bell
Former chef Annie Bell offers up 100 simple recipes for the holiday season, including what to do with those leftovers!

The Gourmet Cookie Book: The Single Best Recipe from Each Year 1941-2009

The editors of Gourmet magazine selected the most mouthwatering cookie recipe for each of the magazine�s 68 years of existence. Christmas cookie recipes abound!

Very Merry Cookie Party: How to Plan and Host a Christmas Cookie Exchange

Barbara Grunes
Hosting a cookie swap is a great way to celebrate the holidays. Dazzle your friends and family with one of the yummy recipes in this collection.

Gifts Cooks Love: Recipes for Giving

Cookware company Sur La Table presents 40 recipes for delectable edible gifts, along with creative ways to package them.

Daisy's Holiday Cooking: Delicious Latin Recipes for Effortless Entertaining

Daisy Martinez
Celebrate the holidays with a Latin twist using this collection of multi-course menus for gatherings of all sizes. From the author of Daisy Morning, Noon, and Night (2010).

The Kosher Baker: Over 160 Dairy-Free Recipes, from Traditional to Trendy

Paula Shoyer
Pastry expert Paula Shoyer provides readers with kosher, dairy-free desserts, including recipes for time-honored Jewish holiday classics.

Southern Living Big Book of Christmas

Scrumptious recipes and creative ideas for decorating and entertaining from the editors of Southern Living magazine.

200 Christmas Recipes

200 tempting recipes and desserts perfect for holiday entertaining!

Arts & Crafts

A Homemade Christmas: Creative Ideas for an Earth-friendly, Frugal, Festive Holiday

Tina Barseghian
There�s nothing like that sense of accomplishment that comes from making something yourself. Budget-friendly, green projects cover decorations, gifts, and entertaining.

I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas: Gifts, Decorations, and Recipes That Use Less and Mean More

Ann Getty
Environmental advocate Anna Getty shares organic holiday recipes and homemade craft ideas.

The Farm Chicks Christmas: Merry Ideas for the Holidays

Serena Thompson
Country-themed crafts, decorating ideas, and recipes, including a visit to the tree farm.

Simply Sublime Gifts: High-Style, Low-Sew Projects to Make in a Snap

Jodi Kahn
Once you�ve finished these simple presents, you�ll want to turn to the wrapping ideas included here. Only beginning sewing skills needed.

Fa La La La Felt!: 45 Handmade Holiday Decorations

Amanda Carestio
With small children and pets around, unbreakable decorations are nice. For these creations, all you need are scissors, glue sticks, and simple sewing skills.

The Knitter's Year: 52 Make-in-a-Week Projects-- Quick Gifts and Seasonal Knits

Debbie Bliss
Besides the dozen or so winter projects, there are suggestions for every season of the year. Meant to be quick and easy.

FamilyFun Homemade Holidays: 150 Festive Crafts, Recipes, Gifts & Parties

The editors of FamilyFun magazine make it easy for you to get the whole family involved in preparing for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa!

Victoria: 500 Christmas Ideas: Celebrate the Season in Splendor

Kimberly Meisner
A compilation of ideas for elegant, old-fashioned Christmas and seasonal entertaining.

One Ball Knits. Gifts: 20 Stylish Designs Made with a Single Ball, Skein, Hank, or Spool

Fatema Habibur-Rahman
These knitting sisters live up the road in Xenia and present 20 great ways to use just one skein of yarn to make delightful presents (or maybe keep yourself).

More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts

Joelle Hoverson
30 new projects are included in this follow-up to Last-Minute Knitted Gifts (2004). Experienced knitters should need only half a day to a day to finish any item.

Best of Christmas Ideas

"Whether you love a traditional approach or like to mix it up from year to year," the folks at Better Homes and Gardens have you covered with decorating suggestions and gift ideas.

Wrap It Up: 100s of Fast, Fun, and Festive Gift Wrapping Ideas

Espen Markussen
Whether you are a fancy bow person or prefer newspaper and twine, you�ll be inspired by all the different ways your specially-chosen gifts can be packaged.

The Art of Gift Wrapping: 50 Innovative Ideas Using Organic, Unique, and Uncommon Materials

Wanda Wen
Tired of the same old generic wrap and bows from the stores? Here are some ideas using natural elements from plants and motivation from cultures around the world.


Holly Blues

Susan Wittig Albert
Texas lawyer-turned-herbalist China Bayles investigates her husband�s ex-wife�s involvement in a murder in this delightful holiday addition to the popular series.

Busy Body: An Agatha Raisin Mystery

M.C. Beaton
The 21st entry of Beaton�s Cotswold-set series finds feisty PI Agatha Raisin attempting to solve a pair of murders connected to a dispute over the town�s annual Christmas display.

Christmas at Harrington�s

Melody Carlson
An ex-convict tries to put her life back together by playing Mrs. Claus at a local department store in inspirational author Carlson�s Minnesota-set holiday novella.

A Piggly Wiggly Christmas

Robert Dalby
The Nitwitts, the local ladies� club of Second Creek, Mississippi, attempt to save their historic downtown by organizing a caroling performance by the town�s choirs in the colorful latest from Dalby.

Promise Me

Richard Paul Evans
Bestselling Evans�s latest holiday tale revolves around grief-stricken Beth Cardall, who falls hopelessly in love with a complete stranger who seems to hold the answer to all her problems.

Gingerbread Cookie Murder

Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine, and Leslie Meier
Christmas brings murder and more in this trio of yuletide whodunits from three popular cozy authors.

A Holiday Yarn: A Seaside Knitters Mystery

Sally Goldenbaum
The death of a much-loathed editor leads to a plethora of suspects for Izzy Chambers and her fellow seaside knitters in Goldenbaum�s latest Massachusetts-set mystery.

An Amish Christmas

Cynthia Keller
A twist of fate forces the Hobart family, who has recently lost everything they have, to take shelter with an Amish family in Pennsylvania for the upcoming holiday season.

Christmas with Tucker

Greg Kincaid
In this prequel to A Dog Named Christmas, the year 1962 finds 12-year-old George dealing with one of the biggest blizzards ever to hit Kansas as well as the death of his father, all with the help of a lovable Irish setter named Tucker.

Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor

Lisa Kleypas
Kleypas sets her heartwarming latest in picturesque Friday Harbor, Washington, where mute six-year-old Holly is the catalyst for romance between her bachelor uncle Mark and widowed toy store owner Maggie.

Call Me Mrs. Miracle

Debbie Macomber
Department store owner Jake Finley tries desperately to hold onto his family�s business while Holly Larson strives to give her grieving young nephew the Christmas he deserves in Macomber�s Manhattan-set holiday romance.

Christmas Mourning: A Deborah Knott Mystery

Margaret Maron
With both Christmas and her first wedding anniversary rapidly approaching, North Carolina judge Deborah Knott must somehow find time to solve the murders of a not-so-popular cheerleader and two ne�er-do-well brothers.

Cat Coming Home: A Joe Grey Mystery

Shirley Rousseau Murphy
In his latest holiday adventure, inquisitive feline detective Joe Grey attempts to solve the double homicide of a couple found shot to death on a lonely California mountain road.

Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball

Donita K. Paul
Paul blends elements of romance and fantasy in this inspirational tale of two co-workers brought together by matchmaking booksellers at a Christmas Ball.

A Christmas Odyssey

Anne Perry
Victorian London sparkles in Perry�s latest holiday suspenser, in which James Wentworth asks a group of friends to help him search for his son Lucien in the city�s dangerous underworld.

Holiday Affair

Lisa Plumley
Divorcee Karina Barrett accepts an undercover job at a Michigan B&B and then makes the mistake of falling for the inn�s single dad manager in Plumley�s well-crafted holiday read.

The Snow Globe

Sheila Roberts
The Seattle area provides the perfect backdrop to this contemporary tale about an antique snow globe and the miracles it performs for three best friends.

The First Love Cookie Club

Lori Wilde
Children�s book author Sarah Collier returns to her hometown of Twilight, Texas after receiving a letter from a sick fan�only to discover that the fan is the daughter of her childhood crush, the still gorgeous (and now unattached) Travis Walker.

The Mischief of the Mistletoe: A Pink Carnation Christmas

Lauren Willig
Espionage and romance mingle delightfully in Willig�s latest Regency England-set historical, in which Miss Arabella Dempsey�s job at a girl�s school brings her into close contact with Reginald Fitzhugh, who just might be the fabled spy known as the Pink Carnation.

A Chesapeake Shores Christmas

Sherryl Woods
A long-divorced couple decides to remarry during the holidays despite the strident objections of one of their children in the engaging latest in Woods�s Chesapeake Bay series.

Books for Kids

Llama Llama Holiday Drama

Anna Dewdney
If there's one thing Llama Llama doesn't like, it's waiting. He and Mama Llama rush around, shopping for presents, baking cookies, decorating the tree...but how long is it until Christmas? Will it ever come? Ages 2-5

The Christmas Genie

Dan Gutman
It's the last day of school before Christmas vacation and Alex, Chase, and the rest of Mrs. Walter's fifth-grade class couldn't wish more for that final bell to ring. But the day takes a crazy turn when a mysterious meteorite crashes through their classroom window and a genie (named Bob) pops out! He grants the students a collective wish as reward for his release. There�s just one hitch�they have only an hour to decide what that wish will be (Bob is cranky after being cooped up for thirteen million light years). Be careful what you wish for! Ages 9-11

Duck & Goose, It's Time for Christmas

Tad Hills
Our feathered friends are getting ready for Christmas. The only problem? Goose is more interested in skating, sledding, and making snow angels than in helping Duck decorate their Christmas tree. While Goose has the time of his life in the snow, it seems poor Duck will be left to do all the work...Will the tree be up in time for Christmas? Ages 3-7

12 Days of Christmas

Rachel Isadora
As she did in The Night Before Christmas, Isadora uses her trademark collages to reinterpret a holiday standby, setting it in a jubilant African village. Several of the book's flourishes, Isadora notes in an afterword, are inspired by her travels, from five gold rings (worn around a South African woman's neck) to "lords a-leaping" and "ladies dancing" who hail from Mali and Swaziland. Ages 3-8

The Night Before Christmas

Clement Moore
Christmas just wouldn�t be Christmas without a reading of Clement C. Moore�s classic verse. The traditional Christmas poem is accompanied by lush acrylic paintings that use deep reds, greens, and blues to create a magical, yet cozy, setting for Santa's visit. Every detail, from the flowing capes on the reindeer to the comfy furnishings to the enchanting ornaments on the Christmas tree, evokes a feeling of serenity and anticipation. The book includes a CD with three tracks: a low-key lyrical rendition of the poem by Noel Paul Stookey, a reading of the poem by Mary Travis with musical accompaniment, and a recording of "A'Soalin" by Peter, Paul, and Mary. All ages

Jeannette Claus Saves Christmas

Doughles Rees
When Santa Claus gets sick on Christmas Eve, can his daughter, Jeannette, find a way to save Christmas for everyone? Ages 5-8

It�s Christmas, David!

David Shannon
Remember peeking at all the wrapped packages under the tree? Writing extensive wish lists to Santa? And doing your very best to be on Santa�s �nice� list? David is excited for Christmas and hoping Santa will bring a shiny new fire truck. From playing with delicate ornaments to standing in an endlessly long line for Santa, all the common Christmas activities are here--but with David's naughty trimmings. What will he find under the tree? Ages 3-8

Christmas with the Mousekins

Maggie Smith
Celebrate alongside the Mousekin family as they prepare for Christmas! Pick out and decorate a tree. Make paper snowflakes with Nana Mousekin. Bake cookies for friends and neighbors. Write letters to Santa Mouse. Welcome carolers. Sled and skate and make a snowmouse. Maggie Smith perfectly captures the happy whirl that is Christmas- including recipes for cookies, instructions for paper and felt crafts, and stories and poems to share with your family. Ages 5-10
Cover of The Lump of Coal

The Lump of Coal

Lemony Snicket
We’ll leave it to Mr. Snicket himself to describe his latest book: “This is a story about a lump of coal who can think, talk, and move itself around. Is there a more charming holiday tale to behold? Probably, but Lemony Snicket has not written one.”

Christmas is Here: Words from the King James Bible

Snowflakes fall on a young family watching a live nativity scene in their city neighborhood. As the boy peers into the manger, the story shifts to an ancient field underneath gentle moonglow and a brilliant star's guiding light on the holy night observed by shepherds. All Ages

Books for Teens

Cover of Mistletoe: Four Holiday Stories

Mistletoe: Four Holiday Stories

Hailey Abbott, Melissa De la Cruz, Aimee Friedman, Nina Malkin
These four short stories about love during the holidays will warm you up on a chilly night!


Kate Brian
While her parents are on vacation, Lila Beckwith plans to throw the Christmas party of the year. That is until her little brother and his best friend run away to save Santa from global warming. It's up to Lila and her ex-boyfriend to find the two before her parents get home.

Holiday Princess

Meg Cabot
Looking for the best gift suggestions, fashion tips, party ideas, recipes and craft ideas for this holiday season? Look no further! Princess Mia has the complete guide to help make the most of your holiday season.

Last Christmas: The Private Prequel

Kate Brian
Arianna Osgood should be in Vermont with her boyfriend but she is stranded at Easton with Thomas Pearson. And someone is watching them…

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

Rachel Cohen and David Levithan
It's Christmastime in New York City, and a lonely teen named Lily leaves a red notebook on a shelf in her favorite bookstore with clues to a citywide scavenger hunt. A smart, funny holiday love story ensues when Dash finds the journal. From the authors of Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist (2006).

Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances

John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle
Three short stories from young adult writers about the heartbreaks and joys romance can bring during a Christmas Eve snowstorm in a small town.

French Kissmas

Cathy Hapka
While spending the winter holidays in Paris participating in a promotional video for the S.A.S.S. program, Nicole Larson fights her feelings for Luc, the boy she met during her semester abroad the year before.

Secret Santa

Sabrina James
Secret Santa gifts and a winter dance populate this tale of romantic mishaps and mistaken identities.
Cover of Magna Claus, Honor, Loyalty, Tinsel. The Blade of Kringle

Magna Claus, Honor, Loyalty, Tinsel. The Blade of Kringle

Nathaniel Marunas
When a disgruntled elf creates an army of evil teddies, Santa breaks out his ancient samurai swords to save Christmas.

Listen for the Fig Tree

Sharon Bell Mathis
During her first celebration of Kwanzaa, a sixteen-year-old girl finds the strength to deal with her troubled mother and her own blindness.

Understanding Jewish Holidays and Customs: Historical and Contemporary

Sol Scharfstein
A historical and contemporary overview of customs and ceremonies as practiced by Jews from Biblical times to the present, discussing the changes that have taken place through the centuries.

Humor and Inspiration

I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas

Lewis Black
Grammy and Emmy Award-winning comedian Lewis Black takes aim at all the craziness of the holiday season. Sure to please all you disrespectful Scrooges out there!

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Magic: 101 Holiday Tales of Inspiration, Love, and Wonder

Over 100 short holiday vignettes remind us of the marvel and delight that fill our spirits during this special time of year.

A Simple Christmas: Twelve Stories That Celebrate the True Holiday Spirit

Mike Huckabee
Before he was a politician, Mike Huckabee was a preacher. Here he recalls 12 holiday memories and how they affected his life.

The Christmas Spirit: Memories of Family, Friends, and Faith

Joel Osteen
Best-selling, charismatic minister Joel Osteen shares his particular recollection of holiday times, good and bad, while reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas.


Christmas Crafts

Gives directions for eight Christmas craft projects, from making a wreath to crafting your own wrapping paper.

A Christmas Story

The classic tale of Ralphie�s quest for a Red Ryder air rifle.

Dr. Seuss� How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

The tale of the mean-spirited Grinch and his attempts to steal the Christmas celebration of Who-ville.

Emmet Otter�s Jug Band Christmas

Jim Henson�s Emmet and Ma Otter enter a talent contest with the hopes of winning the cash prize just in time for Christmas, and learn that family, not money, is the greatest Christmas gift of all.

Ernest Saves Christmas

When Santa Claus decides to retire and pass on his magic bag of Christmas surprises to a new St. Nick, he enlists the aid of a hilarious assortment of characters, including Ernest P. Worrell.

Hanukkah: Hands-on, Engaging, and Educational!

Explore the traditions of Hanukkah and learn to make everything from applesauce to dreidels. For ages 7 and up.

How to Celebrate the African American Holiday Kwanzaa

Features symbols of the holiday, gift giving guidelines, Kwanzaa foods, and more.

Irving Berlin�s White Christmas

The classic movie starring Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney.

Merry Christmas, Olivia

Olivia spreads Christmas cheer at Francine's July beach party. Then, with her favorite doll, Matilda, missing, Olivia dreams of being a Santa who returns lost toys.

Merry Sitcom!: Christmas Classics from TV�s Golden Age

Features timeless Christmas-themed episodes from shows viewers grew up with (including Father Knows Best and the Flying Nun), but never outgrew.

Radio City�s Christmas Spectacular: starring the Rockettes

This special 75th Anniversary DVD features all the best-loved performances of the Rockettes.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

A digitally remastered version of the classic 1964 TV special.

Surviving the Holidays with Lewis Black

Armed with history, humor, and his trademark ranting, comedian Lewis Black takes a hilarious look at how to survive the 'month-long festival of consumption' without losing your mind.

Winter Art Fun

Provides ten full-length art lessons with a winter theme, plus bonus materials.
Need more suggestions? Contact your local library and a reference librarian will be happy to assist you.