Books to spread joy and cheer

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”

– The Hobbit

Breathing in the brisk air, the smell of pine as we walk through our front door, baking cookies, and twinkling lights – the holiday season is palpable. A unique experience in each home with different traditions and celebrations but with a shared feeling of kindness and goodwill.

After an exceptional year, we all need an extra helping of joy. I have curated books that I hope will bring you close. Books for reading and baking, books to learn new traditions, and classic books to snuggle up with and fill your hearts with gratitude. 

Holiday-themed books for baking together

A World of Cookies for Santa: Follow Santa’s Tasty Trip Around the World by M.E. Furman

Bear’s Winter Party by Deborah Hodge

Here Is the World: A Year of Jewish Holidays by Lesléa Newman 

A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher  (chapter book)


Here Is the World: A Year of Jewish Holidays by Lesléa Newman

Lilah Tov Good Night by Ben Gundersheimer

The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story by Lemony Snicket

Chapter Books or Read Alouds

Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser 

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson

The Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig


Christmas Picture Books

The Empty Stocking by Richard Curtis

This Is Christmas by Tom Booth

The Crayons’ Christmas by Drew Daywalt

Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht

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