Tuesday, December 22, 2020



 Many people ask me for recommendations for good holiday books to read because I read in many different genres, and I love to read books for all ages. Below is a list of my favorite holiday books, fiction and non-fiction, which I've categorized by genre, for readers of all ages. Perhaps you'll find a story here that will touch you during this most wonderful of seasons.

Christmas Fiction – Adult:

·   Author:  Charles Dickens, 'A Christmas Carol'

·   Author:  Debbie Macomber,  'Starry Night:  A Christmas Novel', 'Call Me Mrs. Miracle', '1225 Christmas Tree Lane', The Christmas Basket', 'Merry & Bright'

·  Author:  Shelley Shepard Gray, 'Peace', 'Christmas in Sugarcreek'

·  Author:  Tricia Goyer, 'A Christmas Gift for Rose'

·  Author:  Sandra R. Bricker, 'Once Upon a Jingle Bell' (the first story in a collection titled 'Merry Humbug Christmas')

·  Author:  Liz Curtis Higgs,  'A Wreath of Snow: A Victorian Christmas Novella'

·  Author:  William W. Johnstone,  'A Rocky Mountain Christmas', 'A Lone Star Christmas'

·  Author:  Martha Rogers,  'Christmas at Holly Hill'

·  Author:  Cindy Woodsmall, 'Christmas in Apple Ridge'—a 3-in-1 story collection.

·  Author:  Wanda E. Brunstetter, 'Amish White Christmas Pie'

·  Author:  John Grisham, 'Skipping Christmas'

·  Author:  Jennifer Beckstrand, 'A Perfect Amish Christmas' (the third story in a collection titled, 'An Amish Christmas Quilt')

·  Author:  Sandra Dallas, 'A Quilt for Christmas'

·  Author:  Vanetta Chapman, 'A Simple Amish Christmas'

·  Author:  Barbara Cameron, 'Annie's Christmas Wish'

·  Author:  Beth Wiseman, 'Winter Kisses' (a story in a collection titled, 'An Amish Christmas Love')

·  Author:  Amy Clipston, 'The Christmas Cat'  (a story in a collection titled, 'An Amish Christmas Love')

·  Author:  Lenora Worth, 'Amish Christmas Hideaway'

·  Author:  Kelly Irvin, 'Cakes & Kisses' novella in the 'An Amish Christmas Bakery' collection

·  Author:  Cindy Woodsmall, 'A Christmas Haven:  An Amish Christmas Romance'

·  Author:  Jennifer Chiaverini, 'The Christmas Boutique'

·  Author: Marta Perry, 'Naomi's Christmas'


Christmas Non-Fiction – Adult:

·   Author:  Amanda Murphy, 'Modern Holiday' (Christmas sewing projects)

·   Author:  Ree Drummond, 'The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays'

·   Author:  Debbie Macomber, 'Debbie Macomber's Christmas Cookbook:  Favorite Recipes and Holiday Traditions from My Home to Yours'

·   Author:  Christiane Bellstedt Arber, 'Scandi Christmas:  Over 45 Projects and Quick Ideas for Beautiful Decorations and Gifts'

·  Author:  Bob Richter, 'A Very Vintage Christmas:  Holiday Collecting, Decorating, and Celebrating'

·  Author:  Country Living Magazine, 'Country Living Christmas Joys:  Decorating * Crafts * Recipes'

·  Author:  Andrew Gant, 'The Carols of Christmas:  A Celebration of the Surprising Stories Behind Your Favorite Holiday Songs'

·   Author:  Southern Living, Inc., 'Southern Living Christmas All Through The South: Casual Food, Decorating, and Entertaining Ideas to Make the Season Merry' 

·   Author:  Stephen Brown, 'Glitterville's Handmade Christmas:  A Glittered Guide for Whimsical Crafting'

 Christmas Non-Fiction for the Entire Family: 

·   The birth of Jesus according to the Gospel of Luke in the New Testament of the Holy Bible

Christmas Fiction – Children:

·   Author:  Rumer Godden,  'The Story of Holly and Ivy'

·   Author:  Margery Williams Bianco, 'The Velveteen Rabbit'

·  Author:  Jim Aylesworth, 'The Gingerbread Man'

·  Author:  Jan Brett, 'The Gingerbread Baby', 'The 12 Days of Christmas', 'The Gingerbread Man'

·  Author:  Clement Moore, ''Twas the Night Before Christmas'

·  Author:  Laura Ingalls Wilder, 'Little House in the Big Woods'

·  Author:  T.E. McMorrow,  'The Nutcracker in Harlem'

·  Author:  Susan Jeffers, 'Jingle Bells'

·  Author:  Daphne Benedis-Grab, 'The Angel Tree'

·  Author:  Louisa May Alcott, 'Little Women'

·  Author:  Susan Edwards Richmond, 'Bird Count'

·  Author:  Chris Barton, 'The Nutcracker Comes to America:  How Three Ballet-Loving Brothers Created a Holiday Tradition'


If you have any recommendations for good holiday books not included on my list, please post the title and author's name in the Comments for this post.

This is my final blog post for 2020. It has been a great year for books, and I thank you for sharing my reading, writing, and stitching journeys with me. I appreciate your support of my creative endeavors!
I hope to see you back here on January 4th, 2021, for a Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday post spotlighting a book about feeding birds in your backyard. To keep up with my posts, please consider subscribing {it's completely free} to my blog in the sidebar on the right side of this post. You will also find my social media platform links there. Let's stay connected.
Wishing each and every one of you a wonderful holiday season and a happy, healthy 2021! 




  1. These are great holiday recommendations! The only Christmas book I can think of to add is a delightful (and hilarious) picture book by Sandra Boynton, "Bob and 6 More Christmas Stories." Thanks for all of the wonderful posts this year, and have a great new year!

  2. Thank you for your kind words about my blog posts for 2020. I wish you a great new year, too! I have not read the book you mentioned, but I remember several of her other books from my teaching days. When I looked her up on Goodreads just now I discovered she has several Christmas books, so now I've added those to my TBR list for 2021. Take care! :0}

  3. Great list, June. I've bookmarked the page so I can go back to it many times in the future. Thanks for featuring the books on our final MMGM of 2020. Have a happy and healthy 2021.

    1. Hello, Greg ~ I'm genuinely honored that this post found its way onto your bookmarks. You're welcome, and I wish you and yours a healthy, happy New Year! :0}

  4. Wonderful list, June. I hope you are enjoying your holidays. There is a book you might want to take a look at for next year's list. When I was a child, we loved a book called The Birds Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas Wiggins. It seems like a story right up your alley. I checked and you can get it on Kindle for 99 cents if your library doesn't have it. Happy Holidays to you.

  5. Hi, Rosi ~ Thanks for your suggestion. I found this story in a collection of children's plays in our library's collection. Hooray! I'm glad you liked my list of books. We are enjoying our holidays. Hope you and your family are well and have enjoyed your holidays this year, too. Happy 2021, Rosi. :0}