10 of the Season's Best books
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
by Dr. Seuss
The family classic celebrates 50 years this season, a favorite that has stood the test of time.
“A Family Christmas”
edited by Caroline Kennedy
Focusing on her own family traditions, bestselling author Caroline Kennedy presents a charming collection of favorite Christmas tales to those who love to celebrate the spirit of the holidays.
“Letter on the Wind: A Chanukah Tale”
by Sarah Marwil Lamstein
An exquisite retelling of this Jewish folktale reminds readers of the first Chanukah. The elegant prose is complemented by Neil Waldman’s lyrical ink and watercolor illustrations.
“Lives and Legends of the Christmas Tree Ships”
by Crystal Lake resident Fred Neuschel
The real-life stories behind one of the most popular tales of the Great Lakes, the 1912 sinking of the Rouse Simmons.
“The Legend of the Poinsettia”
by Tomie dePaola
A Mexican folktale that tells the story of a little girl’s unselfish gift to the Christ Child. Illustrations capture the brilliant colors of Mexico as well as the magic and excitement of the season.
“First Snow in the Woods: A Photographic Fantasy”
by Carl R. Sams II & Jean Stoick
Wildlife photographers Sams and Stoick have once again done themselves proud with their latest selection. Absolutely brilliant photographs are set along with an enchanting story.
“Daring Book for Girls”
by Andrea Buchanan & Miriam Peskowitz
“The” manual for everything that adventurous girls need to know, from female heroes in history to secret note-passing skills, science projects to friendship bracelets, the perfect cartwheel to the eternal mystery of what boys are thinking.
“The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook”
This comprehensive cookbook delivers more than 1,200 foolproof recipes for classic, American family fare in a clear, accessible style.
“The Advent Book”
by Kathy & Jack Stockman
Families will love this exquisitely designed and beautifully illustrated keepsake created to help them focus on the real meaning of Christmas. There are 25 pages, one for each day of Advent, that feature a door that actually opens. Behind each door are an appropriate picture and a part of the Christmas story with simple text that even the youngest can understand. With its fine artistry and fresh approach, it's sure to become a centerpiece of the holiday tradition in many households.
“Hell for the Holidays”
by Chris Grabenstein
Domestic terrorists are targeting Thanksgiving and New York City. This fast-paced, gripping, rapid-fire thriller has a spectacular finish! It will be read on the edge of your seat. For the thriller genre fans who just can’t get enough, even during the holidays.