By Melissa Chapman
There is nothing quite as cozy as curling up with some hot chai and a festive book on a winter night. This holiday season; rediscover classic Christmas novels along with a few modern reads that can help you get into the Christmas mood.
“The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg is one of the best Christmas books for children. It tells the story of a young boy awaken by a train waiting outside his house on Christmas Eve. The boy goes on an adventure befriending elves and Santa along the way.
“A Christmas Carol“ by Charles Dickens has been the quintessential classic for generations. Dickens story follows Ebenezer Scrooge, a man who hates Christmas. Everything changes for Scrooge when three ghosts visit to retell the stories of his past, present and future.
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss is the story of the Grinch, who is an angry creature living on a mountain overlooking Whoville, a town with a Christmas obsession. The Grinch decides to take his hatred of Christmas to a new level by stealing all the gifts in town.
“A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote is the short story that centers on a young boy whose best friend is his cousin, an older woman, with whom he makes fruitcakes. This beloved tale is a semi- fictionalized account of Capote’s own childhood.
Richard Paul Evan’s novel “A Winter Dream”, reminds readers of the importance of hope and love in the Christmas season. The biblical story of Joseph and the coat of many colors inspires this tale.
“Mr. Dickens and his Carol” by Samantha Silva is a comical and haunting offshoot tale based on the man who wrote A Christmas Carol. As writer’s block sets in, Dickens heads to London for some inspiration that leads to his beautiful Christmas story.
“Christmas Train” by David Baldacci is about a weary and cash-strapped journalist who is banned from flying when an airport security search causes him to lose his cool. Now, he must take the train if he has any chance of arriving in time for Christmas with his girlfriend.
Whether you are looking for some modern day love stories or for a picture book to show your kids, there is a holiday book for every type of reader at the Warsaw Community Public Library.