December Staff Picks

Staff-recommended reading from the Alexandria Library Catalog. Check back each month for a new list. Need some recommended titles? Tell us five titles you have enjoyed and we'll send you a list of five more that we think you will like. Also check out our new Goodreads Group for reviews, online bookclubs, and more!


 'Tis the season for reading your favorite Holiday book! We asked staff to share their favorite Holiday book.


The life and adventures of Santa Claus


The life and adventures of Santa Claus

By L. Frank Baum.

A human foundling child, adopted by a wood-nymph and raised by the creatures who inhabit a magical forest, grows up to be the immortal Santa Claus.

A little house Christmas


A little house Christmas: holiday stories from the Little house books

By Laura Ingalls Wilder

A collection of stories which describe the experiences of a pioneer girl and her family as they celebrate various Christmases In the Big Woods in Wisconsin, on the prairie in Indian Territory, and On the banks of Plum Creek.

Christmas is


Christmas Is...

By Gail Gibbons

All of the ways and reasons for celebrating Christmas.

 Lakeshore Christmas


Lakeshore Christmas

 By Susan Wiggs

Prim librarian Maureen Davenport lives for Christmas--and there's nothing more magical than Christmas on Willow Lake. Finally getting her chance to direct Avalon's annual holiday pageant, she's determined to make it truly spectacular. But it might just require one of those Christmas miracles she's always read about if her co-director-- recovering former child star Eddie Haven--has his way. Is he trying to sabotage the performance to spite her? Or is she trying too hard to fit the show into her storybook-perfect notion of Christmas?

 The Golden Compass


The Golden Compass

By Phillip Pullman

 Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.




By Jeff VanderMeer

Area X has claimed the lives of members of eleven expeditions. The twelfth expedition consisting of four women hopes to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

Christmas at the New Yorker



Christmas at the New Yorker

By The Editors of The New Yorker

A holiday collection from the pages of "The New Yorker" offers an anthology of short fiction, poetry, cartoons, cover art, and nonfiction from the past seventy-five years.

A Season of Miracles


A Season of Miracles

By Heather Graham

Wealthy heiress Jillian Llwellyn finds herself drawn to enigmatic Robert Marston, the new silent partner at Llewellyn Enterprises, and looks to him for help when a series of strange accidents befalls her, and as they join forces during the holiday season to discover the truth, they uncover dark secrets that link them to ill-fated lovers from the English Civil War, who hold the key to the mystery and their survival.

Wishin' and hopin': a Christmas story


Wishin' and hopin' : a Christmas story

By Wally Lamb

Set in the fictional town of Three Rivers, Connecticut, the story of fifth grader Felix Funicello in the months leading up to Christmas 1964

Angels & other strangers : family Christmas stories


Angels & other strangers : family Christmas stories

By Katherine Paterson

Nine short stories by the award-winning author impart new meaning to the true spirit of Christmas and illuminate the familiar problems of modern-day life - fear, loneliness, personal loss, alienation.