Grab a cozy blanket and a warm mug of hot coco and snuggle up to start reading some of your favorite holiday stories! In case you are looking to add a new winter tale to your collection, our librarian friend, Sally Kimes picked out a few of her favorite reads for this time of year. What's one of your favorite holiday books? Tell us in the comments below!

Pete the cat

Pete the cat

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas | by Eric Litwin

As the poem goes, 'Twas the day before Christmas and Santa was ill. In the cold winter wind he had caught a bad chill. Will Christmas be canceled? Will it come to that? "Never!" cried Santa. "Let's call Pete the Cat!"

Click here to grab the audio/song download - it makes the Pete the Cat books all that more endearing.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker | by Susan Jeffers

Bet you've never seen the Nutcracker like this before. Susan Jeffers' illustrations are breathtaking as she takes the reader through this classic tale. It's a beautiful introduction for children who might be going to see the ballet for the first time.

The night before Christmas

The night before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas | by Clement Clarke Moore & Jan Brett

Such a wonderful classic story. The illustrations act as a launching point into a world of holiday imagination.

December

December

December | by Eve Bunting

This is a story of a different sort of Christmas. Simon and his mom are homeless, living in a cardboard house with a tiny tree and a few items found on the street for decorations. When an old woman asks to stay with them to keep warm, they have no idea how much she will change their lives forever.

12 Days of Christmas in Minnesota

12 Days of Christmas in Minnesota

12 Days of Christmas in Minnesota | by Constance Van Hoven

A fun retelling of the 12 Days of Christmas packed full of facts and details that you may or may not know about this great state. Count down the days till Christmas with a strong dose of Minnesota flair!

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