And where are all the YA Hanukkah fiction titles? Kwanzaa? December traditions from other parts of the world? Authors, if you write a halfway decent, multicultural, December holiday fiction title for teens, I promise you, school librarians will purchase it and promote it! We are ALWAYS looking for stuff like this, and it is a huge hole in an otherwise uber-saturated YA market.
To help my fellow librarians, teachers, and parents, I've compiled a list of 20 holiday-themed fiction titles for teens. This list does not include books like Harry Potter or Narnia, which include Christmas as a part of the story but are not themed around the Christmas holidays.
It also does not include any Hanukkah or Kwanzaa novels. Because despite multiple Goodreads, Pinterest, and Titlewave searches, there is literally NOTHING in the YA fiction department for teens celebrating anything other than Christmas....
|This book just came out a few weeks ago, and it is definitely the book to have in your library this holiday season. Jay Asher is already popular in my library as the author of Thirteen Reasons Why and co-author of The Future of Us. On top of that, the book has a gorgeous holiday-themed front cover and will easily appeal to teens looking for a realistic romance for their holiday break.|
Goodreads summary: Sierra's family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it's a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other.
|Hmmm...this one looks very different. A girl miner elf at The North Pole? A "power-hungry, twisted elf with a checkered past"--named Sturd of all things--as the villain? Goodreads reviews are mostly pretty good, but even if it's terrible, I give the author props for exploring new holiday territory. |
There's even a sequel, The Rise of Sturd. I want to read this based on that title alone.
|If I were to pick a writer whose books are always hits at Christmas time, it would most definitely be Rachel Hawthorne. We have both this one and Snowed In, and both are easy-sells with my students (girls) at Christmas time. Love those colorful front covers!|
Goodreads summary: Winter Break super-secret perfect cocoa recipe:
8 oz steamed whole milk
(no skim! doesn't work!)
1 tbsp. sugar (can't be too sweet)
4 dried, crushed mint leaves
(or 1 tbsp. mint syrup)
Stir thoroughly. Add mint swizzle stick. Combine with cute ski instructor, or brother's cute best friend, or cute guy you never noticed was so cute...Enjoy.
|Another popular holiday title at my library! This one has everything: a Christmas cruise, fangirl moments, paparazzi, fauxmances, rock stars... (HINT: Check out the December 2016 holiday price...)|
Goodreads summary: Taking a Christmas cruise with her two cousins from hell isn't Holly's idea of a good time. And when seasickness forces her into an open suite, she's pepper-sprayed by a gorgeous guy called Nick. But when Holly makes her exit, she's greeted by a horde of screaming teenage fans. Because Nick happens to be Dominic Wyatt, drummer for one of the hottest bands in America.
|Before there were Lifetime movies, there was Lurlene McDaniel. Ms. McDaniel has published books since I was a kid in the 1980s. I can remember reading Will I Ever Dance Again in one night at a slumber party in maybe 6th grade (yeah, I was that kid). She's published well over 50 novels since then and just released a new book, Losing Gabriel in June of this year. If you love sappy, sad love stories that aren't too long or too short, Lurlene McDaniel is a must.|
--"Christmas Child"--15-year-old Melanie feels cheated when her baby sister, born at Christmastime, lives only a few days. But the brief life of her sister shows Melanie the lasting value of love.
--"Last Dance"--Brenda struggles between noble intentions and real desires when she becomes the last chance for happiness for a dying boy.
--"Kathy's Life"-- Kathy is beautiful, intelligent, and has the perfect job as a live-in caregiver for a couple's baby boy. But not everything is as perfect as it seems: Should Kathy give up the one person she loves most in the world?
|Give this to fans of Anna and the French Kiss. Goodreads reviews are mixed, but I give bonus points for Christmas books that are NOT set in the USA.|
Goodreads summary: For Nicole Larson, the Christmas season in Paris is more than just a romantic interlude—it’s also a homecoming. Nic studied abroad in Paris a year ago, and is back in town with her friend Annike to spend Christmas and New Year’s in the City of Light. Of course, now that Nic is there, the chemistry she once had with Parisian hottie Luc instantly reignites. But why fuel a romance that has only three weeks to survive?
|I have never watched Doctor Who, so I really don't get the craze. But it is a huge craze! Even here in China, I have students who love it! I even got them a new Doctor Who coloring book for our library's coloring station.|
Goodreads summary: Inside this festive book of Doctor Who stories, you'll find timey-wimey mysteries, travels in the TARDIS, monster-chasing excitement and plenty of Christmas magic. Find out what happens when the Third Doctor meets Jackie Tyler, the Seventh Doctor and Ace encounter an alien at Macy's department store, and the Ninth Doctor tries to get Rose a red bicycle for Christmas.
|Three interconnected holiday stories by three popular YA authors, all together in one book. Apparently, a movie is planned for 2017. After reading the summary, I kind of want to read it!|
Goodreads summary: A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks.