EVPL has Christmas Classics and Fun Holiday Reads for our middle-grade readers looking for chapter books this holiday season. Check out some recommendations from our youth librarians! Not finding one that appeals to you? No problem! Have a grown-up help you call EVPL Recommends to ask a librarian to assist you in finding great holiday reads.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Marley was dead, to begin with…’ And yet, he manages to visit his old partner, the miser Ebenezer Scrooge, and send him on a transformative journey, led by three ghosts. First to his own past, where he sees again the love he spurned, then to the present, where he sees those around him going about their holiday preparations, and then into his own future, to see his just reward. A Christmas favorite, it will warm your heart with favorite memories, and remind you how the true Christmas spirit comes from giving with love.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
This year’s pageant is definitely like no other, but maybe that’s exactly what makes it so special.
Laughs abound in this bestselling Christmas classic by Barbara Robinson! The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or “the worst kids in the history of the world.”
The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements
Life is usually easy for popular sixth-grader Hart Evans, but when his music teacher puts him in charge of the holiday concert, Hart must use all of his leadership skills to unite the other students
A Christmas Carol Starring Scrooge McDuck by Guido Martina
Celebrates the spirit of the holidays with this heart-warming adaptation of Charles Dickens’s classic ghost story, starring Scrooge McDuck and Donald Duck
A Christmas Carol by Geronimo Stilton
Ebenezer Scrooge is a cranky old mouse who is only concerned with his business and making money. Scrooge thinks Christmas is just a waste of time. But on the night of Christmas Eve, he is visited by three ghosts who take him on a journey through his past, present, and future. His experience could change him forever and teach him the true meaning of Christmas!
A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time by Mary Pope Osborne
Jack and Annie travel back to Victorian London when Merlin asks them to use their magic to inspire Charles Dickens to write A Christmas Carol.
A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig
Eleven-year-old Nikolas—nicknamed “Christmas”—has received only one toy in his life: a doll carved out of a turnip. But he’s happy with his turnip doll, because it came from his parents, who love him. Then one day his father goes missing, and Nikolas must travel to the North Pole to save him.
Along the way, Nikolas befriends a surly reindeer, bests a troublesome troll, and discovers a hidden world of enchantment in the frozen village of Elfhelm. But the elves of Elfhelm have troubles of their own: Christmas spirit and goodwill are at an all-time low, and Nikolas may be the only person who can fix things—if only he can reach his father before it’s too late. . . .
The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig
Amelia Wishart’s Christmas spirit helped Santa get the extra boost of magic he needed to make his first trip around the world. When she’s sent to the workhouse, now-orphaned Amelia’s hope begins to drain away. Santa sets out to find her with the help of his reindeer, a curious cat, and Charles Dickens.
Nutcracked by Susan Adrian
Being cast as Clara in the Nutcracker ballet is a dream come true for Georgie but when she finds herself sucked into the Nutcracker’s world her dream becomes more real than she ever imagined.
Winterfrost by Michelle Houts
Left in charge of her home and infant sibling when her parents are called away at Christmastime, Bettina disregards a family custom about leaving out rice pudding for the nisse, who make their magic known when the baby disappears.
Tru & Nelle: A Christmas Tale by G. Neri
Two years after choosing his mother in a Christmas-season custody hearing, Truman Capote runs away to spend Christmas in Monroeville, Alabama, with best friend, Nelle Harper Lee, who gives him the courage to stay true to himself.
When Santa Fell To Earth by Cornelia Funke
When he and his caravan come crashing down to earth during a thunderstorm two weeks before Christmas, Santa is befriended by two children, Charlotte and Ben, who try to help him save the holiday from the tricks and moneymaking schemes of Gerold Geronimus Goblynch and to take off in time for his annual rounds.
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