With the holidays quickly approaching, we decided to share our favorite middle-grade books that celebrate this festive season.
Greenglass House by Kate Milford: It’s Christmas at Greenglass House, and the hilltop hotel is snowbound. In spite of the snow, some very strange guests arrive. Each has a secret connected to the house and is very dangerous. Full of mystery, it is a magical Christmas story. -SE
Winterfrost by Michelle Houts: This heartwarming adventure is set in a fantasy world. When her parents are called away, Bettina is left in charge of the house, farm, and her baby sister, Pia. It’s Christmas and Bettina forgets to set out the traditional bowl of Christmas rice pudding for the magical Nisse folk. Big mistake. Baby Pia disappears and Bettina has to go into the miniature world of the Nisse to get her back. -KZ
The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City by Jodi Kendall: Josie Shilling’s family is too big, and their cramped city house is too small. Then on Thanksgiving day, her older brother brings home a pink, squirmy bundle wrapped in an old football jersey—a rescued pig named Hamlet. But whoever heard of living with a pig in the city? It’s up to Josie to find it a forever home. This is a heartwarming tale of a family, belonging, and growing bigger when you’ve always felt small. -LS
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina van Glaser Book 1: The Vanderbeekers have always lived in their home on 141st Street. So when their landlord decides not to renew their lease, the five siblings have eleven days to do whatever it takes to stay in their beloved home. -DA