Waterloo Public Library suggests 8 reads for the holiday season

Laura Dick of the Waterloo Public Library says the right book can set the tone for your holidays, whether you're reading them with children, or curled up alone.

Manager of library branches Laura Dicks suggests the best books to curl up with

Christmas tree in living room behind window. (Getty Images/ Tom Merton)

The right book can set the tone for your holidays, whether you're reading it with children or curled up alone.

Laura Dick of the Waterloo Public Library joined CBC Kitchener-Waterloo at its annual Sounds of the Season event and offered her picks for the best holiday reads.

For children

The Farm Team by Linda Bailey. A group of hockey-playing farm animals aims to break their 50-year losing streak to the Bush League Bandits, a team of rough and tough forest animals, to win the coveted Stolski's Cup.

A Porcupine in a Pine Tree by Helaine Becker. Dick says this book, which puts a Canadian spin on the classic 12 Days of Christmas, is one of her favourite Christmas picks for kids. "You can't help but sing along," she says.

A Porcupine in a Pine Tree, written by Helaine Becker and illustrated by Werner Zimmermann, is a Canadian version of the 12 Days of Christmas song. (Scholastic Canada Ltd.)

Blizzard by John Rocco. During the famous "Blizzard of '78," author John Rocco and his family were trapped in their home. On day four, he strapped a pair of old wooden tennis rackets to his feet and set out for the local store to get groceries for the neighbourhood.

Let's Celebrate! Festival Poems from Around the World. This collection of poems celebrates 24 different festivals, including Diwali, Kwanzaa and the Cherry Blossom Festival. Dick recommends reading one or two poems a night as a family.

For adults

Dick says Vox, the debut novel from author Christina Dalcher, is a good choice for fans of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. (Penguin Random House)

Will Travel for Beer by Stephen Beaumont. This guide details 101 beer destinations around the world. While there aren't any local stops, Dick says there are several places within a few hour's drive.

Some Like it Hot: 50 Drinks to Warm you Spirits by Holly Burros and Katie Walter. If you're more partial to cocktails, Dick says this book has great recipes for the holiday season.

My Lady's Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris. A grown-up take on the classic "choose your own adventure" stories for children, this book lets readers take on the role of an eighteenth-century heroine looking for love.

Vox by Christina Dalcher. Dick recommends readers dig into this "terrifying" book as a post-holiday read in January. In the not-to-distant future, women in America are only allowed to speak 100 words a day. The story centres on a woman who is a cognitive linguist and must help the president's brother recover his speech following a brain injury. 


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