Middle School to Young Adult Books

Theme: Holidays and Celebrations

Louisa May Alcott's Christmas Treasury: The Complete Christmas Collection - (ISBN: 1589199502 )

by Louisa May Alcott Alcott

Featuring chapters and stories from 19 Alcott sources, this collection focuses on Christmas celebrations in Little Women, Jo’s Boys, Little Men and other favorites. Read the short chapter aloud to the entire family after dinner. If your family members enjoy it, encourage them to get the original book and try it.

Powwow - (ISBN: 0810926806 )

by Ben Marra

A delightful photographic essay awaits readers; the brilliant color photos of a great variety of powwow attire are accompanied by personal comments on the importance of this celebratory custom by the individuals photographed. For lots of cultural information about Native Americans and their history of group celebrations, take a look at just a few pages or enjoy all of this nonfiction book.

Quinceanera: Celebrating Fifteen - (ISBN: 0525456384 )

by Elizabeth King

Follow both a Mexican and Salvadoran girl as they prepare to celebrate their fifteenth birthdays, the age at which their cultures accept them as young women. The authentic photographs take the reader into the cultures as the girls and their families prepare clothing, a special cake, and traditional flowers, all part of the long-established coming out parties. Latino readers will enjoy revisiting the special days before the girls’ holidays that celebrate their gateway into adulthood.

Starry, Starry Night: Three Holiday Stories - (ISBN: 0553571060 )

by Lurlene McDaniel

Enjoy three slightly romantic but gripping stories of young women and their families or friends during the Christmas season. Struggle along with these girls as they face and conquer the problems common to all young people, even during holiday times.

What Child Is This? A Christmas Story - (ISBN: 0440226848 )

by Caroline B. Cooney

One medium-sized girl, Katie, only wants a complete family for Christmas; a foster child of 17 helps rescue Katie from being alone in an orphanage. Read this heart-stopper in chapters to your family at Christmas time and find another interpretation of the true meaning of Christmas.

Activities for this Theme

For a short read, try the quintessential classic Christmas story:


Since families are often busy during the holiday season, reading an entire book may be a monumental task. Many short stories are fun to read together:


Find more books by Louisa May Alcott to read online


Take your family to a community performance of the Nutcracker or A Christmas Carol.