I love reading wintry books in winter – and if they’re festive, that’s a bonus. I’ve mostly picked books from my bookshelves or books that I have read, so let me know in the comments if you have any other books to suggest! I’ve put an asterisk (*) next to the books I’ve not yet read. (Why not listen to some festive music while reading this post!).
Young Adult Books
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances by Maureen Johnson, John Green & Lauren Myracle
Falling Fast & Burning Bright by Sophie McKenzie*
Unlocked Christmas Collection by Various*
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
After the Snow by S.D. Crockett
Ashfall by Mike Mullin
I think Christmas YA would be one of my favourite kinds of books to read, if only there were more books to choose from! Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares and Let It Snow are the two that everyone reads – and for good reason – but I’d love to see more. If you love young adult post-apocalyptic fiction, I’ve added three – Life as We Knew It, Ashfall & After the Snow) – that are especially wintry. And there’s loads more novels that seem perfect to read in winter, like How to Save a Life, The Tragedy Paper, Winter Town, Blankets, and Lovely, Dark and Deep, that I’ve not read.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Round the Christmas Fire: Festive Stories by Various* (I’ll be reading this one soon!)
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey* (And this one!)
The Snow by Adam Roberts
Sister & Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton
The People’s Act of Love by James Meek*
Winter Wonderland by Belinda Jones*
The Secret of Happy Ever After by Lucy Dillon*
The Christmas Bake-Off by Abby Clements* (A free Christmas short story.)
Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan*
I find that the majority of winter/Christmas books are women’s fiction, so I’ve picked out a few that are a little different, such as The Snow, a science fiction novel in which only 150,000 people in the world survive an epic snowstorm, and Sister, a psychological thriller in which Beatrice talks to her missing sister through letters and attempts to find out the truth surrounding her disappearance.
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper*
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken*
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild* (I cannot remember whether this takes place around Christmas, but I watched the BBC adaptation starring Emma Watson around that time – which I need to re-watch again this Christmas – and so it feels festive to me. I’d love to buy a beautiful edition.).
I’m sure there’s many more wintry children’s books out there!