Twelve Books for Christmas

While the majority of the stories on this list have absolutely nothing to do with the Christmas holiday, this list of books was inspired by the Christmas song, “The 12 Days of Christmas”.

1st Day – Leaving Lucy Pear DB085157

Beatrice Haven leaves her newborn daughter at the foot of the pear tree one night. Emma Murphy rescues the little girl and raises her, as Bea goes off to college. Ten years later, Bea returns home, wanting to know her daughter–who now carries secrets of her own. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016

2nd Day – The Plague of Doves DB066886

The long-ago murder of a white family and subsequent mob lynching of innocent Native Americans still haunt the town of Pluto, North Dakota, and the nearby Ojibwe reservation. Evelina, her grandfather Mooshum, Judge Coutts, and Doctor Lochran, whose lives intertwine, are unknowingly affected by the past. Some violence. Bestseller. 2008.

3rd Day – Three French Hens: A Holiday Tale BR016050

When three French hens arrive unexpectedly at Phil Fox’s apartment in the Bronx, all he sees are three possible meals. But he changes his mind when the good-hearted hens show him the true meaning of Christmas. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2005.

4th Day – Why Have the Birds Stopped Singing? BR002644

An epileptic seizure transports Katie back 100 years. She is mistaken for an early ancestress named Kathy, also an epileptic, who was kept under lock and key and mistreated because of her condition. For grades 6-9.

Book covers of the first four books mentioned on the list from left to right on a green and red background

Book covers of the first four books mentioned on the list from left to right on a green and red background

5th Day – A Book of Five Rings DB019166

The famous seventeenth-century samurai warrior of Japan sets forth the lessons of his intense life, showing how to plan and use strategy, not only in the martial arts, but also in any situation, including business, where plans and tactics are used. Includes introduction and historical background.

6th Day – Where the Wild Geese Go DB030567

Truzjka’s grandmother has fallen ill and will die unless she discovers where the wild geese go. Truzjka vows to discover this secret for her, and sets out on an incredible journey. For grades 2-4 and older readers.

7th Day – Sea Swan DB032368

On the morning of her seventy-fifth birthday, Elzibah Swan announces to her cat, Zanzibar, that she has decided to learn to swim. She picks out an emerald green swimsuit at the department store and signs up at the club for swimming lessons, which she begins that very day. Through letters to her grandchildren, Claire and Jeremy, she tells of her progress and her enjoyment of her new pastime. For grades 2-4.

8th – Day Maid to Match DB072922

Asheville, North Carolina; 1898. Impoverished mountain girl Tillie Reese is head parlormaid at George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate. She falls in love with footman Mack Danvers, who is working to free his sister from an orphanage–but below-the-stairs romance is forbidden. 2010.

Book covers of days 5 through 8 mentioned on the list from left to right on a green and red background

Book covers of days 5 through 8 mentioned on the list from left to right on a green and red background

9th Day – The Dancing Master LT035761

Finding himself the man of the family, London dancing master Alec Valcourt moves his mother and sister to remote Devonshire, hoping to start over. Stunned to learn the village matriarch has prohibited all dancing, Alec finds an unlikely ally in her daughter. Wary of Julia Midwinter’s reckless flirtation, he comes to realize her bold exterior disguises hidden sorrows. With Alec’s help, can Julia uncover old secrets and restore life to her somber village? England, 1816. Nineteen-year-old Julia Midwinter is enchanted by dance and fencing instructor Alec Valcourt when he moves to her Devonshire village to open an academy. But Julia’s mother, Lady Amelia, has banned dancing. Julia disobeys her orders–and uncovers family secrets while attempting to have fun. 2013.

10th  – Day Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring DB047486

In this first volume of “The Lord of the Rings,” Frodo, a home-loving hobbit, inherits the magic ring that his Uncle Bilbo brought back from his adventures in “The Hobbit.” To protect the ring from the powers of darkness, Frodo must make a long, dangerous journey.

11th Day – The Pied Piper of Hamelin BR011078

Folktale in verse. The town of Hamelin employs a mysterious piper to save them from a plague of rats. When the townspeople refuse to pay him for his work, the piper takes magical revenge. For grades 3-6.

12th – Day Drum Dream Girl : : How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music DBC06833

In Cuba in the 1930s, music filled the air. Millo had a dream playing drums of all kinds, but the country and her father only permitted boys to play drums. Millo finds a way to drum and practices in secret. Eventually her father relents and hires a music teacher for her. Millo’s persistance means that she and her sisters become the first all-girl dance band in Cuba and play with and for famous people. (Story inspired by the childhood of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga.) For grades K-3.

Book covers of days 9 through 12 mentioned on the list from left to right on a green and red background

Book covers of days 9 through 12 mentioned on the list from left to right on a green and red background



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The North Carolina Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NCLBPH) is a special public library that circulates books and magazines especially made for persons who cannot use regular printed material because of a visual or physical disability. The library is located in Raleigh, but mails materials throughout the state. The NCLBPH is a state agency operated by the State Library of North Carolina as a part of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. It is also a part of the network of regional libraries operated by the Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS).
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