For many of us the Christmas season is often a time when reading choices reflect the season more than at any other time of the year. It is so much fun to read Christmas stories to little children. We enjoy stories that bring to life Christmases of the past reflecting on what may have been a gentler and simpler time. Christmas poetry also has a special place in our hearts. And, of course, traditional stories are often read year after year.

So this post is going to list just a few suggestions for your Christmas reading – for all ages, books both new and old.

Adult fiction

  • The Christmas Sweater - Glenn Beck (based on a personal true story)
  • The Gift of the Magi – O. Henry (classic short story)
  • Lost December – Richard Paul Evans (modern-day prodigal son story)
  • An Irish Country Christmas – Patrick Taylor (a new doctor’s 1st Christmas in the cozy village of Ballybucklebo)
  • Favourite Christmas Stories from Fireside Al – Al Maitland
  • Christmas Tales – Charles Dickens (including the traditional “A Christmas Carol”)

For Children

  • A Porcupine in a Pine Tree: a Canadian 12 days of Christmas – Helaine Becker
  • God Gave Us Christmas – Lisa Tawn Bergren
  • The Night Before Christmas – Clement Moore
  • The Legend of the Christmas Tree – Rick Osborne
  • The Christmas Shoe Box – Francine Rivers


  • The Twelve Voices of Christmas – Woodrow Kroll (232.9)
  • All is Calm All is Bright: true stories of Christmas (242 Kir)
  • The biggest day of the year : the old-time school Christmas concert - John C. Charyk (394.2)
  • The Ideals Christmas Treasury (394.26 Ide)
  • The Guideposts Christmas Treasury (394.268 Gui)

These are just a few samplings of what you will find on our shelves out of the hundreds of Christmas books we have for your enjoyment.

All the staff of the Jake Epp Library would like to wish all our patrons a very Joyous Christmas and a bright and happy New Year!

About the Authors

Hi - my name is Carolyn Graham and I am the Head Librarian and I love my job! One of the best parts of my job is that I am the first one to see all the beautiful new books as they arrive. I have always loved to read and my favorite way to relax is with a good book. I strongly believe that having good reading skills is an integral part of all learning. Being able to share good books and authors that I have enjoyed is great fun. Feel free to come and ask for suggestions.

Hi - I’m Aubrey Walker, Assistant Librarian at the Jake Epp Library. I’m a librarian and coffee guzzler by day, a reader and tea sipper by night. Reading and writing (and talking endlessly about both) are passions of mine, so I’m rather lucky to have a job where those things are relevant and important. I’m also the voice behind our Facebook page, and I love connecting with people about books both online and off. is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.