Top 10 Winter-themed Books for Middle School Readers and Young Adults

For your teenage readers who are just discovering the joy of a good story, the holidays are a great time to keep that momentum rolling. As they mature, teens can tackle tougher subjects and relate more deeply to the characters. These stories are appropriate for this age range and make great gifts for the coming year.

 1. My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins

The perfect way to spend the holiday is fittingly with some stories about holiday madness. Some of the best young adult writers contributed their hallmark styles to this endearing collection of winter-themes stories. Quirky, chaotic, and very comical, this book has something for everyone.

2. Winter (the Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Mayer

Part fairytale and part sci-fi fantasy, this series has really captured youthful imagination. A jealous stepmother queen, a heroic princess, and a cyborg mechanic are just some of the unusual characters that blend together to make this super-real tale come to life.

3. Blankets by Craig Thompson

A gorgeous, ponderous love story told in the graphic novel idiom, this quiet meander through the woods is an unforgettable, melancholic journey of two brothers through a particularly fierce Midwestern winter, and the first love that blooms as a result of their rivalry. “A tale of security and discovery, of playfulness and tragedy, of a fall from grace and the origins of faith.”

4. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

This is a fast-paced and fraught journey through Nazi Germany, where a young woman is tasked with the Herculean feat of taking out the Furer. A coming-of-age exploration on war, bravery, and love, this one is a wild ride, a tear-jerker, and an unflinching look at a dark period in history.

5. Abracadabra: The Story of Magic Through the Ages by HP Newquist

You know that old saying that a magician never reveals his tricks? Well, this book does! Part history and part magic, this book pulls back the curtain on some of the most famous illusions ever performed. In entertaining detail, Newquist explains how the greatest magicians pulled off their tricks.

6. If I Had a Million Dollars by JB DeGrasse

A sweet, working girl story about making it in the city, If I had a Million Dollars is a fun romp with a whimsical style and a strong message about generosity. Geared toward middle schoolers and teens, DeGrasse’s story is a great introduction to chick lit. A little romance, a lot of wit, and an entertaining spin through the city, this book has a little of everything.

7. Let it Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle

Three well-known young adult authors teamed up under the Christmas theme to produce this little collection of short stories. Jubilee Express, A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle, and The Patron Saint of Pigs are all interconnected stories about unlikely and ungainly events that happen around one of the biggest holidays of the year.

8. Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

A red notebook left on a bookstore shelf starts an unlikely conversation: Lily had written out a list of dares that she never dreamed someone would try, but she had never met Dash before. Written from two perspectives, this charming story is about finding an unexpected connection during the holidays.

 9. Simon vs. The Homosapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon is a smart, shy, talented high schooler who also happens to be gay –and he prefers to keep his orientation private. But when an accidental email changes the game, he has to navigate new territory without alienating his friends. A beautifully written new kind of romance, this story is resonant with many teens who are struggling to reconcile their identities with social norms.

10. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Colin has been dumped too many times to count – and all by different girls named Katherine. What is this strange phenomenon? Colin goes on a wild goose chase to prove his Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, a trip that involves a man-eating hog, ten thousand dollars, and a long dead Austro-Hungarian archduke. A wildly comic tale of personal reinvention, this read is not to be missed.

Reading helps our children broaden their minds; it helps them think creatively and empathize with others. Books are a powerful gift and there are more brilliant titles on the market now for this age group than ever before.

About Susie Almaneih

Susie Almaneih spent several years during her young adulthood teaching children dance at her church group, as well as other cultural-based activities. Susie now spends as much time as she can giving back to the families in her community. Over the years, this love for community has evolved into a deeper love for delivering positive and creative content and awareness to families of all ages.

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