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A Bounty of Books to Fill Your Holiday Stockings!

With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s a wonderful treat to sit down and relax with a good book. Whether your interests include an insightful biography, taut mystery or fanciful romance, you don’t have to look far to please the reader on your holiday list (or yourself!) Here are just a few titles to get you going.

Let’s start with the littlest readers. Big Words for Little Geniuses is a clever picture book by Susan and James Patterson (yes, that James Patterson), using each letter of the alphabet as a starting point for a sophisticated word. Who says learning can’t be fun? To get up and moving, try Hog Wild! a frenzy of dance music book and CD set by favorite Sandra Boynton. For the independent reader, there is a newly discovered fable by Mark Twain told to his daughters as a bedtime story called The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine, brought to life by the gorgeous illustrations of Philip and Erin Stead. For sports loving kids, you have The Football Fanbook and Hockey: Then to Wow!, both published by Sports Illustrated and filled with fun trivia, how-to guides and more.

If you love a heartwarming read for the holiday season, Holly and Ivy is brand new by Fern Michaels, beloved bestselling author. This is her first full length hardcover Christmas novel that won’t disappoint. Home for Christmas by Holly Chamberlain takes place in a seaside town in Maine where a single mother creates a memorable Christmas for her two daughters before they leave the nest.

There are stacks of great choices for non-fiction reads as well and the women are getting their due recognition. Try The Radium Girls by Kate Moore, the incredible true story of the young women exposed to the “wonder” substance of radium and their brave struggle for justice when their health becomes affected. Code Girls by Liza Mundy features several hundred American female codebreakers who helped secure an Allied victory during WWII.

Stunning photography is on full display in National Geographic Night Vision, illuminating the wonders that emerge after sunset. The Edge of the World by the editors of Outside Magazine is another striking collection from the world’s top photographers of beautiful, sometimes remote landscapes.

For foodies, you can’t go wrong with one of these cookbooks. Stock the Crock by Phyllis Good, America’s most popular slow-cooker authority, brings a fresh collection of 100 essential, innovative and easy to make recipes. You can Celebrate Every Season with Six Sisters’ Stuff who have created the ultimate guide for celebrating every holiday throughout the year, even including some kid-friendly recipes. Speaking of kids, they will love the fun recipes and tips in Baking Class and Cooking Class by Countryman Press.

There are lots more fascinating titles to choose from. Explore the shelves of your local bookstore and have a wonderful holiday filled with spectacular reads!