December Kids Picks

Snowmen at Work Snowmen at Work
by Caralyn Buehner; illustrated by Mark Buehner

E BUE

When winter sidewalks seem to have been mysteriously shoveled, a child wonders if snowmen are magic and have nighttime jobs while the people sleep.
-Serena

Holly and Ivy The Story of Holly & Ivy
by Rumer Godden; illustrated by Barbara Cooney

E GOD

“The Story of Holly & Ivy” is a Christmas classic for a parent to read to children. It is about three Christmas wishes, one for life, one for home, and one for family. It’s a longer book at 31 pages, so get comfortable with a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy.
-Joe

A Northern Nativity A Northern Nativity
by William Kurelek

J 394.2 KUR

This Christmas classic is both written and illustrated by one of Canada’s best known artists, William Kurelek, who created twenty paintings for this book.
-Joe

Holly Joliday Judy Moody & Stink: The Holly Joliday
by Megan McDonald; illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

J MCD

Stink wants snow for the holidays but it hasn’t snowed on Christmas in Virginia in more than a hundred years. Will the new mailman, Mr. Jack Frost, be able to make his wish come true?
-Serena

Kid Sheriff Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads
by Bob Shea, illustrated by Lane Smith

E SHE

This humorous story tells of a boy who outsmarts a band of outlaws and saves the town.
-Mike

Mud Fairy The Mud Fairy
by Amy Young

E YOU

Emmalina is not your typical fairy but she still finds her own way to earn her fairy wings.
-Mike

December Adult Picks

The Lincoln Myth The Lincoln Myth
by Steve Berry

F BER

Retired CIA operative Cotton Malone is called away from his quiet life as a bookstore owner in Denmark to rescue a kidnapped agent and an informant from a rogue Mormon cult. At stake is the very sovereignty of the United States government, based on an agreement between Abraham Lincoln and Brigham Young that saved the Union during the Civil War. Berry’s plot twists at every turn and provides a glimpse into some of the history and practices of the Mormon religion. Historical fiction lovers will not be disappointed.
-Robin

Visions of Sugar Plums Visions of Sugar Plums
by Janet Evanovich

F EVA

If you want a little holiday fun with easy going mystery, this book is for you. Janet Evanovich enlivens the characters of the Stephanie Plum mysteries series with holiday cheer and holiday humor. Watch out for Stephanie’s grandmother’s classic antics and lots of Christmas trees blowing up. Enjoy the story’s twists and turns, the introduction of Evanovich’s new character “Diesel”, and the holiday magic.
-Sandra

First Days The First Days
by Rhiannon Frater

F FRA

If you like the Walking Dead, this is your book! Fate puts Jenni and Katie—total strangers—together in a pickup, fleeing the suddenly zombie-filled streets of the Texas city in which they live. Before the sun has set, they have become more than just friends and allies—they are bonded as tightly as any two people who have been to war together.
-Serena

Skipping Christmas Skipping Christmas
by John Grisham

F GRI

Luther and Nora Krank are fed up with the chaos of Christmas. The endless shopping lists, the frenzied dashes through the mall, the hassle of decorating the tree… where has all the joy gone? This year, celebrating seems like too much effort. With their only child off in Peru, they decide that just this once, they’ll skip the holidays.
-Serena

The Monogram Murders The Monogram Murders
by Sophie Hannah

F HAN

Poirot returns in this authorized continuation of Agatha Christie’s famous Belgian detective. Set in 1920s London, Poirot experiences a troubling encounter with a frightened woman at a restaurant where the detective is eating dinner. Soon after, Poirot is called in to help solve a triple murder at a posh hotel where the victims were found with a monogramed cufflink in their mouths. Are the events connected? Hannah makes a noble attempt at continuing the legacy of Christie but falls short with an unnecessarily-complex plot. Still, classic mystery lovers thirsting for more will want to make their own comparisons.
-Robin

Rosarito Beach Rosarito Beach
by M. A. Lawson

F LAW

Kay Hamilton is a tough, gritty DEA agent who lets no one get in her way, including her higher-ups. Filled with colorful characters and action-packed scenes, “Rosarito Beach” flew by at a break-neck pace that left me anxious for the next in the series.
– Mike

December Young Adult Picks

Use your upcoming vacation time to curl up with these great young adult books!

The Siren The Siren
by Kiera Cass

YA CAS

“‘You must never do anything that might expose our secret. This means that, in general, you cannot form close bonds with humans. You can speak to us, and you can always commune with the Ocean, but you are deadly to humans.”
-Serena

Poison Princess Poison Princess
by Kresley Cole

YA COL

In the aftermath of a cataclysmic event, sixteen-year-old Evie, from a well-to-do Louisiana family, learns that her terrible visions are actually prophecies and that there are others like herself–embodiments of Tarot cards destined to engage in an epic battle.
-Serena

The Iron King The Iron King
by Julie Kagawa

YA KAG

Meghan Chase is wanting to be a normal teenager who is turning sixteen but she is not and her journey will show that she is the daughter of a faery king and she has a destiny.
-Serena

Acceleration Acceleration
by Graham McNamee

YA MCN

Duncan’s summer job is working at the lost and found for the Toronto Transit Authority. To pass the time he searches through left behind books and stumbles upon a hand written diary of a potential serial killer. Should he turn it in to the police or investigate on his own?
-Debbie

I'll Give You the Sun I’ll Give You the Sun
by Jandy Nelson

YA NEL

Noah and Jude are twins who, until the age of 13, think of themselves and NoahandJude. This book is beautifully written and I have put it on my “must be read again” list!
-Debbie

Notable Children’s Books

As winter draws near, so do opportunities to get cozy and snuggle with a good book! Check out one of these New York Times notable children’s books of 2014. You’ll be happy you did!

Picture Books:

Baby Tree The Baby Tree
by Sophie Blackall

E BLA

After learning that his parents are expecting a baby, a young boy asks several people where babies come from and gets a different answer from each before his parents have a chance to give the right answer. Includes advice on answering questions about reproduction.

Farmer & Clown The Farmer and the Clown
by Marla Frazee

E FRA

A wordless picture book in which a farmer rescues a baby clown who has bounced off the circus train, and reunites him with his clown family.

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole Sam and Dave Dig a Hole
by Mac Barnett

E BAR

Sam and Dave are on a mission to find something spectacular. They decide to dig a hole and keep digging, but they don’t find anything. But, somebody does find something, and the day becomes spectacular in the end.

Hansel & Gretel Hansel & Gretel
by Neil Gaiman

E GAI

Two abandoned children come upon a gingerbread cottage inhabited by a cruel witch who wants to eat them.

Middle grades:

Brown Girl Dreaming Brown Girl Dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson

J WOO

The author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career in free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South.

The Red Pencil The Red Pencil
by Andrea Davis Pinkney

J PIN

After her tribal village is attacked by militants, Amira, a young Sudanese girl, must flee to safety at a refugee camp, where she finds hope and the chance to pursue an education in the form of a single red pencil and the friendship and encouragement of a wise elder.

Sisters Sisters
by Raina Telgemeier

J TEL

Raina, fourteen, and her ten-year-old sister Amara don’t get along. On a road trip to a family reunion, the two are left alone in the family van when it breaks down.

El Deafo El Deafo
by Cece Bell

JB BELL

Going to school can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers!

-Nancy

Food for Fines

The Mooresville Public Library will sponsor “Food for Fines”, an opportunity for local residents to help feed the hungry during this holiday season while taking care of fines owed to the library.

93465981 During the month of December, bring in non-perishable cans of food with current expiration dates. For each can donated, the Library will waive $1.00 in fines off of a library account, up to a maximum of $10.00 per account. Only fines are eligible, not fees for lost or damaged items. The Library will also welcome other donations of non-perishable food items. Suggested donations include canned soups, meats, vegetables, pasta, and other canned entrees. Food will be donated to the Mooresville Soup Kitchen’s Food Pantry. Thanks to your efforts last year, the library collected over 1000 food items for the community.

Many of our friends and neighbors are struggling to put food on the table for their families. This is your chance to make a difference in their lives.

For more information, contact the library at 704-663-1701.