It may be cold outside but that just means its perfect stay in and read with a hot cup of cocoa weather. Cozy up with these 16 heartwarming books!
1. Stay by Bobbie Pyron
Fans of Pax and A Dog’s Way Home will love this heartwarming story of a girl living in a shelter and the homeless dog she’s determined to reunite with his family. Told in alternating perspectives, this classic and heartfelt animal tale proclaims the importance of hope, the power of story, and the true meaning of home.
2. The 12 Dares of Christa by Marissa Burt
Thirteen-year-old Christa is a holiday junkie, but when her parents separate, her favorite time of year is now filled with heartache. When mom’s job has the two of them traveling through European cities, Christa receives a special package from her father that sends her on a legendary scavenger hunt to some of Europe’s most well-known landmarks to solve the surprise!
3. Paper Chains by Elaine Vickers
Katie and Ana are best friends who share everything with each other, but when both girls begin having issues at home, they start to drift apart at a time when they need each other the most. Before they lose each other forever, they must work through their secrets and prove that some friends can be closer than family, and family is always worth fighting for.
4. Bernard Pepperlin by Cara Hoffman
The drowsy Dormouse from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is transported to modern-day New York City for the adventure of a lifetime! A surprising twist of fate sends the Dormouse on a journey where he must not — cannot — fall asleep. For he is destined to save a magical world outside Wonderland, and it will take all his courage (and a few new friends) to do it.
5. The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan
Teddy is a gifted dog, but the only person who has ever been able to hear him is his poet, Sylvan. When Teddy finds two children in a snowstorm and he tells them that he will bring them home, they understand him. Over the course of the storm, the children and Teddy help each other survive loss and recapture love.
6. Matilda by Roald Dahl
Sweet, exceptional Matilda loves to read and learn, something her family will never understand. But there’s much more to Matilda than meets the eye as she discovers she has a remarkable power to fight back against the horrible headmistress and her self-centered parents. With the help of her classmates and their favorite teacher, Miss Honey, Matilda learns to stand up for herself and that goodness and honestly will always win out.
7. Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
For fans of Frozen, this original take on the “Snow Queen” fairytale tells the story of best friends Hazel and Jack. When Jack stopes talking to Hazel out of the blue and disappears into a forest with a mysterious woman made of ice, it’s up to Hazel to save him and soften his frozen heart before Jack is lost to her forever.
8. Bad Bella by Ali Standish
Based on a true story, Bad Bella shares the tale of a lovable pup named Bella who tries so hard to do things right, even when they turn out wrong. Told in Bella’s voice, the story of her journey to find a new family and true home, just in time for Christmas, will tug on your heartstrings and warm your heart.
9. The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon
Archer B. Helmsley dreams of adventure, but after his grandparents, and famous explorers, go missing, his mother hardly lets him out of the house. Not that this stop him! With the help of two friends, Archer sets off to rescue his grandparents and restore the Doldrums name in this charming, illustrated duology about friendship, family, and finding the courage to follow your heart.
10. The Lost Frost Girl by Amy Wilson
When Owl finds out she’s Jack Frost’s daughter, she sets off on a frost-filled adventure to meet him. As she delves into Jack’s wonderful world of winter and magic, Owl begins to discover she may have powers of her very own. This modern fairytale is not only brimming with heart, but the perfect companion for fans of Rise of the Guardians!
11. Pax by Sara Pennypacker
This New York Times bestseller by Sara Pennypacker has become an instant favorite in the hearts of countless readers. Peter and Pax have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit, so when Peter’s dad make him release Pax back into the wild, the two will do anything to get back to one another. A wonderful blend of love and loyalty, this is the perfect book to curl up to with a warm cup of hot cocoa.
12. The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City by Jodi Kendall
On Thanksgiving Day, Josie’s brother brings home a rescued baby pig and she feels an instant connection to the piglet. But with the Shilling house already too crowded, Josie knows she can’t keep Hamlet and has until New Year’s Day to find her a forever home.
13. The Silver Gate by Kristin Bailey
After the death of their mother, Elric and his younger sister, Wynn, escape their tiny village in search of the mythical Silver Gates and the fairy realm beyond. But the road to freedom is long and treacherous, and if they want to survive, Elric and Wynn will have to learn to depend on one another before all is lost.
14. The Crims by Kate Davies
The Addams Family meets Despicable Me in this first book in a hilariously quirky series about a criminal family. Though everyone knows the Crims are notoriously inept, when they’re accused of pulling off a major heist, Imogen Crim must return and prove their innocence. Maybe you can’t always choose your family, but you can choose how to be there for them in times of need.
15. Bliss by Kathryn Littlewood
Baking and magic, what could be more perfect? With their parents out of town, Rose and her siblings are supposed to keep the Bliss Cookery Booke–an ancient volume of enchanted recipes–safe. But when exotic “Aunt” Lily shows up unexpectedly and brings with her a special brand of chaos and fun, things get turned upside down!
16. Winterling by Sarah Prineas
With her boundless curiosity and wild spirit, Fer has always felt that she doesn’t belong in her quiet village. When she saves an injured creature who looks like a boy, but is really something more, he introduces her to a realm of magic and power where Fer must unlock the secrets of her past before the world descends into endless winter.
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