Winter break is just around the corner … the perfect time to check out some holiday books for girls! Whether you want to get active tackling homemade gift projects or curl up on a cold day with a good story, we’ve got you covered!

Bake It: From Simple Cookies to Creative Cakes!

Cover image for Bake It by DK Publishing

With family get-togethers, friends visiting, and long, cold days indoors, the holidays are the perfect time for baking. You’ll find plenty of inspiration for cookies, cakes, and other goodies in this book, which features 150 favorite recipes from DK Publishing’s cookbooks. The gorgeous photos will make your mouth water, and the easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions will have you feeling like a pro!

Snackable Science Experiments: 60 Edible Tests to Try and Taste

Cover image for Snackable Science Experiments by Emma Vanstone

Cooking isn’t just about feeding yourself or impressing your loved ones — it’s science! This book is full of science experiments that you can eat, from solar system lollipops to ice cream that doesn’t melt in the oven! And if you have a science-lover on your gift list, consider making her an edible DNA model, fudge Tetris, or a cake that looks like the earth’s soil layers. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the recipe for a super-strong gingerbread house. Eureka! (and yum!)

Easy Paper Projects: 60 Crafts You Can Wear, Gift, Use, and Admire

Cover image for Easy Paper Projects by Maggy Woodley

Interested in making your own holiday cards, gifts, or decorations? Then pick up this book for ideas from paper puppets to pop-up cards to bookmarks. Perfect for stocking stuffers or extra decoration on gift-boxes. The book even includes a whole section just for Christmas and winter-themed decorations.

The Other Side of the Wall

Cover image for The Other Side of the Wall by Amy Ephron

Tess and Max are spending Christmas break with their aunt in a fancy London hotel. But when they leave the hotel for an adventure in the middle of a blizzard, they find a horse-and-buggy where they expected a cab. They meet a friend who lives in the hotel, on the eighth floor — but they’re sure the hotel only had seven floors the day before. The two must uncover how the unraveling mystery connects to what happened in the building one Christmas long ago.

How High the Moon

Cover image for How High the Moon by Karyn Parsons

Twelve-year-old Ella is ecstatic when her mother, who is pursuing a jazz career in Boston, invites her to spend Christmas vacation with her. On the trip, she learns more about her mother and the father she never knew. Her life is further turned upside down when she returns to her home in the Jim Crow South and discovers her classmate has been accused of murdering two White girls.

What about you? Do you have favorite holiday books for girls? I’d especially love to hear about your faves featuring winter holidays other than Christmas, such as Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Solstice. Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

Lacey Louwagie is an adult writer and editor who got her first editing job with New Moon Girls in 2002. She is currently a freelance writer and editor and stay-at-home parent of 2 little boys. She has been a teen services librarian and coordinates book-related goodies for New Moon Girls. She is the author...

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