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How books are bringing cheer this Christmas

The Santa's Lucky Dip display at Bromsgrove Library, with pre-wrapped books for a borrowing surprise. Published Thursday, 28th November 2019

A Christmas question; What can help you cook Christmas dinner, take you away from all the stresses of the big day and be an excellent gift or stocking filler for your nearest and dearest?

The answer is a book!

But which books are proving most popular in the run up to Christmas in Worcestershire this year?

The top 5 non-fiction books being loaned to Worcestershire residents this November have been recipe or craft books, with preparations for the big day clearly in full swing for many: 

  • Little Christmas Decorations To Knit & Crochet by Sue Stratford And Val Pierce
  • Christmas Crafting In No Time by Clare Youngs
  • Primrose Bakery Christmas by Martha Swift
  • Jamie's Christmas Cookbook by Jamie Oliver
  • The Hairy Bikers' 12 Days Of Christmas by Si King And Dave Myers

Children all across Worcestershire have clearly been wishing for a little Christmas magic in their bedtime story, with these 5 Christmas tales proving popular:

  • When it Snows by Richard Collingridge
  • Snow Bunny's Christmas Wish by Rebecca Harry
  • Pick A Pine Tree by Patricia Toht
  • Paddington And The Christmas Surprise by Michael Bond
  • I'm Not Santa! by Jonathan Allen

Adults across the county have also had books on their minds in the run up to Christmas. Here’s a list of the top 5, they couldn’t wait until Christmas morning to read:

  • The Mother of All Christmases by  Milly Johnson           
  • Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson          
  • A Christmas Candle by Katie Flynn          
  • Calling Mrs Christmas by Carole Matthews         
  • Snowflakes in The Wind by Rita Bradshaw

Carol Brown, Library Service Manager for Worcestershire County Council said:”It’s wonderful to see our borrowers getting in the Christmas spirit with their choices of seasonal books to borrow. I would encourage everyone looking for ideas and help with their Christmas preparations to visit their local library, whether planning for presents or researching recipes.”

At Bromsgrove Library, Santa has made an early appearance and delivered some books already wrapped in time for the big day. Pick a wrapped book from the Santa’s Lucky Dip display and put it through the self-service machine for a surprise read.

Happy reading this festive season.