Powerful Youth Books For Holiday Reading

If you love reading, then the holidays are an exciting time. Whether you enjoy classics such as “The Polar Express” or find yourself searching for new novels each December, there’s certainly no shortage of literary material available. This remains the case this holiday season, as there are multiple books set to make their debut.
Many authors choose the holiday season to release their books to gain notoriety. Most decide to publish their books on October 4, a day known as “Super Thursday.” This year, there were nearly 545 books released. Below, you’ll find a brief preview of the books that are set to make the most significant impression on readers this winter and fly up the charts.
“Harbor Me,” By Nancy Paulsen
Nancy Paulsen is an author who has written many books for children and this is set to be another hit. Intended for children ages 10 and up, this book analyzes the current news cycle from the viewpoint of an 11-year-old. If her last release, “Brown Girl Dreaming,” is any indication, “Harbor Me” should be a powerful novel that prompts the reader to think more deeply about today’s current state of affairs.
“Louisiana’s Way Home,” By Kate DiCamillo
If you enjoyed DiCamillo’s previous novel, “Raymie Nightingale,” you’re sure to love this companion novel. “Louisiana’s Way Home” continues to follow the main character from the previous book, Louisiana Elefante.
Louisiana is taken in the middle of the night by her grandmother, who wishes to remove her out of a volatile situation in her Florida home. Readers will likely find that Louisiana has a strong sense of optimism and wonder. The book is suggested for those ages 10 and up.
“Merci Suarez Changes Gears,” By Meg Medina
This book, intended for those ages 9 to 12, focus on Merci, who is assigned to help a new male classmate adjust to life in their private school. Merci struggles to balance her current friends, her new friends, and her family life at home. The novel will likely invoke a strong sense of personal struggle, responsibility, and coming-of-age.
“Heimat,” By Nora Krug
This book was a bestseller in Germany and was recently translated into English for debut in the United States. “Heimat” is a graphic memoir that takes a look at numerous secrets from Krug’s family while also exploring her family’s history of violence. Krug’s family stories are part of a broader analysis of Germany’s national legacy.
“Feminists Don’t Wear Pink,” By Scarlett Curtis
“Feminists Don’t Wear Pink” is a collection of powerful essays written by those looking to answer the question, “What does feminism mean to you?” There are essays not only from amateur authors but big-name celebrities as well, such as:
  • Keira Knightley
  • Emma Watson
  • Jameela Jamil
  • Nimco Ali
“Cordially Invited,” By Zoe Sugg
This may be one of the more controversial books of the holiday season, primarily because of who wrote it. Recently, Sugg, who gained notoriety under the YouTube name Zoella, attempted to write a fiction book that was later revealed to be ghostwritten. She now attempts to release a book about party planning with “Cordially Invited.”