holiday header

4 Christmas Song and YA Book Pairings to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

It’s that time of year again where all I want to do is curl up somewhere plush and blanketed with a great book and something warm to sip while listening to my favorite holiday music. Does it get any cozier than that? This year I thought it would be fun to pair books with a few of my favorite Christmas songs. Check out my pairings below and choose your next read based on your favorite holiday tune!



my new crush coverIf you like "The 12 Days of Christmas," you should read My New Crush Gave to Me!

This one was pretty obvious based on the title, but it’s just too perfect of a pairing. My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff is your must-have holiday read this year, hands down. This sweet, funny and adorable holiday romance features cute boys, plenty of rom-com mishaps, and a determined heroine readers are certain to fall for.



brightsiders coverIf you like "The Little Drummer Boy," you should read Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist or The Brightsiders!

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist is one of my favorite reads with music at its core, so it’s the perfect book to read while listening to "The Little Drummer Boy." Bonus book: The Brightsiders! Jen Wilde’s next YA book is about a teen rockstar who has to navigate family, love, coming out, and life in the spotlight after being labeled the latest celebrity trainwreck. Look for it in stores May 2018!



kmhIf you like "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," you should read Kissing Max Holden!

Swap out Mommy for Jilly and Santa Claus for Max and you have Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman. Equal parts swoonworthy romance and deeply affecting family drama, this YA novel about the boy next door turned super hot bad boy will have readers hooked from the very first kiss.



we are okay coverIf you like "I’ll Be Home For Christmas," you should read We Are Okay!

I love how melancholy and poetic this song is, which is why I think it pairs so well with We Are Okay by Nina Lacour. This book is stunning and heartbreaking and so incredibly beautiful it almost hurts. I could go on and on about my love for this book, but one Goodreads user said it best, so I’ll simply let her words do the talking: “Nina LaCour doesn’t write; she paints. Delicately and purposefully. Her words are colors that blend into one another to create a magnificent landscape.” —Lola Reviewer, Goodreads member



What book/classic Christmas song pairings do you like? Share them with us in the comments!

Author spotlight

Teresa Ferraiolo

Marketing Coordinator at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

See More