Bring Home a First Avenue Classic for the Holidays

A special thank you to intern Isabel Taylor for writing on behalf of the digital team today!

Happy Holidays! As we all look forward to being home for the holidays, I encourage you to pack a classic or two to enjoy. Our First Avenue Classics are available as eBooks, so you can even pack all 107 available titles without having to haul another suitcase!

The First Avenue Classics™ series places literary classics in fresh, attractive layouts, making the books appealing and easier to read in digital formats. Readers of all ages will be able to easily navigate these multi-user eBooks through fixed-format pagination and hyperlinked table of contents. When available, original illustrations are included to give readers exposure to the complete classical works.

A Christmas Carol

The much-adapted classic! My mother teaches this book to her middle school students, and I imagine it makes their future experiences with this story much richer. Though it’s a classic from a literary household name, this title has a reading level of grade 5, so many young readers will be able to read and comprehend this book—and get excited by their ability to do so. If you have trouble getting youngsters to pick up this classic, the full name of the book may just pique their interest: A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas! This unabridged version of the text is taken from the 1847 edition, with original illustrations by John Leech.

Share this book with the family, and then compare and contrast with one of the many movie adaptations. (My personal favorite is A Muppet Christmas Carol.)

Twas the night before Christmas

Self-explanatory! This is the ideal book for a dramatic reading on the night before Santa arrives. This unabridged version from a 1912 edition includes color illustrations from American artist Jessie Willcox Smith.

Little Women 

This classic isn’t all about the holidays, but it has pretty iconic Christmas scenes and is great for settling down on a quiet afternoon to read. This could be a fun gift for a young relative, perhaps a middle school student, and a way to connect over a classic good read.  Start them on the classics early! This unabridged version of Louisa Mae Alcott’s well-loved American novel is taken from the 1880 copyright edition, which features original illustrations by Frank T. Merrill.

Hopefully these titles will get you excited about using your free time to read and connect with others. I know I look forward to a couple of lazy winter afternoons with a book this holiday season. Happy Holidays everyone… and stay warm!