December is officially Read a New Book Month. With its long cold nights, we think December is the perfect time of year to crawl under a blanket and get lost in a new book. It’s also a wonderful time to share a cherished book with a new reader. We’ve listed some of our favorite winter reads for children below. Though we’d hope to see some Danny books under your tree, these books would make great gifts too. Happy winter holidays.
Apple Tree Christmas
Author, Illustrator: Trinka Hakes Noble
Katrina is growing up on a small farm, dreaming of becoming an artist. She loves to sit in her favorite spot on the branch of the old apple tree and sketch. Then, just before Christmas one year, a bitter ice storm takes down the lovely old tree and Katrina’s special place. How will she ever become an artist without her cherished apple tree studio?
Chanukah Lights Everywhere
Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Melissa Iwai
One crescent moon glows in the sky. Two headlights shine through the window. On each magical night of Chanukah, a young boy and his sister count more lights shining all around them! Join them as they discover what it means to celebrate Chanukah, “The Festival of Lights,” in a world filled with so many other lights.
Latke, the Lucky Dog
Author: Ellen Fischer
Latke is one lucky pup! A family adopts him from an animal shelter on the first night of Hanukkah – and names him after the golden potato pancakes that his scruffy fur resembles. Now it’s time for him to learn the rules of the house, as well as the traditions of the the holiday.
Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa
Author: Donna L. Washington Illustrator: Shane W. Evans
A lively African-inspired tale about a little rabbit with a big heart who wants to do his part to make Kwanzaa special. The book is beautifully illustrated with bold colors and simply explains the “The Nguzo Saba.” Li’l Rabbit knows Granna Rabbit cares for all of the other animals. But now she needs everyone’s help. Inspired by Brier Rabbit, a trickster character from the African-American folklore tradition, the story of Li’l Rabbit captures the true meaning of Kwanzaa… the coming together to help others.
Author, Illustrator: Jan Brett
When a little red mitten suddenly appears in the forest, the animals aren’t sure what it is. It’s cozy though, so one by one, they crawl inside. The mitten keeps on stretching to include more animals—until there is even a bear in the bunch! The classic tale of the lost mitten is a joy for children everywhere. And with the author’s delightfully colorful and highly detailed illustrations, it may easily become one of your family’s holiday favorites.
Olive, the Other Reindeer
Author: Vivian Walsh Illustrator: J.otto Seibold
Olive is a little dog with big aspirations. While listening to the Rudolph Christmas song about reindeer, she thinks the line “All of the other reindeer” is actually, “Olive, the other reindeer!” Convinced that she is actually a reindeer and not a dog, Olive sets out to become part of Santa’s team.
The Polar Express
Author, Illustrator: Chris Van Allsburg
A book that quickly became a classic (and then a movie), The Polar Express is the story of a young boy who steps onto a magical train heading to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. The sweet story and author Chris Van Allsburg’s soft illustrations have made this book a perennial winter favorite. Every child (and even some adults) will dream of hopping onto the train to meet the elves, reindeer, and of course, Santa Claus.
Author: Raymond Briggs
The Snowman is a beautiful, wordless story brought to life by the author’s full color illustrations that have “the hazy softness of air in snow.” In the story, a young boy rushes out into a wintry day to build a snowman who comes to life in his dreams that night. The boy invites the snowman home, and in return, the snowman treats the boy to a magical night time flight high above the countryside.
Snowmen at Christmas
Author: Caralyn Buehner Illustrator: Mark Buehner
When mentioning Christmas childrens books you must include at least one with a few raucous snowmen! This cozy book by Caralyn and Mark Buehner is stuffed full of snowmen who come to life to celebrate the holiday season. as only snowmen can. They have great times, caroling and getting presents from Santa Claus himself. With lyrical rhymes and expressive illustrations, this book will delight readers, young and old. And it will change how you look at a snowman… forever.