The BEST Christmas and Winter Books for Children

'Tis the season to get out your favorite Christmas & winter books!
Here is a list of sixteen books that my students absolutely LOVE, and some fun resources to go with each one!

FAVORITE CHRISTMAS AND WINTER BOOKS FOR KIDS

A list of the top favorite Christmas and winter books for children! Book study companion literacy activities provided for each book, perfect for a winter or Christmas theme in the classroom! Packed with fun literacy ideas and guided reading activities. Common Core aligned. K-2 #bookstudy #bookstudies #kindergarten #1stgrade #2ndgrade #winter #winterbooks #picturebookactivities #literacy #guidedreading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #2ndgradereading #1stgradereading

THE POLAR EXPRESS

The Polar Express Christmas book study literacy unit with Common Core aligned companion activities and a craftivity for K-1
This Christmas classic is written by Chris Van Allsburg. It is a Caldecott Medal award winner, and has been translated into stage productions and a movie.
The Polar Express Christmas book study literacy unit with Common Core aligned companion activities and a craftivity for K-1

MRS. WISHY-WASHY'S CHRISTMAS

We LOVE Mrs. Wishy-Washy, and this adorable book features Mrs. Wishy-Washy and her animal friends...all about making mistakes, being sorry, receiving forgiveness, and showing love. The spirit of Christmas at its best!
Mrs Wishy Washy’s Christmas book study literacy unit with Common Core aligned companion activities and a craftivity for K-1

THE GINGERBREAD MAN

Gingerbread Man book study literacy unit with Common Core aligned companion activities and a craftivity for K-1
There are so many versions of this story! I love this one by Eric A. Kimmel- it has fun characters, and a refrain that students love to chant together.
Gingerbread Man book study literacy unit with Common Core aligned companion activities and a craftivity for K-1

THE SNOW GLOBE FAMILY

Snow Globe Family winter book study literacy unit with Common Core aligned companion activities and a craftivity for K-1
This book is about a tiny family that lives inside of a snow globe, in the home of a big family. The story leads to students imagining what it would be like to live in a snow globe.
Snow Globe Family winter book study literacy unit with Common Core aligned companion activities and a craftivity for K-1

SNEEZY THE SNOWMAN

Sneezy the Snowman winter book study literacy unit with Common Core aligned companion activities and a craftivity for K-1
Poor Sneezy keeps doing things that make him melt...it's a good thing that he has friends that are there to help!
Sneezy the Snowman winter book study literacy unit with Common Core aligned companion activities and a craftivity for K-1

FROZEN NOSES

Frozen Noses by Jan Carr is filled with winter fun, and the colorful cut paper illustrations are beautiful.
Frozen Noses winter book study literacy unit with Common Core aligned companion activities and a craftivity for K-1

SNOWMEN AT NIGHT

Snowmen at Night winter book study literacy unit with Common Core aligned companion activities and a craftivity for K-1
Ever wonder what snowmen do at night while you're asleep? This book will give you some ideas of what could be happening!
Snowmen at Night winter book study literacy unit with Common Core aligned companion activities and a craftivity for K-1

THE HAT

The Hat winter book study literacy unit with Common Core aligned companion activities and a craftivity for K-1
Poor Hedgie gets stuck in Lisa's woolen stocking, making it look like a 'hat'. All the animals start laughing at him, but it's Hedgie who has the last laugh.
The Hat winter book study literacy unit with Common Core aligned companion activities and a craftivity for K-1

THE MITTEN

The Mitten winter book study literacy unit with Common Core aligned companion activities and a craftivity for K-1
Nicki loses his white mitten in the snow, and animals squeeze inside of it, seeking a warm, cozy refuge.
The Mitten winter book study literacy unit with Common Core aligned companion activities and a craftivity for K-1

TACKY THE PENGUIN

Tacky the Penguin winter book study literacy unit with Common Core aligned companion activities and a craftivity for K-1
Tacky the Penguin is an odd bird, who doesn't fit in...and it is his unique characteristics that save the day!
Tacky the Penguin winter book study literacy unit with Common Core aligned companion activities and a craftivity for K-1

THE SNOWY DAY

The Snowy Day winter book study literacy unit with Common Core aligned companion activities and a craftivity for K-1
The Snowy Day is a Caldecott Medal award winning book by Ezra Jack Keats. The book details Peter's fun snowy day adventures. 
The Snowy Day winter book study literacy unit with Common Core aligned companion activities and a craftivity for K-1

THE JACKET I WEAR IN THE SNOW

The Jacket I Wear in the Snow winter book study literacy unit with Common Core aligned companion activities for K-1
This winter story details the main character's preparations to head outside to play. 
The Jacket I Wear in the Snow winter book study literacy unit with Common Core aligned companion activities for K-1
Layer after layer of clothing is added, and the story is fantastic for sequencing activities.

MOOSELTOE

Mooseltoe Christmas book study literacy unit with Common Core aligned companion activities and a craftivity for K-1
 This fun Christmas story is about a father moose who works very hard to make Christmas 'perfectly perfect' for his family, but he forgets to get something very important! He saves the day thanks to his giant 'moostache' and antlers!
Mooseltoe Christmas book study literacy unit with Common Core aligned companion activities and a craftivity for K-1

THE MISSING MITTEN MYSTERY

The Missing Mitten Mystery winter book study literacy unit with Common Core aligned companion activities and a craftivity for K-1
 After a fun day playing in the snow, one mitten is missing! Students love to join along as they retrace the steps of a day of fun to figure out this mystery!
The Missing Mitten Mystery winter book study literacy unit with Common Core aligned companion activities and a craftivity for K-1

SNOWMEN AT CHRISTMAS

Snowmen at Christmas book study literacy unit with Common Core aligned companion activities and a craftivity for K-1
 Similar to Snowmen at Night, this book leads its readers to imagine what snowmen do at Christmas time!
Snowmen at Christmas book study literacy unit with Common Core aligned companion activities and a craftivity for K-1

THE MITTEN TREE

The Mitten Tree winter book study literacy unit with Common Core aligned companion activities and a craftivity for K-1
 This book shares a wonderful story about giving and receiving, with a little mystery for students to ponder. It's a great winter themed book with a special message.
The Mitten Tree winter book study literacy unit with Common Core aligned companion activities and a craftivity for K-1
What are YOUR favorite winter books?

1 comment

  1. Anita,
    Thanks for sharing Mrs. Wishy Washy...I can't wait to get it! I like a lot of the books on your list, I would add Under the Snow by Melissa Stewart. Happy vacation week. Melissa

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