Seasonal Stories for Early Elementary Schoolers
- Grades: 1–2, 3–5
Whether capturing meaningful moments or taking a laugh-out-loud look at holiday icons, these books inspire sugar-plum dreams.
Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson
Delight your students with a favorite character's determination to NOT sleep through the holiday.
The Chanukkah Tree by Eric A. Kimmel
When a peddler tricks Jewish townspeople into buying a Christmas tree, they decorate it so that it reflects the spirit of Chanukkah.
A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas
Enchant your students with a poetic tribute to falling snow, exchanging presents, and eating well.
A Christmas Gift for Mama by Lauren Thompson
Delight in this touching retelling of "The Gift of the Magi."
The Christmas Promise by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
A man and daughter discover the gift of togetherness during a Depression-era holiday.
A Christmas Story by Brian Wildsmith
Glimpse a child's-eye view of the nativity tale in this gorgeous retelling.
First Night by Harriet Ziefert
Help young Amanda lead her town on a lyrical, joyous New Year's Parade.
Gaspard and Lisa's Christmas Surprise by Anne Gutman
Can a pair of delightful doggies craft their teacher's gift in time?
Hold Christmas in Your Heart by various authors
African-American authors and artists share the joys of the season.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
A holiday must-read starring a Seussian Scrooge who learns the power of Christmas spirit.
How Santa Got His Job by Stephen Krensky
Charm your students with this funny look at Santa before he became famous.
Imani's Gift at Kwanzaa by Denise Burden-Patmon
Learn about the holiday from a grandmother and her grandchild brought to life in luminous illustrations.
The Last Straw by Frederick Thury
Charm your students with this story of a grumpy camel who rises to a Christmas challenge in Bethlehem
Madeline in America and Other Christmas Tales by Ludwig Bemelmens & John Bemelmans Marciano
Celebrate the season on two continents with three Bemelmens tales.
Milly and the Macy's Parade by Shana Corey
See how an immigrant girl helps envision the great holiday parade in this fictionalized account.
The Night of Las Posadas by Tomie de Paola
Learn about Hispanic holiday customs in this moving nativity story.
On Hanukkah! by Cathy Goldberg Fishman
Introduce the significance, symbols, and history of the holiday with this soft, sweeping picture book.
One Yellow Daffodil: A Hanukkah Story by David Adler
A Holocaust survivor finds the courage to face his past when he spends Hanukkah with a caring family.
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
The classic tale of an unforgettable journey to the North Pole is now a feature film favorite.
Santa Mouse by Michael Brown
See how a little mouse became the big guy's helper in this delightful story.
Santa Claustrophobia by Mike Reiss
When Santa needs some R&R, his therapist rounds up other holiday characters to make the December 25th deadline.
Seven Candles for Kwanzaa by Andrea Pinkney
Honor family, harvest, and heritage with this richly illustrated introduction to the holiday.
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The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumen Godden
A perennial favorite starring a doll, girl, and woman who discover Christmas miracles do happen.
The Trees of the Dancing Goats by Patricia Polacco
When their Christian neighbors fall ill, a Jewish family shows everyone that holiday spirit is non-secular.