Spotlight on Winter Holiday Books
A wide variety of books to help celebrate the winter holiday season.
PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
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Festive Tales for the Holiday Season (Grades PreK–4) The literacy advocates at Readingrockets.org recommend books for kids ages 0-9 that celebrate sharing, community, and family. Warm your hearts with these holiday stories, from old favorites to new delights. These recommended books are about generosity, love, and friendship, and are perfect for the season, no matter what traditions you celebrate. Books include: The Polar Express (Chris Van Allsburg), Zigazak!: A Magical Hanukkah Night (Eric A. Kimmel), and Seven Candles for Kwanzaa (Andrea Davis Pinkney).
Books to Celebrate the Holidays (Grades PreK–1) Some wonderful read-aloud titles for students to demonstrate the power and enjoyment of reading. Books include: Dream Snow (Eric Carle), Who’s That Knocking on Christmas Eve (Jan Brett), and It’s Hanukkah! (Jeanne Modesitt).
Winter Holidays with Favorite Characters (Grades PreK–5) Celebrate the winter holidays with contemporary stories starring readers' favorite characters. Books include: Clifford’s First Christmas (Norman Bridwell), Merry Christmas, Curious George! (Catherine Hapka, H. A. Rey and Margret Rey), and A Very Haunted Holiday (Marcia Thornton Jones and Debbie Dadey).
Holiday Books for Middle Schoolers (Grades 6–8) Capture middle-grade readers with these festive winter holiday reads. A mix of historical and contemporary fiction and non-fiction provides a choice for every interest. Books include: Kringle (Tony Abbott), Holiday Princess (Meg Cabot), and The Stone Lamp (Karen Hesse).
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