Book List: Winter Seasonal and Holiday

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HOLIDAY BOOKS for young children…

  • Jingle Bells, Homework Smells by Diane deGroat
  • Santa’s Snow Cat by Sue Stainton,
  • The Farolitos of Christmas by Rudolfo Anaya
  • The Legend of the Poinsettia – A Christmas Story by Tomie dePaola
  • The Night of Las Posadas – A Christmas Story by Tomie De Paola
  • The Twelve Dogs of Christmas by Emma Kragen
  • Welcome Comfort by Patricia Polacc
  • A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree by Colleen Monroe
  • The Oldest Elf by James Stevenson


Seasonal Gifts and Festive CelebrationRecipes and Ideas for Hand-Made Holiday Gifts
Author: Sarah Ainley
Lorenz Books / Anness Publishing Inc.

Holly-Jolly Crafts under $10
Model: 1574861255
Author: Ann Childs (Editor)

HANUKKAH BOOKS are listed at page bottom of KidActivities Hanukka Theme page.

SNOW THEMES for Young Children

  • Clear Moon, Snow Soon by Tony Johnston
  • The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
  • Snow Day! by Barbara M. Joosse
  • Snow Is Falling by Franklyn M. Branley
  • Millions of Snowflakes by Mary McKenna Siddals
  • The Biggest Snowball Ever! by John Rogan
  • Sadie and the Snowman by Allen Morgan
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Geraldine’s Big Snow by Holly Keller
  • Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
  • White Snow Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt
  • Little Polar Bear and the Brave Little Hare by Hans de Beer
  • Winter Rabbit by Patrick Yee
  • The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Neitzel
  • In the Snow: Who’s Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George
  • Snow Day by Betsy Maestro
  • Footprints in the Snow by Cynthia Benjamin
WINTER DAYS PLAY! Activities, Crafts, and Games for Indoors and Out (Paperback)
by Nancy F. Castaldo …good reviews
$13.95 New Starting at 2.95 Used at

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FEBRUARY IS FRIENDSHIP MONTH. Celebrate the gift of friendship by reading with the kids. The following is a list of age appropriate books that you can share.

  • The Gift of Nothing“–(age 3-6) by Patrick McDonnell
  • Who Will be My Friends“– (age 4-6) by Syd Hoff
  • Things Not Seen–(age 12+) by Andrew Clements
  • The Hundred Dresses–(age 6-10) by Eleanor Estes
  • Friends–(age 5-8) by: Helme Heine
  • How to Lose All Your Friends–(age 4-6) by Nancy L. Carlson
  • Digby and Kate–(age 5-8) by Marsha Winborn
  • My Friend Flicka–(age 8-12) by Mary O’Hara
  • English Rose– (age 4-8) by Madonna
  • Little Blue and Little Yellow–(age 4-7) by Leo Lionni
  • Poppleton and Friends–(age 4-7) by Cynthia Rylant
  • Junie B. Jones Is a Graduation Girl–(age 6-8) by Barbara Park
  • Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship–(age 4-8) by Craig & Isabella Hatkoff
  • I Like You–(age 8-12) by Sandol Stoddard Warburg
  • Will I Have a Friend--(age 4-6) by Miriam Cohen
  • Kaya and Lone Dog: A Friendship Story–(age 7-10) by: Janet Beeler Shaw
    Friendship list compiled by Tonya


A Sunday Stroll by Paul Borgese, Jane Arimoto (Illustrator)—Through the characters of LadyBug and Centipede, the author teaches your child about morals, friendship, patience, and helping others. Colorful illustrations compliment the story— A Valentine for Ms. Vanilla by Fred Ehrlich —On Valentine’s Day the members of Ms. Vanilla’s class participate in a party, write poems, open cards, and present a heart they all have signed to a special valentine.

Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox, Lydia Monks (Illustrator) –A humorous adaptation of the fairy tale Rapunzel. Witty rhymes accompany the colorful illustrations. As in the original story, the Prince calls to Rapunzel to throw down here golden locks in order to rescue her. But that is where the similarities end. This fractured fairy tale is sure to bring laughter to group reading time as Rapunzel’s hearing faulters. The Prince asks for her locks, tresses, rope, twine, and ladder. Rapunzel responds with socks, dresses, a cantaloupe, a swine, and a bowl of pancake batter. Rapunzel’s last mistake backfires – makes a hysterical ending for Valentine’s Day.

Hearts, Cupids, and Red Roses: The Story of the Valentine Symbols by Edna Barth, Ursula Arndt (Illustrator)—Hearts, Cupids, and Red Roses describes the St. Valentine’s Day holiday celebration from pagan festivals to present-day activities—Ever wonder where Valentine Symbols came from? Where do these customs come from, when did they begin, and why do we continue to observe them? This light-hearted holiday has ancient origins.— Edna Barth explores these love symbols. The book is full of fascinating details about Valentine’s Day. Also included are some not so known stories and helpful supplemental material.

How Raggedy Ann Got Her Candy Heart: My First Raggedy Ann by Jan Palmer, Johnny Gruelle (Illustrator)—One day Raggedy Ann takes a kite ride way up in the sky — only to land in a bucket of paint! A friendly painter offers to fix her up like new, and it looks as though Marcella will have to part with her doll for a short time. But when Raggedy Ann comes back to Marcella, she’s better than ever because of the painter’s special gift. —Raggedy Ann has been beloved by children for many decades. In this new version of a classic, retold for young children, she and the other dolls in the nursery come to life with humor and spirit. –

I Like You by Sandol Stoddard, Jacqueline Chwast (Illustrator)–
“Here is the book that Romeo would have given Juliet; Charlie Brown would have given Snoopy; and you can give to some very special friend” proclaims the back cover of this small, whimsical book. Written in 1965 by Sandol Stoddard Warburg, it still makes the perfect present for your best friend. Not just any run-of-the-mill best friend, though. This book is for the kind of friend who yells for you when you get lost in Grand Central Station or pretends to save you when you pretend to be drowning.

Love You the Purplest by Barbara M. Joosse, Mary Whyte (Illustrator)—A perfect book for Mom to read to her children on Valentine’s day. Every child wants to be loved the best. The Mom in this book figures out a way to answer her sons where they feel loved the best without sibling rivalry. The mother uses colors to describe the love for her sons – each color describing part of their personality. The illustrations are colorful and visually demonstrate how the mother feels towards her children.

Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane deGroat (Illustrator)—When Gilbert writes two not-so-nice valentines to his classmates, his prank quickly turns into pandemonium. But there’s always time for a change of heart on Valentine’s Day. —

You and Me by Martine Kindermans (Illustrator)
“All we need is you and me,
to be as happy as can be.
And no matter where we go,
I will always love you so.”
Cute picture book that follows a goose and her gosling to places far and wide. Through heat and cold, across prairies and mountains, all is well as long as they have one another.

Valentine’s Day Is by Gail Gibbons (Illustrator)— Valentine’s Day is candy hearts, flowers, and chocolate truffles. It is Valentine cards galore. Most of all, it is a time to share with family and friends, and a time to give thanks for our loved ones. Gail Gibbons presents the history of this special holiday and shares what the day has come to mean in our present-day society.

Valentine Hearts: Holiday Poetry by Lee Bennett Hopkins, JoAnn Adinolfi (Illustrator)–A small collection of endearing and humorous Valentine poems. Poetic themes include friendships, childhood crushes, and a child’s affection for her pet. It’s easy to imagine these works used as a poem-a-day assignment, inscribed messages for homemade valentines, or inspiring young poets to write their own silly or love poems.


  • Valentine Mice by Bethany Roberts
  • My Love For You by Susan L. Roth
  • Bunny My Honey by Anita Jeram
  • Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
  • If You Love A Bear by Piers Harper
  • Froggy’s First Kiss by Jonathan London
  • I Love You, Little One by Nancy Tafuri
  • Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse These books are available through Scholastic book club or check your local library — most likely also on amazon.comBack to top of page

BOOKS FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION as well as associated customs. Some of thebooks share information about the Chinese culture in general – great for elementary multicultural studies!

  • Celebrating Chinese New Year
    by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith, Lawrence Migdale (Photographer)
  • Chinese New Year for Kids
    by Cindy Roberts
  • Dim Sum for Everyone
    by Grace Lin
  • Dragon Dance – A Chinese New Year Lift-the-Flap Book
    by Joan Holub, Benrei Huang
  • Fortune Cookie Fortunes
    by Grace Lin
  • Grandfather Tang’s Story
    by Ann Tompert
  • Happy, Happy Chinese New Year
    by Demi Hitz
  • Happy New Year
    by Demi Hitz
  • Lanterns and Firecrackers – A Chinese New Year Story (Festival Time) by Jonny Zucker, Jan Barger Cohen
  • Lion Dancer
    by Kate Waters, Martha Cooper (Illustrator)
  • Moonbeams, Dumplings, and Dragon Boats
    by Nina Simonds, Leslie Swartz, and The Children’s Museum, Boston
  • One Is a Drummer: A Book of Numbers
    by Roseanne Thong
  • Round Is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes
    by Roseanne Thong
  • Ruby’s Wish
    by Shirin Yim Bridges
  • Sam and the Lucky Money
    by Karen Chinn, Cornelius Van Wright (Illustrator), Ying-Hwa Hu (Illustrator)
  • The Dancing Dragon
    by Marcia K. Vaughan, Stanley Wong Hoo Foon (Illustrator)
  • The Five Chinese Brothers
    by Claire Huchet Bishop
  • The Runaway Rice Cake
    by Ying Chang Compestine, Tungwai Chau (Illustrator)
  • This Next New Year
    by Janet S. Wong, Yangsook Choi (Illustrator)
  • Tikki Tikki Tembo
    by Arlene Mosel


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