Holiday and Winter Books for Kids

With the temperatures dropping and the winter season well on its way, you may be looking for new things to do with your kiddos. Besides watching fun holiday movies, there’s a ton of amazing holiday and winter-inspired books out there! Have everyone get their fuzzy socks on, a warm cup of cocoa, get cozy under a blanket, and dig into your favorite winter books.

Lansing Mom is here to share our tried and true favorites. This post does contain affiliate links that help support our small business but every product is something we love! 

  1. I Got the Christmas Spirit
    It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and a mother and daughter are enjoying the sights and sounds of the holiday season. The little girl hears sleigh bells ringing and carolers singing. And when she reaches Santa, she tells him her Christmas wish—for peace and love everywhere, all the days of the year.
  2. Pick A Pine Tree
    Part of the magic of the Christmas season stems from the traditions that families and friends take part in every year! Hanging up stockings, putting lights in the windows, and one of the most important of all—picking out and taking home the Christmas tree. All the rituals of decorating the tree!
  3. The Little Reindeer
    When a jingling sound wakes her from her sleep, a little girl’s dreams come true when she meets a lost reindeer in the forest. They set off on a magical adventure and it becomes a Christmas never to forget.
  4. The Great Spruce
    Alec loves to climb trees—the little apple trees, the wide willow trees, even the tall locust trees. But his favorite is the great spruce, with its sturdy trunk and branches that stretch up to the sky. Alec’s grandpa planted it as a sapling years and years before Alec was born. Every Christmas, Alec and his grandpa decorate the tree together, weaving tinsel and lights through its branches, making it shine bright.
  5. Little Penguins
    As the snow starts to fall, the excited penguins pull out scarves, mittens, heavy socks, and boots, and Mama helps them bundle up. But when it’s time to go out, one timid penguin decides to stay home.
  6. The Wish Tree
    Charles wants to find a wish tree. His brother and sister don’t believe there is such a thing. But his trusty companion Boggan is ready to join Charles on a journey to find out. Along the way, they discover that wishes can come true in the most unexpected ways.
  7. The Nutcracker
    On Christmas Eve, Clara is given a special gift from her Godfather—a beautiful nutcracker doll. But when Clara awakes in the middle of the night, she finds her beloved nutcracker has transformed into a handsome prince, and together, they set off for the Land of Sweets.
  8. The Little Fir Tree
    Deep in the forest, there lived a beautiful little fir tree who longed to see the world. When the tree is taken to town at Christmas, it feels like all his dreams have come true. But what will happen the day after? A touching lesson on appreciating what we already have and a hopeful message of rebirth.
  9. Snow Globe Wishes
    As the worst snow storm of the year rolls in, one family hunkers down together in a cozy blanket fort for the night. A little girl makes a wish on a snow globe and, in the morning, the sun rises on a winter wonderland—beckoning all outside. And what if, on this snow-filled day, families shake their busy lives and everyone goes out to play? A holiday story about wishes and community and lots of snow!
  10. Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama
    Holiday time at Sadie’s house means golden gelt sparkling under the Christmas tree, candy canes hanging on eight menorah branches, voices uniting to sing carols about Macabees and the manger, and latkes on the mantel awaiting Santa’s arrival.

Did we miss any of your favorite holiday and winter books for kids? Tell us which ones you enjoy most!

For more about the holidays with kids, check out Ways to Make the Holidays Easier for Kids (and Mom!).


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