These are the books we are diving into this month. I hope to hear what you are reading to your children, too!
(For those of you home educating with Waldorf Education, please do remember that small winter verses are sufficient up to four years of age or longer and then simple little told stories. You can look up back posts to see the progression of verses and nursery rhymes to repetitive stories to longer stories to eventually longer stories, simple books and chapter books. There is a progression, so know this list is intended for those searching, but not necessarily for all of these to be read at one time to a child no matter what age! You are the expert on your family!)
Seasonal Festivals/ Spiritual:
- The Christmas Story Book, published by Floris Books – stories up to Epiphany divided by age.
- St. Seraphim’s Beatitudes: Blessings for Our Path to Heaven by Priest Daniel Marshall
- The Theophany of Our Lord by Sister Elayne
- In our house, the Anglican Communion has many wonderful Saints to recognize this month, so I keep many books on hand about these Holy Men and Women.
- For Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I like “The Cart that Carried Martin” (look at the Amazon review and leave out the inaccurate line); “Love Will See You Through” (I would put it for older children myself than the reviews indicate); and many more wonderful books. Go to your local library and browse and see what resonates with you and your family.
- Grandmother Winter by Phyllis Root
- The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
- Snow by Roy McKie and P.D. Eastman
- The Biggest, Best Snowman by Margery Cuyler
- Winter by Gerda Muller
- Snow by Uri Shulevitz
- Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton
- Snow Princess by Susan Paradis
- Sun Bread by Elisa Kleven (and bake some bread!)
- The Story of the Snow Children by Sibylle von Offers
- Red Sled by Patricia Thomas
- Winter is the Warmest Season by Lauren Stringer (I really like this book).
- The Mitten by Jan Brett
- The Hat by Jan Brett
- Winter Eyes: Poems and Paintings by Florian
- Winter on the Farm (My First Little House Books)
- The Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader
- Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
- Cub’s Big World by Sarah Thompson
Winter Tales, for older children:
- The Polar Bear Son: An Inuit Tale by Lydia Dabcovitch
- A Promise Is A Promise by Robert Munsch and Michael Kusugak
- The Eskimo Twins by Lucy Fitch Perkins
- A Day On Skates by Hilda van Stockum
I would love to hear what you are reading!
thank you for this. I am always looking for appropriate chapter books for my sensitive 6 yr old.
I would pre-read anything on this list. Also, I don’t know if you are coming from a Waldorf perspective or not, but from a Waldorf perspective I would be thinking of chapter books that end each chapter as a separate story, if that makes sense. Things like Teddy Robinson or Sam the Pig or Stories for Six Year Olds by Enid Blyton. You can see the reading list for Early Years on this blog; also check out the work of Suzanne Down over at Juniper Tree Puppetry. Her stories would be wonderful for your six-year-old.
I love these seasonal book posts – thank you for sharing your finds! I just bought Snow by Uri Shulevitz this morning – it is wonderful.
Thanks for this wonderful list Carrie. My three year old is loving The Midnight Farm at the moment. We have Winter by Gerda Muller. We also have The Snow Children but she doesn’t ask for it as much as The Midnight Farm. I have been getting a book per season for her. I am telling the Wolf verse from Suzanne Down’s Puppets Around the world. This winter season has been very unwinter due to unusually warmer weather – we have already seen daffodils blooming! Windy and rainy today though 🙂
I love The Midnight Farm too and of course, Suzanne Down!
Happy story telling!
Thank you for this and for everything you post! I have three children close behind your own.
“On Mother’s Lap” by Ann Herbert Scott, illustrated by Glo Coalson is so perfect for a warm cuddle at this time of year. And “The Mitten” always makes us laugh! Thank you for such a lovely list, as well as for your wonderful back posts on early years books, fairy tales and storytelling.
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