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Dec 17

Children's Corner: Winter Reads

Posted on December 17, 2021 at 3:16 PM by Maggie Witte

Winter is finally here, and it’s a great time to stay inside and enjoy literary entertainment. In addition to celebrating a number of holidays that occur in and around December, you can explore the features and activities that winter has to offer. Choose a few titles from our winter and holiday book collection to help get you into the spirit of the season:

Winter BellsDBC08704 The Wish Tree by Kyo Maclear

In winter Charles and his trusty toboggan set out to find the wish tree, and along the way he helps to make the wishes of his friends Squirrel, Fox, and Beaver come true. For preschool-grade 2. A Kansas Talking Books production.

Winter is the warmest season book cover. A man walking in snow blowing a horn.DBC08770 Winter is the Warmest Season by Lauren Stringer

When Santa's reindeer become sick with the chicken pox on Christmas Eve, Santa enlists the help of the North Pole Unicorn Troop to guide his sleigh and save Christmas! Commercial audiobook. For preschool-grade 2. 2020. A Kansas Talking Books production.

Ben and Lucy play pond hockey book cover. A boy and girl playing hockey on a frozen pond.DBC10033 Ben and Lucy Play Pond Hockey by Andrew Sherburne

Today is the day that Ben and Lucy have been waiting for--the ice is finally frozen and they can play pond hockey! The kids put sticks on their shoulders for the traditional trek to the rink where they meet their friends for a game of two-on-two. Playing until the sun sets, Lucy and Ben zoom and twirl across the ice, passing the puck and scoring goals. This is sports the way nature intended: full of fun, friends and the great outdoors. For preschool-grade 2.

Fireside Stories book cover. Three kids listening to an older man tell stories in front of a fire.DB 66528 Fireside Stories: Tales for a Winter’s Eve by Caitlin Matthews

Eight folktales of Scottish, Russian, Inuit, Austrian, Czech, and Jewish origin that are traditionally told in winter. In "The Winter Cabin" barnyard animals, who escape slaughter by running away to the forest, frighten a wolf from their home. Brief introductions provide background information. For grades 3-6. 2007.

Winter Bees book cover. A fox jumping in the snow with a bee beside it.DBC09971 Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman

Twelve distinctive poems pair with magnificent frost-bedazzled illustrations and fact-filled sidebars to eloquently encapsulate the season's ecology and ambiance. School Library Journal. Award winner. For grades K-3.

Under the snow book cover. Two salamanders in pond with snow around.DBC04079 Under the Snow by Melissa Stewart

With lyrical prose and elegant watercolors, an award-winning science writer and a gifted artist peek beneath winter's snowy surface to see how fish, frogs, chipmunks, and other creatures wait out the chill. For grades K-3.

Willimena Rules book cover. Boy and girl standing together with a Kwanzaa altar and Christmas tree.DBC04842 Willimena Rules: 9 Steps to the Best, Worst, Greatest Holiday Ever! By Valerie Wilson Wesley

A Christmas-Kwanzaa Story. Christmas and Kwanzaa are right around the corner and Willimena is usually excited about her favorite time of the year. But this year, no one feels much like celebrating because Aunt Laura lost her job. Willie's cousin Teddy--who is usually nice and friendly--is sad, mad, and downright rude. He doesn't seem to want to celebrate the holidays at all and nothing Willie does to cheer him up is working. Can Willie find a way to bring 'happy' back to the holidays?  For grades 3-6.

Seven candles for Kwanzaa book cover. To boys setting up a Kwanzaa altar.DB 97859 Seven Candles for Kwanzaa by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Describes the origins and practices of Kwanzaa, the seven-day festival during which people of African descent rejoice in their ancestral values. Commercial audiobook. For grades K-3. 1993.

It's a miracle! book cover. A boy lighting the last candle of the menorah.DB 60212 It’s a Miracle! A Hanukkah Storybook by Stephanie Spinner

This is Owen's first year to light the Hanukkah candles on the menorah. On each of the eight nights of Hanukkah his grandmother tells him a bedtime story. The last story makes him especially happy. Includes the Hanukkah legend and blessings and a glossary. For grades K-3. 2003.

All-of-a-kind family Hanukkah book cover. A family in front of table with a menorah.DB 94016 All-of-A-Kind Family Hanukkah by Emily Jenkins

New York City, 1912. Gertie feels left out while Mama and her four older sisters cook Hanukkah dinner, but Papa comes home and asks her help with an important task. Based on the classic books by Sydney Taylor. Sydney Taylor Book Award.  For preschool-grade 2. 2018.

Jingle Jangle book cover. A girl standing in a toy shop.DBC14821 Samurai Santa: A Very Ninja Christmas by Rubin Pingk

A young ninja wants a snowball fight for Christmas, and he just might get his holiday wish in this picture book with graphic novel-inspired illustrations that celebrate the spirit of giving, Samurai style. 2015. For grades K-3.

Wish Tree book cover. A boy and his toboggan in a snow-covered woods.DB 96982 Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story From the Border by Mitali Perkins

When Mari´a, Juan, and their mother go to the border between California and Mexico to visit their grandmother at Christmas, Mari´a must devise a way to get Juan's gift over the fence. For grades K-3. 2019.

Samurai Santa book cover. Santa being chased by a group of ninjas.DB101322 The Unicorns Who Saved Christmas by Mary Winn Heider

When Santa's reindeer become sick with the chicken pox on Christmas Eve, Santa enlists the help of the North Pole Unicorn Troop to guide his sleigh and save Christmas! Commercial audiobook. For preschool-grade 2. 2020.

Celebra la Navidad book cover. Two boys standing together with their Christmas trees behind them.DB101475 Jingle Jangle: The Invention of Jeronicus Jangle by Lyn Talbert

Eccentric toymaker Jeronicus Jangle creates fanciful inventions that burst with whimsy and wonder. But when a betrayal by a former prote´ge´ leaves Jeronicus down on his luck, it's up to his bright granddaughter, Journey--and a singularly magical invention--to save the day! Based on the Netflix film. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2020.

Between us and abuela book cover. A girl and boy working on craft projects.DBC11244 Celebra la Navidad y El Dia de Los Reyes Magos con Pablo y Carlitos by Alma Flor

Brothers Pablo and Carlitos write letters to the three kings, telling them the gifts they want to receive on Three Kings' Day. Includes facts about Christmas and Three Kings' Day. For grades 2-4. Spanish language.