Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The BEST Christmas and Winter Books for Children

'Tis the season to get out your favorite Christmas & winter books!
Here is a list of sixteen books that my students absolutely LOVE, and some fun resources to go with each one!
A list of the top favorite Christmas and winter books for children with companion activities to go with each one.

THE POLAR EXPRESS
This Christmas classic is written by Chris Van Allsburg. It is a Caldecott Medal award winner, and has been translated into stage productions and a movie.
Classroom activities to go along with this book can be found {here}

MRS. WISHY-WASHY'S CHRISTMAS
We LOVE Mrs. Wishy-Washy, and this adorable book features Mrs. Wishy-Washy and her animal friends...all about making mistakes, being sorry, receiving forgiveness, and showing love. The spirit of Christmas at its best!
Classroom activities to go along with this book can be found {here}

THE GINGERBREAD MAN
There are so many versions of this story! I love this one by Eric A. Kimmel- it has fun characters, and a refrain that students love to chant together.
Classroom activities that go along with ANY Gingerbread Man book can be found {here}

THE SNOW GLOBE FAMILY
This book is about a tiny family that lives inside of a snow globe, in the home of a big family. The story leads to students imagining what it would be like to live in a snow globe.
I made this little FREEBIE to go along with it {here}

SNEEZY THE SNOWMAN
Poor Sneezy keeps doing things that make him melt...it's a good thing that he has friends that are there to help!
Classroom activities to go along with this book can be found {here}

FROZEN NOSES
Frozen Noses by Jan Carr is filled with winter fun, and the colorful cut paper illustrations are beautiful.
 Classroom activities that go along with this book can be found {here}

SNOWMEN AT NIGHT
Ever wonder what snowmen do at night while you're asleep? This book will give you some ideas of what could be happening!
Classroom activities that go along with this book can be found {here}

THE HAT
Poor Hedgie gets stuck in Lisa's woolen stocking, making it look like a 'hat'. All the animals start laughing at him, but it's Hedgie who has the last laugh.
Classroom activities to go along with this book can be found {here}

THE MITTEN
Nicki loses his white mitten in the snow, and animals squeeze inside of it, seeking a warm, cozy refuge.
Classroom activities for this book can be found {here}

TACKY THE PENGUIN
Tacky the Penguin is an odd bird, who doesn't fit in...and it is his unique characteristics that save the day!
Classroom activities for this book can be found {here}

THE SNOWY DAY
The Snowy Day is a Caldecott Medal award winning book by Ezra Jack Keats. The book details Peter's fun snowy day adventures.
I made this little FREEBIE to go along with it {here} 

THE JACKET I WEAR IN THE SNOW
This winter story details the main character's preparations to head outside to play. Layer after layer of clothing is added, and the story is fantastic for sequencing activities.
Classroom activities for this book can be found {here}

MOOSELTOE
 This fun Christmas story is about a father moose who works very hard to make Christmas 'perfectly perfect' for his family, but he forgets to get something very important! He saves the day thanks to his giant 'moostache' and antlers!
Classroom activities for this book can be found {here}

THE MISSING MITTEN MYSTERY
 After a fun day playing in the snow, one mitten is missing! Students love to join along as they retrace the steps of a day of fun to figure out this mystery!
Classroom activities for this book can be found {here}

SNOWMEN AT CHRISTMAS
 Similar to Snowmen at Night, this book leads its readers to imagine what snowmen do at Christmas time!
Classroom activities for this book can be found {here}

THE MITTEN TREE
 This book shares a wonderful story about giving and receiving, with a little mystery for students to ponder. It's a great winter themed book with a special message.
Classroom activities for this book can be found {here}
What are YOUR favorite winter books?

1 comments:

Mrs. Clancy said...

Anita,
Thanks for sharing Mrs. Wishy Washy...I can't wait to get it! I like a lot of the books on your list, I would add Under the Snow by Melissa Stewart. Happy vacation week. Melissa

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