Once kids learn to read, sometimes figuring out the genre that will ignite a child’s love of reading can be difficult. This list of winter books for kids that are grade school-aged is perfect for parents looking to fill a stocking or family searching for a great gift this holiday season. Whether the kids in your life read graphic novels or informational books, there is something ideal for every type of reading passion below.
20 Winter Books for Kids This Holiday
Happy Santa Day!: Elf Academy 3
Happy Santa Day! is a perfect story to begin a list of winter books for kids. Ideal for younger elementary, this third installment of the Elf Academy series has the elves throwing Santa a surprise party. Andy Snowden, one of the elves, takes the lead in planning the biggest and best surprise party ever. At least the biggest and best in his head… This book will have your kiddos laughing and reading from start to finish.
The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden is a classic that should be read in every household. Perfect for a list of winter books for kids, this title explores the life of Mary Lennox, an orphan sent to her uncle’s home on the Yorkshire Moors. While Mary finds the manor incredibly boring, she discovers the grounds around the manor include a secret garden.
This secret garden is surrounded by walls and locked by a key that Mary is determined to locate. Once inside the garden, Mary makes it her mission to bring life to the dull and nearly dead grounds. Help your child unlock this beautiful classic this holiday season.
Pup Detectives Battle of the Bands
The Pup Detectives introduce its eighth installment to younger elementary students in this haunting tale involving a Battle of the Bands. The Pup Detectives are on the case the find a mystery ghost trying to scare away music from their town, Pawston. This graphic novel is one of the ideal winter books for kids because it is a quick and fun read.
Once Upon Another Time: Tall Tales
Once Upon Another Time is the second book in the Tall Tales trilogy. Perfect for readers in second through sixth grades, this is included in a list of winter books for kids because it is a cozy read by New York Times bestselling author James Riley.
Lena is a giant who helped defeat the Golden King in the first book. Unfortunately, the same Golden King wants revenge and is taking over the minds of the humans in the kingdom. Now, fear and hatred run through the townspeople. Read to discover how Lena proves herself a hero when all odds are set against her.
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Super Turbo Gets Caught
Winter books for kids are always popular if they are graphic novels. The Super Turbo series published by Little Simon recently released its eighth book called Super Turbo Gets Caught. In this story, the Super Pet Superhero League is having a routine evening when Super Turbo is suddenly caught in a mousetrap.
Unfortunately, the bad guy Whiskerface and his Rat Pack are the only Super Pets equipped with the knowledge of escaping these types of traps. How can Turbo trust this evil crew with breaking him free? The fun illustrations and dialogue will have your younger elementary-aged child reading from cover to cover.
The Squirrels Have Gone Nuts
Fans of the Goosebumps series will love the fourth installment of Night Frights: The Squirrels Have Gone Nuts. After throwing a tennis ball at a squirrel, Dillon Ford discovers just how far the squirrels will go to get revenge. Surrounding his house on every side and in every window, these squirrels mean business. With the temperatures dropping, the Night Frights series are ideal winter books for kids in second through fourth grades looking to hunker down and read.
For the child that loves anything disgusting, Gross FACTopia! delivers! Kids get their reading minutes in while learning all sorts of unique and crude information. Did you know, whales have earwax that builds up over time and forms a plug? In the largest whales, a plug can grow up to 10 inches long!
You’ll read that and hundreds more little snippets accompanied by photos and cool graphic illustrations right along with them. Perfect in a list of winter books for kids, this story will definitely be a conversation starter for the family.
It’s Up to Us: Building a Brighter Future for Nature, People & Planet
Beautiful doesn’t begin to describe the story and artwork within the pages of It’s Up to Us. This book, also dubbed The Children’s Terra Carta, gives kids an honest but gentle and optimistic picture of how climate change is affecting the earth, nature, and even people. The hope of this story is to bring awareness to the young generation and encourage them to take action to protect our world. It’s one of a number of educational winter books for kids that will hopefully inspire sustainability within little hearts.
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Where in the World Are You?
Children’s worlds can be so small and limited to their home, school, and maybe relatives’ house, but not very far. Where in the World Are You? encourages young readers to imagine themselves further away as if they’ve zoomed out or viewed themselves from above.
Illustrated with bold shapes and bright colors, this is on the list of winter books for kids for its ability to create an imaginary treasure hunt around the world. This is a beautiful gift for a teacher or early reader who’s ready to explore their world and their place within.
Union Square Books has released a collector’s edition of the classic Treasure Island. Featuring N.C. Wyeth’s illustrations, Robert Louis Stevenson’s tale of pirates, ships, and buried treasure comes to life. Perfect for a gift list of winter books for kids, this present of timeless adventure will keep your bookworm occupied for hours.
Grimm’s Fairy Tales
Grimm’s Fairy Tales is another classic from Union Square included in this list of winter books for kids. Everyone knows the Brothers Grimm stories like “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Hansel and Gretel'” and “Little Red Riding Hood”. Providing nostalgia for parents and wonder for children, these tales are at a reading level appropriate for kids nine and up.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” was born from the L. Frank Baum classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. This magical journey starts with Dorothy and her little dog being sucked into a tornado and landing in the wonderful world of Oz…right on top of a witch. Dorthy’s only way home is by finding the Wizard in Emerald City.
Your child will love reading about Dorothy and her trip down the yellow brick road where she meets Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion. This is on the winter books for kids list for its classic and magical quality that will keep children reading to see if and how Dorothy makes it back to Kansas.
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1-2-3-4 I Declare a Thumb War
If you have a reader that enjoys a good scare, 1-2-3-4 I Declare a Thumb War is a great title to have on your list of winter books for kids. The first of a five-part series, Graveyard Girls stories revolve around mystery and friendship.
Five middle schoolers bond over telling scary stories at night – especially stories that involve their town’s most famous killer, Silas Hoke. A mysterious text steers the girls into the cemetery where Silas is buried and motivates the teens to form the Graveyard Girls. A wonderful start to a series by bestselling authors Lisi Harrison and Daniel Kraus, your child will thank you for the purchase.
Britannica’s First Big Book of Why
If you have a child that asks all the WHY questions, you need to gift Britannica First Big Book of Why this holiday season. Filled with over 100 questions that children are always asking, you may even learn something new. From understanding why elephants have trunks to why tummies rumble, this book is not only fun to peruse but has a lot of information for curious minds.
Amazing Animals is a brightly illustrated book filled with over 100 remarkable animals from land to sea. Learn with your child about the peacock spider and playful dolphins – you may even discover an animal that you had no idea existed! One of the winter books for kids, this title comes complete with a world map so you and your kiddo can discover exactly where these amazing animals live on our planet.
My Aunt is a Monster
Travel with Safia Haziz on a heartfelt fantasy adventure to a world with magic, curses, and quests in the contemporary graphic novel, My Aunt is a Monster. Being blind does not stop Safia from discovering and overcoming obstacles in her new home with the reclusive Lady Whimsy.
On the list of winter books for kids, this story is written and illustrated by Reimena Yee. Enjoy full-page, beautifully detailed illustrations and vivid verbiage that describes Safia’s journey – the sounds, the smells, and the tastes. Safia demonstrates courage as she must become the heroine of her own story.
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Pippa Park Crush at First Sight
Pippa Park Crush at First Sight is the second in the Pippa Park series. Perfect for kids in third through sixth grade, this story starts by introducing Pippa, a Korean American teen trying her hardest to fit in at school. Balancing Eliot, her super good-looking math tutor, and Marvel, her friend from forever, Pippa is struggling to determine where her focus should lie. When asked to host the annual Christmas Eve party, Pippa not only needs to figure out how to make the money to host but also which boy to take as her date.
Guinness World Records 2023
Guinness World Records 2023 will fascinate you with record-breaking achievements. The new edition reveals the latest and greatest Guniess World Records achievements on Earth and in space. Records include the human body – tallest, shortest, and hairiest; engineering, entertainment, sports; and so much more.
The book boasts stunning photography and exciting page layouts that keep you turning each of the 256 pages to learn more about the latest Guinness World Record holders. The book also features records in everything from cryptocurrency, fast food, and TikTok stardom, as well as the Top 25 Greatest Gaming Records from Pac-Man to Fornite.
The Guinness World Records 2023 will intrigue readers of all ages covering everything from the Most Skysurfing Helicopter Spins to the Largest Horn Spread on a Goat to the Farthest Flight on Mars and the Largest Collection of Zelda Memorabilia. There are serious scientific records and fun records like the tallest living domestic cat at 18.83 inches.
Guinness World Records started in 1955 with a simple question, “What’s the fastest game bird in Europe?” The ultimate goal of the Guinness World Records 2023 is to inspire individuals, families, schools, groups, companies, communities, and even countries to participate in the record-breaking community. On the list of winter books for kids, this book is the perfect gift this holiday season.
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day
A fun, educational, and delightfully illustrated Word of the Day book of 366 words will help any kid turn into a word aficionado. Written to include a new word each day, the animal characters introduce a definition, pronunciation, the part of speech as well as interesting facts about the word. Each month, a slightly eccentric story is included which features all of the new words. Great for kids ages 8-12, this gift will keep giving all year and years to come!
Quizzes for Rebel Girls
The thrill of opening gifts fills the night before Christmas with joy and excitement. That is why you better get a present that won’t end up disappointing your beloved daughter.
Now, nothing can go wrong with Quizzes for Rebel Girls for your elementary-school girl. Making new acquaintances and learning new things at school spark girls’ interest in themselves and the world around them. And Quizzes for Rebel Girls, which offers more than 50 entertaining quizzes, helps to accelerate their journey. They can discover unique qualities about themselves, what makes them stand out, and how capable they are by taking the quizzes.
Not only that but with lively illustrations, facts about wonderful women throughout history are portrayed in an engaging way – so they can receive the inspiration for who they wanna be when they grow up. So, end your search for the gift and surprise your girl with this thoughtful present.
A list of great winter books for kids that are elementary school-aged should include every genre as kids can be fickle in their reading wants and needs. Surprise your child this holiday season with a book or two that will entertain them for hours – and maybe even educate them as well!
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