It’s December already!? This month, our classroom bookshelf is filled with a mix between some of the best winter and Christmas books for preschoolers. Since we’re only in school for 3 weeks in December, we start doing Christmas and winter themed activities right on December 1.
As a preschool teacher, I love sharing all of my favorite children’s books with my students. I try to change our bookshelf up every month, just to keep things fresh and exciting. This is also my way of sharing as many different titles with my students throughout the year.
Reading is a big part of our classroom environment, and anytime we need a few minutes for transitions between activities, I always send the kids to the reading carpet to look at a book. Even though most of my students can’t read yet, just having exposure to literature is great for them as pre-readers. So, don’t be discouraged if your child can’t read yet. You can read to them, and they can gain experience with book handling, page-turning, print awareness, and looking at the pictures.
Here I’ll share all the books I chose for our classroom bookshelf this month.
Winter and Christmas Books For Preschoolers
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Twas The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore
This is the same classical story that we all know and love. The reason I chose this book for my classroom is because the illustrations are brightly colored and appealing to young children.
The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School by Laura Murray
This book is insanely hilarious and my students love when I read it to them. This is a great book for Christmas months, or even if you do a Gingerbread theme one week!
One Snowy Rescue by M. Christina Butler
One morning, Little Hedgehog wakes up to find everything covered in deep snow. He sets out to help his friends. This is a great story of helping hands and friendship.
Mooseltoe by Margie Palatini
If you’ve ever read Moostache, you’ll love this book! Moose sets out to decorate for Christmas and well…it ends up in a funny twist all in his mustache. My students laugh out loud at this book.
God Bless Our Christmas by Hannah C. Hall
This is a sweet story that will help your kids focus on all the blessings of Christmas, including decorating cookies and trees, singing favorite carols, giving gifts, and celebrating Jesus!
The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll
My students LOVE this book, as well as the other Biggest books. (Biggest Pumpkin Ever, Biggest Christmas tree). This is a fun book to read during winter days and if you’re teaching a unit on snow or snowmen. It’s cute, delightful, and teaches a great lesson in working together.
Clifford Helps Santa by Sonia Sander
All kids love Clifford and his adventures. This is an easy read for preschoolers as they discover if Clifford can help Santa and save Christmas!
Mouse’s First Snow by Lauren Thompson
Mouse has never experienced snow before. One cold day Mouse and Poppa venture into the clear white world. From sledding down hills, to skating across the ice, to meeting fluffy snow angels, Mouse finds that wintertime is full of surprises. This is another great book for those “stuck inside” cold, winter days.
The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever by Steven Kroll
The next book in the popular “Biggest Ever” books. Clayton the town mouse and Desmond the country mouse team up to bring the spirit of Christmas to Mouseville-in a BIG way.
Sugar White Snow and Evergreens by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky
This is a BEAUTIFUL book, where kids can discover all kinds of beautiful colors in a snowy day. Bright red cardinal, orange snowman nose, and green trees. This book also teaches how maple syrup is made and once you tell them that syrup is what they use on a pancake, they LOVE the discovery.
When It Starts To Snow by Phillis Gershater
My students love this book because it’s definitely a reader engaged story that’s fun to read aloud. All of the animals take cover in their homes when it starts to snow, except one…
Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney
I love reading this book to kids because they can relate to Llama so easily. They know how hard it is to wait during the holiday season with buying presents, baking cookies, making crafts, waiting, waiting, waiting, but in the end Llama learns what this season is mostly about…the gift of each other.
A Night In Santa’s Great Big Bag by Kristin Kladstrup
Louis’s favorite stuffed animal, Lamb, can’t wait for Christmas Eve, so he sneaks downstairs to see Santa and falls into his great big toy bag! This book is an adventure as the kids wonder if Lamb will ever make it back home, or be given as a present to someone else.
What are your favorite Winter and Christmas books?