Winter Book List for Kids: 10 Fun Suggestions for Readers of All Ages

Monday, December 21, 2020
Winter is here and it's time to curl up with a good book! I've found some fun picks for kids this month, including a few last minute holiday titles. 

Disclosure: I received some of these books as samples in order to bring you this honest review list. Rest assured I would not recommend something to you if I didn't totally love it myself! This post contains affiliate links to Amazon. I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites. I am an Amazon affiliate but I like to support local businesses, too. If you can find these items in a local shop instead, head on over there! And I apologize for the ads running though this post, but a blogger's gotta make a livin' if you know what I mean.

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Last Minute Holiday Picks

It's never too late for a good holiday book, or even to save for next year! 

The Colors of Christmas by Jill Howarth: this totally adorable board book is filled with gorgeous artwork and the cutest mice you ever did see. Little ones will be enthralled with the colorful illustrations. According to the description, "Red Santa hats, yellow bells, green fir trees, purple bows on presents, and white snow men all abound this holiday season. Celebrate Christmas with your little one while teaching them festive and bright colors." Board Book, recommended for baby-3 years 

The Unicorns Who Saved Christmas by Mary Winn Heider/Illustrated by Christian Cornia is funny and unique, featuring unicorns as the heroes after Santa's reindeer come down with the chicken pox. Some of the illustrations really made me chuckle! Hardcover, 32 pages, recommended for 4-8 years

Unique Picks for Kids (and Adults, too!)

Words cannot express how much I love the book,  Let's Dance by David Bowie. Need I say more?

Let's Dance by David Bowie, Illustrated by Hannah Marks. As a child of the late 70's/early 80's, I really appreciate the beauty of David Bowie's song Let's Dance, turned into a precious children's book. The illustrations are so cute, featuring children of all shapes, sizes, and colors alongside Bowie's iconic lyrics. Adult fans of David Bowie will also appreciate this beautiful book, no doubt. Hardcover, 32 pages, recommended for ages 4-8 years (but, hey, I loved it, too).

My First Horoscope by Rachel McAlister is a board book that introduces babies and toddlers to signs of the zodiac, with a space to personalize your little one's birthday, too. It makes a wonderful baby shower gift or birthday present for baby. Plus, it's fun for parents to look up what their own baby's sign says about them.  Board Book, recommended for babies- 3 years.

Outside the Box Chapter Books

One question I always get as a former teacher is, 'Do you have any chapter book recommendations for my tween/teen?' Sometimes it's a challenge to find titles for both reluctant readers and accelerated readers. I only have two picks for my tweens this month, but both are part of a series, so if your readers like them, you can search out other titles.

Race to the End of the World (Book 1 of The Mapmaker Chronicles) by A.L.Tait is one of our new favorites! I'm actually reading this one with my son right now (we read it together!). Young farm boy Quinn is chosen by the King to become a mapmaker, and must sail into uncharted waters in a race with other ships to win the King's coveted prize. We love the suspense, action, and overall narration of the story. It's so well written! It's a series, too, and I think it would make an awesome movie someday! Tip: Amazon sells this book but it is a little less expensive and would probably mean a whole lot more if you could purchase it from one of your Usborne Books representatives. Paperback240 pages, recommended for ages 8-12.

What is the Story of Hello Kitty? by Kirsten Anderson - Okay so I'm biased and picked this one because I totally love Hello Kitty and I was actually excited to read the story for myself. But you don't need a Hello Kitty lover at home- this book is part of the What is the Story Of? series, so there are tons of subjects to choose from! Large print with black and white illustrations make it a little more appealing for reluctant readers, too. Paperback112 pages, recommended for ages 8-12

A Book for Young Scientists

This next pick is a truly beautiful book. It's a gorgeous hardcover with high quality pages and bold photographs. It's bound to peak the interest of any young scientist! When you're looking for a unique kids' gift, be sure to keep this one in mind!

The Kids Book of Elements: An Awesome Introduction to Every Known Atom in the Universe by Theodore Gray is really extraordinary. Each page is a fun, fascinating, and amazingly photographic exploration of the periodic table. It's perfect for kids who want to understand how atoms and elements make up everything in the universe. It's also perfect for those gamers out there- Minecraft and Terraria fans will recognize the elements commonly used in their games, and they'll finally get to see real-world uses for these items. Hardcover128 pages, recommended for ages 8 to 12.

Pop-Ups and Puzzles 

For those kids who like their books complete with fun and games, check out these fun choices!

Snowflakes: 5th Anniversary Edition A Pop-Up Book by Jennifer Preston Chushcoff  This book features seven beautiful pop-up snowflakes and snowy images. It's like a work of art for your bookshelf. Hardcover7 pages, Recommended for ages 3-6 years. 

Highlights Winter Puzzles (Puzzlemania Activity Book) - a winter themed collection of mazes, number puzzles, word play, brainteasers and so much more. Kids will love the variety and the fun illustrations from Highlights! Paperback, 144 pages, recommended for ages 6-9 years. 

National Geographic Favorites 

I pretty much love all National Geographic Kids books, so these two are no exception!

Brain Candy 2: Seriously Sweet Facts to Satisfy Your Curiosity by Kelly Hargrave- this book is chock full of fun facts and color photographs, in true National Geographic Kids style! It's a great price-point and a small size, too, perfect for a backpack or tote bag. It really keeps kids interested, especially the way it's presented, with chunks and tidbits of facts spread out between amazing photos. Paperback, 208 pages, recommended for ages 8-12

The Coolest Stuff on Earth is another beautiful hardcover book, perfect for gift giving. 'A close look at the wild, weird and wonderful,' is a fitting subtitle, since it's filled with facts, secrets and revelations expressed through fun stories, colorful photos, bold infographics, and interesting Q&As with in-the-field experts. It's an amazing way to explore the mysteries, nature and beauty of our planet! Hardcover, 192 pages, recommended for ages 8-12.

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