Seasonal Stories

For the past two years I have put together Christmas and winter themed reading lists and shared them here. Last year was Welcoming Winter which was simply links to my Christmas and Winter reading lists at Goodreads. The year before was Stories for the Season with short reviews of eight of our favorite (at the time) Christmas stories.

I seem to have set some kind of precedent for myself so I'm at it for a third year. And truly, reading Christmas stories together (any stories really) is one of my cherished activities of the season, it's only fitting I write about that, again.

This month we are changing our daily routine a bit and moving reading time to late afternoon. A time of tea, books, snuggles and candles, just as the sun is setting. This really is a lovely, lovely way to say goodbye to the afternoon and in some small way appreciate the darkening of days as we approach the winter solstice.  

I have so many books saved at goodreads that I decided to go easy and use their widget instead of listing them all here myself. 


If Christmas stories aren't your thing (some of these books do have major Christian themes obviously) you might appreciate these general winter reads.


What are your favorite books to read together this time of year?

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  • Kelly

    Kelly on Nov. 29, 2010, 9:37 p.m.

    Thanks Renee, what a great long list! Our favorite winter books so far are The Mitten (Jan Brett) which you mentioned and also Owl Moon. For Christmas we love Peter Spier's Christmas and The Polar Express. :)


  • Colleen

    Colleen on Nov. 30, 2010, 1:05 p.m.

    What a fantastic list. I think you've got most of our favorites. We love Lucy's Christmas and The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey especially. We picked up Toot & Puddle's Christmas book at the library yesterday, and I love all Toot & Puddle books. I want to check out The Family Under the Bridge and A Christmas Like Helen's, which I haven't seen before.

    In the past, I've wrapped up our Christmas books (including library books, as we've build our collection) and had the kids open one for each day of advent. As soon as I figure out a way to do it without using all the paper, I may try to resurrect this tradition, because it was a great way to mark the season.

    Thanks for taking time to share the list.


  • Naomi

    Naomi on Dec. 1, 2010, 3:32 a.m.

    We "just" read Snowflake Bentley ourselves! I thought it was such a neat. I find biographies really cool to read, and finding short ones to share with the kids is special for sure. Great list!


  • Heather

    Heather on Dec. 1, 2010, 6:36 p.m.

    Thank you for sharing this fantastic list! The kids and I are headed to the library this afternoon, so I'll definately be checking on these titles. :)


  • Whitney @ Nesting Season

    Whitney @ Nesting Season on Dec. 3, 2010, 5:14 a.m.

    Thank you! We add a book to our collection each year, and also participate in an annual Christmas book exchange. Your lists are wonderful. A Little House Christmas piqued my interest a while back, but I had forgotten about it until now. We love Nine Days to Christmas: a Story of Mexico so much that it has become a year-round read; most winter books are stored with the decorations until their Advent renaissance. For the littlest readers, we enjoy Eric Carle's Dream Snow, Mouse's First Christmas by Thompson/Erdogan and The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keates.


  • Anonymous

    Anonymous on Feb. 1, 2012, 2:11 a.m.

    Anybody recognize this? I've been looking for this winter holiday (probably Thanksgiving???) illustrated children's book for YEARS! It was probably published before about 1967, as that's the year I turned 20, and I'm pretty sure these memories are earlier than that! We always did a LOT of library books. But it could be newer than '67. What I remember is... 1. A car on a road, coming down a snowy hillside with trees on the skyline, and a city skyline far in the distance. 2. A very detailed, 2 or 3-story cutaway illustration of the interior of a Victorian farmhouse, with Grandma on the ground floor, carrying a turkey on a platter (between the kitchen and dining room?) very conventional grandma, white Gibson-girl up-do and an apron. There MAY have been grandchildren exploring the bedrooms on the upper floors. 3. A detailed cutaway illustration of Grandpa and the animals in the barn. This image is the haziest, I really don't have an image, just an absolute certainty that there was one of Grandpa and the animals in the barn, possibly mirroring Grandma-with-the-turkey... That's all I've got, there doesn't seem to be anything that "old" on-line, yet, that I can find. Lots of those elements point to an "Over the River and Through the Woods" story, but it's definitely NOT any edition commercially available in 2011. The art style was very clean and representational, no fancy artsy effects, not cartoonish as so much modern children's illustration is. Kind of a pastel Trina Schart Hyman? Thanks much in case anyone recognizes this, could provide any sort of clue! 1-31-2012


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