Winter solstice in sunny Florida is like most days of the year. Sunny. And maybe even a little warmer than usual! We like to pretend there’s a reason to don our winter hats.
We decorate our house in winter ways with evergreen spruce and red-striped displays.
For story time this week, I gathered up the winter-themed books from our shelves and opened the children’s eyes to what wintertime can really be like.
7 Books to Kick-Off the Season
My six-year old reader adores this book. She reads, re-reads, and reads it again, gleaning all the nuances of the changing seasons.
We can’t wait for our relatives to come and visit on Christmas day. And not just for the extra presents! Our lives are richer for gathering the generations together, sharing stories, hugs, and being thankful for each time we can see them again.
Reading this Caldecott Medal winner, I can almost smell the spruce and shiver from the icy cold. Many of the birds and animals found in this literary treasure are only found north of Florida, unless they are travelling here for the annual winter migration.
My children love reading the “If You Give a _______” series by Laura Numeroff that always end up at back at the beginning.
A masterful retelling of the birth of Christ from the perspective of the animals. Sally Lloyd-Jones also wrote the Jesus Storybook Bible, a children’s picture Bible with each story focused on the foreshadowing of the coming King, who is Christ, the Lord.
Andrew Peterson (one of my favorite musicians) is the writer of the Wingfeather trilogy, singer, songwriter, and now children’s picture book author. I’ve found this book to be a wonderful way to memorize the entire genealogy of Christ with an original song and fun pictures.
Beloved wife of Billy Graham, Ruth Bell Graham wrote the story of Jesus from creation to His birth in a stable and shares the reason He came from heaven to earth.
In all the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, think about adding these wonderful books to your home library. Take a much-needed break to stop and read them a-loud with your children, sharing what Christmas is truly about.