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Winter Solstice Books for Kids

We are a household of readers, and when it comes to the changing of the seasons, my kids love the ability to read stories about it! Whether it’s nonfiction or fiction, the Winter Solstice is the perfect time to curl up with your little ones over a good book. So I wanted to share with you some of our family favouirte Winter Solstice Stories and Books to enjoy. These are all perfect for kids of any age, and amazing for classroom or read aloud time at home.

Stonehenge with the sun behind the stones on Winter Solstice.

Books About the Winter Solstice for Kids

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These stories and non-fiction books are fantastic to add to your book basket as the Winter Solstice approaches, use them to explain how the day changes and talk about the different ways people celebrate this day around the world. Here are our pick of the best books to read with your kids on mid-winters day.

The Shortest Day

The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice
  • Pfeffer, Wendy (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages – 09/04/2014 (Publication Date) – Puffin Books (Publisher)

The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice is a beautiful book that focuses on celebrating the shortest day of the year The Winter Solstice. This is one that I have kept and return to time and time again.

The Return of the Light

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The Return of the Light: Twelve Tales from Around the World for the Winter Solstice
  • Edwards, Carolyn McVickar (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 192 Pages – 11/14/2005 (Publication Date) – Da Capo Press (Publisher)

We love reading folk tales and stories from around the world and The Return of the Light is a wonderful read aloud full of these ideal for learning how the return of the light from the shortest day moving towards the summer solstice is celebrated by other cultures.

The Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice
  • Jackson, Ellen (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 08/01/2003 (Publication Date) – First Avenue Editions ™ (Publisher)

Discover why The Winter Solstice happens and more in this fantastic book The Winter Solstice ideal for reading with your kids.

The Solstice Badger

The Solstice Badger
  • McFadden, Robin (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 36 Pages – 04/21/2014 (Publication Date) – Green Turtle Press (Publisher)

If you are looking to get just one book that you can bring out to read for both The Summer Solstice and The Winter Solstice then The Solstice Badger is it. This beautiful book gives a story about how the two came about it’s less science and knowledge and more imagination and tales. A wonderful addition to your book collection for kids young and old.

Don’t forget to bookmark the Summer Solstice books for kids so that you can find them nearer the time and add to your collection.

Pinterest image for The Best Winter Solstice Books for Kids showing the sun behind Stonehenge in England.

The Shortest Day

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The Shortest Day
  • Hardcover Book
  • Cooper, Susan (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 10/22/2019 (Publication Date) – Candlewick (Publisher)

This seasonal story The Shortest Day includes a beloved poem about the winter solstice combined with beautiful illustrations to help your kids learn about the shortest day of the year.

Winter a Solstice Story

Winter: A Solstice Story (The Solstice Series)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Gross, Kelsey E. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 10/10/2023 (Publication Date) – Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (Publisher)

Instead of focusing on the shortest day of the year this book tells a wonderful story of the animals in the forest on the Longest Night of the year. Winter: A Solstice Story was published in 2023 and a brand new addition to our bookshelf this year. I look forward to seeing is Kelsey Gross publishes a story for the Summer Solstice too.

Winter Solstice Date blocks for the 21 December.

Winter Books for Kids

books for kids winter and snow fiction and non-fiction books

If you are looking for more generic books about the winter for kids then we have a fantastic list of Winter Stories and Picture Books for toddlers and preschoolers that is ideal to dip into add in and read alongside these books this season.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.

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