Winter solstice books for kids serve as a gentle reminder of the cyclical nature of the changing seasons. They contain illustrations, stories, information, and/or tales about the winter solstice for children of all religious backgrounds. The winter solstice marks the beginning of winter. It is the shortest day of the year.
In the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice typically falls on the 20th or 21st of December while the southern hemisphere is celebrating the spring solstice. The southern hemisphere celebrates the winter solstice on the 20th or 21st of June. To learn more about the Winter Solstice and fun ways to celebrate click HERE!
Winter Solstice Books for Kids
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Winter Solstice Children’s Books
Winter Board Book by Gerda Muller (Ages 2 and up)
This book shares the feeling of the winter solstice within its illustrations. This is one of a series of four books without text, which lead the young child through the seasons of the year. A collection every home should have.
One Short Day in December by Lilith Rogers (Ages 3 and up)
This is a fun and friendly story about a deer family who celebrates the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year.
The First Day of Winter by Denise Fleming (Ages 3 and up)
This sweet book celebrates the season on the first day of winter. It is written to the tune of “Twelve Days of Christmas” about a young boy’s adventure in building a snowman.
Snow Party: A Story of the Winter Solstice by Harriet Ziefert (Ages 4 and up)
This is a fabulous book and a rare celebration of the Winter Solstice. The concept is simple, a bunch of snow people get together to throw an outdoors party. The beautiful illustrations paint a whimsical wonderland of snow and magic.
Dear Rebecca, Winter Is Here by Jean Craighead George (Ages 4 and up)
This book takes place in the southern hemisphere where the winter solstice occurs in June. In this story, a woman explains the solstice to her young granddaughter. She writes an interesting tale about the Solstices and explains how Winter actually began at Midsummer and how the light actually begins its journey back to fullness in the depths of Winter. In beautiful prose with gorgeous illustrations, she shares all the wonders that the winter season brings.
Iliana: A Winter Solstice Tale by Walter Fordham (Ages 4 and up)
Iliana is the story of a young girl’s quest for the sun. As the days grow shorter, everyone around her is worried, and no one knows what to do. Determined to save her kingdom from darkness, Iliana sets off alone to find the sun. Her adventures take her to unexpected realms where she encounters magical friends who help her on her way and, in the end, she discovers more than she set out to find.
The Tomten by Astrid Lindgren (Ages 4 and up)
This lovely tale is not specifically about the solstice, but it occurs on the darkest nights of winter so I thought it should be included. The Tomten is a gnome that stands watch while the rest of the world sleeps. It is the perfect comforting bedtime story for children of all ages. I encourage you to read this to children to help them feel safe and snug in their beds on a cold, dark winter’s night such as the solstice.
THE SUNCHILDREN: a seasonal thanksgiving for families of the Earth: celebrating the winter solstice by Ancient Amber (Ages 5 and up)
The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice by Wendy Pfeffer (Ages 6 and up)
In lyrical prose and cozy illustrations, this book explains what the winter solstice is and how it has been observed by various cultures throughout history.
The Winter Solstice by Ellen Jackson (Ages 6 and up)
This book introduces the winter solstice customs and beliefs of the ancient Britons, Scandinavians, Romans, and Peruvians, as well as certain Native American sun ceremonies. My favorite part about this book is the mention of which aspects of these ancient traditions are celebrated today and why.
Solstice Moon Solstice Sun by Maire B Durkan (Ages 6 and up)
This book celebrates the wonder and beauty of the Winter Solstice. Little Owlet needs reassurance that balance will be restored and that light and warmth will return on the longest night of the year. I love the simplicity of this book, it’s beauty and the sheer delight in the wonder of the natural world.
The Return of the Light: Twelve Tales from Around the World for the Winter Solstice by Carolyn McVickar Edwards (Ages 8 and up)
This book retells twelve traditional tales—from North America, China, Scandinavia, India, Africa, South America, Europe, and Polynesia—that honor the winter solstice. These are stories that will renew our wonder of the miracle of rebirth and the power of transition from darkness into light.
Each of these winter solstice books shares something about the shortest day of the year. I hope that they help your children understand the cyclical nature of the seasons and the connection that we all share. For more fun activities be sure to check out our Winter Bucket List!
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