Nature Book List: December (Winter & The Solstice)

Nature Book List- DecemberWinter and the Solstice

Happy December! At the beginning of each month I put together a book list related to learning about nature that will be influenced by the season and natural wonders that occur during that month. This month’s book list will feature books related to winter and the solstice. The books make great reads both in the classroom and at home. If you’re teaching a theme related to the seeds and plant life cycles, I suggest you check these out.

December is the perfect time to learn about winter, as the solstice marks the official start of the winter season. The winter solstice this year falls on December 21 or 22, depending on your location in the world.  The following books will share facts and information about the winter solstice and highlight some of the natural phenomena of the winter season. I hope you find the resources useful. Check them out from your local library, or click on the picture below the title to find out more information about the book and to follow a link for purchase.

The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice by Wendy Pfeffer – Learn about the winter solstice and how it has been observed by various cultures over time

The Return of the Light: Twelve Tales from Around the World for the Winter Solstice by Carolyn McVickar Edwards – The solstice marks the shortest day of the year. This book shares twelve tales that celebrate the transition from darkness to light

The Winter Solstice by Ellen Jackson – This book shares facts and folklore about the shortest day of the year.

The Solstice Badger by Robin McFadden – A whimsical story of how the sun realizes his impact on Earth upon finding a creature friend.

Winter is Coming by Tony Johnston – From her favorite place in the woods, a girl watches the changing of the seasons.

Winter (Seasons) by Sian Smith and Rebecca Rissman – Find out what happens when winter arrives. Learn about what animals do and about the changes in the the natural world.

Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft – Learn about what different woodland animals do to survive the winter.

Waiting for Winter by Sebastian Meschenmoser – A squirrel decides to forgo hibernation and see what winter is all about.

Winter Wonderland (National Geographic Kids) – A book that includes colorful and vibrant photos showcasing what can be observed in winter.

Winter Poems, Edited by Barbara Rogasky – A collection of poems celebrating winter and inspiring people to enjoy the beauty of the season.



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