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These winter read alouds for kindergarten are perfect for both bedtime stories and classroom reading time! Discover all fifteen selections.
I love reading aloud to children of all ages. When I taught in the classroom, I always read right after lunch or when we had a few extra minutes at the end of the school day. As a mom, I read nightly before bed.
I tended to read more “meaty” stories in the classroom or during my homeschool day (after I left my public school job). I saved “fluff” stories for bedtime.
On the list below, you’ll find a mix of fluffy bedtime stories and meatier books I used in my classroom. Some of the beginner chapter books featured below even work well for young independent readers.
Winter Read-Alouds for Kindergarten
Below, I’ve featured just a handful of winter read alouds that will engage your students throughout the winter months.
You should be able to find them at your local library or book store. If you can’t find them locally, you can click each image cover to purchase them on Amazon.
Stone Fox – This is one of my all-time favorite winter read-alouds. Be sure to have some tissues on hand at the end. Little Willy’s grandfather is sick, and it’s up to Willy to save their farm from tax collectors. Their only hope is the prize money from the National Dogsled Race. But a lot of other people want to win the race, too, including Stone Fox, who has never lost a race in his life.
The Poet’s Dog – From Newbery Medal winner Patricia MacLachlan comes a poignant story about two children, a poet, and a dog and how they help one another survive loss and recapture love.
Magic Animal Friends: Poppy Muddlepup’s Daring Rescue – This is one of the books I consider “fluffy”. They’re great for reluctant readers or for young readers who are ready for slightly longer chapters and fewer pictures. Jess and Lily love making friends with Poppy Muddlepup and her twin brother, Patch! But when Grizelda puts a spell on Patch, can Poppy and the girls find the ingredients they need to save him?
Polar Bears Past Bedtime – It’s icicle city…when the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie to the frozen Arctic. Luckily, a seal hunter on a dogsled lends them warm clothes. Unluckily, they get stuck on cracking ice. Will the giant polar bear save them? Or will Jack and Annie become frozen dinners?
Captain Awesome Has the Best Snow Day Ever? – Captain Awesome just woke up, and something is suspicious. His mom’s not calling him to come downstairs for breakfast. His school clothes aren’t laid out for him. He peeks out the window and gasps. He can barely see anything through the piles and piles of…snow! This can only mean one thing. SNOW DAY! And it’s going to be the greatest snow day ever! Or is it?
Bears on Hemlock Mountain – People have always told Jonathan that there are no bears on Hemlock Mountain, no bears at all. So he isn’t afraid to set out alone over the mountain. But as Jonathan discovers one cold winter night, people aren’t always right…There are bears on Hemlock Mountain!
Eve of the Emperor Penguin – Jack and Annie arrive on the one continent they haven’t visited before: Antarctica! What can they hope to learn about happiness in such a barren place? Only the penguins know for sure…Jack and Annie are about to find out!
Mr. Popper’s Penguins – Mr. Popper and his family have penguins in the fridge and an ice rink in the basement in this hilarious Newbery Honor book! Your kids may already be familiar with this story because of the hit movie based on this book. If not, be sure to watch it when you’re done reading.
The Puzzled Penguin – But there’s something strange about Pip . . . he doesn’t seem to know he’s a penguin!
Silver – Deep in the Alaskan wilds, 9-year-old Rachel dreams of owning and racing a sled dog one day. When her father, who breeds and races huskies, gives her the runt of the litter, Rachel names the puppy Silver and sets out to prove he’s a champion.
Balto of the Blue Dawn – The magic tree house has returned and it’s taking Jack and Annie back in time to Alaska, 1925. There they meet Balto, a jet-black Siberian husky destined to save victims of the diphtheria epidemic. But the trail isn’t easy, and Balto is going to need Jack and Annie’s help!
Warriors in Winter – We are warriors! Jack and Annie have met knights, pirates, ninjas, and Vikings, but they have never met the most fearsome warriors of all: Roman soldiers. When the magic tree house whisks them back to the early 100s AD, Jack and Annie find themselves in a Roman camp. Their mission: Be like a warrior.
Winter Pony – Ginny finally has the pony she has always dreamed of, and now she and Mokey are looking forward to a winter full of new adventures.
Winter of the Ice Winter – Merlin the magician and Morgan le Fay have disappeared, and in order to find them, Jack and Annie journey with their friends Teddy and Kathleen to the Land-Behind-the-Clouds, a frozen kingdom of ice and snow.
Captain Awesome Saves the Winter Wonderland – A new villain threatens to put “the big freeze” on the second grade’s holiday play. Can the Sunnyview Superhero Squad save the show?
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