Children's Books about Holidays and Seasons



Holidays and Seasons, generally

Children's Books About Weddings (The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH): Author and title only for over 25 easy, junior fiction, and non-fiction books about weddings, from Betty's Wedding: A Photograph Album of My Big Sister's Wedding by Michael Bragg to Piggins and the Royal Wedding by Jane Yolen.


Nature, Weather and Environment

See also: Picture Books about Nature and Environment

Bibliography: The Real World: Children's Books About Nature, Animals, Weather, The Environment, Etc. (Wendy E. Betts, Notes from the Windowsill): Cover images, author, title, publication info, suggested reading levels, detailed descriptions for about 30 books, in three reading levels (For Babies and Toddlers, Picture Books, and Books for Older Readers). Updated Dec. 2005.

Recycling Booklist (Jen McKinney - Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN): Author, title, pub. year listed for 18 books and 2 videos about recycling. Updated May 2005.


Birthdays

Celebrating Birthdays Booklist (Kansas City Public Library, KS): Author, title, and summary of over 10 books (mostly fiction) about celebrating birthdays.


Spring and Spring Holidays

Spring (Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN): Author, title, publication date (no summaries) provided for about 30 books about Spring. Updated May 2005.

Butterflies Booklist (Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN): List of about 40 books about butterflies, with title, author, year published. Updated Oct. 2005.

'Tree-Mendous' Books to Read on Arbor Day(Kansas City Public Library, KS): Author, title, summary for 8 books.

Books for Spring Reading (Kansas City Public Library, KS): Author, title, summary of about 10 books about springtime and spring holidays.

Go Fly A Kite Booklist (Warwick PL, RI): Author and title only for about 15 books about kites (mostly picture books).

April Booklist (Kansas City Public Library, KS): List of three April Fool's Day books and 11 books about rain. Author, title, summary of each. Updated March 2000.

Childrens Books to Celebrate May Day(Kansas City Public Library, KS): Author, title, summary for 4 fiction titles and one non-fiction.


ST. PATRICK'S DAY

My Shelf: St. Patrick's Day Fiction for Children (MyShelf.Com): Author and title listed, some with summaries. About 10 books. Another 7 St. Patrick's books listed for kids aged 9-12.


EARTH DAY

Earth Day Everyday (Naperville Public Library, IL): Author, title, publication info, Dewey, and summary for about 40 non-fiction and fiction books on the environment.

Earth Day Booklist (Kansas City Public Library, KS): Author, title, summary of about 10 books about Earth Day (22 April).


EASTER

Children's Books to Celebrate Easter (Ms. Brenda, Kansas City Public Library, KS): Author, title, summary of each of 10 books about Easter (8 fiction, 2 non-fiction). And another Easter Booklist with summaries for 9 titles.


CINCO DE MAYO

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of the Mexican army over the French army on May 5, 1862.


MOTHER'S DAY

In Celebration of Mothers! (Kelly Wood, Weston Public Library, MA): Provides title, author, webcatalog link, and short summary for 20 picture books and 10 fiction books about moms. Compiled May 1998.

Children's Books to Celebrate Mother's Day (Kansas City Public Library, KS): Author, title, summary of 6 books about moms and Mother's Day. Also: Mother's Day Books, with summaries for 15 fiction and about 10 non-fiction titles.

My Shelf: Mother's Day Juvenile Fiction (MyShelf.com) : These are books for children ages 4-8, author and title only, about 15 books listed. Also provides list of Mother's Day books for children aged 9-12, 6 titles.


FATHER'S DAY

Father's Day Booklist (Ms. Vickie, Kansas City Public Library, KS): Author, title, summary of 5 books about Father's Day.

My Shelf: Father's Day Juvenile Fiction (MyShelf.com) : Author and title only for abut 15 Father's Day books.

Books About Fathers and Their Children (Reading Is Fundamental): Title, author, publication year, one-line summary of each. Reading levels not noted but most seem to be for children from preschool to grade 3. Over 30 books, from Cari Best's Taxi! Taxi! to Daddies are for Catching Fireflies by Harriet Ziefert.


Summer and Summer Holidays

Fiction for Grades 1-9: Summer setting (Zuckerman's Barn, Massachusetts): Author, title, summary for over 60 children's books set during summer, from Acquainted With The Night by Sollace Hotze to Zeely by Virginia Hamilton.

Summer Stories (Mary D'Eliso, Monroe County Public Library, IN): Author, title, and summary for 11 picture books, 6 beginning readers, 7 early chapter books, and 9 junior books.


INDEPENDENCE DAY

Books for the 4th of July (Ms. Helen, Kansas City Public Library, KS): Author, title, and summary of 6 fiction and 5 non-fiction Independence Day books.

My Shelf: Independence Day Juvenile Fiction (MyShelf.com) : Author and title only, about a dozen books listed for younger children; also a list of Independence Day books for older children, 10 titles.

Patriotism and Citizenship in the United States ( Mary R. Voors - Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN): Author, title, publication date only listed for about 120 books. Useful for Independence Day reading; some are specifically about the Fourth of July. Updated Nov. 2005.


Fall and Fall Holidays

Autumn (Teresa Walls - Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN): Author and title listed for about 50 children's books about autumn. Updated Oct. 2005.

Picture Books for Autumn (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Title and author only (no summaries) for about 40 picture books on the season.

Apples (Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN): Author, title, publication year, brief summary for about 200 children's books about apples. Updated Dec. 2005. Also: Johnny Appleseed Booklist, with author, title, pub. year for about 45 books on Johnny Appleseed, plus lists of non-print media, websites, and teachers' guides.

Fall Favorites (Kansas City PL, KS): Author, title, and summary for about a dozen books about leaves, apples, etc.


BACK TO SCHOOL

Back to School for Younger Kids (Arapahoe Library District, CO): Author, title, summary for about 30 books, for pre-school kids, and for kindergarteners and first graders, from Chatterbox Jamie by Nancy Evan Cooney to Amanda Pig, School Girl by Jean Van Leeuwen.

First Day of School (Deschutes Public Library, Bend, OR): Author, title, webcat link, cover image (for most), and summary for about 100 books in all, organised by reading level: Picture Books (about 75 titles), Easy Readers (7), Bridging Fiction (7), Fiction (about 12), and a few Non-Fiction titles.

Starting School (Houston PL, TX): Author, title, webcat link and summary for about 45 books about going to school. Updated July 2006.

My First Day at School (Timberland Regional Library, WA): Author, title, summary for more than 30 picture books 'to help your child prepare for the big day.' Compiled June 2002.

Back to School Stories (Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, MO): Author, title, and summary of 15 back-to-school books for grades 2-4.

Starting School (Bloomfield Township Public Library, MI): Author and title for about 100 easy reader, beginning to read, and non-fiction books about starting school, from David A. Adler's Young Cam Jansen and the Lost Tooth to Jeanne Willis's Be Quiet, Parrot!.

Starting School Reading List (Louisville Free Public Library, KY): Author and title only for about 30 books (from picture books to Juniors) on starting school.

Back to School Books (Reading Is Fundamental): Title, author, publication year, grade level, one-line summary for 10 books/series, from the Miss Nelson series by Harry Allard to A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech.

Back to School Books: Easy and Intermediate Reading (Kansas City Public Library, KS): Author, title, summary and grade level for 15 books, in title order, from Arthur's Back to School Day by Lillian Hoban to Wild Man at the Wheel by Marcia Leonard. Updated Aug. 2003.

Books About School Buses (Kansas City Public Library, KS): Author, title, summary and grade level for about 10 books. Updated Aug. 2004. Also: Back to School Picture Books, with another 12 books.


LABOR DAY

Labor History Resources for K-12 School Children and Their Teachers (John L. Revitte; American Labor Studies Center) : Extensive list of resources for kids from K-12 concerning work and leisure and labor history. List includes title, author, publication info and occasionally comments about books, comic books, poetry; audio-visual materials; teacher curriculum. Some focus on Michigan.


YOM KIPPUR/ROSH HASHANAH

COLUMBUS DAY

Books about Christopher Columbus (The Logan Library - Utah): Non-fiction arranged in Dewey order, listing title and author. Also sections on biographies and fiction.


HALLOWEEN and DAY OF THE DEAD

Spooooooooky: halloween reading for kids (Wendy Betts): Author, title, publication info, age/grade level, cover image, and detailed summary for fiction at three reading levels and non-fiction. About 120 books in all. Compiled 2004, updated Oct. 2006.

Ghosts, Witches and Things That Go Bump In The Night (Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, MO): Author, title, summary for each. In sections: Easy Reading/Picture Books; Juvenile Fiction; and Juvenile Non-Fiction. About 45 books.

My Shelf: Halloween Fiction for Children (MyShelf.Com): These books are for children aged 4-8; over 115 books listed. Also lists Halloween books for children aged 9-12, with over 50 titles. Author and title listed only, with occasional comments.

Themed Book Reviews: Halloween (ChildrensLit.Com): Reviews of children's Halloween books, with ISBN, age range, price, and publication information. Over 55 reviews.

Scary Stories and Halloween Reading Treats (Westchester Library System, NY): Author, title, publication info, price, age range, ISBN, summary for 5 baby/preschool books, 45 books for ages 4-8, over 40 books for ages 9-12, and 13 YA books. Also lists a few Halloween websites.

Trick or Treat! Halloween Fiction (Penticton Public Library, British Columbia): Provides author, title, summary for about 15 fiction books suitable for Halloween reading, from Avi's Something Upstairs to Spell Me a Witch by Barbara Willard.

Children's Books To Celebrate Halloween (Ms. Carol, Kansas City Public Library, KS): Author, title, grade level, and summary of each of 13 Halloween books. From the same library: Thrills and Chills Halloween Booklist, with summaries of another 19 books; Haunting Halloween Fun, with summaries of 13 books; Halloween Haunting (different list from above!), with summaries for 12 titles; Halloween Treats, with summaries for about 10 fiction titles; It's Pumpkin Time, with summaries for about 15 titles about pumpkins; and Boo-ti-ful New Halloween Books, with summaries for 7 titles.

Halloween for Younger Kids (Arapahoe Library District, CO): Author, title, summary for about a dozen books, from Abby Cadabra, Super Speller by Joan Holub to Wizzil by William Steig. Also offers a list of Halloween Books for Older Kids, with another dozen, from Bed-Knob and Broomstick by Mary Norton to Witch's Sister by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.

Holiday Chillers for Children (The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH): Author, title, and short summary of scary kids' books by type: Easy (6), Non-fiction (7), Fiction (5). From Pumpkin Eye by Denise Fleming to Real Mummies Don't Bleed: Friendly Tales for October Nights by Susan Whitcher.

Recommended Halloween Picture Books (Weber County Library, Utah): Author, title, brief summary, and webcat link for more than 25 recommended Halloween books, from Adrienne Adams' A Woggle of Witches to Iris Van Rynbach's Five Little Pumpkins.

Day of the Dead Booklist (Jennifer McKinney - Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN): List of about 30 books about El Dia de Los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, with title, author, webcat links. From Elisa Amado's Barrilete: A Kite for the Day of the Dead to Glen Wright's Gold of the Gods and other Fascinating Tales of Old Mexico. Also a few books for adults, some non-print media, and relevant websites listed. Updated Jan. 2006.


ELECTION DAY

Elections Booklist (Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN): List of about 45 books about elections and voting, with title and author only. Updated May 2005.

First Tuesday in November: Election and Presidential Books (The Bulletin for the Center for the Book): The Bulletin's Nov. 2000 list of a dozen recommended books. Title, author, grade level, pub. year, and brief summary.


VETERAN'S DAY

THANKSGIVING

Plimoth on Web: Bibliography for Young People (Jane Royal, Plimoth Plantation): Author, title, publication info, summary for about 20 books for elementary school readers and 8 books for secondary school readers. Compiled Summer 1996.

Thanksgiving Fiction (Flint Public Library, MI): Title, author, and short description of 11 books set at or about Thanksgiving. Followed by a list of 13 Thanksgiving Non-Fiction books.

Thanksgiving Booklist (Westchester Library System, NY): Author, title, publication info, ISBN, price, age range, summary for 19 Thanksgiving books, in author order.

Children's Books to Celebrate Thanksgiving (Ms. Susan, Kansas City Public Library, KS): Author, title, and summary of 6 Thanksgiving picture books, with another 15 listed without summaries. Also, about a dozen fiction and non-fiction books about Native American Indians, with summaries; and: Just Read About the Pilgrims, with author and title only for 12 books about the pilgrims (no summaries).

Thanksgiving Books for Children (North of Boston Library Exchange, MA): Poems and stories, and books about history and customs, all with author, title, summary, and link to webcat. Over 20 books in all.

My Shelf: Thanksgiving Fiction for Children (MyShelf.Com): These books are for children aged 4-8; about 60 books listed. Also lists Thanksgiving books for children aged 9-12, with about 25 titles. Author and title listed only, with occasional comments; and Thanksgiving books for preschool children, with 8 titles.

Turkeys, Turkeys, Turkeys (Kansas City PL, KS): Author, title, and summary for about 15 books about turkeys (most are fiction).


Winter and Winter Holidays

Winter and Winter Holidays (Wendy Betts): Author, title, publication info, age/grade level, cover image, and summary for about 60 picture books and about 60 titles for older readers. Covers winter, solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa. Compiled 2004, updated Dec. 2005.

Children's Holiday Books (The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH): Author, title, and summary of Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year's books for kids. 10 picture books, 6 junior fiction books, and 8 non-fiction books. A couple of books focus on Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.

Fiction for Grades 1-9: Winter setting (Zuckerman's Barn, Massachusetts): Author, title, summary for about 25 children's books set during winter, from Bear Mouse by Bernice Freschet to The Winter Wren by Brock Cole.

A Winter Dozen (The Bulletin for the Center for the Book): The Bulletin's Dec. 2000 list of a dozen recommended books. Title, author, grade level, pub. year, and brief summary.

Snow and Winter Stories (Patty Callison, Monroe County Public Library, IN): Author, title, and summary for 13 non-fiction books and 11 fiction books about winter. Compiled January 1997.

Winter Stories (Hampshire County Council, UK): Author, title, cover image, and summary for 10 books about winter, from One Snowy Night by Nick Butterworth to Harry and the Snow King

Winter (Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN): Author, title, publication date (no summaries) provided for about 70 books on winter. Updated Dec. 2005.

Books for a Winter Day (Kansas City Public Library, KS): Author, title, summary for 6 books about snow and wintertime. Also: Books to Read on a Snowy Day, with 15 more books.

Winter Holiday Books (Kansas City Public Library, KS): Author, title, grade level, summary for 24 books about Christmas and one each about Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year's. See also: Season's Readings, with author, title, summaries for about 30 fiction titles and few non-fiction, mostly about Christmas, with a few about Hannukah, and several about snow and snowstorms; World of Winter Holiday Books, with 15 fiction and 9 non-fiction books, about Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa (and one on the Winter Solstice); December Holiday Fiction, with info on 15 books about Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Ramadan (which is not always in December!); December Holiday Picture Books, with summaries for 14 books about Christmas, Hanukkah, and Las Posadas.

Gingerbread Reads (Kansas City PL, KS): Author, title, summary for about 15 books about gingerbread (most are fiction titles).


HANUKKAH

Hanukkah Books (Swampscott Public Library, MA): Author, title, summary, webcat link for more than 60 books, fiction and non-fiction.

Hannukah Booklist (Kansas City PL, KS): Author, title, cover image, and summary for about 20 fiction titles and about 15 non-fiction titles.

Hanukkah Booklist (Westchester Library System, NY): Author, title, publisher, ISBN, summary for 7 Hanukkah books.

Hanukkah (Louisville Free Public Library, KY): Author and title only for over 30 picture books, 8 chapter books, and 8 non-fiction books about Hanukkah. Updated Nov. 2002.


CHRISTMAS

Christmas Booklist (Westchester Library System, NY): Author, title, publisher, ISBN, summary for 26 Christmas books.

Christmas Books for Older Readers (Elmhurst Public Library, IL): Author, title, summary, page count for about 30 Christmas books for grades 4-6, from Mildred Ames' Grandpa Jake and the Grand Christmas to Laurence Yep's Dream Soul.

Here Comes Santa Claus, Right Down Library Lane! (Kansas City PL, KS): Author, title, cover image, and summary for 20 Christmas titles. Updated Nov 2004. Also: Old-Fashioned Christmas Picture Books, with webcat links and summaries for about 20 titles; and Winter Holidays II list, with lengthy summaries of 5 Christmas books.

Christmas Books for Children Aged 7-12 (Booktrusted.com, UK): Author, title, publication info, summary, and cover images for 5 Christmas books.

Book Sense: Latino Christmas: Handful of books from Cultura Latina Bookstore in Long Beach, CA, recommended for celebrating an Hispanic Christmas. Title, author, summary/review, and link to buying info.


KWANZAA

Kwanzaa Favorites: Picture Books (Kansas City PL, KS): Author, title, webcat link and summary for 6 books. Also: Reading About Kwanzaa, with summaries for about 10 fiction titles and 20 non-fiction titles.

Kwanzaa Booklist (Westchester Library System, NY): Author, title, publisher, ISBN, summary for 6 Kwanzaa books.

Kwanzaa (Louisville Free Public Library, KY): Author and title only for 5 fiction titles and 18 non-fiction titles on Kwanzaa.


NEW YEAR'S DAY

My Shelf: New Year's Day Juvenile Fiction (MyShelf.com) : These are books for children ages 4-8, author and title only, about 15 books listed. Also provides list of New Year's books for children aged 9-12, 3 titles.


MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr Day Booklist (Kansas City Public Library, KS): Author, title, summary of 7 books about King and celebrating his birthday. Same source has two more MLK lists, one from 1998 and one from 1999.


GROUNDHOG DAY

Groundhog Day Books (Kansas City Public Library, KS): Author, title, summary of over 10 books about Groundhog Day and woodchucks in general.


VALENTINE'S DAY

KidsRead: Valentine's Day (KidsReads.Com): Author, title, publication info, suggested age range, book cover photo, and extensive summary for over 25 books about love, romance, Valentine's Day.

A Booklist Filled with Love (Kansas City Public Library, KS): Author, title, and summary of 10 Valentine's Day picture books. Also: Be Mine Valentine's Day Books, with author, title, summary for about 15 books; Valentine's Books for Older Children, with summaries for 5 fiction and 3 non-fiction titles; and New Valentine Books, with summaries for 12 fiction titles.