My Favorite Winter Holiday Read Alouds

I think this is, by far, the hardest collection to narrow down to just nine books. There are so many amazing read alouds centered around this time of year, and on every holiday and tradition, that you are rarely at a loss for good literature!

I have tried to narrow this down to some of my favorites you may not have heard of in hopes of giving you even more meaningful moments with your classroom this month. My favorites remain the Grinch and Polar Express, but by third grade, these are familiar favorites and I like to branch out a bit to keep these read alouds fresh.

I am fortunate to work in a school where we teach about the many holidays that are celebrated this time of year, starting in Kindergarten. It has been so heartwarming to hear my daughter come home and share some of the details with me, so I know she'll be a fan of some of these titles as well, especially Olive, the Other Reindeer.

Because I teach third, I tried branching out to incorporate some longer pieces (An Orange for Frankie), as well as a thought-provoking piece about Hanukkah that blends humor with the important fact that is is not a "Jewish Christmas"; The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming is a hoot, but also teaches a lot about this unique holiday and its lessons in a highly-engaging way!

To extend these read alouds, be sure to see my holiday Word Work, Brain Breaks, Writing Prompts, QR Math activities and more in my TpT Store HERE.  There are also some great technology links for Winter Holidays HERE, and be sure to check the additional links at the bottom for even more holiday-themed tech ideas!

To check out these books, simply click on any of the book titles below. Each book cover will link you directly to its page on Amazon where you can look inside, read the reviews, and find similar titles. 

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I hope this list gives you lots of ideas for read alouds for these diverse holidays. Here's wishing you a wonderful December and holiday season. 

Be sure to let me know of any additional titles in the comments below. I would love to add to this collection!

To find my complete collection of read aloud suggestions, see my growing list here:


  1. Where is your template for "Your Teacher nose you are an awesome student" with the reindeer? I LOVE the idea and wondering if you have it in your TPT store?

  2. Love how you read holiday books from different cultures! I have students from many parts of the world and these books are great suggestions I will use!