January is a fresh start and a great time to introduce new books to your students. This curated list of 20 January books for kids and explore the winter world with your students. Educational and silly titles included! There are books about holidays, winter, and other January topics.
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Use these books to entertain, relax, or teach your students something about the month of January. This curated list has books that are great for students from kindergarten to third grade too.
- Meet January is a fun book about a little girl named January. She likes to cuddle on cold days and is NOT looking forward to winter break ending. Join January as she learns to not be blue on cold days.
- Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution is a story about a little squirrel learning what a resolution is. She then helps her friends start their goals. Then see the goal she sets for herself.
- The Night Before New Year’s is a tale about a family’s goal to stay up until midnight to ring in the New Year. Will they make it and what do they do to stay awake?
- An Orange in January is a story about the life cycle of an orange but also how it ends up in the store, in our homes, and in our tummies. Fruit is not something we think about in the winter but this orange has a tale to tell.
- All About Winter Weather is a nonfiction text about all the things that happen in the winter concerning the weather. It is a season that has so many special precipitations that kids love!
5 January Books about Hibernation
- Lu, the Little Ladybug and the Great Winter is a tale about a little ladybug and facing her first winter. She doesn’t know what to do or how to prepare. Will she be ready in time?
- All About Animals in Winter is a nonfiction book that shares so much information in a simple format written for kids. The real-life photos are awesome and will engage your learners.
- Winter Sleep: A Hibernation Story is a cute story about a boy and grandmother that take a walk through the woods. They explore how the world goes to sleep in the winter.
- Animals in Winter is a nonfiction book about how animals adapt in the winter. I love this book because it has tons of information in a simple, kid-friendly format. Plus, it has some good vocabulary words to learn.
- Hibernation is a great book to teach children about what they do in the winter. The real-life photographs are great, and your students will love them!
5 January Books about New Year’s Traditions
- Shante Keys and the New Year’s Peas is a book about a New Year’s tradition for a family. Her Grandma makes the best black-eyed peas, but they don’t have any! Shante sets out to find some from her neighbors.
- Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Chinese New Year is a great book to inform students about another New Year holiday all the way around the world. The photos are bright and colorful and will captivate your students.
- New Year’s Day for Cats is a silly book about New Year’s celebrations.
- Our Lunar New Year is a book that shares about 4 different cultures’ traditions. These include Chinese, Thai, Vietnam, and Korean families.
- New Year’s Day is a nonfiction book that shares about New Year’s Day traditions. It shares information about the history, some customs, and other celebrations.
5 More January Books
- My Snowman, Paul is a wonderful winter tale about friendship and fun. Your students will want to read it again and again.
- The Amazing Snowman Duel is a sequel to the above title. A new snowman comes to town but he is bully. Will Snowman Paul allow this new man to be mean?
- Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a book about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is written for young learners to understand some of the great accomplishments he made in his lifetime. I like this book for its information it provides students on this influential man.
- Martin Luther King Jr. is written by National Geographics and it a great read for January. This book tells about his life and the famous speech he made.
- A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech the Inspired a Nation is about the speech that Martin gave and how it has changed the United States since then.
Do you have any great books to read in January? Tell us in the comments below!