December Books for Special Education Classrooms

Winter is a magical time of year, and kids love it! The beautiful white snow, crisp air, and a nice cozy house make it the perfect time of year to spend more time reading. I have compiled a list of 20 books that are just waiting to be read in December!

I have picked a mix of themes and focuses since December lends itself to many things. There are fun books about snowmen, a list of silly gingerbread books, some nonfiction titles that will teach your students about snow, and more! These books are picked for students ranging in age from 5-10.

20 books all about winter for elementary students to read in December!


  • Just a Snowman is a Little Critter book, which kids love! Little Critter just wants to build a snowman but he has to do some chores before he can play. He is a little frustrated but eventually makes it outside.
  • Learning to Ski with Mr. Magee is a fun rhyming story that will have your classroom laughing in no time! Plus, teach about overcoming obstacles and staying calm.
  • My Snowman, Paul is a wonderful winter tale about friendship and fun. Your students will want to read it again and again.
  • Wendy’s Winter Walk is a great story about a walk through her neighborhood. It provides children with the chance to practice W, M, P, and B sounds.
  • How to Catch a Snowman is another fun book about trapping a tricky character. I love this series because the books lend themselves so well to STEM projects and getting your students learning in a hands-on way.
20 books all about winter for elementary students to read in December!

5 December Books about Gingerbread Men

  • How to Catch a Gingerbread Man is a different version of the classic story. He is loose inside the bookstore and he needs help from other characters. Perfect for a STEM project idea!
  • The Gingerbread Man is the classic story. I love reading different versions of the same story and completing a book comparison activity.
  • The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School is a silly story that your students will love to listen to! They will be able to picture him in their school building and it will bring delight to their day.
  • The Gingerbread Girl is the sister to the original gingerbread cookie but she is smarter and has a plan to outthink the fox.
  • The Ninjabread Man is a spin on the classic. This time the cookie is a ninja! Students will love to see if he can beat the ninja snake, ninja mouse, ninja bear, and ninja fox.
20 books all about winter for elementary students to read in December!

5 December Books for Winter

  • There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow is another twist on the classic story about the lady who swallowed a fly. This time she is swallowing all the things to make a snowman. There are so many rhymes and the repetitive text is perfect for young students to join you reading.
  • Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter is about a brother and sister exploring their town as the seasons change. The little changes are so interesting, and they are learning so much.
  • Winter Dance is a story about all the animals getting ready for winter. The squirrels are busy collecting nuts and the geese are flying south but fox isn’t sure what he should be doing to get ready for winter.
  • Over and Under the Snow is an interesting story about all the animals and what they do in the snow. The book shows over and under the snow to give students another perspective.
  • Rory: An Orca’s Quest for the Northern Lights is a story about an Orca swimming north looking for the Northern Lights. He meets some new friends, and your students will love hearing about his journey.
20 books all about winter for elementary students to read in December!

5 Nonfiction December Books

  • You Are There! Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941 is a nonfiction text about the events leading up to the Pearl Harbor attack and then the aftermath. The book is for older students but a great option for teaching students about this historic event.
  • The Story of Snow is a nonfiction option to teach students about snow. This book answers a lot of questions about snow; how it is formed, where it comes from, what shape they can be, etc.
  • Curious About Snow is a great nonfiction text all about snow. The vocabulary is great for little learners and they will love learning about this fun winter gift from the sky!
  • What’s a Season? Winter is a cute story about all the fun things you can do in the winter. Your students will love to hear about them and add in their own winter traditions.
  • Winter Wonderland is all about winter! It talks about how the days get shorter and the temperature gets colder. It also talks about the things that make winter special.
20 books all about winter for elementary students to read in December!

Do you have any great books to read in December? Please drop a comment below with the titles for me!

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