The Best December Read Alouds for Kindergarten

December is an exciting time with a lot of holidays.  Whether you are teaching about the holidays or not, you will find some fantastic read alouds for December in this blog. 

december read alouds

December Read Alouds

Below is a list of our favorite books to read in December.  Click on the pictures of any of the books to purchase from Amazon.

best december read alouds

Mr. Cookie Baker

During December, we set up our playhouse like a cookie bakery.  Mr. Cookie Baker was the best book to introduce our cookie bakery playhouse.  This is a sweet simple story of a baker who makes delicious cookies that everyone enjoys.  After reading this adorable book, our students were able to discuss things we might need in our playhouse to make it a successful cookie bakery. 

Gingerbread Man books

We did a whole unit on comparing different gingerbread man books.  These are some of our favorite ones we read during this unit.  If you are looking for more details, read our blog, How to Teach Story Elements and scroll down to ‘Putting It All Together’.

The Snowy Day

We loved reading books by Ezra Jack Keats, all featuring the main character, Peter.  This book is great to read during December or after a snow storm.  It shows different things Peter likes to do in the snow.

Winter Books

Since winter begins in December, it’s a great time to learn about this season.  How Do You Know It’s Winter?  by Ruth Owens is a great winter read aloud with real pictures.  We spent a few days teaching about winter in our kindergarten classes.  If you want to know about the great activities and lessons we taught, read our blog about winter activities

December Holiday Books for Kindergarten

We loved teaching about the different holidays in December.  Here are some great books we liked reading to our kids. 


These books teach about the traditions of Kwanzaa. 


The Story of Hanukkah by David A Adler is a great book for kids that tells the story of how Hannukah started. 

Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Hanukkah: With Light, Latkes, and Dreidels; this National Geographic Kids book shows how people celebrate Hanukkah. 

My First Chanukah by Tomie dePaola is a fantastic kid friendly book about Hannukah celebrations. 

Christmas Around the World

When teaching about Christmas, we taught how this holiday was celebrated in different countries.  Here are a few books we read.





Christmas Books Read Alouds

These are some of our favorite books about Christmas we shared with our students. 

Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner:  After a boy makes a snowman, he wonders how snowmen celebrate Christmas.  After the people have gone to sleep, all the snowmen have a wonderful Christmas celebration

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg:  Your students will love this classic book about a boy who takes a train, the Polar Express, to the North Pole. 

Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson:  This cute book is about a bear who is hibernating for the winter and his animal friends try to keep him awake to enjoy Christmas. 

The Christmas Story by Jane Werner Watson:  This is a great book if you are looking for a children’s book that tells the story of the birth of Christ.

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