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10 K-8 Book Recommendations for Winter Reading

10 K-8 Book Recommendations for Winter Reading

By Jessica Sanders

Winter is the perfect time to encourage your students to pick up a book at home. Get them excited about reading this season with book recommendations from and The National Science Teacher Association.

Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!

Grades: K-2

Your students will follow two mice, Benny and Penny, on their many adventures. This is the first book of the series in which the two friends realize their new neighbor isn’t quite as scary as they thought.

Buy it: Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!: Toon Books Level 2

A Day at the Fire Station

Grades: K-2

Do you have any aspiring firefighters in your class? This is the perfect book for them. Readers get a peek into the everyday life of a firefighter and see what happens when a call comes into the station.

Buy it: Richard Scarry’s A Day at the Fire Station (Pictureback(R))

Here Come the Humpbacks

Grades: K-2

Your students will get excited as they follow a mother whale and her calf on their annual migration to warmer waters. They’ll learn about how whales sing, breathe and more along the long and exciting journey.

Buy it: Here Come the Humpbacks!

Ferdinand Fox’s First Summer

Grades: K-5

This photo journal of Ferdinand, a red fox, is visually appealing and educational. Adorable photos of the fox and simple text make the content easy for a variety of ages to digest.

Buy it: Ferdinand Fox’s First Summer

The Animal Book: A Visual Encyclopedia of Life on Earth

Grades: 2-4

Your students will be engrossed in this book as they flip through beautifully illustrated pages. They’ll discover fun facts about 300 animals and learn about animal senses and daily activities.

Buy it: The Animal Book

Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods and Pharaohs

Grades: 3-5

Students will enjoy the humorous spin author Marcia Williams puts on the traditional tales of Egypt. Her classic comic-book style writing also makes it easy and fun to read.

Buy it: Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods and Pharaohs

Fashion Kitty and the Unlikely Hero

Grades: 3-5

Fashion Kitty is on the prowl for a fashion crisis to solve and your students will follow along as she does just that. In this first book of the series she tackles boring school uniforms.

Buy it: Fashion Kitty and the Unlikely Hero

The Whole World’s Crazy

Grades: 3-5

This book will help your students better understand how to handle a variety of real-life problems like divorcing parents and feeling like you’re the only normal person in a world where everyone around you is crazy and mean.

Buy it: Amelia Rules Book 1: The Whole World’s Crazy (Bk. 1)


Grades: 6-8

A secret door leads Coraline to a mysterious world, which she believes is better than her own. Students will follow as she figures out why she needs to get back to the real world and how to do it.

Buy it: Coraline


Grades: 6-8

In Smile, your students will learn how to handle a variety of feelings they’re likely juggling right now. In this relatable book, kids follow Raina, a sixth grader who’s dealing with embarrassing braces, boy troubles and friend issues.

Do you have any book recommendations to add? Share with us in the comments!

Buy it: Smile

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  1. emily

    April 14, 2018 at 2:47 am

    Read this book brings happiness to the face. look good i like this

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