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January Books to Learn With Your Preschooler This Winter

December 27, 2023
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We’re excited to announce our featured selection of books and themes for January. Take a look and print out your January books list for your preschooler or toddler.

This book list includes hands-on fun with themed weeks inspired by these popular children’s books for winter.

January Books for Kids

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January Books for Your Preschooler

This month we’ll feature 4 books and 4 themes inspired by Winter and January holidays. Are you ready to join our book club this January?

  • Winter Theme: The Snowy Day by Ezra Keats
  • Bear Theme: Where’s My Teddy by Jez Alborough
  • Kindness Theme: Hug Machine by Scott Campbell
  • Alphabet Theme: Alphabet Under Construction by Denise Fleming


January Books List for Preschoolers


Virtual Book Club for Kids Activities

Here’s a look at the weekly schedule we use at our Virtual Book Club for Kids. This schedule is created for Preschoolers and Toddlers with activities that include:

  • Sensory & Imaginative Play Activities
  • Alphabet Activities
  • Math Activities
  • Science & Cooking Activities
  • Art Activities

Weekly Schedule for Virtual Book Club for kids Activities

January Books and Themes for your Child

Winter Animals Theme

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The featured book is The Mitten by Jan Brett

Additional Winter Animal Books

Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft

Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner

Ten on a Sled by Kim Norman

Snowman Theme

January 9: SNOWMEN

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The featured book is Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner

Additional Snowman Books

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Snowballs by Lois Ehlert

The Giving Snowman by Julia Zheng

How to Catch a Snowman by Adam Wallace

Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright

The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll

Additional Snow Themed Books

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow by Lucille Calandro

Mouse’s First Snow by Lauren Thompson

Little Fox in the Snow by Jonathon London

There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow! by Lucille Colandro

Ten Ways to Hear Snow by Cathy Camper

The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Neitzel

Curious About Snow by Gina Shaw

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder by Jon Nelson Ph.D. Mark Cassino

Small Walt and Mo the Tow by Elizabeth Verdick

Good morning Snowplow by Deborah Bruss

Winter Activities for Preschool inspired by Children's Books


Chinese New Year Theme


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The featured book is My First Chinese New Year by Karen Katz

Additional Chinese New Year Books

Bringing In the New Year by Grace Lin

Happy New Year! Kung-Hsi Fa-Ts’Ai by Demi

Chelsea’s Chinese New Year by Lisa Ballord

Bringing in the New year

Chesea's Chinese New Year

Happy New Year!

A New Year’s Reunion: A Chinese Story by Yu Li-O Ong

Here is our complete list of Chinese New Year Book Suggestions.

Community Helpers Theme


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The featured book is Who’s Hat is This? by Sharon Katz Cooper 

Additional Community Helper Books

Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook

Whose Hands Are These?: A Community Helper Guessing Book by Miranda Paul

Look for the Helpers by Alexandra Cassel

Penguin Theme

January 30: PENGUINS

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The featured book is The Emperor’s Egg by Martin Jenkins

If You Were a Penguin by Florence Minor

Penguin and the Pinecone by Salina Yoon

365 Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental

Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lesterd

Take a look at our ultimate list of Penguin Books for Kids.

Kindness Theme (Bonus Theme)

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The featured book is Try a Little Kindness: A Guide to Being Better by Henry Cole

Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller 

Hug Machine by Scott Campbell 

The Circles All Around Us by Brad Montague

We are All Wonders by RJ Palacio

Take a look at our favorite Kindness Books for Kids.

Martin Luther King Jr (Extra Bonus Theme)

I am Martin Luther King, Jr. (Ordinary People Change the World)

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (A Big Words Book, 1)

I am Brave: A Little Book about Martin Luther King, Jr. (Ordinary People Change the World)

Here are several activity ideas and book suggestions about Martin Luther King Jr.

Sign up for the printable Books and Themes from our Virtual Book Club for Kids 

January activities for school ages with snowflakes, pretend snow, winter science, winter art and more

Here are some additional January themes and books to explore with your child from previous years of our book club! Get the whole month planned for you! Download our January Activity Guide!

Want to follow along with our Virtual Book Club for Kids for Free?  Grab this printable book list and keep it on your fridge to do with your preschooler or toddler. 

Once you sign up for our Book Club Newsletter you’ll get an email every Friday with ideas for the next week inspired by our Books and Themes.

We do the work in planning so you can have fun with your preschooler and make sure they are learning basic skills at home with you.


Can’t wait to see all the fun you and your preschooler will have this Winter with our January Books and Themes.

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