Check out these fun reading activities and book suggestions to keep students joyfully reading over winter break. A gift to students and their parents!

1.Winter Reading Bingo!

Winter break is the perfect time to cozy up with a book. Create a winter-reading bingo card or have students create their own. On the back of the card have students write what books warmed them up and what books gave them a chill.

2. Winter Reading Challenge!

Beanstack’s Annual Winter Reading Challenge is a wondeful way to inspire reading! This year’s challenge is sponsored by Lerner Publishing Group with the theme Read for a Better World.

All U.S. and Canadian libraries and schools are eligible to join the challenge and win amazing prizes provided by Lerner.

Learn more: Winter Reading Challenge

2. Read to Learn!

Encourage students to check out a book and learn a new skill over winter break. Have them share what they learned when they return.

Crafty Book Suggestions:

How many things can you make in a day? A tower, a friend, a change? Rhyme, repetition, and a few seemingly straightforward questions engage young readers in a discussion about the many things we make—and the ways we can make a difference in the world. This simple, layered story celebrates creativity through beautiful rhyming verse and vibrant illustrations with a timely message.
Learn to draw tons of your favorite things from around the world, around town, from the zoo, and from parties! A variety of drawing subjects—including the Eiffel Tower, a tiger, a fire truck, and a birthday cake—are broken down into approachable, basic shapes, so you can learn to draw anything you set your mind to!
Simple but fun seasonal crafts from Kathy Ross and Vicky Enright! Twenty-nine easy-to-make craft projects with winter themes, including a snowman pin, a reindeer puppet, and an icy sun catcher.

3. Watch the Weather!

Improve reading and writing skills by encouraging students to read the weather report each day and step outside. What was the weather? Was the weather report correct? Encourage them to keep a weather diary and check out books to learn more about all the different weather systems.

Wonderful Weather Books:

Cover: Will It Rain or Snow?: Weather
This book shows how animals react to weather changes and reveals what we can predict from their behavior.

Bel the Weather Girl helps her friends read the clues in the sky. Will it rain on game day? Stay tuned, because every day is another weather day!

4. Get Readers Ready for Spring Break!

Check out Read for a Better World Take-Home Book Packs! Curated literacy collections packaged and ready to send home with students spring, summer, fall, and winter. Foster access to books when students can’t be in school.

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