Winter 2020 Reading List for Kids

Dec 25, 2019 / By Leslie Jonath

Cold days and winter weekends are perfect for curling up and reading a good book! Reading helps develop good communication skills and the IMAGINATIONS of young minds! Plus, when children feel confident in their ability to read, they can start to take the initiative when it comes to learning new things. That’s why we offer upgrades to Deluxe on our subscription lines. When you upgrade your KiwiCo subscription to Deluxe, we include a unique book to extend the fun and learning of each month’s crate! Our Deluxe team reviews hundreds of books each season to select our favorites. Since our crates are designed to spark curiosity, innovation, and learning, we chose books that do the same.

Below is a list of our winter 2020 Deluxe Book selects. We’ve organized the list by age group but some of the ages overlap. Each book includes STEM and STEAM learning and ALL of them are seriously FUN!

Books to Read to Babies (0 to 24 months)

  • Flip Flap Find Counting 123 by Barefoot Books. Whether insect, fish, reptile or bird, there’s a whole wonderful world of animals and their eggs to discover and count in Flip, Flap, Find Counting Eggs–from one fluffy flamingo all the way through to ten beautiful butterflies.
  • Knick Knack Paddy Whack by DK. This version of the traditional folk song features a parade of children from different cultures, each of them playing a different musical instrument.
  • Music is… by Brandon Stosuy. From music writer Brandon Stosuy, comes an entertaining new board book that introduces the many moods, styles, and senses of music to the youngest audiophiles by transforming our sense of hearing into a visual experience. Music is for everyone, and music is for you!
  • Not a Box by Antoinette Portis. A box is just a box…unless it’s not a box. From mountain to rocket ship, a small rabbit shows that a box will go as far as the imagination allows.We love this book both for its simplicity in illustration for the way it fosters creativity and imagination.
  • Shapes All Around by Kate Riggs. Identifying shapes is a fundamental part of a child’s development. Most of the time, shapes are introduced strictly by their geometric properties. In this illustrated, conceptual board book, though, brightly colored shapes are associated with forms found in nature, creating connections between mathematical concepts and the world around us. Young readers will enjoy pointing out the shapes in this book—and all around!

Books for Kids 2 to 4 Years Old


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  • A Rainbow of my Own by Don Freeman. A small boy imagines what it would be like to have his own rainbow to play with. We liked how this book encouraged children to develop their sense of imagination.
  • Animal Colors by Beth Fielding. Discover the world of animals in a kaleidoscope of vibrant color! Enjoy animals from every color of the rainbow, then expand the concept with animals in amazing color combinations such as yellow and orange, orange and red, red and blue, blue and green, and more. We liked how this concept book not only focused on colors but also how it integrated animals that can be found in a particular color.
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Keats. No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day. Universal in its appeal, the story has become a favorite of millions, as it reveals a child’s wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever.
  • Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry. In this funny story about kindness and friendship, Stick and Stone join George and Martha, Frog and Toad, and Elephant and Piggie, as some of the best friend duos in children’s literature. We loved the illustrations in this book and how and the story highlights the meaning of friendship.

Books for Kids 5 to 8 Years Old

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  • Awesome Engineering Activities for Kids by Christina Schul. Make engineering fun and inspiring. From toothpick towers and marble runs to egg drops and water rockets, Awesome Engineering Activities for Kids is filled with exciting projects that will challenge and delight. (Younger kids will need their adult assistants to help out!)
  • Just a Second by Steve Jenkins. This nonfiction picture book explores time and how we think about it in a different way – as a series of events in the natural world (some of them directly observable, others not) that take place in a given unit of time. Steve Jenkins’ extraordinary illustrations will accompany this engaging look at time.
  • The Story of Snow by Mark Casino: How do snow crystals form? What shapes can they take? Are no two snow crystals alike? These questions and more are answered in this visually stunning exploration of the science of snow. Perfect for reading on winter days, the book features photos of real snow crystals in their beautiful diversity. Snowflake-catching instructions are also included.

Books for Kids 9 to 16+ years old

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  • The Book of Ingeniously Daring Chemistry by Sean Connoly. 24 Experiments for Young Scientists (Irresponsible Science)The title of this book makes you want to pick it up and read it! We’ve been waiting for a Tinker Crate to come along that would pair perfectly with this book. When the Bubble Lamp crate came out, it seemed like an obvious choice.
  • The Creativity Project by Colby Sharp. More than forty authors and illustrators were invited to provide story starters for each other; photos, drawings, poems, prose, or anything they could dream up. When they received their prompts, they responded by transforming these seeds into any form of creative work they wanted to share.
  • Mistakes That Worked: 40 Familiar Inventions & How They Came to Be by Charlotte Foltz Jones. For the Tinker Line, we like to choose books that foster problem-solving, inspire creative thinking, and help kids understand a little bit more about what engineering is. This particular book is a fun read because it explains how many of the things in our daily lives were invented by accident.
  • Terrific Technology by Clare Sipi. This is an activity book that offers bite-sized bits of scientific facts and other interesting information about technology, and it also offers ideas for activities and experiments for the reader to try. Kids will enjoy matching illustrations of ancient tools to their modern names, helping a pilot safely fly by navigating an arrow maze, completing a puzzle to create a DNA molecule, and more. It’s a wonderful way to inspire future engineers!
  • Tools, Robotics, and Gadgets Galore by Nick Arnold. You’ll find tons of super-fun, hands-on activities that will captivate all the inquisitive girls and boys around. Kids will discover milestones in invention history, construct a paper glider, build a power boat, and more.

Are you interested in STEM, STEAM or receiving hands-on projects each month? Check out all of our crates at KiwiCo!


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