Organizing your Children’s Books by Season

Children's Books in a basket.

I’ve spoken here and there on social media about organizing your children’s books by season. We keep our entire children’s library in our “Seasonal Book Boxes” stored in the basement. These boxes are large 70 QT clear plastic bins, one for each season. Within each we store, the children’s books, seasonal toys and decorations for the home and nature table. For example, our Autumn Box includes Halloween decorations, dried gourds and rainbow corn cobs, Fall-themed books, Halloween books, pinecones, chestnuts, pegdolls with witch hats, felted squirrels and knit field mice.

My children look forward to bringing out the current season’s box and storing away the old one.

This is a family ritual which is adored and cherish for several reasons:

  • Our reading material never gets old or boring- favourites have a whole season to be read again and again and are then put to sleep until the time is right.
  • Our reading material is never lost or wasted- too many choices can lead to overwhelm and disinterest.
  • Decorating and caring for our home becomes a pleasure- the children love finding trinkets and home. adornments from the previous year and are inspired to create new decorations for the home.
  • Mum and Dad get a big, quiet break the day a new box is opened because the children always gather on the couch and immerse themselves rediscovering the books they haven’t seen in a long time.
  • Play is refreshed and inspired by the new seasonal toys that come out and haven’t been seen in many months.

Organizing Books by Season

How to Organize:

  • Go through the children’s books and first separate books that obviously fit into a season (Eg. a book about sledding into the Winter Box, a book about Easter into the Spring box)
  • Then get creative about how you will categorize the rest of the not-so-easy-to-categorize books
  • I believe there is a “season for everything” and I tend to look at books like this too
  • Books about death, introspection, quiet, old age and/or losing a loved one I put into the Winter Box
  • Books about camping, going to the beach, or the ocean, or extroversion I put into the Summer box
  • Books about forest animals, dragons, going back to school, treks and adventures I put into the Autumn box
  • Books about baby farm animals, rabbits, eggs and new babies I put in the Spring box

It’s rare I’m not sure what category to put a book in. Often, you can open the pages, look at the pictures and immediately see which season the book is set in.

Place them Intentionally Around Your Home:

We then have two places we keep the seasonal books: the children’s bedroom and in a wicker basket beside the couch in our living room. I personally try to keep the longer books in the living room and the shorter, simple and sweet books in the bedroom- to make bedtime go smoothly!

Below are lists of our favourite children’s books by season:

Waldorf and Nature-Inspired Spring Reading List

Waldorf and Nature-Inspired Summer Reading List

Waldorf and Nature-Inspired Autumn Reading List

Waldorf and Nature-Inspired Winter Reading List

I hope these ideas help to inspire some simplification and organization in your home and many years of reading to come. If you have any others ideas about how you organize your children’s books we’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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Meagan Wilson is a parent educator and author of the now-retired seasonal series of Whole Family Rhythms. After finishing a BA, she went on to complete her Foundations in Steiner Education and Anthroposophy at Sydney Steiner College, as well as her Waldorf Early Childhood Certification at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto. She has received her certification as a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach and has supported hundreds of parents to create a strong family rhythm unique to their own values and culture. She has four young children. Meagan provides resources, support and information to parents who are looking for a bridge to cross between their unique family life and their children’s (often but not always) Waldorf schools.


  1. Sarah on January 13, 2019 at 11:04 am

    Hi Meagan,
    What a wonderful idea to help streamline book choices throughout the year. And to keep toys feeling new!
    I very much enjoy your journal posts, and hope to purchase your winter guide, soon!
    Wishes for a peaceful day to you,

  2. Julia on January 28, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    So helpful! Thanks! Speaking northern hemisphere, when do you switch the bins? With the equinox?

    • Meagan Wilson on April 25, 2019 at 8:05 am

      Yes, this is a wonderful time to switch over, but it really is up to you!

  3. Anne on January 29, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    What a beautiful idea ! I knew there are too many books on my kids’ shelves, but i didn’t know what to do about it. Now i’ve got the answer. Many thanks from France.

  4. AL on February 5, 2019 at 12:16 am

    I’m also wondering when you switch out the books. Do you do it with the solstice/equinox or more with the seasons? Also, do you include holiday books for the entire season or are they separate and out for a shorter time?

  5. Michele on February 11, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    What a lovely practice 🙂 We sorted books by Science, History, Places, People, Stories… thinking we may look again at our baskets to see how we might sort them by season… Thank you for the thought.

  6. Nancy on September 4, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    We do this in our family too!!! My eleven year old still looks forward to the change of books….
    oops season 😉

    We also have a permanent “Per Sentirmi Meglio” box or ” the box I go to so I can feel better”. I fill it with books about emotions, keeping centered, prayer, anger etc….I have a variety for preschoolers onwards…. Works like a loving salve.

  7. Jenn on August 13, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    I like this idea very much, and since we just moved, I am in the process of organizing all of our books this way in our new house. I’m running up against a challenge though: a lot of our board books are “first words” type books with no obvious themes, some have a lot of big mammals from other continents like lions, hippos, etc., we have two series that are on toddler/preschooler behavioral topics like potty training, manners, emotions, hygiene, etc. of which most don’t really have a discernible season as they all take place inside. I was wondering if you had any tips for these kinds of books.

    • Meagan Rose Wilson on August 13, 2023 at 4:08 pm

      Hey Jenn, yes these books I would either have in a baby/toddler basket out for while my little ones are young enough to enjoy them AND/OR we also have a reference bookshelf that is perpetually available for encyclopedia type books the children can use. Hope that helps!

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