Waldorf and Nature-Inspired Winter Reading List


Welcome to the enchanting world of winter reading, where the frosty air and the beauty of nature inspire the pages of our favorite tales. In this blog post, we invite you to embrace the cozy charm of the season with our carefully curated “Waldorf and Nature-Inspired Winter Reading List.” As the days grow shorter and the world transforms into a winter wonderland, there’s no better time to gather ’round the fireplace or snuggle under a warm blanket with a good book.


Winter Feels

As you sink into the hush of winter’s embrace, immerse yourself in the wonders of the season with enchanting titles like “Over and Under the Snow” by Kate Messner, “The Tomten” by Astrid Lindgren, and “The Mitten” by Jan Brett. These books will transport you to a magical world where snowflakes glisten, and woodland creatures embark on their own wintery adventures.

Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
Own Moon by Jane Yolen
Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
The Story of the Snow Children by Sibylle Von Olf\ers
The Tomten by Astrid Lindgren
Ollie’s Ski Trip by Elsa Beskow
The Longest Night by Marion Dane Bauer
Winter by Gerda Muller
The Hat by Jan Brett
Sleep Tight Farm by Eugenie Doyle
The Mitten by Jan Brett
A Warm Winter Tale by Carrie A Pearson
Red is Best by Kathy Stinson
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Goodnight Moon by Margaret A Brown
Lifetimes by Bryan Mellonie
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst
Paths to Peace by Jane Breskin Zalben
Sky Sisters by Jan Bordeau Waboose
A Symphony of Whales by Steve Schuch

The Return of The Light: Twelve Tales From Around The World For Winter Solstice by Carolyn McVickar Edwards

Celebrating Christmas

Experience the true spirit of Christmas with heartwarming stories such as “The Nativity” by Julie Vivas and “Christmas in Noisy Village” by Astrid Lindgren. These tales will fill your heart with joy and capture the essence of this festive season.

The Nativity by Julie Vivas
Peter and Lotta’s Christmas by Elsa Beskow
Christmas in Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren
The Legend of St Nicholas by Dandi Daley MacKall
Advent and Christmas Stories by Estelle Bryer and Janni Nicol
The Longest Night by Marion Dane Bauer
The Light in the Lantern: Stories for Advent by Georg Dreißig

Other Winter Holidays and Festivals

Explore the diversity of winter celebrations with stories like “December’s Gift” for Hanukkah and “The Shortest Day” for the Winter Solstice. These books provide a glimpse into the rich tapestry of traditions that make this time of year so special.

December’s Gift: An Interfaith Hanukah Story by Ashley Smith-Santos
The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice by Wendy Pfeffer Together for Kwanzaa Juwanda G Ford
Goodnight Stories from the Life of the Prophet Muhammad: Islamic Children’s Books on the Quran, the Hadith, and the Prophet Muhammad by Saniyasnain Khan
Lord Ganesha’s Feast of Laughter by Meera Uberoi

Adult Winter Reading

For those seeking a deeper connection to the season, we’ve included a selection of thought-provoking titles that delve into the spiritual and cultural aspects of winter. From “The Spiritual Background to Christian Festivals” to “Pagan Family Values,” these books offer a unique perspective on the season and the values it embodies.

The Spiritual Background to Christian Festivals by Charles Kovacs The Family Virtues Guide: Simple Ways to Bring Out the Best in Our Children and Ourselves by Linda Kavelin Popov
Living a Jewish Life, Updated and Revised Edition: Jewish Traditions, Customs, and Values for Today’s Families by Anita Diamant
Pagan Family Values: Childhood and the Religious Imagination in Contemporary American Paganism (New and Alternative Religions) by S. Zohreh Kermani
The Interfaith Prayer Book: New Expanded Edition by Ted Brownstein The Awakened Family: A Revolution in Parenting by Shefali Tsabary

Other Seasonal Reading Lists from Whole Family Rhythms

Spring Reading List
Summer Reading List
Autumn Reading List
Winter Reading List

So, grab a hot cup of cocoa, light a few candles, and prepare to embark on a literary journey through the enchanting world of winter. Whether you’re a parent looking for bedtime stories, a reader eager to explore different traditions, or simply someone who loves the magic of the season, our “Waldorf and Nature-Inspired Winter Reading List” has something for everyone. Let these stories warm your heart and kindle your imagination during this most wonderful time of the year.

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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. Amy on November 17, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    I can’t wait to look over the rest of the titles you mention, but I had to jump in and give praise for Owl Moon. I happened to notice it at the library today and my young daughters were absolutely entranced by it when we read it before bed. My four-year-old declared: “I love this,” and had me read it again right away.

    Thank you for the other suggestions!

  2. Claire on December 2, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Having a daughter is a walk between the gravity of protecting and guiding her in the realities of this world, country, city and our personal struggles -and- the gracious levity of wonder and celebration in the seasons, nature the light and the dark. Thank you for your offerings that support me in confidently and joyfully sharing the latter with her.

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