Month by Month: Books About the Year


Month by Month - Children's Books About the Year

Happy New Year! The new year is just around the corner, which also brings about the question” “What does ‘Happy New Year’ mean”? What’s ‘a year’ anyway? Explaining time to a young person is confusing in many ways. (It’s a perplexing concept to me, too!) In this day in age, we use the Gregorian calendar internationally that’s been around since it was introduced in 1582. The twelve months which include special events, birthdays, and holidays are what make up our calendar year today. The months are also often depicted by seasonal highlights and transitions noticeable year after year. As we move into the new year ahead, here are a few books that introduce the year through story and rhyme, month by month.


children's books about the months of the year

The Year At Maple Hill Farm by Alice Provensen and Martin Provesen (public library | local bookstore)

Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months by Maurice Sendak (public library | local bookstore)

The Turning of the Year by Bill Martin Jr., illustrated by Greg Shed (public library | local bookstore)

Around the Year by Elsa Beskow (public library | local bookstore)

Linnea’s Almanac by Christina Bjork and Lena Anderson (public library | local bookstore)

books about months and seasons

Turtle in July by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney (public library | local bookstore)

Once Around the Sun by Bobbi Katz, illustrated by LeUyen Pham (public library | local bookstore)

Seasons of the Circle: A Native American Year by Joseph Bruchac, illustrated by Robert F. Goetzi (public library | local bookstore)

How Do You Say It Today, Jesse Bear? by Nancy White Carlstrom, illustraed by Bruce Degen (public library | local bookstore)

Around the Year by Tasha Tudor (public library | local bookstore)

books about the months of the year

Parade Day: Marching Through the Calendar Year by Bob Barner (public library | local bookstore)

Toot & Puddle by Holly Hobby (public library | local bookstore)

When The Moon Is Full by Penny Pollock, illustrated by Mary Azarian (public library | local bookstore)

Month by Month a Year Goes Round by Carol Diggory Shields, illustrated by True Kelley (public library | local bookstore)

Snowy Flowy Blowy: A Twelve Months Rhyme by Nancy Tafuri (public library | local bookstore)

children's books about the calendar year

Twelve Hats for Lena : A Book of Months by Karen Katz (public libarary | local bookstore)

Calendar by Myra Cohn Livingston, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand (public library | local bookstore)

The Navajo Year Walk Through Many Seasons by Nancy Bo Flood, illustrated by Billy Whitethorne (public library | local bookstore)

Skip Through the Seasons: A Seek-And-Find Book by Stella Blackstone, illustrated by Maria Caluccio (public library | local bookstore)

Sing a Song of Piglets: A Calendar in Verse by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully (public library | local bookstore)

Dog Days: Rhymes Around the Year by Jack Prelutsky (public library | local bookstore)

A Child’s Calendar by John Updike, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman (public library | local bookstore)





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  1. […] This doesn’t have to be a recycled art work project– You could invite kids to paint or draw or collage or however they enjoy expressing themselves on a large piece of construction paper, watercolor paper, or poster board and then staple the printable calendar once the artwork is completed. Regardless if the art is new or old, this is a simple and artful way to celebrate the new year. After your calendar is done, mark important dates like birthdays and holidays and/or enjoy reading a story about the months of the year. […]

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