7 books to help kids celebrate all the winter holidays ❄️

There are so many holidays to celebrate aside from Christmas.

7 books to help kids celebrate all the winter holidays ❄️

'Tis the season for all things Christmas. And yet, there's so much more to winter. We have the Winter Solstice and Hanukkah and St. Lucia Day and Kwanzaa and Diwali and Las Posadas and the Lunar New Year. There is so much more to celebrate.

Kids are continually charmed, as are we, by days demarcated as special and observed with ceremony. Mystery and wonder and culture fill these non-Christmas holidays. These seven children's books will help you bring that magic home to your kids.

The Shortest Day by Wendy Pfeffer

The Winter Solstice with all its darkness and cold gets more complaints than celebrations in comparison to its summer sister. But it marks a renewal of its own, when the world resets before the days begin to lengthen once again.

This book shares the science and history behind the shortest day of the year along with illustrations and suggestions for projects for kids. It's a children's history-science-activity book all in one, and the illustrations are just retro enough to give it a 1950s Dick-and-Jane vibe.

The Shortest Day, Amazon, $8.99


Hanukkah Haiku by Harriet Ziefert

Who wouldn't want to read a book that uses Japanese poetry to explain a Jewish holiday? Each of the eight nights gets its own poem, and every page is a work of art. The pages are stepped, so as you progress through the nights, you watch the candles grow.

The illustrations are saturated with blues, plums, ochres, and deep mossy greens that make this both a beautiful story and work of art. This book is coffee-table worthy.

Hanukkah Haiku, Amazon, $6.98


Lucia Morning in Sweden by Ewa Rydaker

St. Lucia Day is the Swedish holiday that takes place on December 13, and it might have Christmas beat for its festivity. The book follows three children as they re-tell the story of Santa Lucia, the light-bearer depicted in her iconic white dress and red sash. Through their eyes, her story comes alive.

Because they spend the day preparing for the festivities, the book also contains activities, sheet music, patterns for traditional costumes, and recipes for the celebratory saffron buns and ginger snaps that mark the day. The illustrations are vibrant and intricate in a similar style to Jan Brett.

Lucia Morning in Sweden, Amazon, $40.22


The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola

Flor de la Nochebuenao, the poinsettia, is known as the flower of the Holy Night in Mexico. These red flowers are iconic to the season, and this book re-imagines the traditional folktale that gives the history of the poinsettia's place in holiday tradition.

It is written and illustrated by the Newbery and Caldecott award-winning author, Tomie dePaola. His signature painting style gives each page its own mosaic work of art.

The Legend of the Poinsettia, Amazon, $6.99


Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story by Angela Shelf Medearis

Another folktale re-imagined: Seven brothers, who do nothing but fight, must work together after their father's death to spin gold out of seven spools of thread. Through the fable, the seven principles of Kwanzaa are explained as well as the origins of Kente cloth.

With an introduction, glossary, and index, you come away with a competent knowledge of the holiday in children's book form. The painted linocut illustrations create a vivid portrait of the Ghanaian village where the tale unfolds.

Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story, Amazon, $6.99


Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin

Celebrate the Lunar New Year as you watch a family get ready for the new season. Sweep out the dust from the old year and make dumplings. Decorate with suns, get out the drums, and put on your new clothes.

It is a time for fresh starts and fireworks, lanterns and parades. The prose in this story makes it perfect to read aloud. And the dragon folds out to epic proportions.

Bringing in the New Year, Amazon, $7.99


Winter Candle by Jeron Ashford

For another book about the darkest night of the year, "Winter Candle" takes you into an urban apartment complex where one candle lights the way for a Thanksgiving dinner, a Sabbath celebration, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and more. It is also the light in the storm that leads a lost tenant home through the snow.

This book unites all the winter holidays with a celebration of diversity and community. It's also written by a graduate school librarian who knows how to do her research.

Winter Candle, Amazon, $95.45


The winter holidays offer an incredibly rich opportunity for learning about other cultures, religions, and traditions. Let these children's books introduce your family to the winter season on a global level.

By its very nature, motherhood requires some lifestyle adjustments: Instead of staying up late with friends, you get up early for snuggles with your baby. Instead of spontaneous date nights with your honey, you take afternoon family strolls with your little love. Instead of running out of the house with just your keys and phone, you only leave with a fully loaded diaper bag.

For breastfeeding or pumping mamas, there is an additional layer of consideration around when, how and how much your baby will eat. Thankfully, when it comes to effective solutions for nursing or bottle-feeding your baby, Dr. Brown's puts the considerations of mamas and their babies first with products that help with every step of the process—from comfortably adjusting to nursing your newborn to introducing a bottle to efficiently pumping.

With countless hours spent breastfeeding, pumping and bottle-feeding, the editors at Motherly know the secret to success is having dependable supplies that can help you feed your baby in a way that matches lifestyle.

Here are 9 breastfeeding and pumping products to help you no matter what the day holds.

Customflow™ Double Electric Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's electric pump

For efficient, productive pumping sessions, a double electric breast pump will help you get the job done as quickly as possible. Quiet for nighttime pumping sessions and compact for bringing along to work, this double pump puts you in control with fully adjustable settings.


Hands-Free Pumping Bra

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Especially in the early days, feeding your baby can feel like a pretty consuming task. A hands-free pumping bra will help you reclaim some of your precious time while pumping—and all mamas will know just how valuable more time can be!


Manual Breast Pump with SoftShape™ Silicone Shield

Dr. Brown's manual breast pump

If you live a life that sometimes takes you away from electrical outlets (that's most of us!), then you'll absolutely want a manual breast pump in your arsenal. With two pumping modes to promote efficient milk expression and a comfort-fitted shield, a manual pump is simply the most convenient pump to take along and use. Although it may not get as much glory as an electric pump, we really appreciate how quick and easy this manual pump is to use—and how liberating it is not to stress about finding a power supply.


Nipple Shields and Sterilization Case

Dr. Brown's nipple shields

There is a bit of a learning curve to breastfeeding—for both mamas and babies. Thankfully, even if there are some physical challenges (like inverted nipples or a baby's tongue tie) or nursing doesn't click right away, silicone nipple shields can be a huge help. With a convenient carry case that can be sterilized in the microwave, you don't have to worry about germs or bacteria either. 🙌


Silicone One-Piece Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's silicone pump

When you are feeding your baby on one breast, the other can still experience milk letdown—which means it's a golden opportunity to save some additional milk. With a silent, hands-free silicone pump, you can easily collect milk while nursing.


Breast to Bottle Pump & Store Feeding Set

After a lifetime of nursing from the breast, introducing a bottle can be a bit of a strange experience for babies. Dr. Brown's Options+™ and slow flow bottle nipples were designed with this in mind to make the introduction to bottles smooth and pleasant for parents and babies. As a set that seamlessly works together from pumping to storing milk to bottle feeding, you don't have to stress about having everything you need to keep your baby fed and happy either.


Washable Breast Pads

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Mamas' bodies are amazingly made to help breast milk flow when it's in demand—but occasionally also at other times. Especially as your supply is establishing or your breasts are fuller as the length between feeding sessions increase, it's helpful to use washable nursing pads to prevent breast milk from leaking through your bra.


Breast Milk Storage Bags

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The essential for mamas who do any pumping, breast milk storage bags allow you to easily and safely seal expressed milk in the refrigerator or freezer. Dr. Brown's™ Breast Milk Storage Bags take it even further with extra thick walls that block out scents from other food items and feature an ultra secure lock to prevent leaking.


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