Recommended Reads for Youth

Recommended Reads are the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library's monthly series of books that can be found in our collection.


Recommended Reads for December 2022


DB107706 Emile and the Field by Young, Kevin.

Emile loves the field close to his home--in spring, summer, and fall, when it gives him bees and flowers, blossoms and leaves--but not as much in winter, when he has to share his beautiful, changeable field with other children and their sleds. Commercial audiobook. For grades K-3. 2022.


DB055043 Iguanas in the Snow and Other Winter Poems by Francisco X. AlarcoÌn

These bilingual verses depict the pleasures of winter in the San Francisco area of northern California as experienced by a Mexican American family. For grades K-3 and older readers. AmeÌricas Honor Book. 


DB087891 Everybody Cooks Rice by Norah Dooley

It's dinnertime, and Carrie's mom sends her into their culturally diverse neighborhood to search for her missing brother, Anthony. Carrie discovers that every house she visits cooks with rice. Includes recipes. For grades K-3.


BR021072 Max and Marla by Boiger, Alexandra.

Aspiring Olympians Max and Marla take to their sleds for practice and prepare to overcome all obstacles! Uncontracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.  For grades K-3. 2015.


BR021755; DBC09971 Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold by Sidman, Joyce.

Twelve distinctive poems pair with magnificent frost-bedazzled illustrations and fact-filled sidebars to eloquently encapsulate the season's ecology and ambiance. School Library Journal. Award winner. For grades K-3.


DBC19146 A Dream on Ice [Mouseford Academy] by Stilton, Thea.

It's winter on Whale Island, and the students at Mouseford Academy are thrilled when famouse figure skating champion Tara Mousinski visits. The Thea Sisters come up with the idea of hosting Mouseford's first ever Winter Games. Will the games be a success, or will diva mouse Ruby Flashyfur ruin the fun for everyone else? For grades 2-4.


DB106217 The Sleepwalking Snowman by Miedoso, Andres.

Desmond and Andres face a snowball-throwing bully and a snowman that was built by a schoolmate but seems to have a mind of its own. For grades 2-4. 2019.


BR022725; DB094703 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown [#13, Diary of a Wimpy Kid] by Kinney, Jeff.

When snow closes Greg Heffley's middle school, he and his best friend, Rowley Jefferson, face a fight for survival as warring gangs turn the neighborhood into a wintry battlefield. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2018.


DB066528 Fireside Stories: Tales for a Winter's Eve by Matthews, Caitlin

Eight folktales of Scottish, Russian, Inuit, Austrian, Czech, and Jewish origin that are traditionally told in winter. In "The Winter Cabin" barnyard animals, who escape slaughter by running away to the forest, frighten a wolf from their home. Brief introductions provide background information. For grades 3-6. 2007.


BR009646; DB038761 The Moon of the Winter Bird by Jean Craighead George

During the cold of December, a song sparrow sits in a blue spruce tree near a yellow house not far from the Olentangy River in Ohio. The sparrow should have been in Alabama as he had been every other winter with the other song sparrows. Nature had given him the clues to leave, but he did not. He had become a "winter bird" staying with those who live in the cold of the North. For grades 3-6 and older readers.


DB103049; LP026372 The Sea in Winter by Day, Christine.

After an injury sidelines her dreams of becoming a ballet star, Maisie is not excited for her blended family's midwinter road trip along the coast, near the Makah community where her mother grew up. American Indian Youth Literature Award: Middle Grade Honor Book. For grades 4-7. 2021.


DB097970 The Winterhouse Mysteries [#3, Winter House] by Guterson, Ben.

After finally settling in at the Winterhouse Hotel, Elizabeth and Freddy are drawn into an ominous mystery involving unnatural tremors, eerie cries, and a rare book. Sequel to The Secrets of Winterhouse (DB 93130). For grades 4-7. 2020.


DB078959 Winter Sky by Patricia Reilly Giff

Almost twelve-year-old Siria, who chases fire trucks in the middle of the night to ensure her firefighter dad's safety, suspects that someone is deliberately starting fires. Siria realizes that solving this mystery will take all kinds of courage. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7.


DB104664 The Winter King by Cohen, Christine.

Cora Nikolson will do nearly anything to save her family from extreme poverty, including facing the immortal god, the Winter King, who most in their village believe has cursed the Nikolsons. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2019.


DB080496 Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby

Princess Solveig and her siblings are trapped in a hidden fortress tucked between towering mountains and a frozen fjord, along with an army of restless soldiers, all awaiting news of the king's victory in battle--but a traitor lurks in their midst. For grades 5-8 and older readers.


DB097841 Winterwood by Ernshaw, Shea.

Rumored to be a witch, Nora attempts to uncover the truth about a boy she discovers alive in the woods who went missing weeks ago during a brutal winter storm. Descriptions of sex, some strong language, and some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2019.