The Winter Solstice

From the Series Traditions of the Seasons

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

The winter solstice—the shortest day of the year—marks the beginning of the coldest, darkest season. Discover the scientific reasons for this phenomenon and learn how cultures past and present have celebrated it.

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Science
Copyright 1994
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint First Avenue Editions ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2003-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.8
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF026000, JNF052020, JNF051080
Dewey 394.2'683
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.125 x 8.5
Lexile 850
Guided Reading Level Q
ATOS Reading Level 5.4
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 58290
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Activities, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Recipes, and Reviewed

Author: Ellen Jackson

Illustrator: Jan Davey Ellis


  • CBC Children's Choices, Winner, 1994
  • ILA Children's and Young Adult's Book Award Notable, Runner-up, 1994



“Teachers will value the book’s multicultural approach as well as its simple, readable text and attractive watercolor illustrations.”

School Library Journal

“This picture book does a solid job. . . The attractive, double-page, full-color illustrations enhance the text. A good choice for libraries needing material on the subject.”
School Library Journal

The Horn Book Magazine

“Nicely illustrated with lush, decorative artwork.”
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