Winter Reading

Winter Reading Time

My favorite winter picture books

Something I enjoy doing is sifting through the children’s books and pulling relevant seasonal books to display on top of a low bookcase for the kids to see.  Winter is a great season for reading.  Since there are fewer opportunities for “real” adventures we rely more heavily on literary ones.  In addition to holiday themes I put out many winter related books.  I am going to share a handful of those which are favorites of mine (oh, and the kids like them too).

Starting with Snowballs by Lois Ehlert for those with short attention-spans; Lois Elhert is one of my favorite author/illustrators.  We have this one as a board book.  With her minimal text and bold paper-cut/collage illustration, her books are perfectly suited to the younger crowd.  Snowballs is about the building of a snowman and his family.  Each page is a beautiful vertical image displaying many clever found-objects accessorizing the snow family members.

Next is the Snowy Day, a Caldecott Award book, written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats which is absolutely a classic!  It is about a small city boy who wakes to a a winter wonderland.  He bundles up and ventures out solo to make all sorts of snowy discoveries!  The illustrations are beautiful, bold, and graphic.

My next selection is a non-fiction book about trees.  In Carole Gerber’s Winter Trees, learn to recognize trees in winter, in the case of deciduous trees, without the help of their signature feature, leaves!  The linoleum block-prints by illustrator Leslie Evans are beautifully executed and have a very calming peaceful tone.

The next book on my winter list is The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto written by Natalie Standiford and illustrated by Donald Cook.  This is a Step into Reading Step 3 book for kids who are reading on their own (grades 1-3).  Balto was a very heroic lead dog on a dog sled team in Alaska responsible for bringing medicine to some very sick children during a blizzard.  A very inspiring story to read with a new reader.

The last book on my list is The Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader.  This book received a Caldecott Medal for its beautiful illustrations (alternating pencil sketches and colorful realistic yet painterly watercolors of woodland animals).  The story tells about animals preparing for winter and finding food after a big snowstorm.  With a word count of 1735, this is a perfect, get cozy book for getting your kids nice and sleepy at bedtime on a cold winter’s night!

Next are a few more because I am having trouble stopping at 5!

I hope you find something here that interest you and please share some of your family’s winter favorites!



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  1. These are beautiful selections, and we do the same thing here. I love pulling out all the relevant books for a season and leaving them in a stack in the living room. Much like the library does with it’s seasonal displays.

    We have so many obscure books about winter and Christmas, as my mother worked in a bookstore for years and stocked us ’til we were bursting with books year round. But there is one that I love, and that I had my daughter memorize with me last year. An illustrated version of Robert Frost’s “Walking Through The Woods On A Snowy Evening”. I love that poem so, so much.

  2. Great book choices! We have a Night Before Christmas (Texas version) we like to read it, and it’s fun, but I am definitely going to look for a few these to add to the collection. Thank-you!

    • Ooo! the Texas version – that MIGHT be hard to find in New England but now I’m curious!!! Thanks for the recommendation!

  3. You picked some lovely books. I LOVE The Snowy Day and I was at the Museum of Fine Arts just the other day and flipping through a book about the author/illustrator Ezra Jack Keats. Turns out that a malaria article in the paper inspired him to depict the little boy that way and that his book is also a metaphor for growing up African American. So interesting… almost bought that book and now wish that I did!

  4. We have a few winter/snow related books here too. The only one from your list is “The Snowy Day” but a couple of your picks are going on my list to look for next time I work at the library!

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