Being curled up on the couch in front of a crackling fire, book in hand, wrapped in a cozy blanket… This is my happy place. And when I can get one of my littles to slow down long enough to curl up beside me, it’s even better!
As I’ve mentioned previously on the blog, we are big readers!
We have a small collection of books that center around the seasons and holidays that are rotated continuously for reading throughout the year. We keep them in a little basket beside the sofa.
There are so many delightful children’s books about winter but these are the ones we keep coming back to again and again.
I’ve been wanting to share our favorite winter picture books on the blog since the beginning of the season and finally here it is!
Our Favorite Winter Picture Books:
1. Owl Moon by Jane Yolen: A father and daughter go for a quiet and snowy moonlit stroll in search of owls and the results are truly magical! A modern classic and truely a must read!
2. The Mitten by Jan Brett: We’ve enjoyed all of Jan Brett’s books. Her illustrations are one of a kind and her stories are full of sweetness and inspiration. This charmingly spun tale depicts a little boy’s lost mitten and the woodland creatures who cross it’s path. Don’t miss this humorous winter tale!
3. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats: The Snowy Day is a Caldecott Medal winner and is probably well known by most parents with young children. It’s worth a mention just in case you haven’t heard of it because it’s a lovely read about a young boy named Peter and his adventures in the fresh snow!
4. White Snow, Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt and Roger Duvoisin: This delightful tale is a bit old fashioned and whole lot of fun! It follows the adventures of several townsfolk during and after a hefty snowfall, leading into spring.
5. Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton: This book is another enduring classic and Caldecott Medal winner written by the author of other treasured picture books such as Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and The Little House. Katy and the Big Snow tells the story of a beautiful red tractor and how she uses her snow plow to save the day!
6. Ollie’s Ski Trip by Elsa Beskow: A boy sets out to find King Winter and encounters Jack Frost and Mrs. Thaw along the way. A charmingly told and illustrated winter tale full of presents, snowball fights, and culminating with the inevitable arrival of spring.
7. The Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader: The Big Snow begins with geese flying south for the winter and goes on to tell the story of a whole forest full of wild animals. We love it for its simple plot and sweet woodland characters!
8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost and Susan Jeffers: An exquisitely crafted picture book adaptation of Robert Frost’s enduring poem, this one cannot be missed! I actually picked it up for myself, lol, but the kids adore it as well!
Those are a few of the picture books we’re enjoying around here right now! What are your favorite picture books? We love new suggestions!
Check them out at your local library if you get a chance! Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!