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Best of Winter Picture Books

December 1st, 2019

Reading together is even more special in the winter, when the thought of curling up in a big chair with cocoa and blankets invites us to remember favorite childhood moments. Settle in with your favorite young children and share some well-deserved quiet time with these special, snowy gems:

  • Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening (Robert Frost) – One of our best-loved poems, beautifully illustrated by Susan Jeffers.
  • Snowy Day (Ezra Jack Keats) –The classic snow story for young children, now over fifty years old!
  • Snow (Uri Shulevitz) – A quiet story that builds with the excitement of an unexpected snowfall.
  • Snowmen at Night (Caralyn Buehner) – Our favorite of the popular series, giving us our first glimpse of what those snowmen are up to!
  • Snowballs (Lois Ehlert) – A creative and colorful recipe for the perfect snow family.
  • The Snowman (Raymond Briggs) and DVD – This brilliant wordless book led to the hauntingly beautiful children’s film.
  • Red Sled  (Lita Judge) – Newest on the scene, and winning accolades for its practically wordless portrayal of an animal sledding romp. Sure to be a toddler favorite!
  • Annie and the Wild Animals/The Hat/The Mitten (Jan Brett) – Jan Brett is the queen of the snowy picture book, inviting us into her wintry world with these favorite animal stories.
  • Bear Snores On (Karma Wilson) – This much-loved bear first burst on the scene in this cautionary tale of the dangers of hibernating through an animal cave party.

Not snowy outside? Add a sensory component to the experience by making your own snow! Just mix baking soda or cornstarch with shaving cream, or find other options online.

Remember that the book is just the beginning of a delightful conversation with your child, one that you may revisit again and again (and again!) to retell, ask questions, laugh and wonder about – anything to relate it to your child’s world. Soon enough your child will be telling these stories to you!

Author: Karen Coleman, Family and Support Coordinator

Posted by Siskin Admin  | Category: reading, engagement, family
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