oooo..it is so cold..freezing!!
I wish I could say those words, but alas! sitting in Mumbai; I can only get nostalgic about the winters I experienced, way up North. My son, who absolutely loves the videos he has seen of snow, loves books about winter, snow and snowflakes. And in my attempt to read more winter themed books, I have brought to you books for preschoolers, that are sure to be a hit! Here is my list of
Top 10 favorite Winter Themed Children’s Books to read
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
This simple and gorgeous book was a 1963 Caldecott Medal winner and one of Aarya’s absolute favorites. With it’s simple illustrations and minimal texts, it is one of the first book I would recommend to anyone; and to think it holds its charm even today, more than 50 years after its publishing is a marvel. It not only captures the marvel of a snowy day through its beautiful illustrations, it will also teach your little one a little something about snow. A must have for your little on’e library.
Board book, 40 pages, 2- 6 years
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
Raymond Briggs “The Snowman” is a wordless picture book about a boy who builds a Snowman. He is so excited about it that he goes to check on him in the night and whoa! what does he find, the Snowman is awake and they have a hell of an adventure! I love wordless books, for many reasons, but the most important being that it is all about visual expression and gives us a lot to talk about with the children! These are also the books that children can spend time with, in there quiet time. I have always found something new, each time we read this gorgeous book! Like all of Raymond Brigg’s books this classic novel is an absolute must have. We also have the early reader version and we have also enjoyed the book in the video format (youtube link). If you only have one Snowman book ever, then this is the one you must own.
Paperback, 32 pages, 2+
Snowmen at night/ Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner, Mark Buehner
These 2 books are by the same author and are real fun books to read to your small person. Have you ever wondered what the Snowmen did during the night? Well you will have to read the book to find out! Rhyming text, adorable illustrations – what’s not to like!
Board Books, 32 pages, 2- 6 year olds
Jack Frost by Kazuno Kohara
Jack Frost is a recent find but has become one of our new favorites. A lonely boy and his dog form a friendship with a spiky fellow who only comes during winter! They have so much fun through the cold and winter. a perfect read- aloud with beautiful illustrations (only white and blue is used). Just look at the cover, and tell me if you can resist this one 🙂
Paperback, 32 pages, 3+
The Mitten by Jan Brett
When the boy drops his white mitten in the snow, he goes on without realizing that it is missing.
One by one, woodland animals find it and crawl in; first, a curious mole, then a rabbit, a badger and others, each one larger than the last. Finally, a big brown bear is followed in by a tiny brown mouse and what happens next makes for a wonderfully funny climax.
Jan Brett has written a number of books and this Ukranian folk-tale is, by far, my favorite. If you are a lover of stories, this one has it all – good and unique illustrations, wonderful and humorous story and lots of snow.
Bear Snore On – series by Karma Wilson
Talk about winter, and not talk about hibernation and big brown (and cute) bears – gosh! that’s criminal. This absolutely fantastic book, Bear Snores On from Karma Wilson teaches kids about hibernation in a fun way. We absolutely LOVE the illustration and rhyming text is a huge plus! We are 2 books short, but we will definitely be getting them soon.
Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester
We LOVE Penguins! And Tacky is our favorite penguin right after the penguin in the Oliver Jeffer’s books. Tacky is an unconventional penguin and his graceful, well-behaved companions: Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, and Perfect hate Tacky’s behavior, loud Hawaiian shirts, loud singing, & splashy cannonball dives. But when the hunters arrive, it’s Tacky’s antics that save the day. Absolute riot of a read- aloud, this one teaches the kids some important lessons too. A must have for the little one’s library!
Paperback, 32 pages, 3+
I hope you do enjoy, our selection of winter-themed books for your young people! What are your kid’s favorite winter reads, do share!
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