If I had to choose a favorite category of picture books, I would select “winter.” I find it so comforting and magical to look at books filled with snowy landscapes. This year a lovely new crop of winter books sprouted up for my (and your) enjoyment. Choose one (or all) from this list, snuggle down in front of the fireplace (or radiator, in our case) and share a book with your child.
Cold Snap. The days are getting colder and colder, the icicles getting longer and longer. The whole town gets together for a winter surprise orchestrated by the mayor’s wife.
A Perfect Day. Carin Berger’s concise text about a sublime day of snowy play is accompanied by creative collage illustrations. It’s hard to beat this joyful winter picture book.
Twelve Kinds of Ice. This is a short chapter book, great for read alouds, chronicling the marvelous manifestations of wintery ice formations from glass-like ice to black ice. Ellen Obed’s lyrical phrasing is perfectly accompanied by McClintock’s old-fashioned black and white line drawings.
Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money. I know, it sounds crazy to set up a lemonade stand in the snow, but these young entrepreneurs will not be dissuaded. Your kids will be singing a catchy little tune, setting up their own stand and counting their change by the time you finish reading.
The Reader. A winter picnic, a dog and a book: what could be better? I confess I have a huge soft spot for Lauren Castillo, who illustrated one of my favorite picture books, What Happens on Wednesdays.
The Christmas Quiet Book. The cuddly-cozy text and pictures of this book mean you can enjoy it all winter long, not just at Yule.
Charley’s First Night. A beautifully illustrated story about a boy who lovingly cares for his new pet. Both kids and parents will relate to this story about spending the first night with the new object-of-your-affection.
The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever! On a New England hillside, join a gaggle of kids on a super-long sled for the ride of your life! Humorous storytelling earned the author starred reviews.
Have you read any of these? What did you think?
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