Winter Books

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

As the Solstice nears and our indoor time tops our outdoor time, we find much enjoyment in the winter books that make their way to the forefront of our reading basket. Stories about snow and skating and Santa keep us lingering longer each morning under blankets and quilts before venturing out to start our day. Here are a few of our favorite wintertime children's books. Can you add your favorites to the list?

Ollie's Ski Trip, by Elsa Beskow
Snow, by Cynthia Rylant
Polar Skater, by Sally Grindley
The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats
Snowflake Bentley, by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
The Story of the Snow Children, by Sibylle Von Olfers
Long Night Moon, by Cynthia Rylant
Owl Moon, by Jane Yolen
The Shortest Day, by Wendy Pfeffer
The Mitten, by Jan Brett
Gingerbread Friends, by Jan Brett
Flannel Kisses, by Linda Crotta Brennan
The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg
The Littlest Evergreen, by Henry Cole
Christmas Farm, by Mary Lyn Ray
Christmas Tree Farm, by Ann Purmell


  1. Your list looks *very* similar to our book bin! :)

    1. Haha, that's great, Shel! I am not surprised! :)

  2. I always loved The Mystery of the Missing Red Mitten, by Steven Kellogg. Won't give it away, but the illustrations really make it special!

    1. Thanks for this suggestion, Allison! I'll definitely take a look at that one!

  3. Love your list! Winter books are my favorite ;) I've got tons of Hanukkah books- it seems to be the one Jewish holiday which has good children's books attached to it. I have a nice long list of winter books to give you, and this is whittled down to my favorites! We actually have to have 2 bins of books in the winter time. We love: The Hat by Jan Brett; The Snowman by Raymond Briggs; Snowballs by Lois Ehlert; Stranger in the Woods by Carl Sams III; White Snow Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt; Grandmother Winter by Phyllis Root; A Day on Skates by Hilda Stockum; Snow by Uri Shulevitz; Brave Irene by William Steig; The Winter Solstice by Ellen Jackson; The Big Snow by Bert adn Elmer Hader; Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson; The Snow Bear by Miriam Moss; and finally When Winter Comes by Nancy Van Laan. Happy Holidays!

  4. I know I'm a little late to this post, but I'm a sucker for children's books so I have to chime in. I love your list and those added by the other commenters! My pick is Frederick by Leo Lionni.