OUR FAVORITE WINTER PICTURE BOOKS

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One of my guilty pleasures is buying (too many) children’s books! Reading to your child not only supports language & cognitive development, but also provides a wonderful opportunity for bonding.

My child certainly has his favorites that he wants me to read to him over and over again. Every month, I love to switch up the books on his shelves. The winter picture books list includes books that beautifully capture the fun adventures experienced during the snowy winter season. So grab a mug of cocoa, snuggle up, and enjoy a new book!

Please note: My son is currently 3.5 years old, so this book selection is primarily suitable for toddlers.

SNOWMEN AT NIGHT

Do your kids wonder what happens to their snowman at night? Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner describes all the different fun activities that snowmen like to do while everyone is asleep. This explains why your snowman may appear droopy and disheveled the next day. The wonderful illustrations and imaginative descriptions provide an entertaining winter bedtime read-aloud. [Hardcover]

THE SNOWY DAY

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is award-winning book that follows a boy through his small adventures in the deep snow of winter’s first snowfall. From making footprints in the snow to making snow angels, this book truly captures the magic children experience in the winter snow. It’s important to know that Keats’ illustrations helped pave the way for more inclusive and diverse children’s literature. [Hardcover]

HELLO, WORLD! SNOW

In Hello, World! Snow kids can learn about where snow comes from. Fun facts are told in clear and easy terms and the book also features bright, cheerful illustrations. Each page offers helpful prompts for engaging with your child. Check out other books from the Hello, World! board book series!

WILLIAM’S WINTER NAP

William’s Winter Nap by Linda Ashman is such a sweet story that subtly teaches empathy while also rhyming and counting with beautiful illustrations. One cold winter night, William settles down to sleep in his cozy bed but he soon receives a few visitors. Children will enjoy counting along as the animals keep scooching over to fit in William’s bed.  [Hardcover]

ONE SNOWY DAY

The book One Snowy Day by Diana Murray begins early in the morning, with snow falling gently on a town, and “ONE playful puppy” waking up excited to play in the snow. We see this winter day through the eyes of two children as they enjoy all that comes with a snowy day, including sledding, snowmen, snowballs, and hot chocolate. The rhyming text counts up to ten and back down to one, making this the perfect way to incorporate learning into snow day fun. [Hardcover]

SNOWFLAKES ON OUR TONGUES

Who doesn’t like catching snowflakes on their tongues? In Snowflakes on Our Tongues by Mike Ornstein Farmer Pumpernickel has a peaceful farm with cows, sheep, piglets, chickens, and a horse. When winter arrives and the snow starts to fall, the farm animals begin to act wacky as they enjoy tasting the flakes coming down from the sky. Don’t miss the page at the end that includes animal facts as well as information on the science of snowflakes. [Hardcover]

the little snowplow

The Little Snowplow by Laura Koehler is a story of hard work, determination, and graciousness. On the Road Crew, the trucks think the little snowplow can’t handle the big storms, but he knows he can. He trains hard, pushing loads of gravel, pulling blocks of concrete, and doing plow lifts to get ready. When the storm comes, it’s Little Snowplow to the rescue! This book reminds me of The Little Engine That Could. [Hardcover]

Books and stories open up a whole new world to your child. Take the opportunity to have conversations with them about the book you are reading. Make stories fun and engaging by changing your voice and making sounds. Do you have any favorite books that you’re reading during the holiday season? Tell me about them!

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