Today, I am bringing you my favorite kids’ books for winter. I love kids’ books. Probably more so than adult books. I am not sure if it’s the illustrations or what, but I am a sucker for a pretty picture book. Winter is great time to snuggle up with kids and read a great book about the cold weather. If you live in the South like me, you appreciate books about snow…because we don’t see much of it!
So here we go!
Winter Book #1: SNOW
This is a newer book in my collection. The illustrations are simply beautiful. The story is simple so it lends itself to elaboration and inferencing. “Snow” is the story of a day that snow was not in the forecast. But one little boy holds out hope when just one snowflake falls. It’s a very relatable story! Seriously, you need to add this one to your wish list.
Winter Book #2: The Mitten
Really, what’s not to love about “The Mitten?” The illustrations are gorgeous in Jan Brett’s version. I love books that use uncommon animals like a badger, snowshoe rabbit and a mole. This book has those uncommon animals that can provide discussion after the book is over. Where do those animals live? What do they eat? You could easily spend an afternoon on Google with kids! Give them each an animal to research!
Winter Book #3: The Jacket I Wear in the Snow
“The Jacket I Wear in the Snow” is another great one for kids. I like that it teaches new vocabulary such as scarf, mittens and long underwear. The little girl has a problem that she repeats throughout the story. That scarf is stuck in the zipper! This provides a great opportunity to talk about how she could fix it. Talk with your kids about what you wear in the snow versus the beach. Each page offers something that can be discussed. For instance, why are her mittens pinned to each arm? Her hat and scarf match but nothing else…why? Have fun with this book!
Winter Book #4: The Secrets of Winter
“The Secrets of Winter” is an AWESOME book that you should put at the top of your list! What’s makes this book so cool is the hidden pictures you can only see with light behind the page. I use the flashlight on my phone, but you could use a small flashlight or hold the page up to the light. The book goes into how some animals deal with the cold winter months. I even learned about some animals’ hibernation routines that I did not know about! (I added a link to a fellow SLP and friend’s consultant page. I do not in any way get a kickback or monetary gain. I just wanted to share a great book and help out a friend!)
Winter Book #5: Snowy Day
“The Snowy Day” is a classic. I don’t know of an SLP that doesn’t have this book in their library. If it’s great for therapy, it’s a great one to have in your home. What kid doesn’t love to trot through fresh snow, watching his feet make different prints? This one is definitely a fun read for a cold, winter day!
Playing in the snow is always a fun time. But it’s also nice to come in, sit by the fire with some hot chocolate and read a great book. I have given you 5 pretty spectacular books to share with your kiddos! What is your favorite book to read in the winter?