Winter Books for Kids

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Winter is a wonderful time to read aloud together.  The ideal picture in my head is sitting in a circle next to a flaming fire and my kids looking lovingly at me as I read a beautiful story – one of my favorite books for kids.


That doesn’t happen in your home!

 About 15 years ago, I did take a picture of my kids sitting by the fire as we read aloud. I thought I should capture the memory so I know it really happened…ONCE!  Only thing now is I can’t find the photo. It was a real photo, not digital.

You can still have fond memories of reading during winter time.  Make everyone some hot chocolate and read one of your favorite winter books for kids . . .

Winter Books for Kids - List from

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owl moon activitiesOwl Moon, by Jane Yolen

As I said a few days ago, my absolutely favorite book to read in winter.  I still love reading it & can’t wait to read it to my grandkids

Katy and the Big SnowKaty and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton

the hat by jan brett

The Hat by Jan Brett

the mitten jan brett

The Mitten by Jan Brett
Compare & Contrast the above 2 books by clicking here or here

Or try this fun Unit Study: Unit for The Mitten

Snowy Day Keats
The Snowy Day
by Ezra Jack Keats

mr poppers penguinsMr Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater
Classic, chapter-a-day read aloud!

Or let your up & coming reader try this one on his own.

Did you know????In 1932, Richard Atwater and his wife, Florence, took their two daughters to see a documentary film about Richard E. Byrd’s Antarctic expedition. Mr. Atwater was very impressed by the movie, and he decided to write a book about the penguins from Antarctica.

When one of his daughters objected to children’s books about history, he started to write a magical story about a group of penguins, which would later become Mr. Popper’s Penguins.

Other Books You'll Enjoy

Many of these are Caldecott winners!

Geraldine’s Big Snow by Holly Keller
The Polar Express
by Chris Van Allsburg
Little Penguin’s Tale
by Audrey Wood
Little Polar Bear Finds A Friend
by Hans de Beer
by Uri Shulevitz
Snow Bear
by Jean Craighead George
Snowflake Bentley
by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
The Three Snow Bears
by Jan Brett
The Big Snow
by Berta & Elmer Hader
White Snow, Bright Snow
by Alvin Tresselt

Animals in Winter

Why not start with a cool photography book introducing your family to animal life in winter? Sans and Stoick are a husband-wife team & professional photographers to boot.  You’ll love these books!

Winter Friends by Carl Sans & Jean Stoick (Board Book)
Stranger in the Woods by Carl Sans & Jean Stoick   This is GORGEOUS
Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft (Level 1 Reading)   Perfect for Beginning Readers

Books Just for Fun

Clifford's First Snow Day - Winter Books List from

Clifford’s First Snow by Bob Barkly

Curious George in the Snow - Winter Books List from

Curious George in the Snow by Margret Rey

Curious George Snow Day - Winter Books List from

Curious George Snow Day by Margret Rey

If You Take A Mouse to the Movies - Winter Books List from

If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff

Snow by PD Eastman - Winter Books List from

Snow by P.D. Eastman

Fancy Nancy There's No Day Like a Snow Day - Winter Books List from

Fancy Nancy: There’s No Day Like a Snow Day by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser

For Older Readers

mr poppers penguinsMr Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater

The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder - Winter Books List from
The Long Winter
by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Winter Days in the Big Woods - Winter Books List from
Winter Days in the Big Woods
by Laura Ingalls Wilder

When our kids finished homeschooling, I asked them to list their top 10 read aloud books. Gentry is the only one who stayed at 10 books, even though she was my biggest reader growing up.

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Question: What are you reading to your kids this winter?
What’s your favorite winter books for kids?

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      1. I love Josie Blocher’s books for children, (and devotionals for women). A winter favorite is “The Little Tree: A Christmas Story”. The colorful illustrations, and a surprise at the end are a delight. There is another version that is a coloring book, with the same story told on coloring pages ready for the kids to color themselves.

        Thanks for all you do for homeschoolers.

        1. Angela, Thanks for sharing this title. I’m sure other homeschoolers will enjoy it also. I’ll have to read it.

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