Five Picture Books About Winter We Are Reading This Week


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Winter is officially here! Although, the weekly forecast might have you wondering if Jack Frost is taking a vacation this year. I can’t believe it was in the 50s on Christmas day here in Michigan! Normally, I love freezing temperatures and plush snowbanks, especially now that I don’t have to drive in inclement weather. It used to give me a purpose for embracing my inner hermit, but now that Oliver is a rambunctious toddler, I find we are going stir crazy from staying cooped up in the house. So, when thermometers rose into the 50s, Oliver and I made our great escape and walked to the library to read about winter instead. Here are five picture books about winter we are reading this week:

Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter by Kenard Pak

Follow a brother and sister as they walk to town, conversing with nature and greeting the signs of the approaching winter. Pak’s illustrations are dreamy and somehow capture the quiet muffled sounds snow makes. I adore this story!

Goodreads | Indiebound

Stella Queen of the Snow by Marie-Louise Gay

Little brother, Sam, experiences his first snowstorm, and older sister, Stella, delights in answering his many questions about the transformed landscape while showing him how to best enjoy a snowy day. Whimsical watercolor illustrations capture the wonder and imagination of the two siblings.

Goodreads | Indiebound

The Mitten by Jan Brett

I couldn’t resist sharing this favorite from my own childhood. An adaptation of a Ukranian folktale, the Mitten tells the story of white mitten lost in the snow, and all the woodland animals that burrow inside to make it their new home. The illustrations are rich in detail, and I remember poring over them when I was younger.

Goodreads | Indiebound

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Could any wintertime picture book list be complete without this Caldecott Medal-winning classic? The Snowy Day follows Peter, full of wonder, as he explores his city, which has been transformed by a blanket of snow.

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The Twelve Days of Winter by Deborah Lee Rose, Illustrated by Carey F. Armstrong-Ellis

My son, Oliver, hasn’t started school yet, nor am I a good singer, but that doesn’t interfere with his LOVE of this book. Following the format of the song, the Twelve Days of Christmas, the Twelve Days of Winter captures the passion for learning (and the chaos too) of an elementary classroom as students participate in wintertime activities. The illustrations are rich in detail and personality and beg to be explored by young readers!

Goodreads | Indiebound

Do you have any favorite books about wintertime? Tell me about them in the comments!

4 responses to “Five Picture Books About Winter We Are Reading This Week”

  1. Audrey Avatar

    omg Jan Brett was my childhood! I’m home for the holidays so I was decluttering my childhood bedroom, and I unearthed a Jan Brett picture book of The Night Before Christmas! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s


    1. Jackie A. Avatar
      Jackie A.

      Yes! Her books are so beautiful! And I always loved digging through my childhood books whenever I visited home. I felt extra nostalgic flipping through the pages during the holidays.


  2. ericarobyn Avatar

    Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter by Kenard Pak looks wonderful!! And ooh The Mitten and The Snowy Day are two of my favorites!


    1. Jackie A. Avatar
      Jackie A.

      Oh my goodness, Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter is beautiful. Kenard Pak’s artwork, in general, is just beautiful. I spent quite a bit of time at the author’s site just looking at their artwork.


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Hello, my name is Jackie. I’m a thirty-something mother of a rambunctious toddler from a small town in Michigan. When I’m not toddler-wrangling, I’m often seeking refuge from life’s most chaotic moments in a cup of hot tea. I also love getting lost in stories—both in books and virtually. I enjoy speculative fiction the most, and I am especially eager to read fantasy novels and horror novels. When I’m feeling especially indulgent (usually after everyone in the house has gone to sleep), I like to dive into video games and explore the sprawling worlds in Fallout, Elder Scrolls, Dragon Age, and Mass Effect.

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