Winter always yields the most exquisite children's picture books, filled with magical depictions of snowflakes, icy lakes, cold-loving creatures, and winter wonderlands. Here are my favorite winter-inspired but holiday-free books for young readers...
- Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle: Graceful, peaceful, utterly delightful wordless book- with flaps!
- Lemonade In Winter by Emily Jenkins + Brian Karas: Darling story of two young entrepreneurs, with an emphasis on counting and arithmetic.
- Mouse's First Snow by Lauren Thompson + Buket Erdogan: Insanely cute illustrations of enthusiastic mouse, complete with fun-to-read words like "Pliff, ploof!"
- Skippyjon Jones Snow What by Judy Schachner: "The bravest Chihuahua of them all" faces dangers unknown in a make-believe winter wonderland, utilizes Spanish vocabulary.
- The Mitten by Jan Brett: Gorgeous illustrations of woodland creatures. (See also her newest book, The Animals' Santa, if you're into Christmas.)
- The Hat by Jan Brett: The same incredible artistry and detail as The Mitten, this time celebrating the inhabitants of a Scandinavian farm.
- The Snowman by Raymond Briggs: Wordless book filled with wonderful drawings in a beautifully limited palette, was also the inspiration for a peacefully, hauntingly beautiful film.
- The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats: A classic for oh, so many reasons, let's make sure this lovely book remains in heavy rotation.
- The Mitten by Alvin Tresselt + Yaroslava: The illustrations in this one absolutely slay me, as do all the snuggly animals.
- Oxcart Man by Donald Hall + Barbara Cooney: I may have grown up in Chicago, but this is what winters look like to me.
- Little House on The Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder: If you're lucky enough to have heat, insulation, and glass windows, reading these books in the winter will make you so, so grateful.
- The Ice Dragon by George R. R. Martin + Luis Royo: I haven't read this one yet but the illustrations are incredible, and I hear that people are into this George R. R. Martin fellow.
Please share your favorites with the class!