Wintery Picture Books

Wintery Picture Books

Ben Partridge
Nov 17, 2010

Depending on your neck of the woods, scarves and stocking caps are probably beginning to resurface and make their appearances on coat hooks around the house. This past weekend we pulled out all our winter gear, and since our seasonal picture books typically get packed away in the same bin that means winter and snow related titles have begun to work their way back onto our bookshelves.

Winter holiday books are stored with the tree ornaments and knotted balls of string lights, which we hold off unpacking until after Thanksgiving. So these are strictly books with wintery themes to heighten the anticipation for snow forts, sledding, and hot cocoa.

Here's a roundup of a few classic winter picture books we return to each year, as well as some newer ones we're considering adding to our permanent collection.

What winter picture books do you and your family enjoying revisiting?

Snowflake Bentley by Jaqueline Briggs Martin, Illustrated by Mary Azarian
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Waiting for Winter by Sebastian Meschenmoser
Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost, Illustrated by Susan Jeffers
The Snow Day by Komako Sakai
The Mitten by Jan Brett
In My Dreams I Can Fly by Eveline Hasler, Illustrated by Kathi Bhend

A good practice to follow when purchasing new children's books is to first give them a test run by checking them out from your public library, and then pay a visit to your local independent bookstore once they've become a household favorite.

(Image: Ben Partridge)

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