Winter & Snow Picture Books

This morning my daughter called me to the window because she discovered a white peak that had formed over the night on our little bird feeder. It was indeed a charming sight! The fresh powdery snow sat like a small cap on the feeder. As I looked around at the snow trimming the rails of our porch, the bare trees, and the roofs of the houses behind our home, the last line of Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem “Winter-Time” came to mind:

“And tree, and house, and hill and lake,

Are frosted like a wedding-cake.”

 

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My children are especially excitable this winter because we lived in Southern Texas for three years where we had exactly one dusting of snow (emphasis on the dusting). They will finally be able to experience the joys of sledding down a hill and building a snowman taller than themselves.

Snow doesn’t need an introduction but I’ve been reading my children books about snow since they were toddlers and it has only increased their anticipation for their first big Midwest snowfall.

We have read MANY winter books over the years, but this is a list of the ones we love most. I hope these delightful books make their way into your library bag or on your bookshelf and that you enjoy them as much as we do!

 

Winter Booklist

Click here for a printable version of the Winter booklist.

The Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader

Bunny Slopes by Claudia Rueda

Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton

The Mitten by Jan Brett

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

Sleep Tight Farm by Eugenie Doyle

The Snow Globe Family by Jane O’Connor

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost, illustrated by Susan Jeffers

The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder by Mark Cassino

Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming

White Snow, Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt

Now it’s your turn! What are your family’s favorite picture books about wintertime? Please share in the comments below.

 

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How am I to sing your praise?

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“Picture-Books in Winter” by Robert Louis Stevenson

 

Summer fading, winter comes

Frosty mornings, tingling thumbs,

Window robins, winter rooks,

And the picture story-books.

 

Water now is turned to stone

Nurse and I can walk upon;

Still we find the flowing brooks

In the picture story-books.

 

All the pretty things put by,

Wait upon the children’s eye,

Sheep and shepherds,

trees and crooks,

In the picture story-books.

 

We may see how all things are,

Seas and cities, near and far,

And the flying fairies’ looks,

In the picture story-books.

 

How am I to sing your praise,

Happy chimney-corner days,

Sitting safe in nursery nooks,

Reading picture story-books?

 

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I was unfamiliar with Robert Louis Stevenson’s poetry until I saw the title A Child’s Garden of Verses on John Senior’s nursery booklist. Since then I have become extremely fond of Stevenson’s poetry and will always recommend A Child’s Garden of Verses if asked what poetry book to first invest in for a child’s library (apart from an excellent Mother Goose collection). Stevenson’s poems delightfully and wisely capture the joy, curiosity, and imagination of children. A Child’s Garden of Verses is also the book I reach for when looking for poems for my young children to memorize.

The full text of A Child’s Garden of Verses is available at Gutenberg.org. If you are looking for a printed edition, I recommend A Child’s Garden of Verses illustrated by Tasha Tudor. Her illustrative style is a perfect match to Stevenson’s poetry.

 

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Christmas Booklist

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Every year after Christmastide we put our Christmas-themed books away so that when Advent begins it is the first time my children have seen them all year. I check out the ones we don’t own from the library and we place them in a basket with a festive bow. I love how these stories work their magic all Advent long as we prepare our hearts for Christmas morning. Here are our favorites. 

 

Christmas Picture Books:

Baboushka and the Three Kings by Ruth Robbins, illustrated by Nicholas Sidjakov

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The Baker’s Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale by Aaron Shepard

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Christmas in the Manger by Nola Buck

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The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski, illustrated by P.J. Lynch

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The Christmas Story Golden Books

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The Dolls’ Christmas by Tasha Tudor

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The Donkey’s Dream by Barbara Berger

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The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola

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Marta and the Manger Straw by Virgina Kroll

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The Nativity by Ruth Sanderson

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Room for a Little One by Martin Waddell

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The Story of the Three Wise Kings by Tomie dePaola

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The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston, illustrated by Barbara Cooney

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Books About Christmas Hymns:

Good King Wenceslas by John Mason Neale, illustrated by Christopher Manson

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The Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Jack Keats

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Stephen’s Feast by Jean Richardson

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The Twelve Days of Christmas by Gennady Spirin

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Christmas Poetry:

 A Wreath of Christmas Legends by Phyllis McGinley, illustrated by Leonard Weisgard

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The Christmas Story illustrated by Gennady Spirin

The Story of Holly & Ivy by Rumer Godden, illustrated by Barbara Cooney

 

What are your family’s favorite Christmas books? Please share in the comments below.

Also! See our Winter & Snow booklist under our picture books by topic here.

 

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