Winter is in full swing where we live (though with less snow than I would like), and I love to foster a love for winter in my children. Maybe it’s all the great memories I have of playing in the snow, or how I still find a quiet snow-covered day slightly magical.
Now that we are Muslim, though, that love of winter can easily pass into Christmas territory, so I’m always looking for winter, but not Christmas, resources.
Here are some awesome winter books to share with your kids!
The Big Snuggle Up
This is #1 for a reason! I fell in love with this book the first time I read it with Aamina when she was 2 years old. Honestly, I got it because it was on sale with Usborne at the time, not expecting much from it, but it’s turned out to be such a great winter-time book to read together. The gorgeous illustrations and the repetition in the story make this a book I can’t wait to read to my grand kids one day, in sha Allah.
The Snowy Day
If you are a Five in a Row family, you’ll recognize this book! You can find lapbooks and lots of fun supplements to go with this book, along with the lesson in Before Five in a Row. Since it has so many resources and crafts available, plus the cute story of a boy and his adventure in snow in his neighborhood, it is a favorite in our house.
Secrets of Winter
Usborne has a couple books where you shine a light behind the page and you see more to the illustrations. We have the Secrets of the Apple Tree (great for fall!), and these books are both story books, and educational, which I love. Plus, the kids love shining the light behind the page!
Waiting for Winter
I don’t have this book yet, but it is about a squirrel who is determined not to miss winter. It is on the top of my wishlist because it is such a cute forest story, and all the raving reviews can’t be wrong!
Sticker Dolly Dressing – Winter
This is changing it up a little, but it’s fun to have activity books in the mix, too. Maybe this will help kids learn they really should be wearing mittens and hats? Okay, maybe not, but it’s still fun to dress up the dolls in this sticker book with their winter gear. Who doesn’t like stickers?
My love for knitting might have contributed to my love for this book. His grandma makes him snow-white mittens, and when he loses one (like grandma said he would), some forest animals find it quite cozy instead. This story is sure to be loved by kids of all ages.
Did you know there are different kinds of snow? If your kids didn’t have nostalgia for snow before, this might just plant those seeds for them, and the adorable illustrations are sure to be a hit for everyone. This is another book I can’t wait to read to my future grand kids, in sha Allah.
You know, after putting together this list of books, it makes me never want to move somewhere that doesn’t get snow. Celebrate snow!
Gemma Elizabeth says
What a great list of books! It can be hard to find winter-themed books that are not ‘Christmassy.’ Thans for the recommendations 🙂
Shannen Espelien says
You’re welcome! I hope you enjoy some of these books!