Let in snow, let it snow, let it snow… And cozy up in blankets for a winter-ish read with the kids.
Shortbread cookies are in the oven ( so what if Christmas is over??), the living room couch is turned into a bed and is hosting more pillows and fluffy white blankets than it can handle; outside is snowing ‘cats and dogs’ and we are still considering making the Christmas tree a stable roommate in our home. Yup, it’s January but we still have festive blood running through our veins – and our stomach-, and no matter what a “white winter wonderland” might be outside, the hot cocoa and the cinnamon cookies are more attractive than the snow.
And to keep it more festive and fun, here’s a list of our top 10 favorite #snowreads. With beautiful illustrations and funny stories, these children books are the perfect gift and promise to make you want December to last forever. For snowy days and cozy beds. And kids. Let’s not forget they’re ultimately made for kids.
- You Make Me Smile, by Layn Marlow
Soft illustrations follow a rosy-cheeked girl through the steps of building a snowman. His radish-red nose, shiny black eyes, and perfect smile will warm the hearts of readers. Perfect for enjoying the first snow day…inside.
2. Stella, Queen of the Snow, by Marie-Louise Gay
Where do snowmen sleep? Can you eat a snowflake? Do snow angels sing? Older and bolder, Stella knows all the answers, and she delights in showing Sam the many pleasures of a beautiful winter’s day. Young readers are enchanted as Stella and Sam build a gigantic snowman, then they go skating and sledding and make beautiful snow angels in a fluffy, white, magical, and wondrous world.
3. Snow, by Cynthia Rylant
Cynthia Rylant’s lyrical descriptions of the sights and feelings evoked by falling snow blend gorgeously with the rich and beautiful world created by Lauren Stringer’s illustrations, in which a young girl, her friend, and her grandmother enjoy the many things a snowy day has to offer.
4. A Perfect Day, by Carin Berger
Carin Berger’s exquisite collages illuminate, from dawn to dusk, the perfect winter day.
5. Willow and The Snow Day Dance, by Denise Brennan-Nelson
Willow and her family have moved into the bright yellow house directly across the street. Willow loves her new house and neighborhood. She loves the summer and planting her garden. She loves the fall and sharing vegetables with her neighbors. And when winter arrives, she loves that, too. She can’t wait for the first snowfall because she has found the perfect hill for sledding. And it’s right behind Mr. Larch’s house. Can Willow melt his cold heart in time to enjoy a Snow Day?
6. The Snow Globe Family, by Jane O’Connor
Oh, when will it snow again? wonders the little family who lives in the snow globe. They long for a snowstorm? if only someone in the big family would pick up the snow globe and give it a shake. Baby would love to. She notices the little family, but the snow globe is too high for her to reach. But then Baby is alone during a snowstorm. Will the snow globe family get a chance to go sledding, too?
7. Maple and Willow’s Christmas Tree, by Lori Nichols
Maple and Willow love trees—and now they are getting their first real Christmas tree. It is going to be the best Christmas ever! After a snowy expedition to pick out the perfect tree, it’s time to decorate. But whenever Maple gets near the tree, she starts sniffling and sneezing. Could she really be allergic to the perfect Christmas tree? And if so, how will the girls find a way to make this the best Christmas after all?
8. Over and Under the Snow, by Kate Messner
Over the snow, the world is hushed and white. But under the snow lies a secret world of squirrels and snow hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many other animals making their winter home under the snow. This beloved nonfiction picture book exploring the subnivean zone reveals the tunnels and caves formed beneath the snow but over the ground, where many kinds of animals live through the winter, safe and warm, awake and busy, but hidden beneath the snow.
9. Snow, by Uri Shulevitz
No one thinks one or two snowflakes will amount to anything. Not the man with the hat or the lady with the umbrella. Not even the television or the radio forecasters. But one boy and his dog have faith that the snow will amount to something spectacular, and when flakes start to swirl down on the city, they are also the only ones who know how to truly enjoy it.
10. Walking in a Winter Wonderland, by Richard B. Smith
Sleigh bells ring, are you listening . . . Tim Hopgood’s joyful and colorful illustrations show all the wonders of winter―snowmen and sleigh rides, sweaters and smiles. Follow a family on their walk through snowy scenes. A beautiful and festive celebration of the season―perfect for sharing!
Are you already feeling the Winter Wonderland bells ringing? Grab your kids, books, pets and husbands and cozy up for a fun, snowy read.
And don’t forget the hot marshmallow chocolate on the stove!