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January can be long, cold and boring in Iowa.
With all the time spent indoors, it is nice to have a stock pile of activities to rotate through. Board games, movies, books, crafts. All of it comes in handy for days spent snowed in. Here is my list of children’s books perfect for the winter.
Snowmen at Night – Carolyn Buehner
I love this series of books. The illustrations are beautiful and the story lines are so cute for the kiddos to imagine. You can join the fun with Snowmen at Night, at Work, at Christmas, at Play and Snowmen All Year.
The Biggest Snowman Ever – Steven Kroll
It’s no surprise to see Steven Kroll books on my lists. We love his “Biggest Ever” books. I think all kids love the idea of having the biggest something ever, and I love that these books all have a great message of team work and family.
Sneezy the Snowman – Maureen Wright
Poor Sneezy the snowman is cold! The children work hard to help him out and keep him warm, and when he melts they know just how to help with that too! A cute story with great lessons in helping out your friends.
The Snowy Day – Ezra Jack Keats
This one is a classic. My four year old loves the excitement of fresh fallen snow and this book adds to the wonder of the world covered in a fresh blanket of white. I love added some classics from my childhood to their collection.
Dream Snow – Eric Carle
This one is perfectly suited for Christmas, but works for any time of the winter when you have dreams of snow. Is there anyone that doesn’t love the illustrations in an Eric Carle book. You can’t go wrong with his books!
Bad Kitty Does Not Like Snow – Nick Bruel
This is the book that made my kids fall in love with Bad Kitty last winter. My youngest child hated the snow last year so I’m sure she found this book very relatable! The snow is not what Bad Kitty expected it to be in this story.
Toot & Puddle: Let it Snow – Holly Hobbie
Another book that takes place during Christmas, but the real story line in this one is friendship. Two friends work hard and take the time to create the perfect gifts for each other to capture great memories of their time spent together in the snow.
Charlie the Ranch Dog, Charlie’s Snow Day – Ree Drummond
Charlie’s Snow Day is an I Can Read story and perfect for those early readers. My girls are big fans of Charlie and his adventures on the ranch. There is also the fun challenge of finding Charlie’s little chipmunk friend on every page.
The Snowman – Raymond Briggs
This is a little different kind of book to be on my list since you can’t actually read this one. However, this wordless story with beautiful illustrations allows your children to create their own story. I love how their stories change every time they “read” it to me, and it gives them the pride in reading me a story for a change.
The Mitten – Jan Brett
There is a reason this one is a Best Seller! I have always loved Jan Brett’s books, so I made sure to add this to our collection early on. My girls love the colorful illustrations as well as the story in this one. Such a warm, feel good book to read on a snowy day.
Berenstain Bears Winter Wonderland – Jan & Mike Berenstain
Have you been wondering when the Bear family was going to make the list? My favorite family makes the list every time. The flaps in this one makes it an interactive story about having fun in the snow and finding time for a snowball fight!
Curious George Snowy Day – H.A. Ray
Just like everything else, George is curious about the new white world outside. He finds it comes with some challenges he didn’t expect, but makes it through with help from friends.
Just a Snowman – Mercer Mayer
Another classic that always makes my lists! The little critters enjoy a snow day and make some time to build a special snowman! Remember to look for their little friends on each page of the story too.
Shimmer and Shine Winter Wishes – Kristin L. Depken
My girls love Shimmer and Shine and this Step into Reading book is perfect for them. My oldest loves to memorize the story and read it back to me. This one came with stickers as an added bonus (who doesn’t love stickers?)
Ten on the Sled – Kim Norman
Ten on the Sled is such a fun one to read out loud! I dare you to read it without singing it to the tune of Ten on the bed! My girls always walk around singing this story every time we read it.
I hope you can find some great reads on this list to help pass the time this winter. Mostly, I hope you make some lasting memories reading with your favorite little ones!