10 Wonderfully Whimsical Winter Books!
It’s winter time! If you live in the Midwest like me that means blustery winds, sub-zero temperatures, and hopefully lots of snow! Winter is my favorite time of year (after fall of course) so I like to celebrate it with reading lots of books that include all the special things about winter. Reading books to students that are specific to the particular season you’re in helps connect them to their environment and reinforce the concept of the different seasons. Plus, it gives students an idea of what to look for and appreciate about winter. Not to mention fun ideas about what to do in the snow! After all, it's the most wonderful time of the year!
1. Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson- An easy read about a hibernating bear and all the animals that take shelter in his cave until bear wakes up! Great illustrations and simple wording that will help early learners feel like they can “read” the book too.
2. One Mitten by Kristine O’Connell George- A short book filled with ideas for things you can do with one mitten, and then two mittens. Kids will be anxious to put their mittens on and see if they can recreate the different things from the story.
3. There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bell! by Lucille Colandro- Another installment in the series which has the old lady swallowing winter and Christmas related items. I always enjoy reading these books to kids, because the kids get so excited trying to guess what the old lady will swallow next.
4. The Gingerbread Man Retold by Jim Aylesworth- The classic story with great illustrations that is sure to be a winner with all kids. They always love the excitement with hearing what the gingerbread man will do next, and the repetition of the wording makes it easy for them to join in the reading.
5. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats- Widely regarded as one of the best winter books for children, The Snowy Day describes perfectly the wonder and magic of the first snowfall.
6. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs- A wordless story with incredible illustrations about a boy who builds a snowman who comes to life that night. It’s also great in helping students explore their imaginations.
7. Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin- The story of Wilson Bentley who’s lifelong love and passion for snowflakes is artfully told and will help encourage readers to appreciate the beauty in nature.
8. One Snowy Night by Nick Butterworth- Percy is a park keeper who cares for the animals that live there, but what happens when it’s too cold for them outside? If Percy invites one into his hut, then another one will come, and another, and another. . .
*The following books are Christmas or Hanukkah themed, so if you’re sensitive to promoting specific holidays take note.
9. The Night Before Christmas by Jan Brett- This book has absolutely amazing illustrations and many children have grown up listening to it at home. The soothing, rhyming progression of the story will fill the students with a soft joy and wonder for the holiday season.
10. Counting Christmas by Karen Katz- A very short and easy to read book counting down from ten with Christmas related things. This book is one that early learners will soon memorize and be able to “read” by themselves.
11. My Two Holidays: A Hanukkah and Christmas Story by Danielle Novack- This is the story of a little boy named Sam who celebrates both Hanukkah and Christmas in his family. I love this book because it shows kids how everyone has different traditions and beliefs in their family. Plus it proves that it can be lots of fun to be different!
12. How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? By Jane Yolen and Mark Teague- This is a truly fun and lighthearted story about mischievous dinosaurs celebrating Hanukkah. Along the way the reader will enjoy plenty of laughs while learning all about the wonderful traditions of Hanukkah.
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About Hannah T
I am a 2010 graduate with a degree and certification in Elementary Ed., and I have worked with students from birth to junior high. I believe that one of the most important qualities to surviving a teaching career is a sense of humor. I also strongly feel that students are most successful when they are active and hands-on learners. My Mom was a Special Ed. teacher for almost 30 years, and my Dad was an English major, so I enjoy bouncing blog ideas off the two of them. This usually results in an exchange of great stories with my Mom, and a correction in my writing from my Dad. When they're not available, the job falls to my rescue dog, Coozie.