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Winter in a Picture Book

February is too long and dreary for me, despite being the shortest month of the year. I always feel I have to make an extra effort to stay happy. Which for me usually means thinking about Spring, planning the garden, and looking for the first little bulbs to poke through the earth, etc. But I realize, of course, that I should embrace winter in all of its winterness (wintryness?).

So I wanted to share with you some of our favorite books about winter. Of course these books have snow as a central theme and we haven’t been getting much snow here in North Carolina, even in the mountains where I live. But here you are, snowy winter picture books…

Snowy Day 2
Snowy Day 1

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Robert Frost 2
Robert Frost 1

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

grandmother winter 2
grandmother winter 1

And, a new favorite for us, Grandmother Winter by Phyllis Root, illustrated by Beth Krommes. Thank you Molly for the recommendation! We checked this out of the library and have yet to return it. This is why I I’m always paying library fines! Too many great books.

My favorite winter book of all is Winter Waits by Lynn Plourde, illustrated by Greg Couch, which I mentioned in a different post about children’s picture book illustrations.

What are your favorite picture books about winter?


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    February 18, 2008 at 5:22 am

    I hadn’t heard of Grandmother Winter, thanks for sharing! One of our absolute favorites is Bear Snores On. Here is the little blurb on Amazon about it:
    On a cold windy night, an itty-bitty mouse “pitter-pat, tip-toe, creep-crawls” into a sleeping bear’s cozy lair, looking for relief from the bitter winter weather. Soon he is joined by a veritable menagerie of woodland animals, and the party begins. Popping corn, brewing tea, tweeting, and chatting, the critters enjoy themselves thoroughly while the bear slumbers through it all. Until, that is, an errant pepper flake from the simmering stew wakes him up with a giant sneeze. As the bear goes from ferocious snarls and rumbles to pitiful whimpers, his uninvited guests realize what the problem is.
    You’ve snuck in my lair
    and you’ve all had fun!
    But me? I was sleeping
    I have had none!
    Not to worry. Mouse knows just what to do
    It’s a really cute and fun story, the pictures are great too! =)

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    February 18, 2008 at 8:16 am

    I’m glad you liked Grandmother Winter as much as we did, it is definitely my favorite winter book so far! My daughter also likes Stranger in the Woods by Carl R. Sams and Jean Stoick — she loves saying, “Who-hoo’s in the woods?” like the owl.

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    Melissa A
    February 18, 2008 at 9:09 am

    We Love The Snowy Day, and we’ll have to check out Grandmother Winter. Thanks!

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    February 18, 2008 at 10:30 am

    We love The Mitten by Jan Brett. It has great illustrations and it’s just super cute. We just got Snow Moon from the library and it’s a great book as well.

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    The Artful Parent
    February 18, 2008 at 6:13 am

    Sounds fun! I’ll have to see if my library has that one. Thanks for the recommendation. I always love trying new books. -Jean

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    February 18, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    thanks for mentioning those…we love them all especially snowy day…A few more favourites in our house:
    snow by PD Eastman (if you like the Dr. Seuss type books
    The first snow by Kim Lewis
    Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

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    February 18, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    I loved Snowy Day when I was kid! Here are a couple more winter books we’ve enjoyed this year with our preschooler:
    *Diamond in the Snow by Jonathan Emmett – about a mole who finds an icicle but thinks it’s a diamond
    *Pip and Squeak by Ian Schoenherr – about a pair of mice on their way to a birthday party who have to travel through the snow

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    Montessori Mama
    February 19, 2008 at 8:44 am

    Winter books…Sadie and the Snowman by Allen Morgan
    and Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
    are two of our favorites.
    I LOVE your blog!
    Jennifer aka Montessori Mama

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    The Artful Parent
    February 19, 2008 at 10:50 am

    We have Sadie and the Snowman, too, and we’ve read The Mitten (and others) by Jan Brett! I’ll have to check out the rest though. Thanks for all the ideas… -Jean

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    December 6, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    we really like katy and the big snow by virginia lee burton

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