Winter Book Nook

If you're looking for seasonal books to read this winter, here's a list of my favorites. Borrow them from your local library, or buy through these links (in which case I make a small commission at no cost to you). What could be cozier than cuddling up with blankets or near a fire to celebrate the quiet of winter?!




Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

If you haven't read this Caldecott winner, you're missing out! It tells the story of Wilson Bentley, who spent his life studying snow crystals in Vermont. Readers will learn about winter's wonder and the satisfaction of persisting in one's interests. The illustrations are wood cut and watercolor, and they are unforgettable.


Winter Sleep by Sean Taylor & Alex Morss

Follow a child and his grandma through a winter landscape to explore how the Earth goes to sleep for winter. Spot the sleeping animals in cutaway scenes, then learn about their hibernation habits from the information pages at the end.



Blizzard by John Rocco

In this true story from the author's childhood, an epic snowstorm keeps the town's residents in their homes for a week.  The author creates snowshoes using tennis rackets and bravely sets out to the market to collect essentials for all the snowbound neighbors. The illustrations are gorgeous, and the story brings out the best of kids' imaginations.


Learning to Ski with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen

I haven't met a Van Dusen book I didn't like! His creativity is legendary, and his rhyme is impeccable. Mr. Magee determines to take his dog on a winter outing and learn to ski in the hills near his home. In typical form, he meets with a large crevasse and a menacing moose, and ends up stranded - until that same moose comes to his rescue.


The Love Letter by Anika Denise

Hedgehog, Bunny, and Squirrel are best friends. One day, they each, in turn, find a letter. But not just any letter... a love letter! This letter changes their outlooks, making them cheerful and helpful. When they discover the letter was not actually written for any of them, they first fight over the letter, then realize the joy that comes from feeling loved - whatever the source of that love.



These two books aren't wintry at all, but their brilliant blue covers look so beautiful with the snow scenes. And they're a wonderful beginning to Black History Month.

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read

What an inspiring story! Mary Walker, who was born into slavery, worked hard her whole life, but didn't have the opportunity to learn to read/write. At the age of 116 (!!), she has the privilege to participate in a reading class. She diligently studies the alphabet and sounds, carefully practicing how to write each letter. Her dedication pays off, and she becomes a fluent reader who contributes to her community for ten more years.


Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks by Suzanne Slade

This picture-book biography explores the intersections of race, gender, and the ubiquitous poverty of the Great Depression—all with a lyrical touch worthy of the subject. Gwendolyn Brooks was the first Black person to win the Pulitzer Prize.



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