Kids’ books thrive on holidays and seasons. After December, the holiday frenzy dies down a bit. Spring, summer and fall have lots of themes, but don’t be fooled by winter’s cold weather or sense of slumber. Lots of authors have written wonderful children’s books that capture the fun and beauty of the winter season.

One of the best ways to search for kids’ books is to do just that — search! I loved taking my kids to the library and browsing for books while they were in story time. Kids’ librarians also do such a great job of assembling books that fit current events or themes.

If you’re looking for recommendations, might I suggest these 12 gems to enjoy with your little ones during the 12 weeks of winter? I enjoyed them when my children were young, so they’re my personal favorites.

  1. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  2. The Mitten by Jan Brett
  3. Snowman by Raymond Briggs
  4. Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
  5. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost (illustrated by Susan Jeffers) 
  6. Winter Poems by Barbara Rogasky (editor)
  7. Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
  8. Stranger in the Woods by Carl Sams
  9. First Snow of the Woods by Carl Sams
  10. Frederick by Leo Lionni
  11. There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow by Lucille Colandro
  12. The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll

Just reading these books is a great way to spend time with your kids. But if you’re looking for additional activities, use books for inspiration.

Check Out the Authors’ Websites

Many authors have engaging activities listed on their websites that coincide with their books. 

Search Pinterest

There’s a reason Pinterest is tops with teachers — they get so many of their ideas here! Search a book title and you’ll find many crafts associated with the subject and characters. 

Visit Scholastic.com

Scholastic is a go-to resource of mine. You can search for books about winter and find many options. Each book lists a corresponding activity.

Head Outside

If you live in cold weather areas, what activities in the books could you replicate outdoors? Could you make your own version of The Snowy Day? Could you build your own Stranger in the Woods

Books are best friends for any season. Happy reading!

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