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Wonderful Picture Books for Winter

On a cold, snowy day, what’s better than curling up in front of a crackling fire with a blanket, a cup of tea, and a stack of picture books for winter?

And speaking of good books, here’s a list of books that are just perfect for reading with your little ones while you watch the snow fall on a winter morning. The books on this list will bring a bit of warmth to even the chilliest winter day!

Read the synopses of a few of my favorite picture books for winter below, then head to your local library with my library list.

Blizzard book cover

Blizzard
by John Rocco

If you haven’t experienced a New England blizzard, you’ll experience the wonder of a big one through the eyes of a ten-year-old boy in this beautifully illustrated book. John Rocco wrote Blizzard from his own vivid memories of a storm that dumped forty inches of snow on his native Rhode Island. Better bundle up for this one!

Brave Irene book cover

Brave Irene
by William Steig

Winter is certainly a force to be reckoned with, but winter winds are no match for Brave Irene. When a brave little girl offers to venture out on an important errand for her sick mother, snow and howling winds threaten to ruin everything. Can Irene make it to the duchess’s house in time to deliver the package, or will winter win?

Geraldine's Big Snow book cover

Geraldine’s Big Snow
by Holly Keller

I’m sure you’ve heard that a watched pot never boils. Well, it’s true for little girls and snow storms, too! In Geraldine’s Big Snow, Geraldine is pining for snow, and though everyone promises the snow is coming, it seems it never will. In the end, Geraldine learns that it’s when you aren’t watching that the best things happen!

Katy and the Big Snow book cover

Katy and the Big Snow
by Virginia Lee Burton

Katy, “the big, beautiful red crawler tractor,” is the pride of Geoppolis. Katy can do anything. And when a big snowstorm brings everything in Geoppolis to a screeching halt, it’s Katy to the rescue! She helps the policemen protect, the mailmen deliver, and the airplanes land! Go, Katy, go!

Once Upon a Northern Light book cover

Once Upon a Northern Night
by Jean Pendziwol

Jean Pendziwol’s Once Upon a Northern Night whispers the wonders of a snowy night. Poetic charm and the breathtaking beauty of winter leap from its pages, captivating readers from the very first page until the last. Arsenault’s exquisite illustrations pay homage to the gentle yet wild cadence of life on a northern night.

One Snowy Night book cover

One Snowy Night
by Nick Butterworth

In One Snowy Night, Percy the park keeper settles in for a good night’s sleep, but alas, it is not to be! He hears a knock at the door, and then another, and before long, Percy’s house and his bed are overflowing with a menagerie of shivering forest animals! It’s not a restful night, but it is an exciting one!

Owl Moon book cover

Owl Moon
by Jane Yolen

There’s a full moon, and it’s a perfect night for owling. You might see an owl and you might not—but either way is fine since just being there is a special treat. “When you’re owling, you don’t need words or warm, or anything but hope. That’s what Pa says. The kind of hope that flies on silent wings under a shining Owl Moon.

Red Sled book cover

Red Sled
by Lita Judge

Have you ever wondered what happens in the woods when no one is around to watch? In Red Sled, Lita Judge’s beautiful illustrations reveal what happens when a child leaves her red sled out in the snow. Put on your hat and coat—you’re going to want to grab a sled and read this one again and again! (Click for my full review of Red Sled).

Stranger in the Woods book cover

Stranger in the Woods
by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoickm

On a crisp winter day, the animals in the forest awake to the news that there’s a Stranger in the Woods. Soon the forest is teeming with curious visitors … is the stranger a friend? Come find out! This winter masterpiece by professional wildlife photographers Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick is one of those books you just can’t put down.

The Mitten book cover

The Mitten
by Jan Brett

After reading The Mitten, you may never think of mittens the same way again. In this Jan Brett classic, a long line of forest creatures create a cozy but crowded home for themselves in a little boy’s lost mitten. Now if you ever spot a lost, over-sized mitten, you just might wonder if anyone has been living in it lately!

The Snowy Day book cover

The Snowy Day
by Ezra Jack Keats

Ezra Jack Keats’ Caldecott Medal winner, The Snowy Day, has been a staple of winter for over 50 years. In it, Peter wakes to freshly fallen snow and does what children everywhere love to do. He bundles up and enjoys a wonderful day of snowy adventures. But beware … the best place to play with snow is outside in the cold!

Twelve Kinds of Ice book cover

Twelve Kinds of Ice
by Ellen Bryan Obed

Beautiful pen-and-ink drawings illustrate Ellen Bryan Obed’s ode to Twelve Kinds of Ice. The author takes readers back to the seasons of her childhood, from autumn’s first ice—“a skim of ice so thin that it broke when we touched it” to “dream ice … the ice that came in our sleep.” It’s a not-to-be-missed treat, especially for older readers.

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Picture Books for Winter Recommended by Our Readers

  • Sadie and the Snowman by Allen Morgan (Recommended by Andrea R. via Facebook)
  • The Story of the Nutcracker Ballet by Deborah Hautzig (Recommended by Andrea R. via Facebook)
  • The Snow Tree by Caroline Repchuk (Recommended by Kim L. via Facebook)
  • No Two Alike by Keith Baker (Recommended by Lindsey W. via Facebook)
  • Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson (Recommended by Nancy B. via Facebook)
  • Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner (Recommended by Steph E. via blog comment)
  • Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright (Recommended by Steph E. via blog comment)
  • Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon (Recommended by Jennifer A. via blog comment)
  • The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Neitzel (Recommended by Marie via blog comment)
  • 50 Below Zero by Robert Munsch (Recommended by Marie via blog comment)
  • It’s Winter by Linda Glaser (Recommended by Marie via blog comment)
  • Snow by Roy McKie and P.D. Eastman (Recommended by Heather via blog comment)
  • Tracks in the Snow by Wong Herbert Yee (Recommended by Judy via blog comment)
  • Zoo Flakes ABC by Will C. Howell (Recommended by Judy via blog comment)
  • Fancy Nancy: There’s No Day Like a Snow Day by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser (Recommended by Judy via blog comment)
  • Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin (Recommended by Ann via blog comment)
  • Snowbots by Aaron Reynolds (Recommended by Amy Rose via blog comment)
  • Thomas’ Snowsuit by Robert Munsch (Recommended by Tammy M. via blog comment)
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Rachel Thurlow

says:

Thank you for the great suggestions. We love reading books and this list will be helpful as we head to the library!

Corinne

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Thank you for the list! The next time my grandchildren come visit we will be making a trip to the library!

izzy shepherd

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This is so helpful. Looking to try and find themed books and link other subjects with the book.

Marie

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In addition to all of the wonderful titles that have been shared I would like to include:

The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Neitzel
50 Below Zero by Robert Munsch
Stranger in the Woods by Carl R. Sams II & Jean Stoick
It’s Winter by Linda Glaser

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Oooo, great recommendations, Marie. Thank you.

Heather

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I have to add “Snow” by Roy McKie and P.D. Eastman, it’s just fun! I loved it when I was little. I’m pulling it out now for my little guys who haven’t yet experienced it:). Now if only we had actual snow to go with it, like the forecast said.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Thanks for the recommendation, Heather. I haven’t seen this one, but we are P.D. Eastman fans, so I’ll be on the look out for it.

Tiffany Forsland

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So many good ones on that list!

Jen B

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Thanks for the great suggestions!

Heather

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I love the snowy day where the boy puts snow in his pockets!

Judy

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Katy and the Big Snow and The Snowy Day are great!!! I also saw Snowmen at Night on the Readers’ picks and we like that one a lot. Here are some of our other favorite Winter reads-SNOW DAY (We have to shout the title before we start reading.)-Werner Zimmerman (We met him at a library presentation and have a signed copy. It is a treasure!!!), Tracks in the Snow-Wong Herbert Yee, ZOO FLAKES ABC-Will C. Howell, and Fancy Nancy There’s No Day Like a Snow Day-Based on the creation of Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Thank you for all the recommendations, Judy!

Iris

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I love Jan Brett’s “The Hat” and “The Mitten”. I also love “Snowy Day”. When I teach with that book, we use foam paint or shaving cream and make various lines and patterns with sticks and other materials-just like the boy in the story.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Oooo, this is a great go-along activity, Iris. Thank you.

Ann

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Loved your book suggestions! We also like reading Snowflake Bentley.

Joyce

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Just ordered a few to enjoy with my kids. Looking forward to some new great books!

Robyn Savage

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I can’t wait to read some of these w/my kiddo!

Tristan RowLee

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I was just reading The Snowy Day to my younger boys today. Thanks for more winter book ideas!

Amy Rose

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My son really liked Snow Bots by Aaron Reynolds. He’s in a robot phase, the poem is pretty clever, and the illustrations are cute.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Amy,
Thank you for the recommendation. There are lots of robot crazy kids out there.

kasey

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Looks like these are books for littles. What about some winter themed books for bigger kids?

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Kasey,
Here are a couple suggestions:

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Mostly set in winter. It’s a great first chapter book read aloud.

Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder. A lot of the story is in winter. We love the part when Alonso hooks his oxen calves up to his sled, and the mayhem that ensues. This is a harder level for listening that Little House in the Big Woods, but still younger bigger kids. Note, do not read this book aloud while hungry. The descriptions of food will make your stomach growl!

I’m sorry, but these are the only snow/winter books I can think of for older kids off the top of my head. I am sure there are others. I’ll pass along your suggestion for themed book recommendations for bigger kids too.

Iris

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Try “Snow Treasure”. It was one of my favorite chapter books growing up. Set during WW II, some boys help their country by smuggling gold to safety, under the Nazi’s noses, on their sleds.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Sounds like a great suggestion, thanks Iris.

Tabatha johnson

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Thank you! My child and I go to the library every two weeks. She loves picking out books!

Susannah

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I love this list. I wish I could get all of them to read to my little one. :)

BN

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Thank you. These will be great for our snow season to come. Although it has not snowed yet!

Kirsten

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Thanks for these suggestions. My boys love The Mitten!

Cheree

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We are in the middle of a hot summer here in Australia, but even so, my boys still love reading winter stories – especially about snow (which they have not yet experienced!)
Thankyou for reading suggestions!

Laura Stephenson

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Even though we live in a warmer climate we enjoy learning about all that a snowy, cold winter has to offer. One of our favorites to read in winter is “Snowflake Bentley” by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, to learn about the wonderful science of snowflakes.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Thank you for the recommendation of Snowflake Bentley, Laura! We love learning about the science of almost anything, so this book sounds right up our alley.

Tracy

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Thank you for this list. We have been snowed in since November. I am going to look up these books at our library! :-)

Kacy

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Thanks for a great list! Excited to add them to our winter reading line up!!

Vera Jurevis

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Thank you so much for these tips! It gets overwhelming choosing a good book and having these suggestions is a great way to go.

Sara H

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We love winter books! Great list some of these we have never read, will be checking them out!

Rachel Quinlivan

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This looks wonderful. Especially for children who live in warmer climates, and may never see snow.

Kelly M

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Fabulous List! We just went through one holiday book between Christmas and New Years. This list should get us through the cold MN winter. Thanks Maria!

katie

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We love books about winter. Thanks for the list!

Thanks so much for this list! We’ve been doing preschool activities for “The Mitten” all week. Another fun book is “Snowmen at Night.” We don’t get snow here in the Florida Panhandle, but January is cold, and these great books help my preschoolers experience a taste of winter. They’re always trying to create snow with packing peanuts!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Jennifer,
We are in Arizona, so I understand this completely.

Thank you for the recommendation of Snowmen at Night.

Charity

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This is a great list! Thanks:)

Sara

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We love The Mitten, but I will be looking for some of the other books listed to read to my kids this winter. Thanks!

Chelsie Geary

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I love winter too. We have not had any snow yet and it has been on the warmer side. These books make me dream of snow and I hope some will be in our future before winter is over!

Yulia

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Mitten and Owl Moon are my very favorite!
Thank you for sharing!

Nicole Mendez

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Thanks you for the awesome reading lists. We are looking forward to reading these books!

Tammy Morrill

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Thomas’ Snowsuit by Robert Munsch

Megan

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We have read Katy and the Big Snow hundreds of times! We live in Arkansas so often the only snow we get is in books!

Laura

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The mitten! That one is really fun. I’ll have to check out the others!

Jul

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We like, ‘Snow.’ It’s very simple, and no matter what shelf I ‘hide’ it on so the other books can get a turn, my kids find it..:

Leslie

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I have used your book suggestion many times on our trips to the library. I have not been let down yet. Thanks so much for great suggestions!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Leslie,
It’s nice to know you have enjoyed our book suggestions!

Lacey

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Great suggestions

Cheryl Anderson

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The books are so beautiful and look so much fun. I hope we win a level of All About Reading!

Kristi Lay

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We just moved to NY and there has not been any snow for us yet this year… so I think I will find Geraldine’s big Snow for my daughter! Thanks for the book suggestion list, there are a bunch of good ones!

Karlee

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Thank you for these lists!! So helpful when picking up library books!

Kathy

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I loved the mitten book for my kids! They wanted it read so many times I pretty much had it memorized! One of our other favorite winter books it The miracle of St Nicholas. The kids love that as well!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Kathy,
Thanks for the recommendation of The Miracle of St. Nicholas.

Anne

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I loved the Christmas book suggestions, so I’m excited to give these a try. Some we have read, but not all. Thanks for putting all in one place!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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You’re welcome, Anne. Have you seen our other picture book blog posts as well?

Shannon

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We have been using AAR level 1. Our son is doing quite well with this program. We have read many of these books together and have enjoyed them.

Shannon S

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What a collection. I bet my granddaughter would love most of these.

Angie

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Thanks for all the good suggestions! We love Owl Moon and Katy and the Big Snow!

Magela Gonzalez

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This is a great list. I can’t wait to read them with my kids. Thank you.

Mary S.

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Thanks for all the suggestions! We love picture books in our home and are always looking for good ones to check out from the library.

Rachel H

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Stranger in the Woods is one of our favorites, as well as Katy. Seems like there is more books on summer than winter.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Rachel,
Interesting observation about there being more book on summer than winter. I wonder why that is? Both seem equally full of fun opportunities.

Charity stratton

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Oh fun! Thank you. I love the blog. I find so many fun ways to work with my daughters.

KB

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I love The Mitten and The Red Sled

Heather

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Since we FINALLY have snow we should pull out some snow stories and drink hot chocolate. Thanks for the great recommendations.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Heather,
Throw a snowball or two for my poor snow-deprived kids, and enjoy the stories and hot chocolate!

Roxane

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It would be so nice to win.

Hannah Fields

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Great suggestions!

Rebecca

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No favorites yet that I can think of that the kids ask for again and again. But you have a number of ones I haven’t seen before listed above, so I’m going to be making a list to look up and see if our library has them!

You mentioned our favorite – “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats! We love that book in our house!

Meg Cleary

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Love this ideals.

Jennifer Vasquez

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Such a great list of books! We have read lost of them. One of our favorites is “Owl Moon”. It is such a wonderful storybook!

Kristie

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Love the site!

Tara Santucci

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Great list of books!!

Esther

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This is a great list. Need to get these on hold at our library! It would be even better if we got snow :)
Thanks for sharing.
Blessings!

Agnes

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Thank you for sharing the book selection list!

delpha.powell

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The Snowy Day, The Mitten, and Owl Moon are timeless favorites for winter. Here in Oregon, we can hope for snow, but more often than not, we must experience it in picture books. What a delightful way to spend a cozy winter morning together with your children. I look forward to reading the rest of the list and am grateful for all your work.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Delpha,
I understand that. We dwell deep in the Arizonan desert, so everything my children know about snow they have learned from a book or movie (but mostly books). I love that kids for whom barefoot Januarys is commonplace can experience mountains and snow and many other exotic things through books.

DailyWoman (Lacey)

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Great List of Books. Love all of them.

Shanee

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Great list!

Sarah H

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love all these book suggestions

Jennifer

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I have a few of these books and need to get on my library’s website. I need to start putting winter books on hold.

Mandy Ferguson

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We love the Snowy Day snd Owl Moon. Such beautiful stories!

Mindy

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We love Owl Moon and Snowy Day! Those are great books! I’ll have to look into the others.

Kristin

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All of Jan Brett’s books are wonderful and many are winter themed. Love how she uses the border pictures to help tell the story. Great list.

Sarah Fink

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This makes me homesick for Minnesota! Thanks for the great suggestions!

Janet Belcher

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My son and I really enjoyed reading The Mitten by Jan Brett. She writes such fun stories and the illustrations are beautiful.

Bethany

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We just read Katy and the big snow a couple days ago. Love that book. Brave Irene sounds wonderful as well!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Bethany,
We read Katy and the Big Snow so many times when my boys were little. They loved all stories about tractors and other big machines.

Brittany

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Can’t wait to try All About Reading with my 4yo son.

Eweandtheshepherd

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What a great selection! Great ideas for our homeschool coop.

Crystal

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Thanks for this. I hate wondering around the library randomly grabbing books.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Crystal,
There is something empowering in going to the library with a list and heading purposefully toward the shelves. I know, because I did just that today (although it was for books for me, my kids are now beyond picture books).

Kelly

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We love Owl Moon. Beautifully illustrated!

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