Booklist: Hygge Edition!

If you haven’t already noticed the slight chill in the morning air, the changing seasons are likely creeping into your thoughts. Winter is coming, as they say. This has us looking forward to cozy evenings curled up on the couch with our families. In recent years, the ideas of the Danish concept of hygge have become rather trendy, and for good reason. Hygge is about shutting out the coldness of the world and making time to connect with the people we love. It’s about cultivating a feeling of coziness and homeyness, and that’s something we can all get on board with! To learn more about hygge, click here and here to read two great articles.

Reading is one of the main components of hygge, so it’s important to remember that any book will do the trick! We thought it might be fun, however, to curate a list of extra cozy books that you can enjoy while snuggled up next to your children. We hope you enjoy them!

Snuggle Puppy! by Sandra Boynton

Ideal for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and older kids who loved it when they were little, this sweet board book lets your child know just how much you love them. It’s meant to be sung, and you can click here to see a cute video of a child and grandmother singing it together.

My Name is Bob by James Bowen and Garry Jenkins, illustrated by Gerald Kelley

Hygge includes cuddling your pets and caring for one another, which makes this a perfect book. The original story was written for adults and became a New York Times bestseller; this version for children is beautifully done. A stray cat meets a homeless man and they become fast companions, eventually leading to much happier lives.

Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice Sendack

This classic has a poem for each month of the year and describes what the main character will be doing, along with how they will be enjoying the chicken soup with rice along the way. Get a pot of soup on the stove and giggle along! The November page:

In November’s

gusty gale

I will flop

my flippy tail

and spout hot soup.

I’ll be a whale!

Spouting once

spouting twice

spouting chicken soup

with rice.

Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall, illustrated by Barbara Cooney

A family who lives by and relies on the seasons takes us through a year in their life. The story begins with the father loading up an ox-cart with the goods the family has gathered and made throughout the previous year: wool from their sheep, potatoes and cabbages from their garden, knitted mittens, handmade brooms and shingles, and much more. He drives the cart to the market and sells it all, including the cart and the ox. After a quick stop to purchase a few items, he walks home, and the family enters another year together, working with the land.

Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton

If you find yourself bracing for a blizzard (or even just enjoy the thought of getting snowed in), this is a delightful read to share with young children. Katy is a tractor that works for the city, helping in all sorts of ways. When a major storm hits, she alone is able to dig the city out. Follow Katy as she helps guide firefighters, water main repair workers, doctors, and even airplanes to safety.

The Snowy Nap by Jan Brett

A tiny hedgehog is preparing to hibernate for the winter. After hearing from the other animals about all the fun he will be missing out on, he decides to try and stay awake. A girl finds the poor creature half-frozen and brings him inside where he is able to watch the beginning of winter from a cozy spot on a window sill.

Stone Soup by John J. Muth

We all know this classic tale, and celebrated author John J. Muth brings his own flair to its retelling. Three monks enter a village in which the people are cold and isolated. They close their doors to one another, and there is hardly a sense of community. One small child breaks the silence as the monks begin to prepare their stone soup, igniting a chain reaction of curious, and then generous, neighbors.

Pizza! An Interactive Recipe Book (Cook in a Book) by Lotta Nieminen