Cozy Books for Chilly Days (a winter book list)

The warmth of the holiday season has passed, and the short days and long, cold evenings of winter are upon us. What better time to cuddle up with your kids and read a good book?

This month we share some titles that highlight the beauty of the winter season. As always, we think borrowing books from the library or buying second hand are great options, but we provide links in case you want to read more about the books or would like to purchase one online.

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

You’ve likely read this classic before, or at least heard of it. Either way, it’s a great time to remember the joy of young Peter as he reminds us of the magic and wonder that is a snowstorm for a child. From trying to save a snowball in his pocket, to dragging a stick along to make tracks, and even watching the older children as they have a snowball fight, we can all relate to the simple but lovely experience snowfall can be.

Frozen Noses by Jan Carr, illustrated by Dorothy Donohue

The illustrations in this book are the real star. Prints of collages created with layered colored paper are something different and special from what we see in most children’s picture books. The lyrical text is enchanting, and the story follows three friends (and a dog) as they enjoy playing outside in the winter and coming in to warm up afterward.

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

Frost’s poem, which has been loved for generations, is gorgeously illustrated in

this version. Children will enjoy spotting the animals in the wintery woods; Jeffers brings the words to life in a way that allows children to better visualize the narrator’s journey. There is something uniquely enchanting and timeless about walking through a dark, chilly, winter wood.