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Cozy Winter Season Reads for Kids

Bring out your blankets and snuggle up for story time together as a family.

 

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Sugar Snow

(My First Little House Books)

By Laura Ingalls Wilder

Ages 3-8

Laura is delighted when snow falls in Wisconsin. A late snow helps the trees make more sap for maple syrup, and that means sweet sugar cakes and sticky fingers for Laura! Adapted from Little House in the Big Woods, this story is an introduction to the classic series.

 

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The Snowy Day

By Ezra Jack Keats

Ages 2-5

Young Peter can’t wait to jump in his snowsuit and run out to explore. There are snowmen to build and snowballs to pack, mountains to climb and snowbanks to collapse in! No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than this Caldecott Medal winner.

 

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Katy and the Big Snow

By Virginia Lee Burton

Ages 2-5

Katy, a brave and untiring tractor who pushes a bulldozer in the summer and a snowplow in the winter, makes it possible for the townspeople to do their jobs. Kids will love the idea of having so much snow – it covers an entire city!

 

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Santa’s Favorite Story: Santa Tells the Story of the First Christmas

By Hisako Aoki

Ages 4-8

When Santa Claus tells the forest animals he is not looking forward to delivering all those heavy packages, they worry there won’t be a Christmas anymore. To help everyone understand Christmas would still come, Santa tells the story of the first Christmas, and they learn the true meaning of this special holiday.

 

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A Warm Winter Tail

By Carrie A. Pearson

Ages 3-8

How do animals stay warm in winter? Readers will be surprised at some of the unique adaptations animals use to stay cozy in cold weather. A great book with science facts about how animals cope during the winter months.

 

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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

By C.S. Lewis

Ages 6+

Introduce kids to the captivating story of Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund who step through the wardrobe into the magical land of Narnia. There, they battle against the evil White Witch and her minions and free Narnia from everlasting winter. A great family read-aloud for everyone.

 

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SkySisters

by Jan Bourdeau Waboose

Ages 5-8

Two Ojibway sisters set off across the frozen north country to see the SkySpirits’ midnight dance.

It isn’t easy for the younger sister to be silent, but gradually she begins to treasure the stillness and the wonderful experiences it brings. After an exhilarating walk and patient waiting, the girls are rewarded by the arrival of the SkySpirits – the northern lights – dancing and shimmering in the night sky.

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Eloise Skates

by Kay Thompson

Ages 4-6

Eloise is going to go ice skating. Always the fashion maven, she has skates that match her bow and a lovely fur jacket to keep her warm; however, it turns out she is a real terror on skates, narrowly missing other skaters and performing a bit of a ballet on ice. The irrepressible Eloise has found a way to make the boring days of winter awfully fun.

 

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Lemonade in Winter

by Emily Jenkins, G. Brian Karas

Ages 5-8

A lemonade stand in winter? Yes, that’s exactly what Pauline and John-John intend to have, selling lemonade and limeade–and also lemon-limeade. With a catchy refrain plus simple math concepts throughout, this book is ultimately a touching tale of sibling trust and tenderness.

 

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The Story of the Root Children

by Sibylle Von Olfers

Ages 5-8

This is a classic story of the changing seasons. The root children spend the winter asleep. When spring comes, they wake, sew themselves new gowns, and clean and paint the beetles and bugs. All summer they play in fields, ponds and meadows before returning in the autumn to Mother Earth, who welcomes them home and puts them to bed once more.