Warm up this season with these winter-themed books

Watching snow fall is a great way to wile away the hours stuck inside on a cold or wintery Midwestern day. Put a new book on the list and the hot cocoa on the stove to prep kids for the wonder of winter. Authors and publishers have been busy this cold season prepping young readers for the upcoming snow. Check out our list of new, snowy books!

“The Snowy Nap” by Jan Brett

Best for ages: 4-8

From the illustrator and author of The Mitten comes the continued tales of Hedgie the Hedgehog. Hedgie decides not to hibernate as snow arrives, because he doesn’t want to miss the winter fun. 

“Little Owl’s Snow” by Divya Srinivasan

Best for ages: 3-5

The third in the stories of Little Owl, this time Little Owl watches the leaves fall and the snow begin in his forest. The hibernating animals begin to sleep and he wonders to his mama when spring will return. The melody of words makes Divya Srinivasan’s books a pleasure to read. 

“Small Walt and Mo the Tow” by Elizabeth Verdick & Marc Rosenthal

Best for ages: 4-8

A sequel to “Small Walt,” the story starts in a blizzard with snow plows clearing paths for cars. Then Gus the driver and Walt the snow plow come upon a car stuck in the snow. Enter, Mo the Tow. The words are fun and filled with onomatopoeia, great for early readers or youngsters mimicking the sounds they hear. 

“I Don’t Want To Go To Sleep” by Dev Petty & Mike Moldt

Best for ages: 3-7

From the people who brought us “I Don’t Want To Be A Frog,” “I Don’t Want To Be Big” and “There’s Nothing To Do,” now comes the tale of the frog who doesn’t want to sleep. What makes this a winter book is that our frog friend doesn’t want to sleep because he doesn’t want to miss all the fun during hibernation. 

“The Magic of Friendship Snow” by Andi Cann

Best for ages: 3-6

Jojo sees friends all around her and wants a best friend, too. She finds one in a snowman who teaches her what being a friend means, and how to be one in return. Great book for snowy days and all year long. 

“Do Frogs Drink Hot Chocolate” by Etta Kaner & John Martz

Best for ages: 5-9

Kids know that they need a warm snuggle and a blanket to stay warm in Chicago, but what to animals living in cold environments do? While most frogs don’t drink hot chocolate, this interactive book lets kids guess what animals will do in a fun Q&A format. 

Hibernate with Me, by Benjamin Scheuer & Jemima Williams

Best for ages: 4-8

Originally written as a song, this husband and wife team have developed a loving book great for winter and wonderful to teach self-esteem. It’s OK to ask for a hug and a spot to be warm, the book teaches, and there’s always a place to be loved. To listen to the song first, visit hibernatewithme.com

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