It has been a cold and snowy winter. Here in New York City, we have spent the last few weeks trudging through snow, slipping on ice, and trying to stay warm! Nothing is cozier or more warming than a good read aloud and we have been relying on some of our favorites to get us through the chilly days. And for our friends who live in warm climates, a wintry read aloud can be a great way to get a taste of the cool weather- no travel required! Here are some winter read alouds we love:
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
This classic, Caldecott Medal winning book is a must-read on any snowy day. Ezra Jack Keats’ story describes a little boy enjoying and exploring the outdoors after snow has fallen. Children will love the memorable illustrations and will be inspired to have their own fun in the snow!
The Mitten by Jan Brett
This winter tale is an especially perfect choice for animal lovers. The story centers around a boy named Nicki who loses his white mitten in the snow. A variety of animals discover the mitten while Nicki looks for it. The beautiful illustrations bring the animals and the cold, snowy setting to life.
Ice Bear: In the Steps of the Polar Bear by Nicola Davies
Ice Bear is another great winter pick for children who are interested in animals. This book is filled with facts about polar bears, presented through Davies’ poetic writing and Gary Blythe’s wonderful illustrations. This beautiful read is perfect for learning about an Arctic animal on an arctic-cold day.
Snow by Cynthia Rylant
Cynthia Rylant is one of our favorite authors and we are always on the lookout for any opportunity to read one of her books. A chilly winter day is an ideal time to savor this one about a girl enjoying the snow.
Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton
Another classic wintry picture book, Katy and the Big Snow tells the story of Katy, a red tractor who plows snow in the winter. After a big snow storm, Katy needs to put her plowing skills to use. Everyone will have a newfound appreciation for snow plows after reading about Katy!