Celebrate the Winter Olympics with Picture Books

The 2018 Winter Olympics take place in PyeongChang, South Korea on Feb. 7-25. If you are watching from home, your child may be exposed to various winter sports that he or she has never seen before including hockey, figure skating and my personal favorite, the luge races. Help your child make connections by reading books that support what is happening in his environment. Below are five pictures book about winter sports that will help your family celebrate the Winter Olympics. Happy watching and happy reading!

Fans and readers alike go wild in Dino-hockey by Lisa Wheeler as dinosaurs face-off in this prehistoric matchup. One of the most exciting things  about hockey is the dedication and passion of its fan base. This title does a great job of depicting that fan-fueled enthusiasm. This book is part of a larger dino-sports series that explore topics such as swimming, skateboarding, dancing and more. Recommended for ages 3-8.

This snowy page turner titled Learning to Ski with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen follows Mr. Magee and his little dog Dee on a rhyming ski-venture. The retro-inspired illustrations and fun lyrical text really make the book something special. If you like it, don’t forget to join Mr. Magee on other fun-filled plots as he explores camping and sailing. Recommended for ages 3-8.

This beautifully illustrated book celebrates my personal favorite winter sport, Lucy Tries Luge by Lisa Bowes. This  title brings the twists and turns of luge racing to life as Lucy learns how to lie back and steer with her legs. This book is part of a larger “Lucy Tries Sports” series, created by the author to promote healthy child development through play. Recommended for ages 3-8.

Join an adorable cast of animal characters in Snowy Sports: Ready Set Play by Per Henrik Gurth. You and your little one can follow the friends as they dress warmly for the day, try various winter sports such as ice skating, bobsleighing, snowboarding and more, and end up back at home sipping on hot cocoa to warm up. Allow your child to sip some not-too-hot cocoa the next time you sit down to catch some winter sports on television. Recommended for ages 3-8.

In Tacky and the Winter Games by Helen Lester, a loveable ice bird named Tacky jeopardizes his team’s chances of winning a medal with his silly antics. The thing that makes this book special is its emphasis on the many facets of winter games such as training for an event and the opening ceremony that includes the lighting of the torch. Your children will want to continue reading this one long after the Winter Olympics have come and gone. Recommended for ages 3-8.



Lonna Vines is the children’s librarian at the Hickory Grove Branch for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.