Cozy winter reads from Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
By Michelle Woshner
The holidays have come and gone, but winter is here to stay. From outdoor activities to snuggling inside, children can learn everything winter has to offer with cozy, seasonal reads from Charlotte Mecklenburg Library!
Here are some wintery titles to dive into:
In Bear Can’t Sleep by Karma Wilson with illustrations by Jane Chapman, Bear should be hibernating, but he just isn’t tired! What will it take to finally get bear to fall asleep for the winter?
In Little Mole’s Wish by Sang-Keun Kim, Little Mole is new in town and struggling with loneliness. He fashions himself a new friend from snow, but he and his new friend have a hard time getting home. Can some winter magic help Little Mole and his friend stay together?
Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London is the perfect book for learning about winter clothes with kids. Froggy is excited to go play outside in the snow, but he keeps forgetting a piece of clothing! Younger kids can learn body parts and clothing types in this story, and older kids will love the silly surprise at the end.
In The Snow Fox by Rosemary Shojaie, Nico the fox finds himself all alone when his woodland friends hibernate for the winter. Feeling isolated, he works on making himself a new friend to play with just like kids have had to find new ways to connect with their friends over the past year.
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats stars a little boy named Peter experiencing a wondrous day in a fresh snowfall. This diverse read is a fun way to explore all the different things kids can do while playing in the snow, and it opens up opportunities to ask questions about what activities kids have experienced in the winter, helping making connections to the world of children: one the ABCs of Active Reading!
Guess Who’s in the Snow by Camilla De La Bédoyère is a non-fiction read full of interesting facts about winter animals! Familiar creatures, as well as a few new winter friends, are concealed behind flaps as children try to guess who’s hiding in the snow based off the facts on the previous page. If children look closely, they might even get a sneak peek at an animal’s fur to help them guess!
With the exception of a few animal sounds, Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell is a wordless picture book about a little girl who finds a lost wolf pup in the snow. This book is great for helping children create a story by “reading” the pictures just like an Active Reading picture walk!
Winter is Here by Kevin Henkes paints young readers a picture of what winter looks like outside, including howling wind, snow, and different colors than the previous season. The ending reminds us that no matter how long winter is, the promise of spring is right around the corner.