Reading in a Winter Wonderland

cup of hot cocoa
Who doesn’t love a good snow day?

Okay, maybe being trapped inside with a pack of restless kids isn’t exactly a spa day, but being snowed in is a perfect time to get the family together and read! After a long day of ice skating and snowball fights, your kids will love to snuggle up on the couch with some hot cocoa and read some fun snow-themed stories.

If you are looking for some good wintry children’s books to read with your children, take a look at this list of favorites, old and new:

Disney Frozen FeverFrozen Fever

Rather than watching Frozen for the umpteenth time, bring out Frozen Fever. Your kids will love the familiar characters, and you’ll love the new plot—Elsa’s sniffles keep getting in the way of planning Anna’s perfect birthday.

Froggy Gets Dressed
by Jonathan London

Froggy Gets Dressed is a favorite in this beloved series. See if Froggy can master the art of layering his clothes!

Snow Bugs
by Susan Schade and John Buller

Snow Bugs is an Early Moments favorite! It’s a cute rhyming book about busy bugs having fun in the snow.

The Little Polar Bear
by Hans de Beer

Hans de Beer’s The Little Polar Bear is a beautiful and poignant story of friendship and courage, and a great introduction to some environmental issues.

The Cat in the Hat Comes Back by Dr. SeussThe Cat in the Hat Comes Back
by Dr. Suess

A classic! Revisit your own childhood with The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, and be thankful no one like the Cat is helping shovel your driveway….

The Snowy Day
by Ezra Jack Keats

Another classic! The Snowy Day is a Cladecott winner from 1962. It stands the test of time with a theme children of all generations can relate to when they’re cozy at home instead of sitting in school—the glories of a snow day.

We hope all of you stay warm and safe (and still have power) this winter. And for those of you trapped in the house for days on end, we hope you stay warm, safe, and sane!

Happy reading!


  1. Wes Trochlil says

    TJ, I didn’t know “Snowy Day” growing up, but now that I have kids, it’s one of my favorite kids books.

    It’s amazing how much can be communicated with just a few well-chosen words (and images). A classic.

  2. larsen0609 says

    Just the other day I was working with an interior design client in their home and the “snowy day” book was sitting on the counter – I hadn’t seen it in years so I did a speed read when the client walked away – it’s a great one! Will have to check out the others recommended by Erin T. Baker!
    Ps – be safe in all that snow!

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