We were rather excited recently to look out the window and find a light dusting of snow on the cars! This got us thinking about all things wintry…snowflakes, tobogganning, snowmen, hot cocoa, icicles, wooly scarves and winter-themed story times! There are a host of perennial favourites when it comes to winter picture books. Wonderful titles like The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, The Mitten by Jan Brett and The Snowman by Raymond Briggs have found welcome spots in storytime lineups and on children’s bookshelves for many years. However, today we wanted to focus on some newer titles. Here are four books published in the past few years that will hopefully get you excited about winter!
If It’s Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws! by Kim Norman (2013). This spirited take on the familiar “clap your hands” tune is filled with inventive rhymes, humour-packed illustrations and a lively, alliterative text that rolls easily off the tongue. This is one to be sung all season long!
Red Sled by Lita Judge (2011). There aren’t many words in this book, but it packs a lot of joy into its pages! It follows the sledding adventures of an unlikely cast of animals using dynamic illustrations and simple sound effects. Few books capture the delight of winter as perfectly as this one.
Waiting for Winter by Sebastian Meschenmoser (2009). Curious as to what snow actually looks like, Squirrel and some of his friends decide to stay up all winter instead of hibernating…with hilarious results. Fantastic coloured pencil sketch-pad illustrations, an adorable cast of characters and a silly story will have pre-schoolers giggling at this one.
Sneezy Snowman by Maureen Wright (2010). Fun rhymes, vivid illustrations and repetitive refrains make this tale about a snowman who just can’t get warm a surefire hit with pre-schoolers.