Ten Favorite Winter Books

Aloha from sunny Hawaii! It’s 83° here more or less every day. I’m not rubbing that in, really. But one thing I have to say about living here is that seasons are not obvious- when I’m out walking, nothing gushes “it’s fall!” at me, or “what a long winter it’s been!” I really have to think about it- “wait, what’s the date again? What month is this? OK, it’s winter.” Certainly there’s something to be said for having some consistency somewhere in my life, but I have to admit, it can be off putting. I grew up in Northern Michigan, where winter meant 6-foot snow drifts blocking the front door, so many snow days that we’d have to make up schooldays well into June. I spent a dozen years after that in Montana, where winter meant living for fresh powder, skiing upwards of 100 days of the year if you’re lucky. And we’re raising our kids here. We went to the beach yesterday- we’ll probably go again tomorrow. It’s strange. We all went to Washington last month for my best friend’s wedding and the kids saw snow for the first time in two years. My daughter, dumbfounded at the entire process of layering outerwear, immediately sat down in the snow and pulled her boots off. The look on her two-year-old face within about two seconds was priceless. My five-year-old son had more of a memory of it and he loved it. One thing that has probably helped foster that memory is reading books about wintertime. I highlighted The Tomten and the Fox a bit ago, one of our very favorites. I’ve included its partner, The Tomten, in this list. It’s an amazingly calming read, though you can feel the biting cold of the snow. And if you’re anything like me (which is to say, if you grew up in the 70’s and 80’s), then The Snowy Day should bring back some awesome memories- as well as some super-retro pajamas. Bear Snores On is one that we’ve been reading year round- it has probably the best cadence of any rhyming book that I’ve read in years. Anyhow, please enjoy this list- click on the links below or go to your local bookstore or library to find them!


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10 thoughts on “Ten Favorite Winter Books

  1. I just LOVE Over and Under the Snow! Kate and I picked this out for her K class in December. It is SO reminiscent of Northern MI. in the winter!

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    • Lucky kinders! They probably don’t have a personal grasp on snow either, huh? You know what book absolutely screams Northern Michigan to me, which I almost put on the list, was “Stranger in the Woods.” I show my kids the photographs in that book and tell them that’s where Mama’s from (they’ve only ever been there in summer and fall). Maybe we need to plan a winter trip home next year.

      I keep thinking I need to create a whole subcategory of Sarah and Uncle Jess Books- you both have sent some of the most valued books in our shelves!

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  2. My mother is from Sri Lanka, which has similar weather to Hawaii, and has had a hard time adjusting to Philadelphia winters (even after 32 years!). Our winters are typically mild, but we’ve entered a cold snap this week with unusually low temperatures (it’s 15 degrees right now).

    We haven’t read all of the books you’ve mentioned, but we love owl moon!

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    • It’s not bad, it’s just different. After two years, if it’s cool in the morning or if I head up to a higher elevation, I get chilly so quickly and wonder how I ever made it in the snow for so long!

      And isn’t Owl Moon just the best? It’s just so poetic, it’s a wonderful one to read aloud.

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  3. These are all great choices! I did a similar post last week and The Snowy Day, Owl Moon, and Charley’s First Night were among my picks as well.
    As for your 83-degree beach weather, I’d be jealous but I’m too busy being glad that we’re not snowed in like last January! 🙂

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  4. What a GREAT list! And oh how I relate to this, only in the opposite direction 🙂 — I grew up in Hawaii, with very little seasonal change. You know, seasons are cool. And I’m glad that I get to experience them now. But there is something to be said for just being nice and warm allllll the time…..:)

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    • It’s a double edged sword, isn’t it? My son can go out on the paddleboard all by himself but wouldn’t have the first clue how to stand up on skis the way his cousins on the mainland all do. I do miss fall. Even in evergreen-laden Montana, I missed Michigan in fall- there’s nothing like that ceiling of red and gold that the deciduous trees provide.

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