I’ve been trying to read more to my two-year-old. I’ve found that that is much easier to do if I have beautiful books on hand that I enjoy reading. Here’s a list of some beautiful picture books we’ve been enjoying these wintry days. You might want to grab a few from your library and snuggle up in your favorite chair with your little one or ones (in front of a fireplace if you’re lucky enough to have one) and brighten up your winter a bit with these beautiful picture books about snow.
Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost is one of my favorite poems. I was delighted to find this poem turned into a beautiful picture book. This book has lovely white snowy pictures accented with soft colors. I don’t get tired of reading this poem and there are few enough words that I can actually read them all before my little girl wants to turn the page.
But mostly we just look for the animals hidden in the gentle woodland scenes.
Stranger in the Woods is filled with stunning photos taken of animals in the woods who discover a snowman left there by some little children. My daughter loves the realistic pictures of the deer, birds, other animals, snowman, and children who are dressed in winter wear. If you enjoy this book, you might want to check out the authors’ other works.
The beautiful illustrations in Snow by Cynthia Rylant display the magic and wonder of snow in a children’s picture book. And the lyrical text captures all the delights of winter from snow-covered branches, to making snow angels, to catching wet flakes on your tongue.
Snowflake Bentley is a fascinating story of a man who was determined to photograph snow. Children of all ages (except maybe two-year olds) will enjoy hearing about how Wilson Bentley didn’t give up on his dream to show others around him the amazing beauty found in a snowflake.
First Snow by Bomi Park has a simple story line that even my little girl could follow. “Quick! Boots, coat, scarf, hat. Shh…let’s go.” She enjoyed watching the snowball as it rolls through town getting bigger and bigger.
Snowflakes Fall by Patricia MacLachan has all the makings of a perfect winter book: absolutely magical illustrations, children exuberantly enjoying winter to the fullest, plenty of dogs to satisfy my puppy-crazy little girl, and the beautiful message that as it is with snowflakes so it is with children, there are no two the same but all are beautiful.
I hope you’ve found some books here to add to your library stack for next time. I’d love to hear about your favorite children’s books about winter if you’d take a moment to leave it in the comments below.
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