6 Picture Books to Warm Up Your Winter Break


Aside from the sheer joy of imagination, children reading for pleasure outside of school is linked to higher levels of empathy, problem-solving, communication, and even performance in academic areas. As we get ready for Winter Break, what will your child be reading at home over the next few weeks?

We curated this list of recently published, winter-themed picture book titles to get kids excited about literacy and the season. Snuggle up for a parent-child read by the fire or simply observe the beauty of your child exercising imagination this Winter Break!


Blue by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Caldecott Honor Book-winning writer and illustrator, Laura Vaccaro Seeger asks, “How many shades of blue are there?” Appreciate the different shades of blue in a cold winter’s walk, envision the blue of the ocean and more, all while exploring the power of friendship.


Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell

This beautifully painted Caldecott Medal winner tells the story of a girl and a wolf cub lost in a snowstorm and the unlikely friendship that develops as they help each other find the way home.


Little Owl’s Snow by Divya Srinivasan

Little Owl experiences his first snow and first winter in this follow-up to Little Owl’s Night and Little Owl’s Day. Explore the five senses through Little Owl’s wondrous observations of the changing season.


The Magic of Friendship Snow by Andi Cann

Jojo has a hard time making friends and often feels sad and lonely. Then she meets Puddles, a magical snowman, who helps her understand how to be a great friend. Join them on their journey as they discover  the true joy of friendship.


Snow by Cynthia Rylant

In another beautiful sensory exploration, a young girl, her friend, and her grandmother enjoy the many things a snowy day has to offer. The sights and feelings evoked by falling snow are as vividly described as they are illustrated.


The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter Wonder by Mark Cassino

This nonfiction picture book brings the wonder of science to life through an examination of all things snow!  Featuring photos of real snow crystals in addition to illustrations, this book by a nature photographer and a snow scientist will inspire curiosity about the marvels of snow. Snowflake-catching instructions are also included!

Want even more opportunities for literacy this Winter Break? Take a look at this great December reading challenge for kids from Penguin Random House’s children’s literacy blog, Brightly.

More Great Book Recommendations from Bennett Day School:

See our faculty’s 10 Best Winter Books for Kids that are used in Bennett Day classrooms here.

CEO Cameron Smith shares his thoughts on Tomie dePaola’s latest picture book, Quiet, here.








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