Favorite Winter Read Alouds and Literature-Based Learning Activities

Although we've had unseasonably warm winter weather where I live, in this  post, I'm sharing some of our favorite winter read alouds along with links to some fun activities I've found for those books.

Winter books for kids

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The Mitten by Jan Brett

Age recommendation: 3-8

The story: Nicki loses his mitten in the cold and snowy forest. One by one forest animals take up residence inside it. The book has beautiful illustrations by the author- Jan Brett.

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The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Age recommendation: 2 and up

The story: Peter wakes up in the morning to see snow outside his apartment building window. The charming story and great illustrations tell young readers about the adventures that Peter and his friend have in the snow and the joy of a young child experiencing fun in the snow.

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Snow by P.D. Eastman

Age recommendation: 3-8

The story: This is a class beginner book edited by Dr. Suess. It's such a classic that I believe I have an original that belonged to either Jason or myself. The story is timeless, following the adventures of children sledding, building snowmen, throwing snowballs, and all the other great fun that kids can have in the snow.

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Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton

Age recommendation: 3-7

The story: Katy is a determined little tractor. Although she acts as a snow plow in the winter, she isn't often needed in her little town that doesn't get much snow. But when a blizzard hits, Katy is ready. The illustrations in all of Virginia Lee Burton's books are excellent, and the story is a charming one that I enjoyed reading to the kids.

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Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost, illustrated by Susan Jeffers

Age Recommendation: 4-8

The story: This is Robert Frost's original poem illustrated beautifully. The landscape is a New England winter. The artist does an excellent job of drawing attention to parts of the landscape, and even young kids will enjoy the pictures as you read aloud the classic poem.

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Winter books for kids

Pick up a few of these and enjoy the cold weather with some winter read alouds.

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