Winter Reads

Anacostia LibraryStaff Picks

Winter Reads

Recommendations for Young Readers

It's beginning to feel a lot like winter! I know winter doesn't technically begin until Dec. 21, but once the calendar turns to December my head thinks its winter - especially when it's cold out like it has been!

Luckily, there are lots of great books to curl up with that let you celebrate winter from the toasty warm comfort of inside.

Here are some winter books you might like:

The First Day of Winter by Denise Fleming is a bright picture book about some of the many things that can be done outside during the winter - and if you want to, you can even sing it!

Many of Ezra Jack Keats' books are now commonly considered classics, but that doesn't mean they don't hold up, The Snowy Day is probably his most famous book, but it's also a beautiful picture book about the simple delights of outdoor snowy play.

In second grade, I thought Jack Prelutsky was the funniest person on the planet, and he still continues to delight young audiences. His book of poetry, It's Snowing! It's Snowing!, fits right in with the rest of his oeuvre of hits.

And if you want else something to do inside, Kathy Ross has two books of winter crafts: Step-By-Step Crafts for Winter and Crafts to Make in the Winter. I personally always liked making snowflakes with paper and scissors, but there are lots of other simple fun wintery projects out there!

Finally, we have a ton of Frozen fanatics at our library, but did you know it's based on a fairy tale? The Snow Queen was not a story I read as a child, but there's a sweet retelling of it in The Random House Book of Fairy Tales. It's very different from the movie though!

If you want more suggestions, this is a link to mine from last year. What will you be reading this winter?
-- Ms. Sho, Children's Librarian