Grandma’s Winter Library

Posted on: December 29th, 2011 by Kay Swatkowski

The first fall of snow is not only an event.  It is a magical event.


When it snows you have two choices: shovel or make snow angels.

- anonymous

For adults, a snowfall means a longer commute, dealing with mess and cranking up the snowblower.  But for children, snow is magical.  Winter seems bleak to us, but to children it is a time of wonder as they look to the sky waiting for that very first flake.

As a mom, former teacher and now a grandma, I know that winter and snow is a special time for children.  It is a time for stories and hot chocolate and making paper snowflakes.  It is time to read some of my favorite winter books.

These five books are worthy of any grandma’s library.  This list of books is appropriate for preschoolers and early elementary.  You will be familiar with many if not all of them.  I’d love to hear what other winter books you love to share with the little people in your life.

  1. Ezra Jack Keat’s Snowy Day will always be one of my favorites. This Caldecott winner tells the simple and peaceful story of a little boy waking to a snowfall.  This book is celebrating its 50th anniversary and is important not only for the beautiful simplicity of the story and illustrations, but because it was the first time a picture book used an african american child as the central character.
  2. I Like Winter by Lois Lenski is another simple story that reminds us all of the joys of winter.
  3. Stranger in the Woods by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick offers children full page photography that tells the story of animals in the woods discovering a stranger – a snowman left by children.  Children will be delighted by the pictures of animals in the snow.
  4. For Little House on the Prairie fans, Laura Ingalls Wilders first story of Almanzo, Winter on the Farm will give children a peek into farm life during the winter. Your independent readers will enjoy this simple story.
  5. Ever lost a mitten? Jan Brett’s wonderful and warm story The Mitten is sure to delight your children. Nicki’s Baba (Ukranian grandmother) knits snow white mittens for him. You can imagine the rest of the story.  This is a lovely book.

Hear Kay talk about the important role of grandparents on the Nancy Turner program, Monday, January 16th at 10:00 a.m.

Moody Radio, WMBI, 90.1

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