Beat The Heat – Ten Wintery Picture Books

Posted by on Jul 19, 2018 in Blog, Double Cousins |

Beat The Heat – Ten Wintery Picture Books

Tacky and the Winter Games by Helen Lester

Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

Tacky the Penguin tops my favorite wintery picture book list because Tacky is my favorite. There are several Tacky books and they would all be great for this list, but I chose this particular one because it has “winter” in the title. I bought my first Tacky book when my oldest nieces and nephews were little and they loved it. I haven’t met a child who doesn’t love Tacky. He isn’t perfect. He’s a little—well—Tacky! But he is NICE to have around!


The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

This book is a classic. In fact, when I asked others what their favorite snowy picture books were this one was invariably mentioned. The thing I especially love about this book is that the author takes common snowy activities, ones all children in snow enjoy, and he makes a story out of it. This pulls the child right into the story and I would be surprised if your children wouldn’t be shivering by the end!


Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton

Katy and the Big Snow is written by the same author/illustrator as The Little House and Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. The artwork on this book is incredible. There are detailed borders to each page that pull children in and give a lot of room for discussion and fun exploration! This book isn’t just a story. It is an experience.


Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik

Illustrated by Maurice Sendak

This book is actually considered a chapter book. It is “An I CAN READ Book.” But, there are so many pictures that this book is great for a read aloud with little children too! I love the way the mother bear allows the little bear to explore and use his imagination. Read this to your children and they may play by themselves for awhile afterwards.


Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson 

Illustrated by Jane Chapman

Bear Snores On was suggested by my librarian niece. I had never heard of it before, so I hurried right down to the library and checked it out. (I have to say that the Hendersonville Library has it going on. They had a shelf with “seasonal books.” The winter section was huge and such a great resource.) Anyway, back to the book. The story is simple but repetitive which as we all know makes for an amazing picture book. I absolutely loved the artwork and I kept wondering what was going to happen if. . . well, I don’t want to spoil the story!


Snipp Snapp Snurr and the Yellow Sled by Maj Lindman

Snipp Snapp and Snurr are old books. This author also wrote a series called Ricka, Dicka, and Flicka. The names are almost laughable, but I’m telling you, children adore them. I loved them when I was little and a friend mentioned that her children love them too! They are triplets and they dress alike. But, they always have “adventures” that are quite entertaining. Try them! I’d love to hear if your children enjoy them like I did.


The Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgliesh

Illustrated by Helen Sewell

My sister, Cheryl suggested this one. This Newberry Honor book is a chapter book, but one with a lot of pictures. There is a little tension but what a great story!  I especially loved the ingenuity of the main character when faced with danger. It has some rhyming and repetitiveness which makes it a fun read along. I wouldn’t be surprised if your children would want it read again and again, and then they will quote the repeated parts with you.


Waiting for Winter by Sebastian Meschenmoser

I found this book on the shelf of winter books at the library. It is one of those books with many wordless pages. The illustrations tell the story with very little help from the words. Even the back inside cover is an illustration and it adds a fun twist that made me laugh out loud!


White Snow Bright Sow by Alvin Tresselt

Illustrated by Roger Duvoisin

When I saw this book at the library it brought back memories. This is one I read as a child, I’m sure of it. It is a Caldecott Honor Book, Copyright 1947. It reminded me of The Snowy Day except you follow several people in the community around through the snowstorm instead of just one child. It is definitely a classic every child should read.


There Was A Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow! By Lucille Colandro 

Illustrated by Jared Lee

You have my youngest niece and nephew, Katie and Nathan to thank for this book. When I went home a few months ago, they showed up at my parent’s house with this book and wanted me to read it to them. I wondered, because they are both into chapter books, but when we got to the end I realized they brought it to see my reaction to the surprise ending. I am happy to say they got the response they wanted. If you want to know what it was you’ll just have to read the book, won’t you?


This concludes my wintery book foray. I hope you enjoyed reviewing these books as much as I did. I would love to hear what some of your children think of the books on my list. I would even love to hear if they have a favorite that they thought SHOULD HAVE been on the list! Please comment below! Happy wintery summer reading.