Thank you Penguin for sending these books!
I’m not a fan of winter…you all know that. From growing up in the frozen north (for a while we even lived above the Arctic Circle) to our damp, rainy Pacific Northwest winters….its just not for me. One of the few things I enjoy about this season is the chance to snuggle up under a blanket with a good book or a hot cup of coffee or tea and a good book. This tradition I am more than happy to share with my children. Thankfully, all of my children love to read and be read to. Here are a list of my favorite books picture books to read aloud this winter.
Hands-down the favorite ebook for Apollo this winter is The Thing About Yetis by Vin Vogel. He wants me to read it to him most nights as we snuggle up in bed together. I love this book for it’s bright, clear pictures…and fun depiction of what summer must be like for yetis. I don’t want to ruin the story for you, but trust me, it probably isn’t what you think.
The Thing About Yetis by Oliver Jeffers as been another favorite. The illustrations in this book are similar to The Thing About Yetis, bright colors on crisp, bright pages with lots of negative space. You might recognize Jeffers as the illustrator in The Day the Crayons Quit. And speaking of pages, the pages in both of these books are thick, which makes for less tearing. A huge plus in my book!
Apollo loved this book. Opposites are all the rage in Kindergarten, so this book is perfect for cementing that concept. I also love the placement of the words for kids learning to read. I can point to “cold” and “hot” and help Apollo identify the words.
The Mouse Scouts books by Sarah Dillard are great books for kids just entering the world of chapter books. Avi has been keeping these on her bed and reading a little bit at a time. She is a reluctant reader, so I am always happy with any book that catches her attention. Especially if that book isn’t a graphic novel!
In, Over and On the Farm by Ethan Long is written especially for 3-5-year-olds. The book follows a crew of farm animals on their adventures demonstrating prepositions. This book has sturdy pages (almost the thickness of card stock) and is made to withstand a toddler and preschoolers enthusiastic page turning.
Even though Apollo is clearly beyond learning the prepositions introduced in this book, he loves flipping the pages and hearing me read the sound effects.
What are you reading this winter? If you have a favorite picture book, be sure to tell us what it is in the comments!