A few nights ago I created Christmas magic in this house by staying up late and getting the whole house decorated for Christmas. When the girls woke up there were santas, snowmen, nativity scences and other winter type decorations covering every room of the house! I loved getting it all done at one time like that and once everyone else was in bed I put on Christmas music and had some great alone time with my favorite decorations!
One thing that magically appeared when they woke up was a HUGE basket of Christmas and winter books. We have the traditional ones like "Grinch that Stole Christmas", "Twas the Night Before Christmas", and "Polar Express", and several bitrh of Jesus stories. And of course we have the "character" Christmas stories like Curious George, Max and Dora. But some of our favorites are the more general winter story books that we have.
Winter Friends, by Carl R. Sams and Jean Stoick
This is an adorable board book that uses real photographs to show animals in winter feasting on a tasty snowmen. The pictures are awesome and the text is very sweet.
Two of our favorite snow themed books -
Here Come the Snow, by Angela Shelf Medearis
This book has very simple words and is great for the just starting to read age group. The kids in this book are waiting and waiting for the snow and when it finally comes it describes all the fun things that they enjoy doing in the snow. It is a great book to help kids get excited for the snow and prepared for the cold weather.
Snow, by Roy McKie and P.D. Eastman
This one is a very typical P.D. Eastman style book with simple, rhyming text. The pictures are cute and it is a great book for showing the fun and excitement that can be had in the snow. If you little ones are hesitant about playing in the snow this book might be a good one to check out.
Two more Carl R. Sams books that are awesome and I have listed on the Must See Children's Book Page on the sidebar. You can find them under the General Nature Related category.
Lastly, this one is a new one for us as the girls got it just last year for Christmas so we only read it a few times.
The Mitten, By Jan Brett
This one is super cute. A little boy loses his brand new mitten and a whoel bunch of animals, one at a time, decide it looks like a cozy home. The animals continue to find reasons (like sharp teeth and long talons) to make more room in the mitten to let more and more animals move in. Though what happens in the story is not realistic at all it can lead to great conversations! And the pictures are very fun. There are "extra" pictures along the sides that add to the story and give kids more things to look at as they listen. We are really enjoying this story.
The winter season is SUPER long here so any suggestions you have for good preschool aged winter themed books would be great!